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Facing defeat in Republican-controlled House, Trump scuttles Obamacare replacement bill

By Barry Grey, 25 March 2017

Both Trump and the Democrats signaled their readiness to collaborate in devising new means to slash health care benefits.

Arrest of family in Geneseo, New York by US Border Patrol draws protest

By our reporters, 25 March 2017

Over the course of a three-hour traffic stop, some 100 people gathered, despite sub-freezing temperatures, to oppose the anti-democratic proceedings.

San Diego teacher’s union facilitates the layoff of 1,500 educators

By Norisa Diaz and Archie Stone, 25 March 2017

The WSWS spoke with some of the educators who received pink slips earlier this month at informational meetings held by the San Diego Education Association.

Flint, Michigan begins water shutoffs

By James Brewer, 25 March 2017

:Residents suspect that the announcement that lead levels have improved is now being used by authorities to sweep the water crisis under the carpet.

Filmmaker Michael Moore calls on Democrats to declare national emergency over Trump’s “espionage”

By David Walsh, 25 March 2017

Moore months ago enthusiastically adopted the reactionary and diversionary anti-Russian campaign as his own.

Elect rank-and-file committees to oppose job cuts and end givebacks!

Vote “No” on the UAW-Caterpillar sellout agreement

By WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 25 March 2017

The UAW pro-company contract sanctions the closure of the Aurora, Illinois plant and continues decades of wage and benefit concessions

Rising death rate for middle-aged US workers driven by “deaths of despair”

By Niles Niemuth, 24 March 2017

The latest research by economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton provides new insights into the social crisis which has devastated the American working class since the year 2000.

Trump, Republicans postpone vote on Obamacare replacement bill

By Barry Grey, 24 March 2017

The bill has been made more brutal in an attempt to win over the most diehard opponents of health care for poor and moderate-income people.

Pittsburgh Town Hall: Democrats cover for attack on health care

By Samuel Davidson, 24 March 2017

Over 500 people attended a Town Hall meeting in Pittsburgh to express outrage over cuts to health care.

Political warfare flares over surveillance of Trump transition team

By Patrick Martin, 23 March 2017

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes told the press that he had learned of intercepts of communications by US intelligence involving Trump transition team members.

Thomas Jefferson and Ben Franklin museums in Philadelphia closed by Trump administration hiring freeze

By Douglas Lyons, 23 March 2017

The Trump administration’s hiring freeze and threatened budget cuts prompted the National Park Service to close the historic attractions.

US and UK ban carry-on electronics on flights from Muslim-majority countries

By Zaida Green, 23 March 2017

Publicly unveiled on Tuesday, the new restrictions in the US and the UK target direct flights from the Middle East and North Africa.

Wealth of world’s billionaires soars amid stock market surge

By Shannon Jones, 22 March 2017

In 2016 the combined wealth of the world’s richest individuals rose 18 percent to a staggering $7.67 trillion.

The return of the US-German conflict

By Johannes Stern, 22 March 2017

President Trump’s refusal to shake German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s hand during their photo-op in the Oval Office expressed the deepening tensions between the US and Germany.

“Don’t believe what they’re going to tell you”

As Caterpillar-UAW contract vote nears, Deere workers warn of union betrayal

By Marcus Day and George Gallanis, 22 March 2017

With just four days left before voting, workers at agricultural equipment giant Deere & Co. spoke on the lessons of their 2015 contract struggle.

Trump’s voucher plan and the right-wing campaign to destroy public education

Part two

By Esther Galen, 22 March 2017

The budget proposed by the White House slashes education funding but adds $1.4 billion to promote private and charter schools and school vouchers.

With over 630 killed in house fires so far this year

Trump budget proposes to end heating assistance, slash housing program

By Steve Filips, 22 March 2017

As federal housing aid comes under the axe, poor and working Americans continue to contend with stagnant wages, climbing utility bills and substandard housing.

