United States

Income inequality soars in every US state

By Andre Damon, 30 January 2015

In the period between 1979 and 2007, every state in the US saw the income share of the top 1 percent grow by at least 25 percent.

Notes on police violence in America

Police shoot and kill teenage girl in Longview, Texas police station

By Evan Blake, 30 January 2015

The incident follows the police shooting of 16-year-old Jessica Hernandez in Denver, Colorado this week.

No further prosecution for policeman who killed Detroit seven-year-old

By James Brewer, 30 January 2015

The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office announced they would not pursue a third trial against Officer Joseph Weekley for the death of Aiyana Stanley-Jones.

Texas, Georgia execute intellectually disabled death row inmates

By Kate Randall, 30 January 2015

The US Supreme Court decided not to grant reprieves to two death row inmates executed this week who demonstrated clear mental disabilities.

Six million hit with Obamacare penalties for being uninsured

By Jerry White, 30 January 2015

The penalty is a minimum of $95 for individuals but can be one percent of family income—potentially hundreds of dollars—if a dependent is not covered.

University of California doctors hold one-day strike

By our reporters, 30 January 2015

In line with its strategy of subordinating workers to the Democratic Party, AFSCME limited the strike by doctors to one day, focused on claims of unfair labor practices.

US stock sell-off in response to Fed policy statement on interest rates

By Barry Grey, 29 January 2015

The Fed has come under increasing pressure from Wall Street to delay any rate hike until the final months of this year or some time in 2016.

Diesel spill in West Virginia leaves 12,000 without water

By Clement Daly, 29 January 2015

Chemical spills and leaks are endemic throughout the US, threatening the health and safety of the population and the quality of the environment.

Politically driven hysteria over the New York City snowstorm that wasn’t

By Jerry White, 29 January 2015

The residents of New York City were subjected to warnings of a “historic snowstorm,” declarations of states of emergency and a virtual lockdown for what turned out to be a few inches of snow.

US announces plan to ration health care under Medicare

By Kate Randall, 28 January 2015

The realignment of Medicare more directly with the profit dictates of the market will become the model for the American health care system as a whole.

Concerns over Fed tightening as deflation fears grow

By Nick Beams, 28 January 2015

William White, former chief economist at the Bank for International Settlements, declared, “We’re seeing true currency wars and everybody is doing it, and I have no idea where this is going to end.”

Snowstorm ‘Juno’ shuts down much of northeastern US

By Sandy English, 28 January 2015

The blizzard knocked out electricity for thousands and prompted a shutdown of transportation in major metropolitan areas.

Top New York state Democrat indicted for corruption

By Philip Guelpa, 26 January 2015

Sheldon Silver, Speaker of the New York State Assembly, was indicted for accepting bribes and influence peddling.

Rikers Island officers fired for hog-tying and beating prisoner

By Sandy English, 26 January 2015

The horrific beating of Robert Hinton was only one case in a string of violence and murder in New York City’s Rikers Island prison.

Pipeline leak spills thousands of gallons of crude oil into Yellowstone River

By Bryan Dyne, 26 January 2015

Residents of Glendive, Montana were forced to use bottled water for five days after the January 17 spill.

First round of US-Cuba talks end as restrictions eased

By Alexander Fangmann, 26 January 2015

While deep disagreements remain between the regimes in Havana and Washington, the movement towards the resumption of relations continues at great speed.

New Senate Intelligence Committee chair moves to suppress CIA torture report

By Patrick Martin, 24 January 2015

The new Republican chairman of the committee has demanded the Obama administration return all copies of the report on CIA torture.

Notes on police violence in America

Video shows New Jersey police killing man as he attempts to surrender

By Tom Hall, 23 January 2015

Officers shot Jerame Reid nine times as he got out of a car with his hands raised.

Influenza reaches epidemic proportions in US

By E.P. Bannon, 23 January 2015

Roughly 8.5 percent of all deaths across the country for the week ending on January 10 resulted from influenza or pneumonia.

Governor Cuomo pushes casino expansion in Upstate New York

By Jason Melanovski, 23 January 2015

Cuomo said building casinos was "safe, clean economic development."

