By Patrick Martin, 30 May 2015
Whether Section 215 of the Patriot Act is extended or allowed to expire, the vast US government apparatus for spying on the American people will continue unabated.
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.
By Patrick Martin, 22 May 2015
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence has suddenly, after four years, released documents allegedly obtained during the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
By Ed Hightower, 22 May 2015
The court turned the facts and the law upside down to keep evidence of CIA torture and spying on Congress from seeing the light of day.
By Bill Van Auken, 21 May 2015
Revealed in the Blumenthal-Clinton memos is the real nature of the American government: a criminal conspiracy to enrich a ruling oligarchy through war and reaction.
By Patrick Martin, 20 May 2015
Financial disclosure forms filed May 15 show that Bill and Hillary Clinton have made more than $125 million since Bill Clinton left the White House in 2001.
By Evan Blake, 19 May 2015
The bill, which bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, highlights the precarious state of abortion rights in the US as the political system slides further to the right.
By Peter Symonds, 18 May 2015
No one should be surprised by a new US provocation suddenly emerging to try to stampede public opinion behind military operations against China.
By Patrick Martin, 16 May 2015
The younger Bush’s “gaffe” was that he spoke the truth about the warmongering by both imperialist parties, Democrats as well as Republicans.
By Bill Van Auken, 15 May 2015
Assembled at the Maryland retreat were the most reactionary rulers of the Middle East, Washington’s principal allies in the Arab world.
By Tom Hall, 15 May 2015
Sander's announcement that he will seek the Democratic nomination for president is the outcome of four decades of establishment liberal politics, occasionally masked with “socialist” rhetoric.
By Patrick Martin, 14 May 2015
The deal came less than a day after Senate Democrats blocked a White House-supported effort to hold an immediate vote on Trade Promotion Authority.
By Thomas Gaist, 13 May 2015
Ending a three-year-long suspension, the Obama administration reopened U.S.-controlled Arctic waters to drilling operations by Royal Dutch Shell this week.
By Alexander Fangmann, 11 May 2015
Despite the ruling, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel remain committed to slashing public employee pensions.
By Bill Van Auken, 8 May 2015
The visit by Kerry underscored Washington’s reliance on the most tyrannical and blood-soaked regimes to pursue its predatory interests in the region.
By Fred Mazelis, 8 May 2015
Republican Senate majority leader Dean Skelos is just one of an endless series of politicians from both big business parties who have been charged with criminal activity.
By Patrick Martin, 7 May 2015
None of the three, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina or Mike Huckabee, is likely to win the nomination, but their candidacy pushes the electoral process even further to the right.
By Thomas Gaist, 6 May 2015
Though subject to decades of bombing, subversion, and special forces raids by US imperialism, Somalia had never before received a visit from America’s top diplomat.
By Andre Damon, 2 May 2015
The ongoing global economic slump is inseparable from the parasitic activities of the financial oligarchy, aided and abetted by the state.
By Eric London, 2 May 2015
Socialist Alternative, the International Socialist Organization, leaders of the Chicago Teachers Union, and various Green and Democratic elected officials will gather this weekend in Chicago to discuss the possibility of a pseudo-left electoral alliance.
By Keith Jones, 22 April 2015
Zarif’s “message” is remarkable both for what it says and what it doesn’t say.
By Andre Damon, 18 April 2015
Bernanke’s new job constitutes little more than a kickback for services rendered to Wall Street.
By Kate Randall, 17 April 2015
The new Medicare bill, which takes aim at health care for seniors, has been hatched as a conspiracy behind the backs of the American people.
By Thomas Gaist, 17 April 2015
The Obama administration signaled approval Tuesday for legislation that would give Congress a role in the event that a deal is reached on Iran’s nuclear program.
By Andre Damon, 16 April 2015
The bill, overwhelmingly backed by both Democrats and Republicans, is a significant step in the ongoing drive to attack Medicare and health care in the United States.
By Patrick Martin, 15 April 2015
The proposals from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie are a political signal of the direction of social policy for the whole ruling elite in the United States.
