United States

Trump White House under mounting pressure from anti-Russia campaign

By Patrick Martin, 20 February 2017

Seven congressional committees are now engaged in investigations into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 elections, including contacts with the Trump campaign.

Thousands protest in Boston against Trump’s threats to science

By Mike Ingram, 20 February 2017

The rally coincided with the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of the Sciences (AAAS) at the nearby Hynes Convention Center in downtown Boston.

Federal reserve report reveals exploding levels of US household debt

By Tom Hall, 20 February 2017

Total US household debt is expected to surpass levels reached just prior to the subprime mortgage crisis that triggered the 2008 Recession.

“If you attack one school, you attack them all”

Anger grows over Michigan school closures

By Shannon Jones, 20 February 2017

As opposition mounts to the threat by state officials to close dozens of schools in Detroit and other cities, the unions and Democrats are stepping in to smother it.

Baltimore public schools face $129 million budget deficit, plan mass layoffs

By Ron Barzel and Brad Dixon, 20 February 2017

The current deficit amounts to 10 percent of the entire budget for the Baltimore City school system, which has an enrollment of around 82,000 students.

Indiana governor declares disaster in East Chicago over lead contamination

By Jessica Goldstein, 20 February 2017

Although lead contamination in the area has been known of for decades, no substantial efforts were made to address the toxin until recently.

Arizona invites lawyers for death row inmates to provide execution drugs

By Brad Dixon, 20 February 2017

Unable to procure the drugs needed for lethal injections, the Arizona department of corrections is inviting lawyers for death row inmates to provide the drugs to be used to kill their clients.

Iowa makes massive mid-year budget cuts targeting public education

By George Marlowe, 20 February 2017

Republican Governor Terry Branstad of Iowa signed a bill that would entail mid-year budget cuts of over $118 million, the bulk of which hit public schools and higher education.

Seventy-five years after FDR’s Japanese internment order, Trump prepares mass immigrant roundup

By Eric London, 20 February 2017

The attack on immigrants has been prepared by both the Democratic and Republican parties, which have jointly cultivated a climate of anti-immigrant xenophobia to advance their policies of war and social counterrevolution.

New York transit union pushes through concessions contract

By Alan Whyte, 20 February 2017

Less than one-third of those eligible to vote actually ratified the 28-month-long contract, which does nothing to improve wages, health and pension benefits and work conditions.

US Senate confirms industry stooge to head Environmental Protection Agency

By Daniel de Vries, 18 February 2017

Former Oklahoma attorney general and anti-regulation zealot Scott Pruitt was sworn in as head of the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday.

The popular movement against Trump vs. the corporate media’s anti-Russia witch-hunt

By Andre Damon, 18 February 2017

Following Donald Trump’s extraordinary news conference, the ferocious battle over imperialist policy between contending factions of the ruling class is intensifying.

US Homeland Security memo: Deploy 100,000 National Guard troops to round up immigrants

By Eric London, 18 February 2017

The proposals outlined in a memo obtained by the AP would require the imposition of de facto martial law across broad swaths of the United States.

As Trump promotes America First nationalism at South Carolina Boeing plant

UAW to launch “Buy American” campaign

By Shannon Jones, 18 February 2017

The UAW is ramping up its promotion of economic nationalism in line with the reactionary America First demagogy of the Trump administration.

Republican health care plan guts Medicaid, shifts funds from poor to rich

By Kate Randall, 18 February 2017

The proposals would roll back Medicaid expansion under Obamacare and convert the program to either a per capita cap or a block grant to the states.

Iowa governor signs bill limiting collective bargaining for state employees

By Marcus Day, 18 February 2017

Iowa’s Republican-controlled state government enacted legislation Friday gutting collective bargaining rights for teachers and other public workers.

US late-night comics fall into (anti-Russian) line

By David Walsh, 18 February 2017

Predictably, America’s late-night comics and television talk show hosts have joined the right-wing campaign to depict Trump as an ally or even pawn of Russia’s Vladimir Putin.