Obama’s State of Delusion

By Patrick Martin and Joseph Kishore, 22 January 2015

The delusional character of Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday is perhaps matched only by its presentation by the media and supporters of the Democratic Party.

Report: No federal charges against Ferguson, Missouri cop who killed Michael Brown

By Andre Damon, 22 January 2015

The Obama administration’s decision not to pursue civil rights charges against Darren Wilson is only the final act in the drive to shield Darren Wilson from prosecution.

Cincinnati bridge collapse kills one worker, injures another

By Evan Blake, 22 January 2015

Experts said cost-cutting by a construction company may have led to the collapse.

Delusion and deception in Obama’s State of Union

By Patrick Martin, 21 January 2015

The State of the Union speech delivered by President Obama Tuesday night painted a picture of America and the world that is the diametric opposite of the real conditions of social crisis, economic breakdown and imperialist war.

The murder of Akai Gurley and police repression in New York City public housing

By Isaac Finn, 21 January 2015

The cop who killed Gurley last November was conducting a “vertical patrol,” a regular NYPD tactic, with his gun drawn.

New Orleans mayor announces “end” to veteran homelessness

By Tom Hall, 21 January 2015

Landrieu’s claim, part of a nationwide initiative by Michelle Obama, comes as the city government criminalizes the city’s homeless population.

Reports on deadly Metro accident show poor maintenance and negligence in Washington, DC transit system

By Joe Williams, 21 January 2015

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority is facing a growing backlash as details emerge of its inept response to the terrifying accident.

The coming fight over wages in the US

By Jerry White, 19 January 2015

Several leading newspapers and think tanks have pointed to the long-term stagnation of wages as the catalyst for a potentially explosive movement over wages by the working class.

Striking California mental health workers denounce attacks on health care

By our reporters, 19 January 2015

Some 2,600 mental health care workers in California are in the second week of a strike against Kaiser Permanente.

Behind whitewash of CIA spying: The trail leads to the White House

By Thomas Gaist and Patrick Martin, 17 January 2015

CIA Director John Brennan discussed plans to investigate the Senate Intelligence Committee staff with White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough.

CIA panel whitewashes spying on US Senate

By Thomas Gaist, 17 January 2015

Wednesday saw the public release of a report produced by the CIA “accountability board” appointed by CIA Director John Brennan to review the agency’s spying on the staff of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) as it prepared its report on the CIA torture program.

New York City Mayor de Blasio vows to veto law outlawing police chokeholds

By Sandy English, 17 January 2015

De Blasio’s statement followed the publication of a report showing that officers that used chokeholds on residents received little or no punishment.

Spending by outside groups in US Senate elections has doubled since 2010

By E.P. Bannon, 17 January 2015

Campaign spending by outside groups like super PACs has doubled since the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court ruling.

Federal judge cuts BP oil spill fine by billions of dollars

By Tom Hall, 17 January 2015

BP’s maximum fine for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill will be $13.7 billion, far lower than the $18 billion fine called for by prosecutors.

Fourteen cold-related deaths in Chicago region since November

By Jeff Lusanne, 17 January 2015

Extreme cold in the Chicago region has amplified the precarious situation of the homeless and impoverished population in the region.

Notes on police violence in America

Detroit area police caught on video beating handcuffed suspect

By Tom Hall, 16 January 2015

The police chief of Grosse Pointe Park declared that the beating was justified after a seven-minute recording surfaced on Facebook.

Obama administration pushes cybersecurity law to expand corporate-government collaboration

By Ed Hightower, 15 January 2015

The intelligence sharing legislation would give legal immunity to corporations that grant the US government direct access to their data.

One day after Albuquerque cops charged with murder, another fatal police shooting

By D. Lencho, 15 January 2015

The latest incident brings the number of officer-involved shootings since 2010 to 42, with 29 of them fatal.

Hundreds of thousands of US layoffs expected as oil boom unravels

By Gabriel Black, 15 January 2015

The collapse of oil prices is reverberating throughout the US economy, with the number of operating oil rigs reduced, job cuts mounting and several states seeing a huge loss of revenue.

Obama announces pro-business community college plan

By Evan Blake, 15 January 2015

Obama made clear that his proposal aims to provide American corporations with skilled, low-cost labor.

