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"If we can get this agreement to my desk, then we can help our businesses sell more 'Made in America' goods and services around the world, and we can help more American workers compete and win," said President Obama, insisting that the Trans-Pacific Partnership is good for the middle class. (Associated Press)

Obama hails Trans-Pacific Partnership amid bipartisan skepticism

- The Washington Times

The U.S. and 11 other Pacific Rim nations reached a sweeping free trade agreement Monday to cover 40 percent of the world’s economy, sparking skepticism among the administration’s scarce Republican allies in Congress and intensifying calls by liberals for Hillary Rodham Clinton to take a stand against the pact.

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey speaks at a fundraiser in New York, in this April 24, 2013, file photo. Revealed in a regulatory filing on Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, Twitter is embracing Dorsey as its CEO in hopes that its once-spurned co-founder can hatch a plan to expand the short messaging service's audience and end nearly a decade of financial losses. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

Twitter gives co-founder Jack Dorsey a 2nd chance as CEO

- Associated Press

Twitter is embracing Jack Dorsey as its CEO in hopes that its once-spurned co-founder can hatch a plan to expand the short messaging service’s audience and end nearly a decade of financial losses.

Social Security Victims Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Flat disability insurance benefit would save Social Security fund and anti-poverty goal

The trust fund that helps pay for disability insurance under Social Security is on track to run out of money next year, a shortfall that would trigger a 19 percent cut in benefits. To avert these painful cuts, policymakers should overhaul the program by dropping the progressive benefit structure and replacing it with a flat benefit that will keep recipients out of poverty.

President Barack Obama gestures as he answers question from members of the media during a news conference in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) ** FILE **

Negotiators reach deal on Asia free-trade pact

- The Washington Times

A dozen Pacific-rim nations including the U.S. and Japan agreed early Monday to a massive free-trade pact that would cut trade barriers and set new labor and environmental standards, setting up a potentially contentious ratification vote before a skeptical Congress.

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FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2011 file photo, a sign with Facebook's "Like" logo is posted at Facebook headquarters near the office for the company's User Operations Safety Team in Menlo Park, Calif. Europe's highest court on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015 has ruled in favor of an Austrian law student who claims a trans-Atlantic data protection agreement doesn't adequately protect consumers. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

Top EU court rules data sharing pact with US invalid

- Associated Press

The European Union's highest court struck a big blow Tuesday against Facebook and other companies by ruling that a long-running pact allowing the free transfer of data to the U.S. is invalid as it does not adequately protect consumers.