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SPECIAL REPORT: Trade and Politics 2020

What Americans really think, what politicians say, and how Congress votes on trade – it might not surprise you that these don’t always line up.

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The Dismal State of America’s Working Class

Working class Americans have been unable to compete for jobs demanding specialized technical skills, while the places they live have been hollowed out by shifts in global supply chains and the death of low-skilled manufacturing. So long as these workers feel left out of the economic mainstream, they will remain a potent political force, including in the upcoming 2020 election.