By Jerry White, 25 November 2014
Recent reports highlight the historic reversal in the living standards of American workers that underlies Obama’s supposed economic recovery.
By Sandy English, 25 November 2014
The killing of unarmed Akai Gurley by a police officer in Brooklyn has sparked widespread revulsion in the housing project where he died.
By Patrick Martin, 25 November 2014
The ouster of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is an expression of the growth of tensions within the administration amidst a series of foreign policy crises.
By Keith Jones, 25 November 2014
Washington has extorted significant concessions from Tehran and calculates that more can be won by continuing to cripple Iran’s economy, while holding in reserve the threat of military action.
By Andre Damon, 24 November 2014
The protracted wait for a grand jury proceeding has been accompanied by intimidation and threats on the part of local, state and federal officials.
By Peter Symonds, 24 November 2014
The US has been demanding heavy restrictions on Iran’s nuclear programs in return for any lifting of sanctions that have crippled the country’s economy.
By Samuel Davidson, 24 November 2014
The child was playing with a toy pistol in a playground when he was fatally shot by police officers.
By Barry Grey, 24 November 2014
The two hearings were exercises in political theater, with politicians posturing as critics of Wall Street and bank executives and Fed officials making little effort to conceal their contempt.
By Marc Wells, 24 November 2014
Truck drivers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach ended an eight-day strike against unfair practices and wage theft.
By Jeff Lusanne, 24 November 2014
Metra’s board of directors has approved a plan to raise fares 68 percent over the next 10 years.
By Michelle Ryan, 24 November 2014
As residents continue to dig out, warming temperatures accompanied by heavy rains could lead to widespread flooding.
By Patrick Martin, 22 November 2014
The executive action issued by the White House treats undocumented immigrants as criminals and maintains their status as super-exploited workers without elementary democratic rights.
Ahead of grand jury decision in Ferguson
By Andre Damon, 22 November 2014
FBI agents arrested two men in the Ferguson, Missouri area Friday evening, allegedly for seeking to buy explosives.
By Gabriel Black, 22 November 2014
Six years after Obama’s ascendancy, a report by the National Employment Law Project summarizes the sharp decline in manufacturing wages amidst the supposed “economic recovery.”
By Ben McGrath, 22 November 2014
The dispatch of US intelligence chief James Clapper to Pyongyang indicates that more was discussed than the release of the Americans prisoners.
By Patrick Martin, 21 November 2014
In a contemptible speech, the chief representative of the corporate and financial aristocracy carried forth on the need for immigrants to “play by the rules” and be held “accountable.”
By Joseph Kishore, 21 November 2014
A new US Senate report documents yet another aspect of the criminality that pervades the American and global financial system.
By Andre Damon, 21 November 2014
The arrests came as an official for the St. Louis Police Officer's Association said that Darren Wilson and his lawyers do not expect an indictment for the killing of the unarmed teenager.
By Michelle Ryan, 21 November 2014
A massive lake-effect snowstorm has left ten people dead, thousands without power, and many stranded in the Buffalo, New York region.
By Kate Randall, 21 November 2014
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon refused to grant the condemned inmate clemency, and the US Supreme Court turned down his appeal for a stay.
By Adam Mclean and Marc Wells, 21 November 2014
Under the guise of empowering parents, the “parent trigger” law is part of a drive, funded by multibillionaires and backed by the unions, to privatize public education.
By James Cogan, 17 November 2014
Every word Obama spoke about the economic and political agenda of American imperialism was a lie.
By Kate Randall, 17 November 2014
People who bought Affordable Care Act plans last year could face premium increases of as much as 20 percent unless they switch plans.
By James Brewer, 17 November 2014
The deadly chemical methyl mercaptan is regulated by a host of federal and state agencies.
By Tom Hall, 17 November 2014
The reduction in aid has taken place even as the need for assistance has increased.
By Andre Damon, 15 November 2014
A coordinated campaign by the media and state and local officials to justify the killing of Michael Brown has been combined with threats to call in the National Guard.
By Tom Eley, 15 November 2014
Assured that the organization will do its bidding, VW is preparing to defy a vote by workers and install the UAW at its Chattanooga plant.
By Marc Wells, 15 November 2014
Truck drivers went on strike last Thursday at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach over poverty pay and wage theft.
By Shannon Jones, 15 November 2014
In contrast to the official celebration by the political and corporate establishment, workers are reacting to the ruling with bitterness and anger
By Kate Randall, 14 November 2014
Chadwick Banks was the eighth prisoner in Florida, and the thirty-second in the United States, to be put to death this year.
Notes on police violence in America
By E.P. Bannon, 14 November 2014
A 54-year-old Ann Arbor man asked police to escort his girlfriend out of his home. Instead, they shot her multiple times.
By Tom Carter, 14 November 2014
The decision by federal bankruptcy judge Steven Rhodes is a landmark ruling, establishing a pseudo-legal framework for suspending democracy and the rule of law.
By Fred Mazelis, 14 November 2014
John Adams’s opera is a worthy addition to the contemporary operatic repertory.