Proposed Florida budget cuts to hit Holocaust survivors

By Matthew Taylor, 22 March 2017

The cuts are part of a larger $20 million budget cut proposal that would primarily affect programs that fund medical research and give aid to the elderly.

The New York Times demands a Trump special prosecutor

By Patrick Martin, 22 March 2017

The Times is the media spearhead of the campaign by the Democratic Party and the military-intelligence apparatus to whip up a war frenzy against Russia.

Candidate for Student Senate, Mitch Abrams, speaks with international students

IYSSE defends immigrant rights at Eastern Michigan University

By Tim Rivers, 22 March 2017

EMU students from India made arrangements to meet with the IYSSE’s candidate after learning that the club opposes the policies of Trump as well as the Democratic Party.

Democrats’ anti-Russia hysteria prepares the ground for war

By Patrick Martin, 21 March 2017

The real target of Monday’s House Intelligence Committee hearing was Russia, not the Trump administration.

Trump’s voucher plan and the right-wing campaign to destroy public education

Part one

By Esther Galen, 21 March 2017

The budget proposed by the White House slashes public education funding but adds $1.4 billion to promote private and charter schools and school vouchers.

Trump met by protesters in Nashville, Tennessee

By Warren Duzak, 21 March 2017

Trump’s visit to Nashville attracted long lines of supporters together with some 2,500 demonstrators protesting his attacks on health care, education and immigrants.

“I think it’s a set-up with the union and Caterpillar”

Caterpillar-UAW deal: Workers denounce information blackout

By Marcus Day and George Marlowe, 21 March 2017

Less than a week before they are set to vote on a six-year contract proposal, workers have still not received any details on the content of the deal.

New York mayor’s shelter plan will not reduce the city’s growing homeless population

By Philip Guelpa, 21 March 2017

Bill de Blasio’s latest housing proposal would merely shift homeless people from one form of temporary and thoroughly inadequate shelter to another.

Florida prosecutors cover up murder of Darren Rainey, inmate boiled alive

By Matthew Taylor, 21 March 2017

The Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office announced last Friday that no charges would be brought against the four prison guards responsible for Rainey’s death in 2012.

Trump turns to American history

The strange political afterlife of Andrew Jackson

By Tom Mackaman, 21 March 2017

The political art of Jackson, which so inspires the Trump administration, consisted of his ability to obscure powerful contradictions behind a veil of nationalism and populist demagogy.

IYSSE leads opposition against anti-democratic policies at Los Angeles City College

By Zaida Green and Glenn Mulwray, 21 March 2017

At stake are basic constitutional rights—the right to free speech and political expression—which are severely curtailed by both school-wide and district-wide regulations.

US blocks statement opposing protectionism in G20 communiqué

By Nick Beams, 20 March 2017

While attempts were made by G20 finance ministers to downplay the significance of the breach with the US, the decision to drop resistance to protectionism is a significant step towards a global trade war.

FBI director to testify on wiretapping, Russia hacking charges

By Patrick Martin, 20 March 2017

James Comey will appear before the House Intelligence Committee, speaking publicly on both issues for the first time.

Despite Trump’s anti-immigrant hysteria, US polls show broad support for immigrants

By Eric London, 20 March 2017

A CNN poll shows that 90 percent of Americans, including 84 percent of Trump supporters, believe the government should help immigrants living in the US acquire citizenship.

Detroit refugee aid facility may close due to federal cuts

By our reporters, 20 March 2017

Freedom House, a facility in Detroit that has helped asylum seekers for decades, may be forced to close due to the cutoff of federal funding.

Key House Republicans and Trump agree to Medicaid block grants, work requirements

By Kate Randall, 20 March 2017

Under a block grant, states would receive a fixed annual amount of federal funding, forcing them to either cut benefits or remove people from the program altogether

Coal miner killed at mine owned by West Virginia governor

By Clement Daly, 18 March 2017

Jason Kenneth Matthews was killed at the Bishop Preparation Plant, owned by Jim Justice, West Virginia’s governor and richest man.

