Gabe Mandell, 13, went to City Hall in March to eloquently speak out in favor of the Seattle city councils resolution to oppose fast track authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Hes 13!
Gabe Mandell, 13, went to City Hall in March to eloquently speak out in favor of the Seattle City Council's resolution to oppose fast track authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership. He's 13! Alex Garland

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This just in, from the New York Times: Leaders in Congress have reached a deal to provide fast track authority for the president. What that means is that Congressional leaders will soon introduce a controversial mechanism to help push the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal through the legislative branch without filibustering or amendments. (What's the TPP? Read about it here.)

Last month, the Seattle City Council unanimously passed a resolution against fast track authority. They also expressed concern about the TPP itself, a trade agreement that's drawn a lot of flak from labor and environmental groups. The Seattle Times questioned whether the city council taking a position on fast track should have even been a thing. Nevertheless, Council Member Nick Licata said he believed the country was "looking at Seattle's vote" that day.

Well, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Representative Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) evidently weren't looking at Seattle—or, more likely, they didn't care. But you know where it's about to get interesting? Hillary Clinton is where it's about to get interesting. "Even with those concessions, the fight to get the trade promotion bill to the president’s desk will be difficult and emotional, badly dividing the Democratic Party’s labor base and putting Hillary Rodham Clinton in a quandary," the Times predicts. Watch for what she says on this one.

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