United States

Judge backs Stockton, California bankruptcy plan ending retiree health care payments

By Jerry White, 31 October 2014

A federal bankruptcy judge on Thursday approved a restructuring plan that will eliminate health care benefits for 2,400 retired city workers and their families.

NSA chief calls for more “permeable” barrier between state and tech corporations

By Thomas Gaist, 31 October 2014

The distinction between government surveillance agencies and “private sector” technology corporations increasingly exists in name only.

St. Louis police stock up on riot gear ahead of grand jury decision on Brown killing

By Ed Hightower, 31 October 2014

Police in St. Louis County spent $172,669 since August on tear gas, rubber bullets and other riot equipment.

Notes on police violence

Video shows “firing squad” police killing of Michigan man

By EP Bannon and Tom Hall, 31 October 2014

A recently-released video shows a group of Saginaw, Michigan police officers firing dozens of rounds at a 49-year-old homeless man.

The CIA torture cover-up continues

By Eric London, 31 October 2014

The highest echelons of the state are engaged in an unconstitutional plot to hide from the public the harrowing torture methods employed by the CIA.

The trade unions and the Detroit bankruptcy

By Jerry White, 30 October 2014

The Detroit bankruptcy has provided yet another demonstration of the anti-working class character of the unions, which function as instruments of the ruling class and the state.

US Federal Reserve ends “quantitative easing” program after funneling trillions to financial markets

By Joseph Kishore, 30 October 2014

The expected move by the Fed was accompanied by the pledge to keep interest rates at their current near-zero rates for a “considerable time.”

Obama uses Ebola doctors as campaign prop

By Patrick Martin, 30 October 2014

The media event at the White House, five days before the congressional election, was aimed at giving US imperialism a “humanitarian” face.

Federal jury convicts friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect of lying to the FBI

By John Marion, 30 October 2014

Robel Phillipos, an acquaintance of Dzhokar Tsarnaev, faces up to 16 years in federal prison despite not being involved in the bombings.

US-Japan conflicts stall Obama’s Trans-Pacific economic pact

By Mike Head, 28 October 2014

The impasse points to the underlying conflicts between the interests of the US and those of its current allies such as Japan.

US child poverty remains at highest rate in 20 years

By Andre Damon, 27 October 2014

A report published in the medical journal JAMA Pediatrics found that nearly one in four US children lives in poverty, and a similar proportion do not get enough to eat.

The US elections and the American plutocracy

By Patrick Martin and Barry Grey, 27 October 2014

Popular alienation from the political system coincides with the ever more naked domination of both parties and manipulation of elections by a handful of multi-millionaires and billionaires.

Judge orders Philadelphia officials to negotiate school cuts with teachers union

By Nick Barrickman, 27 October 2014

A judge barred the School Reform Commission from unilaterally revoking a contract covering 15,000 Philadelphia teachers.

Two killed, four wounded in Washington school shooting

By Christine Schofelt, 27 October 2014

The shooting in Marysville, Washington is at least the eighth school shooting in the US this semester.

Albuquerque authorities seek to dampen public outrage over police violence

By D. Lencho, 27 October 2014

Since 2010, Albuquerque police officers have shot more than 40 people, with most of the victims being unarmed and mentally ill.

The California drought: A tale of two cities

By Evan Blake and Gabriel Black, 27 October 2014

The California drought has left thousands of people without access to drinking water while the super-rich are trucking in water to maintain their private lakes and gardens.

Pennsylvania’s “Mumia Law”: New attack on political prisoners and new threat to freedom of speech

By Ed Hightower, 25 October 2014

The “Revictimization Relief Act” is a thoroughly reactionary piece of legislation that will allow crime victims and their families to sue prison inmates for engaging in constitutionally protected speech.

No cause yet determined in Pennsylvania house fire

Hundreds mourn victims in a candlelight vigil

By Samuel Davidson, 25 October 2014

Fire officials have yet to release the cause of the tragic fire that swept through an old wood-frame house in McKeesport, killing four children and two adults.

Democratic Senate candidates sound right-wing themes in pre-election debates

By Patrick Martin, 24 October 2014

In a series of campaign debates last week, Democratic candidates for the US Senate vied with their Republican opponents in their support for militarism and budget-cutting.

