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The Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership has been delayed in Congress, while President Obama and Republican leaders try to keep it alive.  We hear about the long-term consequences for Japan, China and a multitude of American interests.

Also, Greece is ready to reject a deal, as 'Grexit' looms. On today's Talking Point, the St. Louis Cardinals are accused of hacking into Houston Astros computers, looking for the kind of inside information teams have often been willing to seal from each other. This time, there might be a violation of federal law.

Photo: A group of demonstrators protesting the Trans-Pacific Partnership gather at the Federal Buileing in San Francisco, California June 9, 2015. (Robert Galbraith/Reuters)

Producers:
Andrea Brody
Sasa Woodruff
Christine Detz

Greece Ready to Reject Deal, as 'Grexit' Looms 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Greece faces a payment to the International Monetary Fund at the end of this month; $1.8 billion is due on total debts of $242.8 billion. Today, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras quoted a familiar passage from Dante’s Inferno, saying he was prepared to declare the "Great No" to creditors.  Nikos Chrysoloras is Athens bureau chief for Bloomberg News.

Guests:
Nikos Chrysoloras, Bloomberg News (@nchrysoloras)

More:
IMF on a credible deal with Greece

Does Pacific Free Trade Have a Future? 33 MIN, 29 SEC

Last week, House Democrats and right-wing Republicans held up fast-track authority for free trade, delaying action on the Trans-Pacific Trade Pact. The President and GOP leaders say the TPP is "absolutely essential" for the US economy. They had hoped for reconsideration this week, but now the issue has been delayed again — until the end of this month. Too many players call it a "bad deal" — even though the details are still secret. We hear why it's so important to both supporters and critics, including multinational companies, organized labor and politicians of both parties. What's at stake if it's finally enacted? What if it loses?

Guests:
Lori Wallach, Public Citizen (@PCGTW)
Cal Cohen, Emergency Committee for American Trade (@EcatTrade)
Randy Bryce, Iron Workers Local 8 (@IronStache)
Simon Johnson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (@baselinescene)

More:
Trade Promotional Authority (TPA)
North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
New York Times on NAFTA v. TPP
Public Citizen on fast-track authority
Public Citizen on the Trans-Pacific Partnership
Emergency Committee for American Trade on the TPP
Peterson Institute for International Economics on estimated gains from trade pacts
World Wildlife Fund on the TPP and promoting sustainable and legal trade
Oceana on the TPP and saving the oceans, feeding the world

Sports Cheating Steps into the Digital Age 10 MIN, 4 SEC

Stealing hand signals, doctoring balls and other forms of cheating are part of Major League Baseball tradition. They're usually punished with suspensions and fines. Now it's reported that employees of the St. Louis Cardinals hacked into a network run by the Houston Astros -- and that could mean prison time under federal law. Stephen Mosher is a professor of Sports Management and Media at Ithaca College in upstate New York.


Photo: Keith Allison

 

Guests:
Stephen Mosher, Ithaca College

More:
Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986

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