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5 Reasons America Needs Korea Free Trade Deal

December 16th, 2010

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This piece was originally published in The Wall Street Journal.

U.S. and South Korean officials plan to meet Friday to start work on the final text of changes to the free-trade agreement reached earlier this month. The focus in the U.S. has been on beef and automobiles, but Edward F. Gerwin, Jr., Senior Fellow for Trade and Global Economic Policy at Third Way, presents five more reasons Americans should back the deal.

Based on the headlines, Americans could be forgiven for thinking that the recent U.S.-South Korean trade deal is only about motors and meat. But the agreement includes much more.

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Politics 101: What would Clinton do?

December 14th, 2010

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Elvis was back in the building.

Bill Clinton appeared in the White House press room Friday afternoon to pull President Barack Obama’s fat out of the fire. If Obama had met with Clinton a week earlier, he might have avoided a political disaster.

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Tax deal displays Obama’s backbone

December 9th, 2010

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This piece was originally published in Politico.

Bill Clinton had his “Sister Souljah moment,” when he admonished an African-American rap singer, in front of an audience that included the Rev. Jesse Jackson, over lyrics that seemed to countenance race-based killing. President Richard M. Nixon, in the middle of the Cold War, secretly plotted a badly needed rapprochement with communist China. And President Harry S. Truman faced down the steel industry and striking workers.
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