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Senate approves 'fast track' trade bill

May 26, 2015
Susan Davis | USA Today
President Obama's trade agenda received a critical boost from the U.S. Senate late Friday with a bipartisan vote in favor of a "fast track" trade bill.

ISIS Victories in Iraq & Syria, Congressional Debates on Trade & NSA and 2016 Developments

May 22, 2015
Islamic State controls more territory, Congress debates hot-button topics, and Hillary Clinton’s State Department emails
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Obama’s trade bill narrowly clears Senate, but then hurdles remain

May 21, 2015
In a key vote Thursday, the Senate advanced legislation that would strengthen the administration's hand in global trade. The president said the action to move toward a final vote was a big step forward. Political editor Lisa Desjardins joins Gwen Ifill to talk about that vote and the Patriot Act reauthorization bill.
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Obama's trade bill narrowly clears a key Senate hurdle

May 22, 2015
Charles Babington, David Espo | Associated Press
In a triumph for President Barack Obama, sweeping legislation to strengthen the administration's hand in global trade talks advanced toward Senate passage Thursday after a showdown vote that remained in doubt until the final moment.

Senate Compromises on Trade Bill, Amtrak Crash Renews Infrastructure Debate, Jeb Bush's Iraq Stumble and Obama Meets with Arab Allies

May 15, 2015
Liberal Democrats and President Obama disagree about trade, funding U.S. transportation infrastructure and Jeb Bush distances himself from George W. Bush.
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House GOP leaders: 'Fast track' trade bill still alive

May 14, 2015
Susan Davis | USA Today
Top House GOP leaders were confident Wednesday that Congress will renew "fast track" trade promotion authority despite an early defeat in the U.S. Senate.
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Why labor unions oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership

May 13, 2015
Supporters of the Trans-Pacific Partnership say the deal would bring greater prosperity by opening trade, but opponents say it fails to include labor protections and could cost jobs. In the first in a series of conversations about what’s at stake, Gwen Ifill talks to Richard Trumka of the AFL-CIO about why he opposes the trade deal.
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'Fast track' trade bill fails early Senate test

May 13, 2015
Susan Davis | USA Today
Senate Democrats blocked a motion Tuesday to begin debate on a "fast track" trade bill, delivering an early blow to President Obama and underscoring the deep divisions within the Democratic ranks on trade policy.
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