United States

Democrats, Republicans attack municipal pensions in Pennsylvania

By Douglas Lyons, 7 July 2015

Lawmakers are working to end, or significantly reduce, defined-benefit pension plans for all city and municipal workers.

Republican candidates split over racist remarks by Donald Trump

By Patrick Martin, 6 July 2015

The billionaire developer and presidential candidate has made a series of fascistic rants against Mexican immigrants.

US health insurers seek huge rate increases for 2016

By Kate Randall, 6 July 2015

Many insurers are requesting double-digit premium hikes, citing diminishing profits and a larger than expected pool of unhealthy enrollees.

Manhattan real estate prices hit record high

By Sandy English, 6 July 2015

The average sale price of an apartment in the New York City borough of Manhattan, the home of Wall Street, is now $1.87 million.

Pittsburgh energy company cuts health care for 4,400 retired workers

By Samuel Davidson, 6 July 2015

Pittsburgh-based coal and natural gas giant Consol Energy is the latest in a series of private companies to cut health benefits for its retired workforce.

UAW vs. autoworkers: Who are the freeloaders?

By Shannon Jones, 6 July 2015

The UAW is attempting to slander and intimidate workers who refuse to pay union dues under terms of Michigan’s “Right to Work” law.

Top bankers’ pay rose 17 percent in 2014

By Andre Damon, 4 July 2015

The vast sums of money pocketed by bank executives are bound up with activities that range from borderline legal to flagrantly illegal.

Obamacare fuels wave of takeovers

Aetna, Humana announce biggest-ever merger of health insurers

By Barry Grey, 4 July 2015

The deal is the biggest to date in a flurry of mergers and acquisitions spurred on by the Obama administration’s health care overhaul.

Notes on police violence

Prosecutors release documents from Washington police shooting investigation

By Gabriel Black and Jason Melanovski, 4 July 2015

The killing of Antonio Zambrano-Montes in February is just one example of the lethal response of police to the decay of social conditions in the United States.

Public housing crisis intensifies in Syracuse, New York

By Steve Filips, 4 July 2015

The average person in Syracuse has to wait over three years to be placed in low-income public housing, with more than 3,000 people on waiting lists.

Bernie Sanders holds rally of 10,000 in Madison, Wisconsin

By Patrick Martin, 3 July 2015

The growth of support for Sanders is a reflection of widespread opposition to social inequality, which the senator is seeking to channel back into the framework of the Democratic Party.

US Justice Department finds that police provoked unrest in Ferguson

By Kevin Martinez, 3 July 2015

The report concludes that inappropriate military and police tactics alienated and incited crowds peacefully protesting the killing of Michael Brown into violent confrontation.

Drought-fed fire hits California’s San Bernardino Mountains

By Adam Mclean, 3 July 2015

The Lake Fire, one of several fires in the US southwest fueled by high temperatures and drought, now covers 30,000 acres.

US military strategy for world domination targets Russia and China

By Patrick Martin, 2 July 2015

The 2015 National Military Strategy made public Wednesday outlines a shift in US planning from targeting terrorist groups to waging war against Russia, China, Iran and North Korea.

Milwaukee transit workers strike

By Christopher Davion, 2 July 2015

After working since April 1 without a contract, Milwaukee bus drivers and mechanics began a 72-hour strike early Wednesday.

Illinois begins fiscal year without budget as austerity package is drawn up

By Alexander Fangmann, 2 July 2015

Republican governor Bruce Rauner and Democratic leaders are crafting a deal that will implement a bevy of anti-worker provisions as part of a bipartisan deal to raise taxes and cut state services.

The manhunt for Richard Matt and David Sweat: High Sierra in upstate New York

By David Walsh, 2 July 2015

Raoul Walsh’s High Sierra came to mind in the wake of the sad, predictable end to the three-week manhunt for escaped convicts Matt and Sweat.

Obama proposes rules to expand overtime pay for salaried workers

By Andre Damon, 1 July 2015

Despite being touted as a major new policy initiative by the White House, the proposed change to overtime rules would affect just 3.5 percent of US workers.

The economic nationalism of Bernie Sanders

By Tom Hall, 1 July 2015

The “socialist” senator and Democratic presidential candidate's nationalist appeals are designed to head off the emergence of an independent movement of the working class.

