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When Trade Negotiations Block Good Policy: What Is the US Trade Rep Thinking?

Virtually all the footwear that Americans buy is imported, and those shoes are taxed at an average rate of 10 percent—eight times higher than the average for all imports. This “policy” is a relic of an earlier age that poses an unjustified burden for poor American consumers, who spend a higher share of their incomes on highly taxed shoe and clothing imports than do richer Americans.

Attn Bob Schieffer: Three Serious Questions to Throw Obama and Romney Off Kilter

From Big Bird to malarkey to binders full of women, it’s been quite the presidential debate series (there was also that whole dramatic shift in the momentum of the race thing).

On Monday, we’ll hear from President Obama and Governor Romney for 1.5 Bob Schieffer-moderated hours on foreign policy. The topics have already been announced, and while it’s possible some development-related questions could come up (mostly likely under the basket of America’s role in the world), the odds aren’t great. Regardless, here are three questions that I’d like to hear the candidates answer.

CGD Puff Piece

A few weeks ago, I started a weekly blog/column in Businessweek, “Small World.”  This week’s piece is about the negotiations on the Trans Pacific Partnership and the opportunity it presents for the US to use trade talks to level the playing field for anti-smoking efforts.  That rather than the traditional approach: helping manufacturers of the only consumer product that kills if used as directed ope

Squeezing Assad – Don’t Ditch Diplomacy Yet

This post is joint with Jenny Ottenhoff

As the violent crackdown on protesters in Syria intensifies, so does the international search for an effective response that stops short of military intervention. Meeting in Washington last week, U.S. President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron called on their governments and allies to ratchet up pressure on the Bashar al-Assad regime, but they offered no new diplomatic options and stopped short of endorsing mounting calls for military action, leaving many in the international community wondering: what else can be done?

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