Top secret report details FBI mass surveillance

By Thomas Gaist, 14 January 2015

Beginning in 2008, the FBI received daily emailed reports listing new targets being added to the NSA’s spying programs.

Washington, DC subway disaster kills one, injures 84

By Gabriel Black, 14 January 2015

An electrical malfunction left passengers trapped in a train filled with heavy smoke.

Murder charges filed against Albuquerque cops who killed James Boyd

By D. Lencho, 14 January 2015

Albuquerque Police Department officers have never before faced criminal charges for a shooting.

Pennsylvania’s new Democratic Party governor prepares austerity measures

By Douglas Lyons, 14 January 2015

Governor-elect Tom Wolf is preparing reductions in spending on public education and other social programs along with deep cuts to the pensions and health benefits.

Coal mine closures and layoffs continue throughout US

By Clement Daly, 13 January 2015

The wave of mine closures and layoffs in the US coal industry continued throughout the second half of 2014.

Verizon union gears up for sellout at US telecom

By Maria Kovalenko, 13 January 2015

The labor agreement covering 40,000 Verizon workers in the eastern United States expires in August.

Elizabeth Warren speaks at AFL-CIO meeting

By Tom Hall, 13 January 2015

Warren’s speech Wednesday at the National Summit to Raise Wages was aimed at bolstering the Democrats’ flagging electoral support in the face of its right-wing record.

Ezekiel Emanuel’s latest advice: “Skip Your Annual Physical”

By Kate Randall, 13 January 2015

Emanuel’s advice that people stop having annual exams illustrates the agenda behind Obamacare—the rationing of health care for the vast majority of ordinary Americans.

Drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan

By James Brewer, 12 January 2015

Only months after severing its contract with the Detroit water system, the city of Flint faces a crisis.

Sony hacking allegations used to push antidemocratic “cybersecurity” laws

By Tom Carter, 10 January 2015

Efforts are underway within the US government to exploit hacking allegations against North Korea in order to ram through legislation that will further expand domestic surveillance.

Cleveland police gave 12-year-old Tamir Rice no medical aid after shooting him

By Nick Barrickman, 10 January 2015

Police tackled and handcuffed the boy’s 14-year-old sister as she attempted to run to her brother’s side.

New York police continue counteroffensive with arrests of protesters and work slowdown

By Sandy English, 9 January 2015

New York police arrested protesters in Grand Central Station as the NYPD continued its slowdown in summonses for minor crimes.

Cleveland, Ohio woman’s death at hands of police ruled a homicide

By Samuel Davidson, 9 January 2015

Tanisha Anderson died after a police officer slammed her head on to the pavement with his knee on her back.

Homemade bomb explodes outside NAACP offices in Colorado Springs

By Tom Hall, 9 January 2015

The attack came on the same day that Steve Scalise was reelected as House Majority Whip, despite his ties to white supremacist organizations.

Freezing temperatures lead to dozens of deaths in the US

By Muhammad Khan, 9 January 2015

Cold weather across the United States this week has revealed the dire social conditions facing millions of Americans.

New Congress targets Social Security disability benefits

By Andre Damon, 8 January 2015

The 114th US Congress completed its first two days by preparing the passage of regressive, anti-social policies.

Two New Orleans charter schools vote to return to local oversight

By Tom Hall, 8 January 2015

Far from being a return to “local control,” the schools’ decision means the further consolidation of the charter school system over New Orleans education.

US Steel to close plant in Lorain, Ohio and lay off 756 workers

By Kevin Martinez, 7 January 2015

The giant steelmaker, which produces pipes for oil drilling at its Cleveland area mill, blamed falling oil prices for the downsizing.

House Republicans re-elect Congressional whip with ties to neo-Nazi group

By Andre Damon, 7 January 2015

The appointment of Steve Scalse is a clear statement that a past relationship with a white supremacist organization does not disqualify someone from holding a top post in Congress.

Ferguson grand juror seeks to speak out against rigged procedure

By Gabriel Black, 7 January 2015

The grand juror claims that prosecutor Robert McCulloch twisted evidence in favor of Darren Wilson, deliberately muddled the law and misrepresented jurors’ views.

