Full Text of TPP Released to Public… And It’s Horrible

The enormous so-called "free trade" deal between 12 Pacific Rim nations "has less to do with selling more goods, than with rewriting the rules of the global economy is favor of big business." (Photo: Global Exchange)

‘We now have concrete evidence that the TransPacific Partnership threatens our families, our communities, and our environment.’ by Jon Queally It’s a disaster for people, the planet, democracy, and the future of the global economy. That was the immediate assessment of informed critics as world governments, including the United States, on Thursday morning made the full text of the controversial TransPacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) available to the public for the first time. Though a tightly … MORE

Fracking-Affected Families Plead with President Obama: ‘We Need Help.’

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“It’s not too late to provide leadership on fracking as part of his lasting legacy for the history books.” Deirdre Fulton More than 100 families personally affected by the fracking industry have written to President Barack Obama demanding that he meet with them—as he often does with fossil fuel executives—ahead of the Democratic National Convention later this month. The letter, organized by the Pittsburgh-based, all-volunteer group Friends of the Harmed, asks Obama and ranking Environmental … MORE

Wow. Americans Really, Really Don’t Like Trump or Clinton

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New Gallup poll shows the two as among the worst rated presidential candidates since 1956. by Andrea Germanos Via a new Gallup poll, more evidence comes Friday that the nation’s electorate really doesn’t like this year’s leading presidential candidates. Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump has the dubious distinction of being the most unfavorably viewed of any candidate over the past seven decades—displacing 1964 Republican candidate Barry Goldwater from the bottom spot. The poll offers no … MORE