President Obama picked what appears to be an odd venue for a speech today promoting a pending trade agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Politicians and Wall Street insiders are scheming to give the IMF unprecedented powers as the “system-wide policeman” of the planet.

Global Business Dialogue, a key corporatist lobbying group for so-called Free Trade agreements, is upping the pressure for passage of “Fast Track” Trade Promotion Authority (TPA.

The new report by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) was stark: The economy stalled in the first quarter in every sector, with overall growth barely positive.

 

Tax Freedom Day — the first day of the year in which Americans as a whole have theoretically earned enough income to pay for all their taxes — arrives this year on April 24 according to a report from the Tax Foundation, which has calculated Tax Freedom Day for the United States since 1971.