One in seven Detroiters threatened with eviction in wave of home foreclosures

By Zac Corrigan, 7 January 2015

More than 60,000 Detroit homes have been served foreclosure notices as part of a plan to squeeze more from the city’s low-income residents to pay off wealthy bondholders.

Legal attack on Minnesota protest against police murders

By Jonas Boquist, 7 January 2015

In a further drive to punish and criminalize dissent, a Minnesota city attorney is seeking to prosecute protesters and compel organizers to pay the costs for the police mobilization.

The state of American society as 2015 begins

By Andre Damon, 6 January 2015

One would never know from reading the American press, watching the evening news, or listening to the statements of politicians that hunger, poverty and long-term joblessness remain at their highest levels in decades.

Police kill man holding toy gun in California

By Gabriel Black, 6 January 2015

Police killed a 32-year-old man in San Francisco Sunday who was allegedly brandishing an airsoft gun.

Gentrification of downtown Detroit producing huge profits for the rich

By Zac Corrigan, 6 January 2015

Wealthy investors are making a fortune by kicking low-income residents out of their homes and jacking up rents in downtown Detroit.

General Motors recalls more vehicles for ignition defects

By Shannon Jones, 6 January 2015

The auto company began 2015 by recalling another 92,000 vehicles that could be prone to unexpected engine stalls.

The New York Times and Washington’s “propaganda bubble” on Ukraine

By Bill Van Auken, 6 January 2015

The Times’ “investigation” is dedicated to portraying the events of last February as merely a “meltdown” of the Ukrainian government, rather than a Western-orchestrated coup.

As 114th Congress convenes

Washington resumes work on right-wing agenda

By Patrick Martin, 5 January 2015

The Obama administration and the new Republican majority in Congress have begun discussions on an agenda of militarism abroad and further attacks on working people at home.

US Post Office to close 82 mail processing centers

By Tom Hall and Hector Cordon, 5 January 2015

The closures, scheduled to begin January 10, will impact 15,000 employees and eliminate overnight delivery for a large share of first class mail.

US military preparing new generation of drones for urban combat

By Bryan Dyne, 5 January 2015

The Pentagon’s new intelligent and “autonomous” mini-drones will be capable of navigating difficult urban settings at speeds of 70 kilometers per hour.

Figure hits $4.1 trillion

Wealth of world’s 400 richest billionaires rose $92 billion in 2014

By Andre Damon, 3 January 2015

The wealth of the global financial elite soared last year amid surging stock markets fueled by cash infusions from central banks.

US imposes new sanctions on North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 3 January 2015

The entire Sony hacking affair has the character of a US concoction deliberately designed to heighten tensions on the Korean peninsula.

Senate letter exposes FBI domestic warrantless cellphone data mining

By Thomas Gaist, 3 January 2015

New FBI internal regulations effectively authorize the bureau to conduct mass spying and data mining operations against cellphones in the United States.

Jacksonville, Florida residents speak on inadequate minimum wage increase

By Juan Rodriguez and Matthew Taylor, 3 January 2015

Florida’s minimum wage is increasing from $7.93 per hour to $8.05 per hour, a difference of merely 1.5 percent.

The continuing US war in Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 30 December 2014

The shabby little ceremony Sunday in which a US commander hauled down one battle flag and ran up another only confirmed that the US war in Afghanistan continues.

Financial Times points to US regime-change intrigue in Sri Lanka

By K. Ratnayake, 30 December 2014

The newspaper highlights the “unexpectedly well-organised opposition campaign” that has emerged in the presidential election—with Washington’s support.

Los Angeles police department on high alert after officers allegedly ambushed by gunmen

By Dan Conway, 30 December 2014

The placing of the LAPD on "high alert" coincided with the release of an autopsy report on the police killing of an unarmed man in August.

Loss of temporary Medicaid subsidies: Another Obamacare blow to US working poor

By Thomas Gaist, 30 December 2014

The expiration of temporary federal support for state-based Medicaid programs will reduce health care availability for the low-income families by as much as 40 percent.

Trash haulers and truck drivers strike in Maryland

By our reporters, 30 December 2014

Unity Disposal Management has sought to drag out contract negotiations, demanding that trash haulers take a pay cut while drivers receive a minor wage increase.

