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The Trans-Pacific Partnership would be a truly big deal and a major component of the Obama Legacy. But it won't be a done deal unless Congress gives the President sole authority to complete it. We hear about a so-called "free" trade agreement that also includes intellectual property rights, environmental protection and the rights of workers.

Also, GOP infighting over budget proposals, and better living through plastic surgery — in South Korea.

Producers:
Benjamin Gottlieb
Evan George
Jenny Hamel

GOP Infighting over Budget Proposals 6 MIN, 21 SEC

House Republicans today unveiled a proposed budget for 2016 — that privatizes Medicare, turns Medicaid into block grants to the states and repeals the Affordable Care Act. Even before Senate Republicans reveal their budget tomorrow, there seem to be cracks in GOP unity. That's according to Reid Wilson, who covers government and politics for the Washington Post.

Guests:
Reid Wilson, The Hill (@PoliticsReid)

Free Trade: Obama's Legacy and Your Pocketbook 33 MIN, 16 SEC

The Trans-Pacific Partnership would be the biggest trade deal in American history. It started 13 years ago, with Chile, New Zealand and Singapore, and now involves the US, Japan and ten other countries, comprising 40% of the world's economy. It's being negotiated in secret, but enough is known to call it "insanely complex," so Congress will be asked to vote up or down instead of trying to amend it. It would bolster the President's "pivot to Asia," but many Republicans like it anyway. Liberal Democrats see a Wall Street giveaway and more lost jobs. We hear assessments of the potential impact on the US, the Pacific Rim and you.

Guests:
Danielle Kurtzleben, NPR (@titonka)
Gordon Hanson, University of California, San Diego (@IRPS)
Rob Scott, Economic Policy Institute (@RobScott_epi)
Clayton Dube, University of Southern California (@claydube)

More:
Kurtzleben on Elizabeth Warren's war against the proposed trade deal
Krugman on the TPP at the National Association of Business Economists
Hanson on why the trade deal would be good for American workers
Scott on US jobs lost due to the US-Japan trade deficit

South Korea's "Practical" Obsession with Plastic Surgery 9 MIN, 33 SEC

Beverly Hills can take a back seat to a neighborhood in Seoul, South Korea, where there are 500 plastic surgery clinics in one square mile. South Korea now leads Brazil as the plastic surgery capital of the world. The US, speaking per capita, is only sixth. Patricia Marx visited South Korea's capital city, Seoul, and wrote about what she calls a "practical" obsession in the New Yorker magazine.

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