The Trump press conference: A ferocious conflict within the ruling elite

By Patrick Martin, 17 February 2017

The press conference was unlike anything seen in modern American history, as the US president traded insults with journalists and engaged in a bitter battle with his nemeses in the media.

Thousands participate in nation-wide “A day without immigrants” protest

By Genevieve Leigh, 17 February 2017

The protests including work stoppages, marches and student sick-outs, and were directed against the Trump administration’s actions against immigrants and refugees.

Stunning rebuke to machinists’ union at South Carolina Boeing plant

By Jerry White, 17 February 2017

The IAM’s record of collaboration with Boeing’s attack on jobs and living standards did far more to repel workers than the campaign against the union by the aerospace giant.

As Michigan cuts off water bill credits, Flint officials announce shutoffs

By James Brewer, 17 February 2017

An improvement in water lead levels is the pretext for cutting off water bill subsidies to Flint residents and resuming water shutoffs.

Video exposes official lies about police killing in Nashville, Tennessee

By Warren Duzak, 17 February 2017

Police claims that Jocques Scott Clemmons had assaulted the officer who eventually killed him as he left his car during a traffic stop have been shown to be demonstrably false.

Woman forced to give birth on floor of Macomb County, Michigan jail cell

By Nick Rodriguez, 17 February 2017

The disturbing incident, which took place last year but was only recently made public, sheds a stark light on the harsh realities of life confronting the working class.

On eve of GM Detroit layoffs

Jeep announces partial shutdown of Toledo, Ohio complex

By Shannon Jones, 17 February 2017

The UAW is collaborating with GM to lay off some 1,300 workers at the GM Detroit-Hamtramck plant while trying to divert anger with a reactionary “Buy American” campaign.

Heroin overdoses spike in Louisville, Kentucky

By Naomi Spencer, 17 February 2017

Last week, Louisville reported 151 overdoses over four days, 52 of them within a 32-hour period.

Intelligence agencies clash with Trump over Russia allegations

By Tom Eley, 16 February 2017

The warfare within the ruling class is being waged along a front that extends from the intelligence agencies through the Republican Party and into the Trump White House itself.

Democrats seek to channel opposition to Trump behind anti-Russia offensive

By Joseph Kishore, 16 February 2017

Trump’s critics in the media and political establishment are seeking to disorient the opposition of workers and youth to Trump and corral it behind the war plans of the CIA.

Fast-food mogul Andrew Puzder withdraws as Trump labor nominee

By a reporter, 16 February 2017

Puzder faced opposition from both the right wing of the Republican Party and all Senate Democrats.

First ICE raids under Trump arrest nearly 700 immigrants in five days

By Zaida Green, 16 February 2017

Among those being threatened with deportation is 23-year-old Daniel Ramirez Medina, who was granted deferred leave and a work permit under the Obama administration.

Trump, Netanyahu dismiss “two-state solution,” threaten Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 16 February 2017

Both the US president and the Israeli prime minister referred to a “regional” approach based on securing the support of Arab Sunni despots for an escalation of militarism against Iran.

“This is a big kick for families that are already struggling.”

Oroville dam evacuees criticize state response, remain ready to flee

By Zac Corrigan, 16 February 2017

Thousands of evacuees from beneath the eroded Oroville dam sheltered their families at the fairgrounds in Chico, California.

Oroville Dam crisis highlights deteriorating state of US infrastructure

By Ben McGrath, 16 February 2017

Billions of dollars in dam repairs needed around the United States are not being made, putting countless lives at risk.

Munich Security Conference chairman advocates European rearmament

By Peter Schwarz, 16 February 2017

Wolfgang Ischinger, the Chairman of the Munich Security Conference, proposed defending the “Western order of values” by means of a massive increase in military spending.