Democrat Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania gubernatorial race

By Douglas Lyons, 24 October 2014

Pennsylvania voters are faced with no real choice for governor in the November 4 elections.

The carve-up of Detroit

By Jerry White, 23 October 2014

As the bankruptcy of Detroit enters its final chapter, the plunder of city assets by Wall Street speculators grows ever more shameless.

Blackwater mercenaries convicted for role in 2007 Iraq massacre

By Thomas Gaist, 23 October 2014

The crimes of the Blackwater mercenaries were a product of the illegal invasion of Iraq by the US government, for which the entire political and military establishment is guilty.

US media campaign to exonerate cop who killed Michael Brown

By Andre Damon, 23 October 2014

The Washington Post and St. Louis Post-Dispatch published coordinated leaks from grand jury proceedings, claiming they substantiate the story of Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson.

Lawsuits allege Alabama prison inmates left to die of treatable diseases

By Tom Hall, 23 October 2014

Jailers in Madison County, Alabama deliberately denied health care to inmates with treatable illnesses in order to cut costs, according to three recently filed lawsuits.

Census report: Half of Americans poor or near poor

By Andre Damon, 22 October 2014

A related study found that “nearly two-thirds of New York City residents struggled to make ends meet.”

Hundreds of prison deaths in Florida under investigation

By Matthew MacEgan, 21 October 2014

Whistleblowers have revealed a wave of torture and murder by guards in Florida prisons.

US boosts support for Kurdish militia in Syria

By Peter Symonds, 21 October 2014

While the PYD and its armed wing are still on the US list of terrorist organisations, Secretary of State Kerry is rebadging them as Washington’s latest “valiant” freedom fighters.

Detroit hearing on water shutoffs promotes UN, Democrats

By Jerry White, 21 October 2014

The event on Sunday was sponsored by the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization and the Detroit Peoples Water Board.

UAW imposes concessions on Pennsylvania Boeing workers

By Angelo Bosworth, 21 October 2014

The deal follows similar concessions pacts worked out by the UAW, the International Association of Machinists and the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace at Boeing facilities in Seattle and other cities.

US midterm elections dominated by corporate cash

By Patrick Martin, 21 October 2014

Billionaires and big corporate interests account for the vast bulk of campaign spending for both parties in the 2014 US elections, much of it secret.

US Supreme Court allows Texas to implement anti-democratic voter ID law

By Tom Carter, 20 October 2014

The Texas voter ID law, which was previously struck down as unconstitutional, will block hundreds of thousands of eligible voters from casting ballots in the November elections.

Leaked documents expose secret contracts between NSA and tech companies

By Thomas Gaist, 20 October 2014

The NSA’s internal documents indicate that corporations are actively abetting and benefiting from the US government’s illegal mass surveillance programs.

Obama administration signals reluctance to bring civil rights charges against killer cop in Missouri

By Andre Damon, 20 October 2014

The New York Times, citing federal officials, reported that “the evidence so far did not support civil rights charges” against the officer who shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

Six killed in Pittsburgh area house fire

By Evan Winters and Samuel Davidson, 20 October 2014

In the worst such tragedy in recent history, four children and two adults were killed in a fire early Saturday morning in the city of McKeesport.

Philadelphia unions use teachers’ rally to promote Democrats

By Nick Barrickman and Jerry White, 20 October 2014

Some 3,000 teachers, parents, students and other city workers participated in a rally to oppose the revoking of the labor agreement covering 15,000 teachers.

Los Angeles City Council proposes minor increase in minimum wage

By Kevin Martinez, 20 October 2014

The proposal, presented as a way of alleviating social inequality in one the poorest cities in the US, is aimed at bolstering the Democratic Party.

Electricity base rates to double in Massachusetts this winter

By John Marion, 20 October 2014

The state’s Department of Public Utilities has caved in to National Grid, the main private supplier of electricity.

Students forced to endure sweltering temperatures in Southern California classrooms

By Kimie Saito and Adam Mclean, 20 October 2014

Children were sent to school nurses with nausea, headaches and bloody noses during a recent heat wave.

Government indifference compounds Ebola disaster

By Kate Randall, 18 October 2014

A UN trust fund for Ebola has only $100,000 on hand, a fraction of the nearly $1 billion the world body says is needed to contain the spread of the deadly virus.

