By Ed Hightower, 24 May 2013
The Obama administration’s investigation into a leak to James Rosen, the chief Washington correspondent of Fox News, extends well beyond what was originally thought.
By Dan Conway, 24 May 2013
The election was most notable for its extremely low turnout, with only 19 percent of registered voters taking part.
By Kate Randall, 21 May 2013
US employers will be able to avoid penalties under the Obama-backed health care legislation, while offering token plans to their workforces.
By Andre Damon, 21 May 2013
US President Barack Obama used his commencement speech at Morehouse College on Sunday to insist that if young people are poor or unemployed, it’s their own fault.
By Andre Damon and Barry Grey, 20 May 2013
Katrina vanden Heuvel, the editor and publisher of the Nation magazine, sprung to the defense of the Obama administration and dismissed charges that its attacks on democratic rights were comparable to those of Nixon and Watergate.
By Thomas Gaist, 20 May 2013
Collier spoke to workers and youth about his mayoral campaign, the fight against the emergency manager and the conditions facing Detroiters.
By Joseph Kishore, 17 May 2013
The Obama administration’s secret seizure of the phone records of Associated Press reporters is the latest attack on core democratic rights in the United States.
By Barry Grey, 16 May 2013
A House committee that heard testimony from Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday initiated a bipartisan whitewash of the virtually unprecedented assault on press freedom carried out by the Obama administration.
By Bill Van Auken, 16 May 2013
The controversy over last year’s assault on US facilities in Benghazi, Libya has been revived, even as the real issues underlying it remain hidden.
By Barry Grey, 15 May 2013
In a brazen attack on press freedom, the Obama administration secretly subpoenaed the telephone records of AP editors and journalists.
By Alan Gilman, 13 May 2013
The Sixth Amendment to the US Constitution guarantees all persons accused of criminal wrongdoing the right to a speedy trial.
By Andre Damon, 10 May 2013
The Justice Department announced Wednesday that it has reached a deal with former Enron executive Jeffrey Skilling that would result in a 10-year sentence reduction.
By Nick Barrickman, 9 May 2013
The expansion of the “Moving to Work” program will allow states to enact stringent restrictions on eligibility for housing benefits.
By Andre Damon, 7 May 2013
The US president, whose tenure in office has underscored the corporate control of both political parties, counseled students not to be “cynical” about government.
By Don Knowland, 6 May 2013
With trade between the two countries totaling nearly half a trillion dollars last year, Mexico is Washington’s second-largest trading partner.
By Kristina Betinis, 6 May 2013
Penny Pritzker, Obama’s nominee for commerce secretary, would be the wealthiest person in US history to serve in the cabinet.
By Julien Kiemle and Marc Wells, 6 May 2013
Governor Brown’s recent trip to China aims at attracting Chinese capital with promises of poverty wages in California.
By Matthew MacEgan, 4 May 2013
The Obama administration has filed an appeal against a court ruling which sought to end all age restrictions for access to the Plan B emergency contraceptive pill.
By David Walsh, 26 April 2013
The dedication ceremony for the George W. Bush Presidential Center was an opportunity for the US political elite, Democratic and Republican wing alike, to express its essential unity and singleness of purpose.
By Bill Van Auken, 19 April 2013
In this, his fifth speech in the wake of an incident of mass violence in America, Obama followed what is by now a tired template, invoking scripture, blaming evil and explaining nothing.
By Tom Carter and Eric London, 18 April 2013
Since the publication of the white paper, leading figures in the US political establishment have declared that the asserted power to assassinate includes the power to kill US citizens on US soil.
By Philip Guelpa, 17 April 2013
The recent arrests of numerous New York Democratic and Republican politicians on charges of bribery and influence-peddling provide a glimpse of the corruption that is an integral part of capitalist politics.
By Barry Grey, 16 April 2013
At least three people were killed and 144 wounded, including 15 with critical injuries, by two bomb explosions in downtown Boston.
By John Chan, 15 April 2013
Kerry made clear that the US would continue to deploy advanced weapons in the region, unless Beijing “put some teeth” into forcing North Korea to denuclearise.
By Alex Lantier, 12 April 2013
The petty-bourgeois “left” has reacted to the publication of detailed reports on the CIA’s role in backing Islamist forces for the US proxy war in Syria by intensifying their support for the war.