US-backed UN statement condemns North Korean missile test

By Peter Symonds, 16 February 2017

The UN warned of “further significant steps” if Pyongyang did not halt its testing and called on UN members “to redouble their efforts” to implement existing sanctions.

Construction of Dakota Access Pipeline continues amid growing protests

By Shelley Connor, 16 February 2017

On February 15 protests took place throughout the US as part of a “Day of Action” against the pipeline.

India to become hub for US Seventh Fleet

By Keith Jones, 16 February 2017

Under a deal announced earlier this week, India will become a major service and repair hub for the US Seventh Fleet—the armada that is central to US war preparations against China.

Columnist Myles E. Johnson on Beyoncé at the Grammys

The New York Times opens its pages to frenzied racialism

By David Walsh, 16 February 2017

The February 14 op-ed piece in the Times by Myles E. Johnson (“What Beyoncé Won Was Bigger Than a Grammy”) is an especially repugnant example of racialism.

Behind the Flynn resignation and Trump crisis: A bitter conflict over imperialist policy

By Patrick Martin, 15 February 2017

Congressional Democrats are speaking for a large section of the military-intelligence apparatus that is opposed to any lessening of US pressure on Russia.

Evacuees return home beneath Oroville dam in California as new storm approaches

By Zac Corrigan and Ben McGrath, 15 February 2017

Several days of rain are forecast to begin this evening, meaning residents must be prepared to evacuate again at a moment’s notice.

US stocks hit new highs following Senate testimony by Fed chief

By Barry Grey, 15 February 2017

While Yellen defended the Dodd-Frank banking law, she repeatedly stated her support for “mitigating” the regulatory “burden” on financial firms.

Documents reveal that Oakland officials were aware of illegal housing prior to Ghost Ship fire

By Evan Blake, 15 February 2017

Over 600 pages of redacted reports by local police officers, firefighters and building inspectors detail dozens of visits to the Ghost Ship warehouse in recent years.

What did billionaire Mike Ilitch leave Detroit?

By Shannon Jones, 15 February 2017

Behind the official paeans to the late billionaire Mike Ilitch lies the reality of a city devastated by the ruthless workings of capitalist “free enterprise.”

Eighty years since the victory of the Flint sit-down strike—Part one

By Jerry White, 15 February 2017

The 44-day battle by autoworkers lasted from December 29, 1936 to February 11, 1937. It forced General Motors, then the largest industrial enterprise on the planet, to recognize the recently founded United Auto Workers.

Momentive strikers forced to take pay and health cuts as US owner throws a multi-million-dollar party

By Jerry White, 15 February 2017

As the unions told workers to accept a concession-laden contract, the billionaire who owns a substantial share of Momentive was enjoying a birthday party complete with camels, acrobats and fireworks.

Recording artists voice opposition to the White House at 2017 Grammy Awards

By Nick Barrickman, 15 February 2017

Numerous Grammy Award-winning music artists took to the stage on Sunday’s awards ceremony to criticize the new US administration.

Crumbling California dam forces 188,000 to evacuate as threat of major flood looms

By Ben McGrath, 14 February 2017

The state government ignored clear warnings of an impending disaster at the Oroville dam and gave residents just one hour to evacuate when the emergency spillway began to fail.

US District courts dismiss remaining Federal lawsuits over Flint water poisoning

By Matthew Brennan, 14 February 2017

The dismissals come as a US congressional committee shuts down the official investigation and reports of more potentially lead-connected deaths emerge.

Two workplace explosions kill four workers in Louisiana

By J. L’Heureau, 14 February 2017

Lax safety regulations coupled with deteriorating equipment continue to jeopardize the lives of workers in Louisiana.

Nazis in the Trump White House

By Patrick Martin, 13 February 2017

The Trump administration has brought a cabal of fascistic aides into leading roles.

“We urge students and young people to turn to the working class”

IYSSE member speaks at a rally to oppose Trump’s immigrant ban

By our reporters, 13 February 2017

Last Thursday members of the IYSSE at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor attended and addressed a rally entitled “No to Visa and Immigration Ban.”