Los Angeles school district sends layoff notices to 1,600 administrators

By Dan Conway, 18 March 2017

The layoffs are part of an ongoing attempt to gut public education in the nation’s second largest school district.

Trade talks in Chile on continuing TPP without the US

By James Cogan, 18 March 2017

Despite concerns expressed about protectionism, the most obvious feature of the Chile summit was the manner in which various states pursued their own national trade agendas.

Free speech under attack at NYU: IYSSE appeals second rejection of club status

By Isaac Finn, 18 March 2017

On Wednesday, the International Youth and Students for Social Equality appealed a recent decision by the New York University Student Activities Board’s denying the group club status.

Workers have the right to study the full contract!

Caterpillar-UAW deal: An anti-worker conspiracy

By Marcus Day, 18 March 2017

In an attempt to overcome worker opposition to further concessions, the UAW and Caterpillar are coordinating an information blackout over details of a proposed six-year contract announced Wednesday.

Sanders seeks to cast the Democrats as ally of coal miners at West Virginia town hall

By Naomi Spencer, 17 March 2017

The Vermont senator is making the rounds in rural and small town America, attempting to refurbish the reputation of the Democratic Party and the trade unions.

Federal judge halts new Trump travel ban

By Patrick Martin, 16 March 2017

The ruling cites numerous statements by candidate Donald Trump declaring his intention to bar Muslims from entering the United States.

Auto bosses, UAW join Trump at Michigan event to push nationalism and militarism

By Niles Niemuth, 16 March 2017

While signaling his readiness to boost company profits by weakening fuel economy standards, Trump called for the unity of employers and workers on the basis of economic nationalism.

US Fed lifts interest rate and reassures markets

By Nick Beams, 16 March 2017

The US stock markets rose after the Federal Reserve increased interest rates by 0.25 percent but concerns were voiced over the divergence between the world’s three major central banks.

Notes on police violence

Alabama police officer cleared in 2014 shooting of man holding wallet

By Kevin Martinez, 16 March 2017

Dashcam video of the shooting released only this month shows Michael Davidson writhing in agony after being shot by a police officer while exiting his car with his wallet in his hand.

Chicago schools and water infrastructure plagued by lead contamination

By our reporter, 16 March 2017

Chicago schools and the city’s water infrastructure contains lead piping that expose the population to the danger of lead poisoning.

Rockford, Illinois public school employees go on strike

By George Gallanis, 16 March 2017

While school workers have demonstrated their determination to fight, behind the scenes AFSCME officials are seeking to cut a deal that will accept the bulk of management’s demands.

US health care debate: A bipartisan drive to lower life expectancy

By Jerry White, 16 March 2017

The current debate obscures the basic motivation guiding both big business parties: to restrict access to affordable health care and sharply reduce the lifespan of American workers.

Nominee for US Food and Drug Administration commissioner has deep ties to drug industry

By Brad Dixon, 15 March 2017

Scott Gottlieb has close ties to the drug industry and, if confirmed, will work to roll back regulations at the FDA.

US ruling elite moves to repeal the 1960s

By Patrick Martin, 14 March 2017

With only token opposition from the Democrats, the Trump administration and congressional Republicans are eviscerating what remains of the gains of the working class dating from the last period of social reform.

US government agency projects 24 million to lose health coverage under Republican plan

By Kate Randall, 14 March 2017

This massive surge in the uninsured would come largely on the backs of the poor through draconian cuts to Medicaid, effectively ending it as an entitlement program.

Immigrant workers in US brace for more workplace raids

By Jerry White, 14 March 2017

Mass deportations are being used to terrorize immigrant workers and give employers a free hand to undermine the wages and conditions of all workers.

