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05/19/11
Michelle Chen, In These Times Lawmakers and corporations have worked hard these past few weeks to cinch a slew of free trade agreements in Congress, eager to repeat the tried-and-true formula of shifting jobs overseas and undermining working conditions at home and abroad. But just as the ink was starting to dry, something got in the way: workers.
05/19/11
John Stanton, Roll Call Politics can make for strange bedfellows, and sometimes it's bedfellows campfire-style. Take the case of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), who has found an ally in Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) in a fight over trade deals, American jobs and sleeping bags.
05/18/11
Michael Fletcher, Washington Post NORTH CANTON, OHIO — More than 1,000 applicants began lining up this week outside a former Hoover vacuum plant here in the hopes of joining a surprising trend in this part of the nation’s manufacturing heartland: new jobs.
05/18/11
Congressman Dan Lipinski, SW News Herald American workers are the best in the world. For as long as I have represented the Third District, I have worked to make sure that trade occurs on a level playing field, creates American jobs, and benefits American workers and companies. My view is simple. I believe that in order to be truly free, trade must be truly fair.
05/17/11
Mark Drajem, Bloomberg The University of Notre Dame’s campus bookstore sells “Fighting Irish” lettermen jackets, “ND” license plate frames and stadium cups picturing the school’s leprechaun mascot. Not for sale: anything made in China. Ten years after adopting the policy, Notre Dame remains the only major U.S. university that forbids license holders such as Adidas AG (ADS) to put the school logo on any product from China, according to groups that track college merchandising.
05/17/11
Julie Pace, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is threatening to hold up final passage of three coveted free trade agreements unless lawmakers agree to expand retraining assistance for American workers who lose their jobs because of foreign competition.
05/16/11
Public Citizen Three NAFTA-style trade agreements. Three different ways to harm livelihoods and the environment. All negotiated by President Bush. All give rights to multinational companies to demand payment of your tax dollars when our democratically decided policies affect their ability to maximize profits at any cost. President Obama campaigned and won by telling you that he would overhaul Bush’s failed trade policies. Instead, he’s flip-flopped and is now pushing for congressional passage of all three of Bush’s NAFTA-style trade deals with Colombia, Korea, and Panama. This Obama triple NAFTA-expansion package is bad politics, and awful policy. Go to tradewatch.org to learn more.
05/16/11
Carol Wolf, Bloomberg News (Bloomberg) -- U.S. ports are using as much as $48.1 million in federal grants carrying “Buy American” provisions to buy cranes made in China, Finland and Germany.
05/13/11
Ambreen Ali, Roll Call Some tea party organizations have been quietly trading notes with left-leaning advocacy groups as both sides work to derail a series of upcoming free-trade agreements.
05/13/11
Phyllis Schlafly, Canada Free Press The first debate of the 2012 presidential race, with personalized, provocative questions planned by Fox News, was good political entertainment, but somehow didn’t get around to tackling two of the biggest issues. They are: how do the candidates plan to replace the millions of U.S. middle-class jobs that have gone overseas, and what will the candidates do about the millions of illegal aliens in our country.

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