Backed by Democrats, union pushes sellout deal to end Momentive strike

By Philip Guelpa, 13 February 2017

Following the intervention of Governor Andrew Cuomo, the union has proposed a contract that addresses none of the demands of the 700 chemical workers.

SEP/IYSSE public meetings

Mobilize the working class to defend immigrant rights!

By , 12 February 2017

At these meetings, representatives of the SEP and IYSSE will speak on the significance of Trump’s election and the political perspective that must guide opposition to war, inequality and dictatorship.

Stop the attacks on immigrants! For a socialist policy of open borders and full rights for all workers!

By Barry Grey, 11 February 2017

The brutalization of immigrants is one of the most damning expressions of the bankruptcy of capitalism and the nation-state system to which it is tied.

Opponent of Medicaid, Medicare sworn in as Health and Human Services secretary

By Kate Randall, 11 February 2017

Tom Price once wrote, “Nothing has had a greater negative effect on the delivery of health care than the federal government’s intrusion into medicine through Medicare.”

Trump orders could affect up to 8 million immigrants as deportations begin

By E.P. Milligan, 11 February 2017

Trump’s executive orders may result in the mass internment of millions of undocumented immigrants and the imposition of effective martial law in major US cities.

Forty-three percent of US children live in low-income families

By Shelley Connor, 11 February 2017

The number of children living in families with incomes below twice the federal poverty level has increased one percentage point since 2009, the official start of the “economic recovery.”

Budapest Festival Orchestra in New York

Classical music performers take a stand against Trump’s travel ban

By Fred Mazelis, 11 February 2017

Symphony orchestras in major US cities (and many smaller cities as well) have large and growing numbers of immigrants in their ranks, and the music they perform is international in scope and history.

“It’s like we’re working for a temporary agency”

As deadline nears, autoworkers speak on General Motors layoffs in Detroit

By Shannon Jones, 10 February 2017

With only weeks to go before 1,300 layoffs, opposition is mounting to the job cuts.

SEP meeting in Detroit Saturday to oppose GM layoffs

By , 10 February 2017

The SEP and the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter have called this meeting to organize and mobilize opposition to the layoffs throughout the region.

Chinese foreign minister warns against war with the US

By Peter Symonds, 9 February 2017

Trump’s top adviser Steve Bannon declared last March there was “no doubt” that the US would go to war with China over the South China Sea in “five to ten years.”

Week three of the Trump presidency: A crisis of bourgeois rule and turn toward dictatorship

By Joseph Kishore, 9 February 2017

Events of the past several days have exposed the acute political crisis in the United States and the breakdown of democratic forms of rule.

New York City high school students walk out against Trump’s anti-immigrant measures

By Steve Light, 9 February 2017

Though the marches were called against Trump’s anti-immigrant measures, they were also spurred by the Senate’s confirmation of billionaire Betsy DeVos as secretary of education.

Trudeau and Trump: An alliance of aggression and war

By Roger Jordan, 9 February 2017

Trudeau’s Liberal government is moving to expand Canada’s already extensive role in Washington’s wars.

Caterpillar workers in US overwhelmingly authorize strike

By Marcus Day, 9 February 2017

Workers at the heavy-equipment giant voted by 93 percent to authorize a strike last Thursday.

US Federal Court rules that Google must turn over emails stored abroad

By Isaac Finn, 9 February 2017

The court’s ruling reverses a recent legal precedent that allows corporations to withhold data related to criminal investigations as long as it is stored abroad.

The New York Times indicts Trump for questioning the CIA’s moral superiority

By Bill Van Auken, 9 February 2017

In its campaign to demonize Russia, the Times editorial board manages to whitewash all of the crimes of US imperialism that the newspaper itself once reported.