Protesters in Rochester, New York oppose detention of José Coyote Pérez

By our reporters, 14 March 2017

Coyote Pérez was detained by ICE on February 24 and had spoken at a protest in Rochester on February 3—only three weeks before his detention.

ACLU files lawsuit against Milwaukee over traffic stops, stop-and-frisk policy

By Christopher Davion, 14 March 2017

The targeting of minority workers and the poor for harassment is an attack on the entire working class and a warning of the measures to be used against growing opposition.

Trump’s anti-immigrant orders and the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850

By Tom Mackaman, 14 March 2017

There are many parallels—and even a direct connection—between the notorious Fugitive Slave Act and Trump’s executive orders attacking immigrants.

Thousands still without power in metro Detroit

By Kathleen Martin, 13 March 2017

Tens of thousand of residents remain in the dark and without heat in below freezing temperatures following high winds last week that crippled the aging electrical grid in the Detroit area.

As backdoor UAW-Caterpillar negotiations and tax fraud investigation continue

Former Caterpillar worker speaks on 2012 Joliet, Illinois strike betrayal

By Marcus Day, 13 March 2017

Caterpillar is in the midst of a worldwide restructuring, laying off tens of thousands and closing multiple plants.

A socialist policy for universal health care

By Niles Niemuth, 11 March 2017

Under the cover of a struggle over Obamacare, the bipartisan attack on health care for working people in America is being intensified.

Milwaukee County Sheriffs Department will arrest immigrants on behalf of ICE

By Gary Joad, 11 March 2017

Sheriff David Clarke, Jr. requested 287 (g) designation for deputies to act as ICE officers to enable the arrest and deportation of thousands immigrants and families.

Canada’s elite determined to stanch influx of refugees fleeing US

By Laurent Lafrance, 11 March 2017

The Liberal government has responded to a spike in asylum seekers by increasing border surveillance and deepening its collaboration with Washington.

Hundreds of thousands in the dark in Michigan as windstorm cripples aging electrical grid

By Shannon Jones, 11 March 2017

Michigan residents once again had their lives disrupted by a fairly routine weather event, testifying again to the longstanding neglect of US infrastructure.

RadioShack closing 187 more stores

By James Brewer, 11 March 2017

This announcement follows on the heels of thousands of job losses, giving the lie to the optimistic jobs report by the Labor Department.

Civil liberties lawyer Lynne Stewart dies at 77

By Fred Mazelis, 11 March 2017

The attorney was convicted in 2005 by the US government on fraudulent charges as part of an effort to intimidate anyone opposed to the “war on terror.”

“Slash and burn” CEO takes helm at CSX Railroad

By Jeff Lusanne, 10 March 2017

Shareholders have agree to pay Hunter Harrison riches in return for increased profits through deep cuts to staffing, working conditions and infrastructure.

Overdose crisis exhausts West Virginia indigent burial fund

By Naomi Spencer, 10 March 2017

Many of the overdose victims leave behind young children, for whom family members must assume responsibility, creating severe financial and sometimes health hardships.

The WikiLeaks revelations and the crimes of US imperialism

By Andre Damon, 9 March 2017

The WikiLeaks documents expose the US as the greatest “rogue state,” carrying out spying, hacking, exploitation and disinformation operations all over the world in order to further the interests of the US ruling elite.

GM spin-off of Opel-Vauxhall poses need for international fight to defend auto jobs

By Jerry White, 9 March 2017

GM’s move is part of a restructuring of the global auto industry that threatens the jobs and livelihoods of tens of thousands of workers around the world.

WikiLeaks revelations raise new questions about the death of journalist Michael Hastings

By Bryan Dyne, 9 March 2017

Hastings was investigating CIA Director John Brennan when he was killed in a June 2013 car crash.

Young woman targeted for opposing immigration policy as Trump steps up campaign of intimidation

By Patrick Martin, 9 March 2017

In case after case, officials of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement are targeting longstanding US residents to spread fear and panic through immigrant communities.