By Bill Van Auken, 14 April 2015
The Cuban leader praised Obama for his “humility” and “honesty,” while exonerating him for all the crimes of US imperialism.
By Andre Damon, 13 April 2015
The Democratic frontrunner in the 2016 presidential campaign formally announced her candidacy Sunday in an online video utterly devoid of political content.
By Nick Barrickman, 13 April 2015
The move to undermine the population’s protections against police spying is of a piece with the anti-democratic policies undertaken by the Democratic Party nationwide.
By Patrick Martin, 11 April 2015
Both Hillary Clinton and her Republican rivals are seeking the support of the billionaire financiers who will determine the course of the 2016 campaign.
By Barry Grey, 8 April 2015
In America, “justice” for the working class and poor is remorseless, brutal and final.
By Kristina Betinis and Patrick Martin, 7 April 2015
The phony “populist” campaign of “Chuy” Garcia has been mounted, under conditions of mass disaffection from the two-party system, to head off the emergence of a politically independent movement of the working class.
By Mike Head, 4 April 2015
Talks have broken down again on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a proposed US-dominated bloc.
Chicago mayoral election rally
By Marcus Day and George Marlowe, 4 April 2015
A rally held in the final days before Chicago’s runoff elections sought to rehabilitate the increasingly discredited Democratic Party and trade unions.
By Keith Jones, 3 April 2015
Obama touted the agreement as a diplomatic coup for the US, while boasting that Iran has been brought to heel by the “toughest sanctions in history.”
By John Burton, 3 April 2015
For the first time in any US courtroom, a judge has dismissed a purely private lawsuit based on the claim that government secrets might be exposed.
By Patrick Martin, 2 April 2015
Robert Menendez of New Jersey, former chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, is one of the most powerful Democrats in the US Senate.
Twelve years after Iraq invasion
By Bill Van Auken, 31 March 2015
With the entire region engulfed by war, Washington’s pursuit of seemingly contradictory policies in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and elsewhere has provoked charges of “strategic incoherence.”
By Patrick Martin, 28 March 2015
Similar plans were passed by the House of Representatives Wednesday and the Senate early Friday.
By Kate Randall, 28 March 2015
The bill is designed to effect a paradigm shift in health care, away from “fee for service” to a system that rewards doctors for rationing care and cutting costs.
By Philip Guelpa, 27 March 2015
The Obama administration’s newly announced rules on hydraulic fracturing on federal lands will allow oil companies to continue endangering human health and the environment.
By Patrick Martin, 26 March 2015
Senator Ted Cruz announced his presidential campaign at Liberty University in Virginia, a Christian fundamentalist college founded by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell.
By Eric London, 25 March 2015
As Sawant racks up endorsements from prominent Democrats and Wall Street speculators, an internal Socialist Alternative memo exposes Sawant’s close ties to the two-party system.
By E.P. Bannon, 23 March 2015
Only 23.1 percent of unemployed workers were receiving benefits in December 2014, the lowest level since unemployment insurance benefits were first established.
By Nancy Hanover, 23 March 2015
Obama’s proposal for student loan aid is both a publicity stunt to appease popular concern over ever-rising student loan debt and a plan to tighten enforcement on repayment.
By Joseph Kishore, 21 March 2015
There is near-universal agreement among Democrats and Republicans in Washington to substantially increase funding for the already gargantuan Pentagon war machine.
By Bill Van Auken, 19 March 2015
The president has made no threat to veto budget proposals imposing spending caps on vital social services.
By Bill Van Auken, 14 March 2015
With the media poised to jump on candidates’ slightest “gaffes,” there are virtually no reports on Graham’s vow to “use the military” to push through a Pentagon budget.
By Patrick Martin, 13 March 2015
The United States is entering a 2016 presidential election campaign that demonstrates the narrow basis of the two-party system and the oligarchical character of American society.