UAW agrees to sweetheart settlement in Michigan “robo-fraud” scandal

By Debra Watson, 8 February 2017

A US District Court judge has agreed to an out of court settlement in the Michigan “robo-fraud” scandal that lets state officials off the hook and leaves thousands of claimants out in the cold.

US appeals court to rule on restoration of anti-Muslim travel ban

By Patrick Martin, 8 February 2017

At a hearing Tuesday, three appeals court judges appeared skeptical of the claims by the Trump administration that the travel ban was needed to prevent terrorist attacks on the US.

Confirmation vote as farce: Senate approves billionaire enemy of public schools as secretary of education

By Niles Niemuth, 8 February 2017

Betsy DeVos, who “earned” the position through her family’s donation of $200 million to support Republican candidates, is a supporter of charter schools and privatization.

Dakota Access pipeline construction to proceed

By Shelley Connor, 8 February 2017

The Army Corps of Engineers has given Energy Transfer Partners the final go-ahead needed to tunnel under Lake Oahe and complete the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline.

Lawmakers push legislation seeking to criminalize protest throughout the US

By Nick Barrickman, 8 February 2017

Republican state legislators are attacking the constitutional right of free speech and ability to peacefully assemble.

Trump proposes tax break for church political activities

By Ed Hightower, 8 February 2017

Eliminating the Johnson amendment would allow tax-subsidized political donations funneled through religious institutions.

GM makes $9.4 billion in global profits as it slashes thousands of jobs

By Jerry White, 8 February 2017

GM is doling out $14 billion in stock buybacks even as it lays off 3,300 workers in Michigan and Ohio.

IYSSE resubmits application at NYU, draws large turnout for rally and meeting

By our reporters, 8 February 2017

The strong support provides a powerful rebuttal to NYU’s anti-democratic decision denying the group club status last semester.

Eliot Cohen’s blueprint for World War Three

By Eric London, 8 February 2017

The former State Department official’s book calling for preemptive nuclear war was warmly received by the Wall Street Journal and New York Times.

DeVos plans to “rewrite the education playbook for America”

Half of Detroit’s public schools targeted for closure

By Nancy Hanover, 7 February 2017

As DeVos’s nomination for US education secretary comes up to a vote, her policies for the destruction of public education are being tested in the State of Michigan.

White House appeals ruling against anti-Muslim travel ban

By Tom Carter, 6 February 2017

Trump took to Twitter to denounce the “so-called judge” who struck down the ban, while Trump’s lawyers argued that the president has “unreviewable authority” over immigration and foreign policy.

Veteran of torture program appointed new deputy CIA director

By Fred Mazelis, 6 February 2017

Gina Haspel ran the black site prison in Thailand where waterboarding and other gruesome practices were carried out.

Officials declare Pittsburgh’s water unsafe to drink

By Samuel Davidson, 6 February 2017

More than 100,000 Pittsburgh residents were advised to boil their water before drinking or using it for other needs.

Governor Scott Walker attacks Wisconsin’s working poor

By Gary Joad, 6 February 2017

Walker wants to impose draconian work requirements, drug testing and other punitive measures on food stamp recipients.

The Democratic Party and the anti-Russia hysteria

By Patrick Martin, 6 February 2017

While millions who have demonstrated against Trump are motivated by opposition to national chauvinism and authoritarianism, the criticism of Trump by the Democrats is centered on their demand for aggression against Russia.

Trump issues orders to roll back bank regulations

By Barry Grey, 4 February 2017

Nothing could more clearly expose the farce of Trump's pretensions to be a champion of the American worker than his drive to lift all restraints on the financial oligarchy.

FBI secret manuals allow for warrantless stalking of journalists

By Zaida Green, 4 February 2017

More than 1,000 pages of FBI guidelines obtained by The Intercept detail the expansion of the agency’s spy powers under the Obama administration, now inherited by Trump.

Pittsburgh community college students and staff speak on hunger

By Evan Winters, 4 February 2017

Food banks have proliferated across college and university campuses, with cuts to food assistance in 22 states in 2016 exacerbating the problem, particularly for part-time students.