Five dead in Detroit fire, hundreds of thousands without power after strong winds

By Kathleen Martin, 9 March 2017

High wind in Detroit caused power outages for a large portion of southeastern Michigan and tragically resulted in death for others.

Forty-two-year-old steelworker dies at US Steel mill in Granite City, Illinois

By Jessica Goldstein, 9 March 2017

A steelworker was killed following the reopening of the US Steel mill in Granite City, Illinois, the third death at the mill since its purchase from National Steel in 2003.

US drone strike kills two children in Yemen

By Bill Van Auken, 9 March 2017

The murder by missile of the two young boys is part of a steady escalation of US atrocities in the impoverished Arab country.

US steps up military exercises in South Asia

By Saman Gunadasa, 9 March 2017

Billed as a humanitarian operation, Washington’s Pacific Partnership is part of its military buildup against China.

Imperialist wars and interventions fuel refugee crisis in Africa

By Thomas Gaist, 9 March 2017

Wars waged or organized by the American government in numerous African countries, including Libya, Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria, and Mali, have turned millions into refugees.

Boston mass transit privatization scheme proceeds through bullying and tricks

By John Marion, 9 March 2017

The crisis of the MBTA caused by years of deferred maintenance and a massive February 2015 snow storm is being used to implement a prolonged assault on workers.

New York University students denounce decision against IYSSE club status

By a WSWS reporting team, 9 March 2017

New York University’s Student Activities Board has rejected the IYSSE’s application for club status for the second semester, even though students completed all necessary requirements.

“We’re bigger than ICE, all of us together!”

Los Angeles protest against deportation of Rómulo Avelica-González

By Zac Corrigan, Kevin Martinez and Marc Wells, 8 March 2017

A rally to oppose the detention and imminent deportation of the father of four, abducted while driving his daughter to school, was attended by about 100 people.

Obamacare replacement plan targets Medicaid

By Kate Randall, 8 March 2017

Beginning in 2020, the Republican plan would convert federal funding for Medicaid to a per capita allotment, as well as end Obamacare’s expansion of Medicaid.

The political issues in the “International Women’s Strike”

By Joseph Kishore, 8 March 2017

Both Women’s March and International Women’s Strike USA comprise organizations aligned with the Democratic Party, seeking to channel opposition to Trump behind the political establishment.

Trump issues new version of Muslim travel ban

By Patrick Martin, 7 March 2017

The language of the new executive order bristles with Trump’s hatred for the judicial review and his contempt for democratic rights and constitutional norms.

Immigration under capitalism: Life and death along the US-Mexico border

Part Four

By Eric London, 7 March 2017

The world is pulsing with billions of people burdened by economic exploitation and war and yet restricted from moving freely across the planet.

“The corporations are our enemies, not immigrant workers”

General Motors announces 1,100 job cuts at Lansing, Michigan plant

By Shannon Jones and Jerry White, 7 March 2017

Just three days after laying off 1,300 workers at its Detroit assembly plant, GM announced it was cutting another 1,100 workers at a factory near the Michigan state capital.

Eight Arkansas death row inmates to be put to death over ten days

By Kate Randall, 7 March 2017

The ease with which the ruling class engages in such barbarism must stand as a warning to the working class.

Trump administration escalates campaign of fear and terror against immigrants

By Patrick Martin, 6 March 2017

As stories proliferate of brutal arrests and deportations, the Trump administration is planning the deliberate separation of mothers and their children as a “deterrent” to immigrants.

Immigration under capitalism: Life and death along the US-Mexico border

Part Three

By Zac Corrigan, Eric London and Genevieve Leigh, 6 March 2017

Immigrant advocates working on the US-Mexico border explain the impact of anti-immigrant policies of the Obama and Trump administrations.

As attack on jobs escalates, AFL-CIO chief pledges to “partner” with Trump administration

By Jerry White, 4 March 2017

The unions are joining Trump’s efforts to divide the working class and block a unified response to his class war policies at home and imperialist militarism abroad.

