Trans-Pacific Partnership

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As Congress continues to discuss whether to approve President Obama’s request for fast-track authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the administration says the trade agreement among twelve nations is needed, in large part, to check China’s power in setting trade and labor standards in the region.

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As negotiations over the TPP are continuing, it’s generating some unusual political alliances.  Lake Effect essayist Avi Lank surprised himself a little when he considered the trade deal’s merits: