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Obama Trade Policy and “Fast Track” — Does the President Need to be More Aggressive?

              Unlike the very broad foreign affairs powers of the president, reinforced by his powers as commander-in-chief, the president’s authority in trade is significantly different and greatly less.    The Constitution gives the exclusive authority to Congress to regulate international … Continue reading

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Trade Negotiations & World Politics — Is Congress Restricting the U.S. in World Politics?

          A recent op-ed in the Financial Times concludes that “[A] revival of the U.S. economy should not be confused with a resurgence of America’s role … [T]he most important emerging theme in world politics is America’s slow retreat … Continue reading

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Secrecy, Social Media and Trade Negotiations — The End of Secrecy and Greater Transparency?

     It is clear that trade politics will reemerge after January 1st as a central and divisive domestic issue within the United States, once again. The Congress is going to take up ‘Fast Track’ legislation.  The TPP and TTIP are on the … Continue reading

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Tobacco and ‘Fast Track’ — Should They be Liked?

          Two recent trade developments are very interesting. One, congressional negotiators have agreed upon fast track legislation that will be voted upon in January. The adoption of new fast track legislation (Trade Promotion Authority) would enhance the probability of passage of … Continue reading

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Bad News and Good News — ‘Fast Track,’ Int’l Tax, Bali and Regional Agreements.

              The bad news is that “fast-track” authority is running into trouble in the Congress. There is considerable hesitation in the Congress to extend it to President Obama. The good news is that the Congress has begun to address … Continue reading

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Trade Issues Just Keep Expanding — NSA Spying, Regulation, Financial Sanctions, ‘Fast Track’, FOREX, Torture / Corruption, Dodd-Frank …….

    The last two weeks have seen increased opposition to ‘fast-track authority, increase growing concern over implications of NSA spying on trade negotiations, financial sanctions, and application of Dodd-Frank to foreign firms as well as concern of liability for foreign … Continue reading

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Three New Bilateral Trade Agreements — What’s the Real Impact? — Economic or Political?

Congress just passed the bilateral trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama. This is clearly a rare bipartisan act and a success for President Obama. But what is the real significance of these new free-trade agreements? Is it economic (read … Continue reading

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