Jul 29, 2019

Warren proposes trade overhaul with strict preconditions for all countries

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

Elizabeth Warren has released a trade plan that would set up standards countries must meet as a precondition for any trade agreement, and she vows to renegotiate existing deals to meet that criteria.

Why it matters: President Trump’s approach to trade has upended traditional partisan divisions on the issue, shifting Republicans in favor of more restrictionist trade policies and Democrats toward defending free trade. This dynamic gives 2020 Democratic candidates an opportunity to implement a large-scale shift on an important policy issue for the party.

Details: Some of the standards Warren outlined include:

  • Recognizing and enforcing the core labor rights of the International Labour Organization, like collective bargaining and the elimination of child labor.
  • Upholding internationally recognized human rights, as reported in the State Department’s Country Reports on Human Rights.
  • Be a party to the Paris Climate agreement and have a long-term, national and verified plan to reduce emissions.
  • Eliminate all domestic fossil fuel subsidies.

Between the lines: Warren's proposal criticizes free trade deals made for the sake of opening up markets, and also goes after the Trump administration for lacking a clear, long-term strategy.

  • As an alternative to these approaches, which Warren describes as "undemocratic and obviously corrupt," she would mandate that trade negotiators publish a draft of their proposals in the Federal Register and let the public offer comments on the draft before a policy is made law.

Below: Read the full policy proposal, which outlines specific trade goals regarding labor, antitrust, climate change, prescription drugs, agriculture, and consumer protection.

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Netanyahu says July 1 deadline for West Bank annexation won't change

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday at a Likud Party faction meeting at the Knesset, Israel's parliament, that his July 1 deadline for starting the process of annexation in the West Bank will not change, according to people in attendance.

Why it matters: The White House and the State Department have stressed over the last few weeks that the deadline set by Netanyahu is "not sacred" to the Trump administration — and that any discussion of annexation needs to be in the context of renewed Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

Trump threatens to move Republican convention from North Carolina if capacity reduced

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President Trump threatened in a series of Monday tweets to move this summer's Republican National Convention from Charlotte if North Carolina's Democratic governor, Roy Cooper, doesn't allow the event to be held at full capacity.

The state of play: Mandy Cohen, the state's health and human services secretary, said last week that the GOP should "plan for the worst" as mass gatherings will be a "very big challenge" if the number of coronavirus cases in the state continues to increase, per NPR.

The wreckage of summer

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We usually think of Memorial Day as the start of the summer, with all of the fun and relaxation that goes with it — but this one is just going to remind us of all of the plans that have been ruined by the coronavirus.

Why it matters: If you thought it was stressful to be locked down during the spring, just wait until everyone realizes that all the traditional summer activities we've been looking forward to are largely off-limits this year.