The American oligarchy

By Andre Damon, 18 October 2014

Whatever the pretense of “one person, one vote,” the fact is that the top 0.1 percent dictates policy and essentially selects the personnel tasked with carrying it out.

After privatization of custodial services

Reports of garbage, vermin in Chicago public schools

By Christopher Davion, 18 October 2014

In spite of the reports, officials, backed by the SEIU, intend to proceed with the layoff of nearly 300 janitors.

US boosts air war in Syria

By Peter Symonds, 17 October 2014

As the US seeks to consolidate its presence in Iraq and further plans for regime change in Syria, the logic of the military situation points to a further escalation of the war.

CIA warned arming Syrian “rebels” unlikely to succeed

By Bill Van Auken, 17 October 2014

The intelligence agency concluded on the basis of decades of experience that its arming of US-backed insurgents seldom proved successful.

Lack of training, safety at Texas hospital where nurses contracted Ebola

By Kate Randall, 17 October 2014

Texas Health Presbyterian’s handling of Ebola cases has come under fire from registered nurses at the hospital.

Deal with bond insurer paves way for approval of Detroit bankruptcy plan

By Jerry White, 17 October 2014

A settlement with FGIC announced Thursday will give the bond insurer control of choice riverfront property and other city owned assets.

“We protested because we love our teachers and our education”

Students, workers denounce attack on Philadelphia teachers

By Steve Light and Alden Long, 17 October 2014

High school students who walked out last week to support their teachers discussed the fight against budget-cutting and the attack on public education.

Death claims mount from GM ignition defect

By Shannon Jones, 17 October 2014

So far, there have been 178 death claims filed, far in excess of the 13 fatalities acknowledged by GM in vehicles it has recalled for faulty ignitions.

Ebola in America

By Andre Damon, 16 October 2014

The incompetent and irresponsible response to the Ebola crisis in the US stands as an indictment of the American political establishment.

White House publicity stunt offers no relief to long-term jobless workers

By Jerry White, 16 October 2014

With the mid-term elections approaching, the meeting was designed to counter the public perception that the administration is indifferent to the plight of the long-term unemployed.

San Ysidro, California teachers sold out after three-day strike

By Toby Reese and Shane Reynaldo, 16 October 2014

The union rammed through the deal at a hastily called meeting at which teachers were not allowed to ask questions.

Pennsylvania boy, 10, charged as adult in murder case

By Tom Eley, 16 October 2014

A 10-year-old Pennsylvania boy has been charged as an adult and jailed for the death of a 90-year-old woman.

US Marine accused of murdering Filipino during war games

By Joseph Santolan, 16 October 2014

President Aquino’s government rushed to assure Washington that the killing would not jeopardize the recent signed basing deal.

The invisible election

By Barry Grey, 15 October 2014

The interests of American working people, the vast majority of the population, find no expression in the election campaigns of the two parties.

World Health Organization says Ebola cases could reach 10,000 per week

By Andre Damon, 15 October 2014

The figures came as the head of the National Institutes of Health said that the US would likely have already developed a vaccine for Ebola if budget cuts had not slashed research funding.

Sharp rise in US contract workers killed on the job

By Steve Filips, 15 October 2014

The number of contract workers killed on the job has increased by 35 percent since 2011.

Boston Marathon bombing suspect’s defense demands prosecutors turn over evidence on 2011 murders

By Nick Barrickman, 15 October 2014

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s defense asserts information proving their client’s knowledge of a 2011 triple homicide would support their claims that the elder brother was the driving force in the Boston Marathon bombings.

US Army drafts blueprint for World War III

By Bill Van Auken and David North, 14 October 2014

The Pentagon is preparing for unlimited global warfare and military dictatorship within the United States.

In Wayne State gubernatorial debate

Michigan Democrat backs Detroit bankruptcy, auto wage-cutting

By Jerry White, 14 October 2014

From the bankruptcy of Detroit to the promotion of low wages, deregulation and further tax cuts for corporations, Mark Schauer demonstrated his agreement with Republican Governor Rick Snyder.

Protests continue against police violence in St. Louis

By Andre Damon, 13 October 2014

Several thousand people participated in a demonstration Saturday after St. Louis police killed yet another teenager last week.