The militarist agenda behind Washington’s confrontation with North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 29 December 2014

Sections of the American ruling elite are pressing for an aggressive strategy of regime-change in Pyongyang—a policy that threatens to trigger world war.

A political mobilization of the American police

By Patrick Martin, 29 December 2014

The funeral Saturday for a policeman shot to death in New York City was used to intimidate widespread popular opposition to police brutality and violence.

Notes on police violence in America

By Matt Rigel, 29 December 2014

Horrifying police violence against civilians has become a central feature of American society.

In the ten days before Christmas, 81 people killed in home fires throughout the US

By Samuel Davidson, 29 December 2014

Increasing numbers of working class families are forced to use unsafe electric or kerosene space heaters in an effort to save money.

US Department of Education reveals new criteria for financial aid to colleges

By Evan Blake, 29 December 2014

The new college ratings system represents the extension of Obama’s Race to the Top into the sphere of higher education.

The Dow at 18,000: Contradictions mount in world economy

By Nick Beams, 27 December 2014

The ever-widening gap between financial markets and the real economy is creating the conditions for economic turmoil and the eruption of social and political struggles.

Internal NSA reports detail violation of laws, regulations

By Thomas Gaist, 27 December 2014

Documents released by the NSA itself show that agents regularly violate legal restrictions on surveillance of US citizens.

Police shooting of teen provokes protests in Berkeley, Missouri

By Nick Barrickman, 27 December 2014

After the killing of Martin, protests broke out at the scene near Ferguson, with police arresting several demonstrators.

Arrests for social media posts follow NYPD shootings

By Matthew MacEgan, 27 December 2014

Several people have been arrested for allegedly making “threatening” statements, either verbally or on social media, in many states, including New York, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Massachusetts and Vermont.

At least 786 US children died while being monitored by child protection authorities

By Tom Hall, 27 December 2014

The AP report, which covers a six-year period, states that the government does a “terrible job” of accounting for child deaths.

The New York Times calls for torture prosecutions

By Patrick Martin and David North, 23 December 2014

An editorial published Monday reveals a deep-going political crisis within the American ruling elite.

New York State bans fracking

By Philip Guelpa, 23 December 2014

Governor Cuomo’s decision has more to do with political calculations than any principled considerations.

Charges brought against executives in West Virginia chemical spill

By Clement Daly, 23 December 2014

Federal prosecutors have charged Freedom Industries and six owners, executives and employees in connection with the January 9 chemical spill that contaminated drinking water for 300,000 residents.

New York City police pledge “wartime” response to killing of two officers

By Sandy English, 22 December 2014

The killing of two police officers in New York City this weekend has been followed by a near-mutinous response from the city’s police department, with demands for a crackdown on protests against police violence.

Prosecutor in Michael Brown case knowingly presented false testimony favorable to Ferguson cop

By Andre Damon, 22 December 2014

The revelation underscores the fact that the grand jury proceeding that failed to indict Darren Wilson was a legal fraud.

National Guard called up in response to Milwaukee protest over police violence

By Kristina Betinis, 22 December 2014

The activation of the National Guard is in anticipation of protests over a decision on whether or not to indict a Milwaukee police officer who killed unarmed Dontre Hamilton.

What is in the Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture: Part three

By Eric London, 22 December 2014

This is the third of three articles summarizing the contents of the unclassified executive summary of the US Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the CIA torture program.

Wall Street surge another sign of instability

By Nick Beams, 22 December 2014

The gyrations on Wall Street last week underscore how dependent financial markets are on the supply of ultra-cheap money from the US Federal Reserve.

Navistar closing foundry in Indianapolis, Indiana

By Jerry White, 22 December 2014

The plant closing, which comes after the UAW accepted a 40 percent wage cut, is the latest in the area, long-known as a major automotive and manufacturing center.

Oil rig fire in Oklahoma kills two workers, critically burns two others

By Evan Blake, 20 December 2014

All five casualties of the incident were employees of drilling contractor Dan D. Drilling, which promotes itself as a “cost conscious” service provider.

Judge reverses guilty verdict in 1944 execution of 14-year-old

By Tom Mackaman, 20 December 2014

George Stinney, Jr., who was African American, was arrested, tried, convicted, and electrocuted for the murder of two white girls in the small mill town of Alcolu, South Carolina.