"The Toxic Trader," a drama featuring an evil puppet, premiered last Tuesday in a special election-day staging outside U.S. Sen. Gordon Smith's district office in Portland, Oregon.

Toxic Trader. Yes, the double entendre is deliberate. The street theater is intended to hold free traders like Smith and presumptive Republican Presidential nominee Sen. John McCain accountable for millions of U.S. jobs lost as multinationals move U.S. manufacturing overseas and for deadly imports - like faked Heparin medication and melamine-poisoned dog food -- shipped into this country.

Next, the show's red-caped "Toxic Avengers" will fend off the gargantuan puppet. "Toxic Trader," on a tour of free trader's district offices across America as part of the United Steelworker's appeal for fair trade.

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