By Shannon Jones, 13 March 2015
Obama’s criticism of the recently enacted right-to-work law in Wisconsin reflects divisions in the ruling establishment over the best way to pursue attacks on the working class.
By Bill Van Auken, 13 March 2015
The Republican senator’s proposal for ringing the Capitol with soldiers to force through a Pentagon budget says a great deal about the US political setup.
By Bill Van Auken, 12 March 2015
The extraordinary intervention of Senate Republicans to derail any nuclear treaty with Iran is symptomatic of deep divisions within the US government.
By Tom Hall, 12 March 2015
The scandal exposes the social devastation wrought by the pro-corporate charter “reform” implemented following Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
By Patrick Martin, 11 March 2015
The presumed frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination held a brief press conference Tuesday in an effort to deflect the media barrage.
By Eric London, 7 March 2015
Sawant’s support for a Democratic Party leader who recently voted to approve a $210 million prison for children is a damning exposure of her phony “socialist” pretensions.
By Mike Ingram, 6 March 2015
The decision of the FCC to reclassify broadband providers as a “telecommunications service” favors one set of corporate giants over another.
By Bill Van Auken, 4 March 2015
Underlying the acrimony between Washington and Tel Aviv are not merely differing assessments of Iran, but broader divergences in strategic interests.
By Patrick Martin, 28 February 2015
The remarks by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker demonstrate the ferocious hostility of the entire US ruling elite, Democrat as well as Republican, towards the working class.
By Tom Hall, 28 February 2015
Persian Gulf regimes and huge military contractors gave tens of millions of dollars to the foundation, which functions as an auxiliary institution in American imperialist foreign policy.
By Nick Barrickman, 28 February 2015
According to a spokesperson for Schweich, he had been preparing to go public with allegations of anti-Semitism against state Republican Party Chairman, John Hancock.
By Patrick Martin, 25 February 2015
Both the Democrats and Republicans favor the repression and exploitation of immigrant workers.
By Evan Blake, 23 February 2015
Willacy County Correctional Center is one of fifteen federal for-profit prisons that house mostly undocumented immigrants under deplorable conditions.
By Patrick Martin, 13 February 2015
The near-unanimous vote shows the lockstep support of both Republicans and Democrats for a policy of militarism and worldwide aggression.
By D. Lencho, 9 February 2015
Removal of the homeless has begun at a “tent city” near downtown, while new encampments have sprung up in other parts of the city.
By Patrick Martin, 7 February 2015
The document elaborates the American ruling class’ view that the US is “the world’s leading global power with interests in every part of an increasingly interconnected world.”
By Kristina Betinis, 5 February 2015
None of the challengers to Mayor Rahm Emanuel—all Democrats—represent the interests of working people or offer any opposition to his right-wing austerity policies.
By Andre Damon, 3 February 2015
Obama’s 2016 budget, cynically packaged as a populist boon to the middle class at the expense of the rich, in reality continues the reactionary policies of austerity, war and repression.
By Patrick Martin, 31 January 2015
Official Washington can defend the crimes of US imperialism only with repression.
By Nick Barrickman, 31 January 2015
In a major giveaway to US energy corporations, the Department of the Interior announced that it would open a large section of the Atlantic coast to oil and gas drilling for the first time.
By Patrick Martin, 29 January 2015
Charles and David Koch plan to spend more money to elect right-wing candidates in 2016 than either the Democratic or Republican parties.
By Jerry White, 29 January 2015
The residents of New York City were subjected to warnings of a “historic snowstorm,” declarations of states of emergency and a virtual lockdown for what turned out to be a few inches of snow.
By Eric London, 29 January 2015
The Seattle City Council member's response to Obama’s State of the Union address is a defense of US imperialism and the Democratic Party.
By Kate Randall, 28 January 2015
The realignment of Medicare more directly with the profit dictates of the market will become the model for the American health care system as a whole.
By Nick Beams, 28 January 2015
William White, former chief economist at the Bank for International Settlements, declared, “We’re seeing true currency wars and everybody is doing it, and I have no idea where this is going to end.”