Why is the New York Times promoting the “black bloc”?

By Bill Van Auken, 4 February 2017

The Times’ attempt to build up the anarchist groups, which draw together demoralized petty-bourgeois elements and police undercover agents, smacks of a political provocation.

Police, National Guard raid Dakota Access pipeline protest camp, arrest 76

By Shelley Connor, 3 February 2017

With the aid of the National Guard, local law enforcement raided the Last Child Camp in Cannon Ball, North Dakota on Wednesday evening, using armored vehicles as well as water and sound cannons.

Illinois governor threatens to dispatch National Guard if state workers strike

By George Gallanis, 3 February 2017

Republican governor, Bruce Rauner, has threatened to carry out a Reagan-style strikebreaking operation if 30,000 state workers walk out to oppose his demands for concessions.

White House issues war threat against Iran

By Peter Symonds, 2 February 2017

National Security Adviser Michael Flynn put Iran “on notice” over its ballistic missile test, accusing it of “destabilising behaviour.”

Fighting flares in eastern Ukraine amid continued NATO buildup against Russia

By Bill Van Auken, 2 February 2017

The renewed fighting in Donetsk has all the earmarks of a Ukrainian provocation aimed at assuring the continuation of US sanctions against Moscow.

Senate confirms former ExxonMobil CEO as secretary of state

By Patrick Martin, 2 February 2017

Despite its political theatrics in the Senate, the Democratic Party is putting up very little real opposition to the policies or personnel of the Trump administration.

Draft White House orders would accelerate deportation of low-income immigrants

By Eric London, 2 February 2017

The proposed orders would target immigrants who rely on social programs.

The right-wing record of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch

By Tom Carter, 2 February 2017

When Gorscuh praises the “towering figure” of Antonin Scalia, he is signaling to the ruling class his alignment with a far-right agenda.

Anti-Trump protests continue to sweep US cities and campuses

By Tom Eley, 2 February 2017

The demonstrations have in recent days become increasingly focused on the new Republican administration’s far-reaching attacks on democratic rights.

Screen Actors Guild award winners, artists, athletes and others protest US travel ban

By David Walsh, 2 February 2017

Many prominent performers, artists and athletes have spoken out since Trump’s executive order was announced on Friday.

Amid trade war rhetoric from White House, Fed holds interest rates steady

By Barry Grey, 2 February 2017

The central bank's deliberations were dominated by uncertainty over the course of both the US and world economy as a result of Trump's "America First" trade and monetary policies.

“Blue Lives Matter” law extends safeguards to police in Louisiana

By Aaron Asa, 2 February 2017

Signed last year by Democratic Party Governor John Bel Edwards, the reactionary law is already being used to provide cover for police and impose harsher penalties on the accused.

Raid kills 30 civilians in Yemen, including eight-year-old daughter of US citizen assassinated by Obama

By Shelley Connor, 2 February 2017

Among the citizens killed was an eight-year-old daughter of Anwar al-Awlaki, who was assassinated in a drone missile strike in 2011.

Trump nominates ultra-right justice to US Supreme Court

By Patrick Martin, 1 February 2017

Neil Gorsuch, a circuit court judge and right-wing Republican, is a fervent admirer of the late Antonin Scalia, leader of the court’s reactionary bloc.

The mass protests against Trump and the role of the Democratic Party

By Bill Van Auken, 1 February 2017

While hundreds of thousands have marched in the US and around the world against Trump’s police state ban on Muslims and refugees, the concerns of the Democratic Party are focused on the strategic interests of US imperialism.

Democrats move Trump cabinet nominees through confirmation process

By Niles Niemuth, 1 February 2017

While Senate Democrats maneuvered to delay Senate committee votes on some of Trump’s nominees, they are rapidly moving forward most of his extreme right-wing cabinet picks.