Majority of Buffalo, New York, children live in poverty

“The rich are getting richer and they don’t care about the poor”

By Michelle Ryan, 13 October 2014

The upstate New York city’s 50.6 percent child poverty rate ranks third worst in the nation, behind Detroit (59 percent) and Cleveland (54 percent).

Illinois governor race shows bipartisan lineup against workers

By Kristina Betinis, 13 October 2014

The unions are backing Democratic Governor Quinn, who has attacked pensions and teachers.

New York’s de Blasio administration defends spying on Muslims

By Isaac Finn, 13 October 2014

The NYPD used undercover cops to spy on Mosques as well as Muslim cultural centers and businesses in New York and New Jersey.

Toxic fallout from US war produces record child birth defect rates in Iraq

By Thomas Gaist, 13 October 2014

Two decades of US military bombardment have saturated Iraq with genotoxic compounds, leading to historically unprecedented rates of birth defects and child cancers.

David North lectures in US Midwest on lessons of 20th Century imperialism

By our reporters, 11 October 2014

Lectures in Chicago, Minneapolis and Detroit were well attended by students and young workers.

Two months after killing of Michael Brown

Off-duty cop kills St. Louis teenager

By Andre Damon, 10 October 2014

The officer fired 17 shots, including a downward shot to the head that killed the 18-year-old.

Atlantic City, New Jersey casino workers arrested at protest over slashed benefits

By Sandy English, 10 October 2014

Workers blocked traffic to oppose draconian cuts to their health and pension benefits.

Hong Kong protests dwindle ahead of talks

By Peter Symonds, 9 October 2014

Talks tomorrow are unlikely to reach any agreement, but have already served the government’s purpose in defusing the protests.

Police and Obama administration plan for nationwide crackdown on Ferguson protests

By Eric London, 9 October 2014

State and federal officials are preparing a coordinated nationwide attack on protests if a grand jury whitewashes the police killing of Michael Brown.

The bank bailout and the Forbes 400

By Andre Damon, 8 October 2014

Six years since the 2008 bank bailout, the wealth of the 400 richest people in the United States has nearly doubled.

Detroit mayor and city council president voice full support for continued financial dictatorship

By Thomas Gaist, 8 October 2014

After dropping their rhetorical opposition to the emergency manager, Mayor Mike Duggan and City Council President Brenda Jones were given seats on the financial control board.

Felony charges dropped against Detroit cop who killed seven-year-old girl

By James Brewer, 8 October 2014

Aiyana Stanley-Jones was shot and killed during a violent SWAT team raid in 2010.

Report finds Border Patrol flew drones away from US borders

By Nick Barrickman, 7 October 2014

The findings follow revelations earlier this year that Customs and Border Protection had “loaned” its drone fleet to other intelligence agencies hundreds of times.

Wealth of richest 400 Americans surges to $2.29 trillion

By Andre Damon, 6 October 2014

The net worth of the Forbes 400 grew thirteen percent this year amidst a soaring stock market and record corporate profits.

Judge orders release of Guantanamo Bay force-feeding videos

By Thomas Gaist, 6 October 2014

The very existence of the tapes—which show the repeated physical abuse of hunger striker Abu Wa'el Dhiab—was denied by the Obama administration until May 2014.

Allegations of sexual abuse at south Texas immigrant detention facility

By Jake Dean, 6 October 2014

A recent federal complaint alleges that immigrant women are regularly subject to sexual abuse and harassment at a privately run detention center in Karnes City, Texas.

Three more New York City police killings last week

By Sandy English, 6 October 2014

Officers of the New York Police Department (NYPD) shot and killed three people last week in ongoing displays of police violence in the city.

Protests continue after Colorado school board refuses to back down on "patriotic" curriculum

By D. Lencho, 6 October 2014

As protests against its right-wing agenda continued, Colorado's Jefferson County school board majority passed a cosmetic “compromise” of its attack on the school district’s history curriculum.

US Supreme Court Justice Scalia attacks separation of church and state

By Tom Carter, 6 October 2014

In a speech Wednesday, Scalia declared that the Constitution does not prohibit the government from favoring “religion over nonreligion,” calling for a fight against “secularists” who contend otherwise.