By Andre Damon, 11 April 2013
US President Barack Obama unveiled his budget proposal Wednesday, calling for a historic attack on Medicare and Social Security.
By David Walsh, 10 April 2013
President Barack Obama spoke Monday in West Hartford, Connecticut on gun violence, calling on the American people to pressure Congress to pass new federal weapons controls.
By Andre Damon, 9 April 2013
After media reports that the Obama administration plans to slash Medicare and Social Security in its latest budget proposal due to be released Wednesday, government officials have been seeking to diffuse popular opposition to the cuts.
By Andre Damon, 8 April 2013
In the first three months of his second term in office, Barack Obama has presided over an assault on the social rights of the US working class unparalleled in its scope and ferocity.
By Fred Mazelis, 30 March 2013
The plan that is being discussed would restructure Medicare to impose major increases in deductible payments on millions of beneficiaries.
By Barry Grey, 30 March 2013
There is a clear issue of democratic rights in the same-sex marriage question. Having said that, claims that recognition of same-sex marriage signifies a new flowering of democratic rights lack any credibility.
By Andre Damon, 27 March 2013
The Democrats’ passage of a bill that makes the US sequester cuts permanent this year underscores their support for slashing social spending.
By Naomi Spencer, 27 March 2013
Public employee unions throughout the state have rushed through long-term contracts that secure their dues base before the right-to-work law takes effect.
By Kate Randall, 25 March 2013
The Democratic proposal contains $975 billion in spending cuts, including $275 billion in new cuts to Medicare and Medicaid.
By Bill Van Auken, 22 March 2013
In a speech delivered in Jerusalem Thursday, Obama identified US interests unconditionally with Israel, while reiterating war threats against both Syria and Iran.
By Andre Damon, 21 March 2013
The US Senate passed a “continuing resolution” bill to fund the US government through September, while paving the way for the implementation of furloughs for about 1 million federal government employees.
By John Burton, 18 March 2013
An appellate court has rejected the Obama administration’s argument that the CIA can refuse to confirm or deny it has records about the US government’s drone assassinations.
By Kate Randall, 15 March 2013
The sequester will result in hundreds of thousands of layoffs, benefit cuts to the long-term unemployed, cuts to nutrition and mental health services, and reduced funding for research, disease prevention and national parks.
By Andre Damon, 14 March 2013
While the media is once again seeking to create the appearance of deep and fundamental conflicts—with endless talk of congressional “gridlock” and the “partisan divide”—there has never been greater bipartisan agreement on basic policy.
By Joseph Kishore, 12 March 2013
At a Senate Judiciary Committee last week, US Attorney General Eric Holder declared that major financial institutions engaged in criminal activity are too big to prosecute.
By Jerry White, 12 March 2013
After a five-month trial a jury on Monday found Detroit’s former mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick, guilty of 22 corruption charges.
By Patrick Martin, 11 March 2013
A front-page article in the Times detailing the assassination of Anwar al-Awlaki reveals both the criminal character of the killing and the liberal establishment’s contempt for democratic rights.
By Kevin Kearney and Don Knowland, 9 March 2013
The Supreme Court considered whether the US Constitution forbids police from routinely taking DNA samples.
By Kristina Betinis, 9 March 2013
In whitewashing the betrayal of the Chicago teachers strike by the Chicago Teachers Union, the ISO seeks above all to cover up its own role in preparing the subsequent school shutdowns.
By David Walsh, 8 March 2013
The Senate vote confirming the mastermind of Obama’s drone program followed a revealing quarrel within the establishment about the government’s right to assassinate Americans on US soil.
By Andre Damon, 8 March 2013
President Barack Obama has initiated what commentators called a “charm offensive,” including dinner with Paul Ryan, aimed at a “Grand Bargain” with the Republicans.
By Naomi Spencer, 8 March 2013
The Obama administration intends to make an example out of the accused whistleblower.
By Joseph Kishore, 7 March 2013
The administration claims the power to order extrajudicial assassination of citizens within the US under undefined “extraordinary circumstances.”
By Andre Damon, 6 March 2013
As Democrats and Republicans move to make $1.2 trillion in sequester cuts permanent, Wall Street is clamoring for more cutbacks.