American CEOs paid 300 times more than workers

By David Brown, 29 June 2015

While the average worker made the same in 2014 as they did in 2009, CEO compensation at top companies rose by 54.3 percent.

New York City police officers waited 20 minutes to report shooting of Akai Gurley

By Isaac Finn, 29 June 2015

Officers waited 20 minutes to report the shooting of an unarmed man in one of New York City’s public housing facilities and failed to give medical assistance as he lay dying.

Michigan cuts welfare payments for school truancy

By Kathleen Martin and Khara Sikhan, 29 June 2015

The law is one of a raft of vindictive measures throughout the country, which blames the poor for social ills caused by poverty in order to strip them of government assistance.

Legislative deal means further deepening of New York’s housing crisis

By Philip Guelpa, 29 June 2015

Democrats and Republicans agreed to a deal which leaves essentially unchanged existing rent regulations and tax breaks that favor landlords and developers.

Obama’s eulogy in Charleston, South Carolina

By Andre Damon, 29 June 2015

President Obama’s eulogy for the victims of this month’s shooting in Charleston was remarkable for its religious obscurantism and inability to seriously address any of the issues that led to the horrendous mass murder.

The US Supreme Court and marriage equality

By Tom Carter, 27 June 2015

The Supreme Court decision invalidates laws in a minority of US states that prohibit recognition of same-sex marriage and arbitrarily discriminate against homosexuals.

Green Party candidate launches US presidential campaign

By Patrick Martin, 27 June 2015

Dr. Jill Stein declared her political solidarity with Bernie Sanders and similar “left” Democratic Party presidential hopefuls like Jesse Jackson, Dennis Kucinich and Al Sharpton.

Obama administration uses bilateral talks to ramp up pressure on China

By Oliver Campbell, 27 June 2015

The talks took place amid an escalation of Washington’s diplomatic, military and economic campaign against China.

Detroit police chief says block party shooting carried out by “urban terrorists”

By Zac Corrigan, 27 June 2015

Detroit authorities denounced residents for not providing information about “urban terrorists.”

Paul Krugman’s apologia for Obamacare

By Andre Damon, 27 June 2015

Economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman has responded to the Supreme Court’s ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act by declaring the health care overhaul a “policy triumph.”

San Bernardino, California, prepares to privatize city services

By Dan Conway, 26 June 2015

The city of San Bernardino, which filed for bankruptcy in July 2012, is seeking to privatize its firefighting and garbage collection services.

The “American Dream” denied

US home ownership rate hits lowest level in two decades

By Andre Damon, 25 June 2015

Amid falling wages, rising housing costs and tight-fisted lending by banks, the “American dream” of homeownership has moved out of reach for most young households.

Union shuts down last remaining oil refinery strike in the US

By Tom Hall and Jerry White, 25 June 2015

After nearly five months, the United Steelworkers wore down oil refinery workers in Galveston, Texas, completing the union’s betrayal and defeat of the 2015 strike.

US Senate vote clears path for anti-China trade bill

By Patrick Martin, 24 June 2015

The vote to revive the “fast-track” bill, only a week after its defeat in the House, demonstrates the decisive power of big business and the military-intelligence establishment.

Pentagon chief outlines war preparations against Russia

By Niles Williamson, 24 June 2015

The announcement by the US that it will deploy heavy military equipment and soldiers to Eastern Europe is a further step on the road to a US-NATO war against Russia.

US Supreme Court overturns death row appeal

By Tom Carter, 24 June 2015

The Supreme Court decided it was “harmless” for Hector Ayala’s attorney to be excluded from hearings that eliminated all of the black and Hispanic jurors from the jury pool.

Special prosecutor brings reduced charges against Albuquerque cops who killed James Boyd

By D. Lencho, 24 June 2015

The reduced charge of second degree murder gives the judge discretion to suspend the sentence if a conviction is reached.

Pittsburgh-based health system cutting costs with early retirement offers

By Evan Winters and Phyllis Scherrer, 24 June 2015

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is seeking to eliminate thousands of higher paid caregivers.

