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President Obama hates inequality and loves manufacturing. So it's a real pickle why he wants to pass sweeping trade deals with Asia and Europe.

Despite the strong export performance, growth over the year was anemic.

An economist offers a counterintuitive way to think about oil and trade.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Jan 27, 2014
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"Fast track" authority will make or break his agenda

A primer on the next big energy debate in Congress.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Jan 8, 2014
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It'll cover 40 percent of U.S. trade. It's mostly being conducted in secret. And it's almost done.

The "intellectual property" section of a controversial trade treaty has leaked, and it's a wish list for Hollywood and the pharmaceutical industry.

  • Timothy B. Lee
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  • Nov 13, 2013
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Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker is emceeing the first-ever SelectUSA summit to woo more foreign companies to set up shop in the United States and encourage U.S. companies to expand here, too.

We still protect U.S. textile manufacturers like we actually have a lot of them left.

A whole slew of tariffs went into effect on July 31, because one senator wanted to make a point.

U.S. ports are way less productive than Asia's, which makes everything more expensive.

Drugs are cheap because of Indian generics. A crackdown on patent laws would keep them expensive.

Congress might not grant fast-track authority, which would make complicated trade deals hard to pull off.

This chart shows the global race to the bottom in textile wages.

The world's two largest economies are ready to allow the freer flow of commerce between them.

The U.S.-India Business Council thinks punishing companies that employ lots of workers on H1-B visas is bad for America.

The United is only the 38th most open economy in the world, according to a study from the International Chamber of Commerce.

For one, it's a lot harder to argue against China's trade restrictions on rare earths if the U.S. is clamping down on natural gas exports.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • May 6, 2013
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The most important trade body in the world needs a new leader. Here's who's in the running.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Apr 2, 2013
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The Harvard economist talks about offshoring, manufacturing, and why we need a trade deficit.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Mar 25, 2013
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