Obama signals cuts to remain in place
By Barry Grey, 4 March 2013
Obama and the Democrats continue to pose as opponents of the sequester cuts even as they maneuver with the Republicans to make them permanent.
By Johannes Stern, 4 March 2013
US Secretary of State John Kerry was in Cairo this weekend for talks with Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.
By Andre Damon and Barry Grey, 2 March 2013
The across-the-board cuts in health care, housing, education, public transit, jobless benefits, nutrition assistance and other vital services establish a new base line for even deeper cuts to come.
By Kevin Martinez and Don Knowland, 25 February 2013
The leading candidates in the Los Angeles mayoral race have sought to outdo each other in promising pension reform and other cuts for workers.
By Bill Van Auken, 22 February 2013
The administration has worked out a cynical strategy to keep the documents secret while assuring Senate confirmation of its nominee to head the CIA, John Brennan.
By Dan Conway, 22 February 2013
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and several high-profile donors are spending millions of dollars to elect “pro-reform” candidates to the board of education in Los Angeles.
By Andre Damon, 21 February 2013
US President Barack Obama called on Congress Tuesday to implement billions in spending cuts to head off the so-called “sequestration” scheduled to take effect at the end of the month.
By Kate Randall, 19 February 2013
Undocumented immigrants would have to wait an estimated eight years for the chance to receive a “Lawful Prospective Immigrant” visa.
By David Walsh, 16 February 2013
The response of the International Socialist Organization to Barack Obama’s February 12 State of the Union address is telling about the group’s evolution.
By Barry Grey, 13 February 2013
The real question, completely evaded in Obama’s demagogic and dishonest speech, is what in the state of the American union gives rise to the accelerating movement toward police state forms of rule.
By David Walsh, 13 February 2013
The liberal-left downplays the threat to basic rights and expresses continued support for the Obama administration and the Democratic Party.
On eve of State of the Union speech
By Patrick Martin, 12 February 2013
Obama is calling for further deficit-reduction measures, including cuts in core social programs.
By Shannon Jones, 12 February 2013
A family of three could lose up to $300 a year in food benefits this coming November.
By Joseph Kishore, 11 February 2013
Discussions over extending the “kill list” to northwest Africa are taking place, as the Obama administration and congressional leaders work to institutionalize the global policy of extra-judicial assassination.
By Bill Van Auken, 9 February 2013
Thursday’s confirmation hearing for John Brennan, Obama’s nominee for CIA director, provided a spectacle of the disintegration of democratic rights in the United States.
By Bill Van Auken, 8 February 2013
A Senate hearing on the confirmation of John Brennan as CIA director whitewashed the US drone assassination program, largely ignoring its violation of core constitutional and democratic rights.
By Joseph Kishore, 7 February 2013
The Obama administration’s “white paper” on the assassination of US citizens must be taken as a dire warning to the working class. The American ruling class, steeped in lawlessness and violence, is moving toward dictatorship.
By Andre Damon, 7 February 2013
US financial regulators increasingly rely on “independent investigators” who, in the guise of helping regulators find wrongdoing, help financial firms cover up their fraudulent activities.
By Bill Van Auken, 6 February 2013
A Justice Department white paper places unlimited power in the hands of the American president to order the assassination of perceived enemies of the state.
By Tom Carter, 6 February 2013
President Obama’s repeated cave-ins to religious organizations on the issue of birth control underscore the rightward evolution of American liberalism and its abandonment of core democratic principles.
By Fred Mazelis, 6 February 2013
Koch’s political trajectory reflected the sharp turn to the right of a broad social layer, beginning in the 1970s.
By Patrick Martin, 4 February 2013
Both President Obama and a top economic adviser said this week that the administration would propose significant cuts in Medicare.
By Kate Randall, 4 February 2013
The Obama administration has caved in once again to religious critics on requirements that employers provide their employees with free access to contraceptives as part of their health insurance packages.
By Bill Van Auken, 2 February 2013
The confirmation hearing for Chuck Hagel assumed the tone of an inquisition, with Obama’s nominee for defense secretary recanting previous positions critical of Israel and affirming his support for US militarism.
By Kate Randall, 1 February 2013
Details released on the “individual mandate” show that Obama’s overhaul leaves millions without insurance, while disqualifying other low-income families from receiving federal subsidies.