Trotskyism and the Minneapolis Teamsters Strike of 1934

Revolutionary Teamsters: The Minneapolis Truckers’ Strike of 1934, by Bryan Palmer

By Tom Mackaman and Jerry White, 24 June 2015

A recent book by historian Bryan Palmer chronicles the role of American Trotskyists in leading one of the most important strikes in US history.

Race and class in America: The case of Rachel Dolezal

By Niles Williamson and Barry Grey, 24 June 2015

The revelation that the head of a local NAACP chapter, since forced to resign, is a white woman has driven the purveyors of identity politics into a furor.

The social roots of racism in America

By Andre Damon, 23 June 2015

The political establishment has seized upon the tragedy in Charleston to promote the conception that race is the fundamental category in American society.

Republican candidates received donations from white supremacist

By David Brown, 23 June 2015

Dylann Roof, the man accused of killing nine people last week in Charleston, South Carolina, cited the writings of the Council of Conservative Citizens in his online manifesto.

Man shot dead by Massachusetts state trooper was mentally ill, suicidal

By Mike Ingram, 22 June 2015

Santos Laboy’s sister condemned the killing: “They knew he was suicidal. They didn’t have to shoot him like the way they killed him, like a dog.”

With appointment of Kenneth Feinberg to oversee cuts

White House steps up assault on pensions

By Andre Damon, 20 June 2015

The White House said Wednesday that it will grant long-time Washington fixer Kenneth Feinberg the power to unilaterally slash the benefits of retirees in multiemployer pension funds.

American militarism and the Charleston killings

By Patrick Martin, 20 June 2015

The wave of mass shootings in the United States can be understood only in the context of the unending violence perpetrated by the US government around the world.

War dangers in South China Sea continue to rise

By James Cogan, 20 June 2015

Military deployments are taking place in Asia that would be viewed in China as preparations for a potential provocation.

Layoffs continue amidst economic stagnation

By Gabriel Black, 20 June 2015

US layoffs were up 13 percent in the first five months of 2015 compared to the prior year.

Texas carries out ninth execution of 2015

By Kate Randall, 19 June 2015

Gregory Russeau was the ninth Texas inmate to be sent to death, making the state the most active executioner in the US so far this year.

County official wants Detroit area put into financial emergency status

By Khara Sikhan, 19 June 2015

Wayne County Executive Warren Evans has asked Michigan officials to declare a financial state of emergency to escalate attacks on public workers and services.

Mass killing at African American church in Charleston, South Carolina

By David Walsh, 18 June 2015

The horrific mass killing took place Wednesday evening. A young white man allegedly opened fire during a prayer meeting, killing six women and three men.

US deported 260,000 for drug offenses over five-year period

By Tom Hall, 18 June 2015

Even legal immigrants spend months or years in prison without bail awaiting deportation for minor drug offenses, according to a report issued this week by Human Rights Watch.

Obama, Republicans join forces to salvage trade bill

By Patrick Martin, 17 June 2015

The campaign of the White House and congressional Republicans in support of the TPP shatters the conventional picture of official Washington, supposedly divided into intransigent partisan camps.

Berkeley, California balcony collapse kills six

By David Brown, 17 June 2015

Several observers have pointed to signs of dry rot in the wooden support beams exposed by the collapse, possibly due to inadequate waterproofing.

The New York Times, Scott Walker and the unions

By Jerry White, 17 June 2015

The cover story of Sunday’s New York Times Magazine promotes the myth that the unions waged a determined struggle against Wisconsin Governor, and likely Republican presidential candidate, Scott Walker.

Hillary Clinton launches her presidential campaign

By Patrick Martin, 15 June 2015

Speaking before an audience of Democratic Party hacks and union officials, Clinton combined empty demagogy with contempt for the intelligence of the population.

House vote deals setback to Obama trade bill

By Patrick Martin, 13 June 2015

Sections of both the Democratic and Republican parties combined to block passage of a Trade Promotion Authority bill.

Los Angeles Police Commission cites minor protocol breaches in killing of Ezell Ford

By Dan Conway and John Andrews, 13 June 2015

The commission found that one of the officers involved in the shooting used inappropriate tactics in approaching Ford, but otherwise whitewashed the police killing.

