The Nation

on May 13, 2015 - 13:57 PM ET
President Barack Obama

As the White House mounts an increasingly harsh rhetorical war on Democratic opponents of President Obama’s trade agenda, a treasured talking point has emerged: The public actually supports the administration.

In a Wednesday Politico piece titled “Barack Obama’s war on the left,” we have this:

West Wing...

on May 12, 2015 - 13:46 PM ET
Elizabeth Warren

Senator Elizabeth Warren opened up a new battle in the war against the Obama administration’s trade policy last week, when she charged that the fast-track trade authority now being considered by Congress could ultimately allow a Republican president to gut many of the Dodd-Frank financial reforms.

This provoked a heated response...

on May 6, 2015 - 14:11 PM ET
Bernie Sanders

Senator Bernie Sanders announced legislation Wednesday that would break up the country’s largest financial institutions. It’s the third time he’s introduced such a measure, but this time around he wields the large microphone of a presidential candidate.

The bill, titled the “Too Big to Fail, Too Big to Exist Act,” will also be introduced in the House by...

on Apr 25, 2015 - 14:49 PM ET
Elizabeth Warren

President Obama this week stepped up pressure on his fellow Democrats to approve fast-track trade authority that would ease passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, at times strongly criticizing what he deemed “dishonest” claims—and Saturday, two leading Senate liberals responded.

Senators Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown sent Obama a letter demanding that he release the bracketed negotiating text of TPP before Congress votes on fast-track...

on Apr 24, 2015 - 15:16 PM ET
President Barack Obama

President Obama took the inter-Democratic party debate over trade up a notch Friday morning, when he joined a White House conference call with Labor Secretary Tom Perez and a small group of reporters as a surprise guest and mounted a vigorous, and at times testy, defense of his administration’s trade policy. Obama spoke for 31 minutes straight, and became almost the fact-checker-in-chief: pushing back on several specific points raised by Democrats about the deal,...

Barack Obama, US Politics, Labor
on Apr 23, 2015 - 14:59 PM ET

A bill to give fast-track approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement cleared the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday evening, and the legislation will hit Senate floor for a full vote in the coming days.

It’s the biggest stage yet for a showdown between (most) congressional Democrats and the president they helped elect. Thursday morning, two...

US Politics, Economic Policy, Economy