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TPP bad for Connecticut, nation and Obama’s legacy

In his State of the Union address, President Obama laid bare a fundamental contradiction that may well define his presidency − and not for the better. In his speech, he strongly encouraged Congress to approve the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a controversial “trade” deal between 12 Pacific-Rim nations that appears certain to undermine much of the President’s previous seven years of accomplishments in the areas of economic recovery, economic equality, health care access, climate change, and the rescue of the U.S. auto industry.

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Labor vows political fallout from Himes trade stance

WASHINGTON — Rep. Jim Himes is in Germany with President Obama for the G-7 meeting of major world economic powers, evidence of the president’s success in influencing key members of his party to vote for a trade measure considered a poison pill for most Democrats. Immediately, organized labor said there would be a political price to pay for Himes’ support on the trade bill.