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In rare agreement on the campaign trail, Democrats and Republicans have been critical of the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement and other global trade deals. In spite of criticisms, President Obama hopes that the upcoming “lame duck” session of Congress will consider the pact. And both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have promised a new approach to trade negotiations if elected. Why have trade agreements become a major issue in this election season? What portion of lost jobs and income inequality are directly linked to “free” trade deals? And what will be the implications of passage or rejection of TPP? We asked trade expert Bill Krist to address these questions and more in the latest edition of Wilson Center NOW.

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