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Breakingviews: U.S. economy casts a vote for free trade

Shipping containers are offloaded from a cargo ship at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
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Shipping containers are offloaded from a cargo ship at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The U.S. economy just cast a vote in favor of free trade. Third-quarter GDP indicates 2.9 percent growth, the fastest rate in two years. Exports helped offset mediocre consumer spending. Both presidential candidates have vilified trade to varying degrees but this sort of data illustrates the political upside.