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Obama faces battle over trade deals

An alliance of progressive Democrats and Tea-Party Republicans oppose fast-track powers for the president arguing that the TPP and TTIP will hurt ordinary Americans

US Trade Representative Michael Froman argues the TPP includes provisions aimed at raising labour and environmental standards in the Asia-Pacific region.


DEBATE over US global trade policy make for strange political bedfellows. So as Washington prepares for another of those debates - this time over the proposed trade deals with 11 Asia-Pacific countries and the 28-nation European Union (EU) - the political and legislative