“School is like a second home”

Students and parents oppose closure of last high school in Highland Park, Michigan

By Zac Corrigan, 13 June 2015

The impoverished Detroit enclave’s emergency manager declared that keeping the school was no longer “financially feasible.”

Police killed over 500 people in the US this year

By Tom Hall and Andre Damon, 12 June 2015

American cops have killed more than three people a day over the past six months.

The death of Kalief Browder

By Andre Damon, 10 June 2015

The young man’s imprisonment and torture stand as an indictment of America’s criminal “justice” system.

Protests follow police terrorizing of teens at Texas pool party

By Tom Hall, 10 June 2015

Officer Eric Casebolt was caught on bystander video attacking a group of high school students at a pool party near Dallas.

Hedge fund billionaire Paulson’s $400 million gift to Harvard

By Barry Grey, 10 June 2015

The fact that billionaire bankers and hedge fund operators bankroll universities is not a small factor in the stultifying conformism and cowardice that dominate academia.

“It’s monstrous! We’ve got to organize!”

Detroit workers oppose water shutoffs

By a WSWS reporting team, 9 June 2015

Socialist Equality Party campaign teams building for a June 9 meeting against water shutoffs received an enthusiastic response to their call for free access to water.

Where did half a billion dollars from the UAW strike fund go?

By Jerry White, 9 June 2015

UAW local officials have told auto workers to save money from their meager earnings and be prepared to rely on charity in the event of a strike this summer.

Social inequality and American politics

By Andre Damon, 8 June 2015

Despite polls showing overwhelming popular opposition to social inequality, these sentiments find no genuine expression in official US politics.

US media escalate anti-China propaganda over alleged hacking

By Thomas Gaist, 6 June 2015

Unsubstantiated accusations that Beijing stole personal data on millions of federal government employees are being trumpeted to boost the US war agenda.

A US-led chorus of condemnation of China

By Peter Symonds, 6 June 2015

Along with the war of words over Chinese land reclamation in the South China Sea, military preparations are being made.

US-backed war on Yemen leaves 20 million without food, water, medical care

By Bill Van Auken, 6 June 2015

The Saudi-led air strikes have devastated Yemeni cities, and the blockade of Yemen’s ports has prevented the arrival of emergency relief supplies and basic goods.

Texas executes possibly innocent man after 31 years on death row

By Kevin Martinez, 6 June 2015

Lester Bower, 67, who maintained his innocence throughout the trial and appeals process, was the oldest prisoner executed since the reinstatement of the death penalty in 1976.

Former Iraqi Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz dies in prison at 79

By Bill Van Auken, 6 June 2015

The public face of Iraq for decades, Aziz faced deteriorating health during his dozen years of imprisonment, much of which was spent in solitary confinement.

Medical technicians and paramedics picket against low-wage exploitation

By K. Rowe and Toby Reese, 6 June 2015

Working EMTs and paramedics have been picketing at San Diego City Hall since last Thursday in protest over the extension that maintains appallingly low wages.

San Diego, California renews emergency services contract with low-wage company

By K. Rowe and Toby Reese, 6 June 2015

The Democratic-controlled city council voted unanimously for an agreement that maintains a starting wage of only $10 an hour for new EMTs.

US imperialism and the FIFA corruption investigation

By Chris Marsden, 6 June 2015

No aspect of life is exempt from the impact of mounting economic, political and military antagonisms—and there is no limit to what the US is prepared to do to impose its will.

Edward Snowden lends his support to “USA Freedom Act”

By Andre Damon, 6 June 2015

NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden declared in a New York Times op-ed Thursday that the passage of the USA Freedom Act was a “historic victory for the rights of every citizen.”

The Bernie Sanders campaign and the American pseudo-left

By Tom Hall, 6 June 2015

The various groups that comprise the American pseudo-left are engaged in a debate over the best tactical approach to Sanders' Democratic Party presidential campaign.

More labs received live anthrax from US military

By Patrick Martin, 5 June 2015

Pentagon officials told a press conference Wednesday that the scale of the distribution of deadly toxins might be far greater than previously suggested.

US government paid millions in Social Security benefits to ex-Nazis

By Thomas Gaist, 4 June 2015

Between 1962 and 2015, more than 130 former Nazis received at least $20 million worth of Social Security retirement benefits.