By Kate Randall, 30 January 2013
Obama outlined a proposal involving the further militarization of the US-Mexico border and implementation of enhanced verification of immigrants’ status.
By Matthew MacEgan, 28 January 2013
Four decades later, women’s reproductive rights are under severe attack, particularly regarding the affordability and accessibility of services for working class women.
By Barry Grey, 26 January 2013
The appointment of Mary Jo White, far from signaling a crackdown on the banks, points to a continuation of the de facto amnesty for the financial elite.
By Andre Damon, 26 January 2013
In the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis, top regulators and monetary policy officials were largely blind to the impending financial collapse, according to Federal Reserve transcripts released last week.
By Joseph Kishore, 26 January 2013
In a comment by leading columnist Robert Dreyfuss, the Nation magazine has jumped to the defense of Obama’s nominee to head the CIA, the former chief of the administration’s drone assassination program.
By Patrick Martin, 25 January 2013
The Republican-controlled House pushed back the debt ceiling deadline by three months, as the two parties work to implement deep cuts in social programs.
By Barry Grey and David North, 22 January 2013
President Barack Obama’s second inaugural speech was a calculated attempt to assuage mounting social tensions with a thoroughly demagogic evocation of democracy and equality.
By Barry Grey and David North, 21 January 2013
The second inauguration is an appropriate occasion to consider what Obama’s first term reveals about the office of US president in the 21st century, as well as the man who currently occupies it.
By Eric London, 21 January 2013
The US attorney whose office led the prosecution against Internet activist Aaron Swartz has issued the government’s first official response to the young man’s suicide.
By Naomi Spencer, 17 January 2013
In the name of addressing the epidemic of mass shootings in the US, the White House is seeking to expand police powers of the state.
By our reporters, 16 January 2013
At a funeral attended by friends and family Tuesday, the father of Internet activist Aaron Swartz said that his son was “killed by the government.”
By Joseph Kishore, 15 January 2013
Behind a heavy dose of demagogy, Obama made clear his determination to slash health care and retirement programs by hundreds of billions of dollars.
By Patrick Martin, 14 January 2013
Obama’s cabinet selections demonstrate that his second term will be focused on social cutbacks at home and violent aggression abroad.
By Andre Damon, 11 January 2013
Obama’s nomination of current White House chief of staff Jacob Lew as treasury secretary underscores the administration’s commitment to slashing entitlements.
By Naomi Spencer, 9 January 2013
While the proposals have been hailed as “landmark” improvements to US food oversight, they will provide FDA inspectors with no meaningful enforcement powers.
By Barry Grey, 8 January 2013
In choosing John Brennan to lead the spy agency, Obama gave a clear signal that he intends to expand the illegal program of drone assassinations.
By Eric London, 8 January 2013
Major business interests, including Microsoft, AT&T and American Airlines, are bankrolling the events surrounding President Barack Obama’s second inauguration.
By Patrick Martin, 7 January 2013
Behind the posturing over differences between the Democrats and Republicans, the two parties are united in declaring that the richest country on the planet cannot afford retirement benefits or adequate medical care.
By Tom Carter, 7 January 2013
At the request of the Obama administration, a federal judge denied requests for government records related to targeted killings, including of US citizens.
US bipartisan fiscal deal
By Patrick Martin, 5 January 2013
The New Year’s agreement between Obama and congressional Republicans comes at the expense of the working class.
By Fred Mazelis, 5 January 2013
A new recovery package to meet needs after Hurricane Sandy barely scratches the surface in dealing with the devastation.
By Barry Grey, 3 January 2013
The use of artificial deadlines and phony crises to manipulate the public has become a basic modus operandi for managing the political affairs of the American ruling elite.
By Joseph Kishore, 29 December 2012
Following a meeting between the president and Democratic and Republican congressional leaders, negotiations are continuing on a budget agreement.
29 December 2012
The US Senate voted Friday to renew the law, first passed in 2008 under the Bush administration, authorizing virtually unlimited domestic spying by the National Security Agency.
On the eve of the “fiscal cliff”
By Patrick Martin, 28 December 2012
Both the Obama administration and Republican leaders are whipping up a crisis atmosphere to justify policies that would otherwise be politically impossible to enact.
By Lawrence Porter, 22 December 2012
The Republican-controlled state legislature has passed a series of reactionary measures in its “lame duck” session.