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.
By Thomas Gaist, 31 October 2014
The distinction between government surveillance agencies and “private sector” technology corporations increasingly exists in name only.
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
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Nick Barrickman, 27 October 2014
A judge barred the School Reform Commission from unilaterally revoking a contract covering 15,000 Philadelphia teachers.
By Christine Schofelt, 27 October 2014
The shooting in Marysville, Washington is at least the eighth school shooting in the US this semester.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Douglas Lyons, 24 October 2014
Pennsylvania voters are faced with no real choice for governor in the November 4 elections.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Andre Damon, 22 October 2014
A related study found that “nearly two-thirds of New York City residents struggled to make ends meet.”
By Matthew MacEgan, 21 October 2014
Whistleblowers have revealed a wave of torture and murder by guards in Florida prisons.
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.
By Jerry White, 21 October 2014
The event on Sunday was sponsored by the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization and the Detroit Peoples Water Board.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
By Kate Randall, 17 October 2014
Texas Health Presbyterian’s handling of Ebola cases has come under fire from registered nurses at the hospital.
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”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Steve Filips, 15 October 2014
The number of contract workers killed on the job has increased by 35 percent since 2011.
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.
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
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.
By Andre Damon, 13 October 2014
Several thousand people participated in a demonstration Saturday after St. Louis police killed yet another teenager last week.
“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).
By Kristina Betinis, 13 October 2014
The unions are backing Democratic Governor Quinn, who has attacked pensions and teachers.
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.
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.
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
By Andre Damon, 10 October 2014
The officer fired 17 shots, including a downward shot to the head that killed the 18-year-old.
By Sandy English, 10 October 2014
Workers blocked traffic to oppose draconian cuts to their health and pension benefits.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By James Brewer, 8 October 2014
Aiyana Stanley-Jones was shot and killed during a violent SWAT team raid in 2010.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Andre Damon, 3 October 2014
The Obama administration has now deported more people than any other presidency.
By Gabriel Black, 3 October 2014
The ruling in the Stockton case will encourage a wave of bankruptcies across America’s most populous state
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.
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
By Tom Hall and Andre Damon, 2 October 2014
Social inequality has grown far more than most people realize, recent academic papers show.
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.
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.
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.
By Jerry White, 1 October 2014
Judge Steven Rhodes openly stated the operating principle that guides the ruling class the world over.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Ed Hightower, 30 September 2014
In four US states alone, 1.7 million voters would be denied the right to vote.
By Kevin Martinez, 30 September 2014
Police in Los Angeles County have killed at least 589 people since 2000.
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.”
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.
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.
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.