“They’re laying people off and scattering them to the winds to find employment”

GM layoffs of 1,300 workers at Detroit assembly plant

By a reporting team, 4 March 2017

The layoffs are a major blow to workers and to the city, which is already the poorest big city in America with an official unemployment rate of nearly 10 percent.

Video: Daughters of Rómulo Avelica-González, detained for deportation in Los Angeles, speak out

By Genevieve Leigh and Andrea Ramos, 4 March 2017

Rómulo Avelica-González, long-time resident and father of four, was detained by Los Angeles ICE officials on Tuesday morning while dropping his daughters off at school.

Corruption probe at City College of New York points to decline of public higher education

By Fred Mazelis, 4 March 2017

The president of CCNY was forced to resign last October after she was targeted in a corruption probe which continues to expand.

Australian government flags “foreign policy reset” in response to Trump

By James Cogan, 4 March 2017

The Trump administration’s “America First” agenda has produced consternation within the political and strategic establishment.

New York University professor Bertell Ollman supports IYSSE fight for club status

By Isaac Finn, 4 March 2017

An IYSSE representative recently sat down with NYU professor Bertell Ollman to discuss the issues around the club application process at NYU.

As officials end subsidies and resume water cutoffs

Michigan blames Flint water crisis on racism: Part two

By James Brewer, 4 March 2017

A 138-page report on the Flint water crisis delivered on February 7 covers up the class issues in the poisoning of the city.

The Snap IPO: Trump agenda fuels an orgy of speculation

By Nick Beams, 3 March 2017

The massive rise in Snap Inc. stock took place amidst a surge in US markets, which has seen $3 trillion added to share values since the election of Trump.

ICE detains immigration activists in New York, Mississippi

By our reporters, 3 March 2017

US immigration officials have begun targeting immigration rights activists across the country to punish them for the “crime” of speaking out in defense of democratic rights.

Student walkouts oppose Trump’s vicious immigration policies

By Nancy Hanover, 3 March 2017

Young people across the US, opposing the Trump administration’s raids, roundups and arrests, have become outspoken in their defense of the democratic rights of all ethnicities and nationalities.

“They are just here trying to make a living for themselves and their families”

US auto workers speak out in defense of immigrants

By a WSWS reporting team, 3 March 2017

While the unions are aligning with Trump and his “America First” nationalism, workers are reacting against attempts of the administration to whip up anti-immigrant hysteria.

Illinois state workers vote overwhelmingly to strike

By Alexander Fangmann, 3 March 2017

AFSCME leaders are desperately hoping to avoid a strike, while Republican Governor Bruce Rauner has ruled out further negotiations and is preparing to use scabs and the National Guard against workers.

As officials end subsidies and resume water cutoffs

Michigan blames Flint water crisis on racism: Part one

By James Brewer, 3 March 2017

A 138-page report on the Flint water crisis delivered on February 7 covers up the class issues in the poisoning of the city.

Washington accuses Russia of bombing US-backed forces in Syria

By Jordan Shilton, 2 March 2017

The incident underscores the explosive character of the Syria conflict, which could rapidly escalate into a direct clash between nuclear-armed powers.

Wall Street, media celebrate Trump’s address to Congress

By Patrick Martin, 2 March 2017

Wall Street soared to record highs as media commentators praised Trump’s speech, which promised tax cuts for businesses, the slashing of workplace and anti-pollution regulations, and a massive military build-up.

US, South Korea mount massive joint military exercises

By Peter Symonds, 2 March 2017

This year’s war games take place amid an already tense stand-off with North Korea over its nuclear and missile testing and alleged assassination of Kim Jong-nam.

US immigration authorities expand dragnet raids

By Zaida Green, 2 March 2017

Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, encouraged by the Trump administration, are sweeping up growing numbers of undocumented workers in “collateral” arrests.