By Shannon Jones, 14 November 2014
Initial reports indicate pilots are overwhelmingly opposed to the proposal, which removes profit-sharing.
By Patrick Kelly, 13 November 2014
New military “confidence-building mechanisms” resolve none of the issues underlying Washington’s confrontation of China.
By Joseph Kishore, 13 November 2014
The low voter turnout in last week’s US election reflects popular hostility toward the Obama administration, the political establishment and both big-business parties.
Two years after the Libor scandal
By Andre Damon and Barry Grey, 13 November 2014
Major international financial institutions, with the knowledge of at least one central bank, conspired to rig the multitrillion-dollar foreign exchange market.
By Ed Hightower, 13 November 2014
A lawsuit was filed Monday challenging Pennsylvania’s recently enacted Revictimization Relief Act.
By Fred Mazelis, 13 November 2014
The latest contract follows a pattern across the US, but there is also growing anger at the corporate stranglehold on culture.
By Jerry White, 12 November 2014
The federal bankruptcy judge’s ruling sets a precedent to use the pretext of a “financial emergency” to suspend democratic rights and impose unpopular measures on the working class.
By Fred Mazelis, 12 November 2014
Profit interests continue to undermine one of the last remaining Great Society reforms of the 1960s.
By James Cogan, 11 November 2014
Planning is undoubtedly underway for bloody attacks to retake major Iraqi cities currently controlled by ISIS.
By Joseph Kishore, 10 November 2014
The Republican victory last Tuesday was not the result of a surge in popular support for the Republican Party or its right-wing policies. It was the result of the collapse of the Democrats.
By Kate Randall, 10 November 2014
The Supreme Court’s decision to hear King v. Burwell comes just days before the beginning of open enrollment for the second year of the Affordable Care Act.
By Gabriel Black, 10 November 2014
The US government’s bailout of insurance giant AIG in September 2008 channeled tens of billions of dollars to the largest Wall Street banks.
By Jerry White, 8 November 2014
In a thoroughly undemocratic ruling, Judge Steven Rhodes sanctioned the city’s restructuring plan, setting a precedent for attacking the rights of public sector workers throughout the country.
By Bill Van Auken, 7 November 2014
The push for a new Authorization of the Use of Military Force is aimed at preparing a war that will be far wider and even more protracted than those launched over a decade ago.
By Fred Mazelis, 7 November 2014
The election reflected workers’ growing disgust with the Democrats, as well as the increasingly depraved character of big business politics.
By Stuart Winter and D. Lencho, 7 November 2014
The settlement does not hold any of the officers who participated in the string of police murders criminally accountable.
By E.P. Bannon, 6 November 2014
A recent report released by Bloomberg listed the 50 most unequal cities in the United States.
By Patrick Martin, 5 November 2014
The result is a debacle for the Democratic Party and the Obama administration and presages a further shift to the right in official Washington.
By Bill Van Auken, 5 November 2014
The firing of two commanders and the administrative punishment of a third follow a long string of crises and scandals in a command whose job is nuclear annihilation.
By Peter Symonds, 5 November 2014
A report released this week draws details scenarios that could trigger a conflict in the East China Sea.
By John Marion, 5 November 2014
Maine’s deadliest fire in 30 years could have been avoided.
By Patrick Martin, 4 November 2014
By agreement between the Democrats and Republicans, there has been no discussion in the election campaign of the stepped-up program of war, austerity and attacks on democratic rights that will unfold after November 4.
By Kate Randall, 4 November 2014
If state corrections spending had been held at mid-1980s levels, US states would have $28 billion more each year to allocate to education and other social spending.
By Kevin Martinez, 4 November 2014
The studio is expected to lay off over 1,000 workers as part of a $200 million cost-cutting plan.
By Nick Beams, 4 November 2014
Washington’s intervention, objecting to the bank on strategic grounds, points to the escalating military drive against China.
By Shannon Jones, 4 November 2014
Nearly 30,000 households in the city have had their water service disconnected so far this year.
By Thomas Gaist, 3 November 2014
Proposed changes to legal restrictions on government surveillance would authorize the FBI to infect computers worldwide with ultrasophisticated surveillance malware.
By Thomas Gaist, 1 November 2014
The report to the UN Committee Against Torture calls for criminal prosecutions of all top US military and civilian officials implicated in the post-9/11 torture regime.
By Patrick Martin, 1 November 2014
Only one thing about the election is certain: whatever the division of power in the US Senate, House of Representatives, state governorships and state legislatures, the official two-party system will continue its inexorable shift to the right.
By our reporter, 1 November 2014
An investigative report by Al Jazeera America reveals that 27 state governments, most of them Republican-led, have joined in an effort to disqualify seven million registered voters.
By Bryan Dyne, 1 November 2014
The two space disasters in the span of one week highlight the growing prominence of private companies in space missions.
By Shannon Jones, 1 November 2014
The DMC has a long history of aggressive downsizing and cost-cutting going back to the tenure of now-Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan as CEO
By Sandy English, 31 October 2014
The resignations follow revelations of widespread violence, neglect and torture at the prison.
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.