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When Issues Overwhelm U.S.

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With fearful issues like Ebola and ISIS making endless headlines, the public's attention is being pulled a thousand different directions. The trick for voters is to see through the chaos and keep in mind that Ebola and ISIS, though important, could overshadow other important issues. Indeed, as the lame-duck session of Congress grinds on, several vital issues are heating up and could be decided soon. For instance, two massive free-trade deals may get a boost before the year ends. Those pending deals are: • The Trans Pacific Partnership • And the Trans Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership The Pacific trade deal would span 12 nations, while the Atlantic deal would be the world's first U.S.-EU formal trade pact. Critics believe these trade deals will bend national laws unfairly in favor of corporations and hurt the middle class. Supporters say they would boost U.S. exports to help the economy. But Congress would first have to vote to grant President Obama fast-track tr

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