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Friday, February 12, 2016

The Trans Pacific Partnership may be a signed deal, but it is far from seeing the light of day. Following seven years of mostly secret negotiations, 12 member countries signed the TPP last week in New Zealand, taking the first step in uniting more than 40 percent of the world's economic output. The TPP aims to deepen economic ties among the member countries by fostering trade and promoting growth.

The TPP has become a controversial topic on the 2016 campaign trail in the United States, with many of the front-runners on both sides opposing it. And the pact will likely have a long road ahead as the it makes its way through a contentious debate in the U.S. Congress.

At its core, the TPP debate focuses on whether the increased U.S. commitment to East Asia is significant enough to risk losing jobs at home.


Thursday, February 11, 2016

Camille Paglia, Salon: With Bernie Sanders' thrilling, runaway victory over Hillary Clinton in the New Hampshire primary, the old-guard feminist establishment in the U.S. has been dealt a crushing blow. Despite emergency efforts by Gloria Steinem, the crafty dowager empress of feminism, to push a faltering Hillary over the finish line, Sanders overwhelmingly won women's votes in every category except senior citizens. For nearly 25 years, Hillary Clinton, with her simmering subtext of contemptuous bitterness about men, has been pushed along and protected by a host of powerful women journalists in print and TV, Steinem chums or sympathizers who have a lot to answer for. But after two national campaigns, it should be obvious that Hillary has no natural instinct or facility for understanding and communicating with the public on the scale that the presidency demands. Sexism has nothing to do with it.


U.S. stock index futures indicated a sharply lower open on Thursday as traders reacted to a sharp fall in European stocks and looked ahead to the second day of Fed Chair Janet Yellen's testimony in Washington.

Dow futures were indicating a drop of around 300 points in premarket trading. The pan-European Stoxx 600 index was down by more than 3.2 percent.

Meanwhile, U.S. Treasurys soared, as the 10-year yield fell to 1.54 percent. read more


Sunday, February 07, 2016

"For Bernie to say he doesn't have a super-PAC…labor unions are super-PACs. Labor unions are super-PACs Democrats like so we don't go after labor unions."
Dean then criticized Sanders for implying Clinton is in the pocket of Wall Street after giving paid speeches for major financial firms in the past.


Sam Spence, who died Saturday at age 88, provided the dramatic soundtrack to hundreds of NFL Films highlights from 1966 to 1984, often setting the stage for John Facenda, nicknamed the Voice of God, to deliver the scene in his deep baritone. In tribute to the composer/conductor, the Daily News presents his top 10, highlights of the highlights.


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