By Thomas Gaist, 28 January 2015
Jeffrey Sterling faces a possible maximum sentence of nearly 100 years for allegedly speaking to investigative reporter James Risen about covert operations targeting Iran.
By Shannon Jones, 28 January 2015
The unionization rate in America is at its lowest point in 100 years.
By Patrick Martin, 27 January 2015
The first significant events in the campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination took place this weekend in California and Iowa.
By Philip Guelpa, 26 January 2015
Sheldon Silver, Speaker of the New York State Assembly, was indicted for accepting bribes and influence peddling.
By Patrick Martin, 24 January 2015
The new Republican chairman of the committee has demanded the Obama administration return all copies of the report on CIA torture.
By Gary Joad, 24 January 2015
Hunger among working poor families continues to grow in western Wisconsin, where lumber and manufacturing remain deeply depressed.
By Patrick Martin and Joseph Kishore, 22 January 2015
The delusional character of Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday is perhaps matched only by its presentation by the media and supporters of the Democratic Party.
By Patrick Martin, 21 January 2015
The State of the Union speech delivered by President Obama Tuesday night painted a picture of America and the world that is the diametric opposite of the real conditions of social crisis, economic breakdown and imperialist war.
By Michelle Ryan, 20 January 2015
In an address to educators at a Washington, D.C. elementary school, US education secretary Arne Duncan defended the Obama administration’s policy of scapegoating teachers.
By Jerry White, 19 January 2015
Several leading newspapers and think tanks have pointed to the long-term stagnation of wages as the catalyst for a potentially explosive movement over wages by the working class.
By Thomas Gaist and Patrick Martin, 17 January 2015
CIA Director John Brennan discussed plans to investigate the Senate Intelligence Committee staff with White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough.
By E.P. Bannon, 17 January 2015
Campaign spending by outside groups like super PACs has doubled since the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court ruling.
By Tom Hall, 17 January 2015
BP’s maximum fine for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill will be $13.7 billion, far lower than the $18 billion fine called for by prosecutors.
By Patrick Martin, 16 January 2015
The Authorization for the Use of Military Force would be the basis for a further escalation of US military operations in the Middle East.
By Douglas Lyons, 14 January 2015
Governor-elect Tom Wolf is preparing reductions in spending on public education and other social programs along with deep cuts to the pensions and health benefits.
By Patrick Martin, 13 January 2015
The leaked report is another sign of a subterranean struggle within the US military-intelligence apparatus.
By Tom Hall, 13 January 2015
Warren’s speech Wednesday at the National Summit to Raise Wages was aimed at bolstering the Democrats’ flagging electoral support in the face of its right-wing record.
White House rejects petitions to fire prosecutors who drove Internet activist Aaron Swartz to suicide
By Nick Barrickman, 12 January 2015
The Obama administration had earlier defended the judicial hounding of the Internet pioneer as “a good use of prosecutorial discretion.”
By Todd Mason and Nick Barrickman, 12 January 2015
Nearly 100 Maryland sanitation workers returned to work last Thursday after their union agreed to a federal mediator’s request to end the strike without securing any of the workers’ basic demands.
By Jerry White, 8 January 2015
President Obama pointed to the auto industry—where labor costs have been slashed by nearly a third over the last decade—as the model for building America’s “middle class.”
By Andre Damon, 8 January 2015
The 114th US Congress completed its first two days by preparing the passage of regressive, anti-social policies.
By Bill Van Auken, 7 January 2015
Facing mounting calls for his resignation over the massacre of Mexican students, Peña Nieto discussed security, economic integration and immigration in a trip to Washington yesterday.
By Andre Damon, 7 January 2015
The appointment of Steve Scalse is a clear statement that a past relationship with a white supremacist organization does not disqualify someone from holding a top post in Congress.
As 114th Congress convenes
By Patrick Martin, 5 January 2015
The Obama administration and the new Republican majority in Congress have begun discussions on an agenda of militarism abroad and further attacks on working people at home.