US labor force participation rate hits lowest level since 1978

By Andre Damon, 4 October 2014

The headline figure of 248,000 jobs added in September obscures the fundamental trends of the US labor market: mass unemployment, a sharp fall in the labor force participation rate and declining wages.

Corporate elite divvies up Detroit as bankruptcy plan confirmation looms

By Thomas Gaist, 4 October 2014

As the Detroit bankruptcy moves into its final stage, it becomes ever more clear that the corporate-financial oligarchy is implementing the wholesale privatization of an entire US city.

Majority of Texas abortion clinics to close following court ruling

By Kate Randall, 4 October 2014

The court action could force nearly one million Texas women to drive at least 300 miles round trip to access their constitutionally protected right to an abortion.

Obama deported a record 438,421 people last year

By Andre Damon, 3 October 2014

The Obama administration has now deported more people than any other presidency.

Federal judge opens door to the shredding of California public worker pensions

By Gabriel Black, 3 October 2014

The ruling in the Stockton case will encourage a wave of bankruptcies across America’s most populous state

Seattle workers to be hit by transit fare increases, cuts to service

By Christine Schofelt, 3 October 2014

A proposed two-tier fare scheme in Seattle is an effort to distract from rising rates and cuts in public transit service.

King County, Washington, budget proposes layoffs and deep cuts to social services

By Richard Vargas, 3 October 2014

A 10 percent cut at the public health department will lead to clinic closures and discontinued services such as testing for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.

US social inequality in two graphs

Income gains after recessions increasingly go to the wealthy

By Tom Hall and Andre Damon, 2 October 2014

Social inequality has grown far more than most people realize, recent academic papers show.

First Ebola case diagnosed in US

By Shannon Jones, 2 October 2014

A man from Liberia visiting family in Texas is the first person in the US diagnosed with the deadly virus.

CIA document details cover-up of drug trafficking by Contras

By Thomas Gaist, 2 October 2014

The CIA worked with the major media outlets to suppress reporting on cocaine trafficking operations by the US-backed Contra militias.

US Secret Service director resigns amid mounting security scandals

By Bill Van Auken, 2 October 2014

Julia Pierson stepped down after bipartisan demands for an independent probe of lapses in security surrounding the White House and the president.

A US judge declares Detroit residents have no right to water

By Jerry White, 1 October 2014

Judge Steven Rhodes openly stated the operating principle that guides the ruling class the world over.

Protests and sick-outs continue in Colorado against “patriotic” curriculum

By D. Lencho, 1 October 2014

Teachers outside Denver, Colorado called in sick September 29, closing two high schools amidst continuing protests against the school board’s drive to rewrite the US history curriculum.

Recordings show Federal Reserve covered up Wall Street crimes

By Gabriel Black, 1 October 2014

The tapes were made public by a former Federal Reserve regulator who said she was fired because she would not “falsify” her findings.

The midterm elections and the political crisis in the US

By Patrick Martin, 30 September 2014

The American population is overwhelmingly indifferent to the November 4 US elections, which will decide 34 US Senate seats, all 435 seats in the House of Representatives, and the governorships of most states.

US ramps up war in Syria

By Peter Symonds, 30 September 2014

The Obama administration is marshalling support for a war that is primarily aimed against the Syrian government, rather than ISIS.

Voter ID laws to keep millions from voting in November elections

By Ed Hightower, 30 September 2014

In four US states alone, 1.7 million voters would be denied the right to vote.

Los Angeles police kill about one person per week

By Kevin Martinez, 30 September 2014

Police in Los Angeles County have killed at least 589 people since 2000.

US elite rolls out red carpet for Indian PM Modi

By Keith Jones, 30 September 2014

Washington has made no secret it wants to “reset” Indo-US relations, so as to harness New Delhi to its anti-China “pivot.”

Black lung disease hits highest levels in four decades

By Clement Daly, 29 September 2014

The most severe form of black lung, a preventable disease resulting from insufficient ventilation in coalmines, has increased tenfold over fifteen years.

The legacy of US Attorney General Eric Holder

By Tom Carter, 29 September 2014

During his six-year term, Holder has presided over the most comprehensive and aggressive trampling of democratic rights in US history.

Washington Post slashes retirement benefits

By a reporter, 29 September 2014

The newspaper is cutting benefits immediately for non-union employees and demanding the same cuts in contract talks with the Newspaper Guild.