Lawmakers push to expand offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico

By Matthew Taylor, 4 June 2015

Bills have recently been introduced in the US Senate that would expand oil drilling off the coast of Florida and Alabama.

“USA Freedom Act”: A fig leaf for illegal spying

By Patrick Martin, 4 June 2015

The press coverage has falsely portrayed the USA Freedom Act as a major effort to curb police-state surveillance methods in the United States.

Police brutality and social inequality in Baltimore: An indictment of the Democratic Party

By Nick Barrickman and Trent Novak, 4 June 2015

The desperate conditions in Baltimore are the product of decades of pro-business policies pursued by the Democrats at every level of government.

US Senate prepares to extend NSA spy powers

By Thomas Gaist, 2 June 2015

The USA Freedom Act “surveillance reform” legislation reauthorizes components of the Patriot Act that have served as the pseudo-legal basis for warrantless mass surveillance.

Australian government “actively considering” dangerous provocation in South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 2 June 2015

Acting on Washington’s behalf, Canberra is drawing up plans to challenge China by flying a military aircraft into what Beijing considers its territorial airspace.

US defense secretary signs joint military statement with Hanoi

By Joseph Santolan, 2 June 2015

The move to co-produce weapons in Vietnam is aimed at curtailing Russian influence and fully enmeshing Hanoi in Washington’s imperial orbit.

With US air war in 10th month, ISIS advances in Iraq and Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 2 June 2015

According to one estimate, the Islamist militia now controls territory across Iraq and Syria roughly equivalent to the size of Italy.

Cleveland prosecutor criticizes “egregious” errors in exoneration of killer cop

By Nick Barrickman, 2 June 2015

In acquitting Michael Brelo, who fired 15 shots at an unarmed couple from point blank range, the judge demanded an almost impossible burden of proof from the prosecution.

US farm income hit by collapse in grain demand

By George Gallanis and Alexander Fangmann, 2 June 2015

The American farming sector is facing declining revenue and land value, creating a cascading effect on farm equipment, fertilizer, and other agriculture-related companies.

US police kill more than two people a day

By Patrick Martin, 1 June 2015

A Washington Post analysis found that at least 385 people were shot and killed by police in the United States during the first five months of the year, an average of 2.6 people each day.

Los Angeles labor federation calls for minimum wage exemption for unionized workplaces

By Marc Wells, 1 June 2015

The “Fight for $15” campaign has been used to entice employers to bring in unions, which will in turn enforce sub-minimum wages.

More than a quarter of Chicago county jail inmates suffer severe mental illness

By George Marlowe, 1 June 2015

The dilapidated Cook County Jail on Chicago’s highly impoverished west side houses more mentally ill people than any hospital in the US.

Large sections of New Orleans’ levee system sinking

By Tom Hall, 1 June 2015

Portions of the $14.5 billion levee system installed after Hurricane Katrina will sink below federal certification levels before 2025.

US economy contracted in first quarter

By Andre Damon, 30 May 2015

The ongoing slump in the US economy comes amid a roaring stock market, combined with record share buybacks, mergers and acquisitions, and surging CEO pay.

Former Republican speaker indicted on felony charges

By a reporter, 30 May 2015

Dennis Hastert was charged with illegally concealing cash payments made to cover up “past misconduct” and with lying to federal investigators.

Insurance companies apply for rate hikes for Obamacare plans

By Tom Hall, 30 May 2015

The companies argue that hikes submitted to state regulators, which are larger than in the past, are necessary due to Obamacare signees being older and sicker than expected.

Federal court upholds block on Obama immigration plan

By Thomas Gaist, 29 May 2015

The Obama administration appears to have already accepted that its proposal for a slowdown in deportations will be shelved until at least 2016.

Why did the US Army ship live anthrax?

By Patrick Martin, 29 May 2015

The report that a US military lab sent live samples of anthrax, a deadly bioweapon, to facilities in nine US states and to a US military base in South Korea, raises many questions.

Global tensions surge as NATO, Russia hold rival military exercises

By Alex Lantier, 28 May 2015

The holding of military exercises preparing for large-scale conflict demonstrates that the imperialist powers, led by the US, are gearing up for a Third World War.