The Democratic Party's draft policy agenda reflects a shift in the debate over a tax on financial transactions that would curb short-term speculation and generate massive revenue.
TransCanada is suing the US government for $15 billion in damages under NAFTA rules. The TPP would increase the chances of similar lawsuits in the future.
Joe Conason is national correspondent for The New York Observer, where he writes a weekly column distributed by Creators Syndicate. He is also the Director of the Nation Institute Investigative Fund.