By Patrick Martin, 4 September 2015
While they obsess over the possible mishandling of classified information, the Republicans and media have been largely indifferent to the content of the emails released so far.
By Andre Damon, 1 September 2015
The Times’ claim that President Obama has spent his administration “working to empower the economically marginal” is a political fabrication of the first order.
On 10-year anniversary of Katrina
By Tom Hall, 31 August 2015
The Katrina catastrophe has been seized on by the political establishment to carry out a restructuring of class relations intended as a model for other cities.
By Patrick Martin, 24 August 2015
The demand for repeal of birthright citizenship, initiated by billionaire Donald Trump, marks a further shift to the right by the US ruling elite.
By Patrick Martin, 22 August 2015
The much-publicized encounter sheds light on the essentially right-wing character of both the Democratic frontrunner and the proponents of identity politics.
By Patrick Martin, 19 August 2015
A New York Times article Monday described the process of aggressive fundraising for a billion-dollar “post-presidency.”
By Andre Damon, 18 August 2015
The media has maintained near-total silence on last week’s revelation that prisoners were tortured in Upstate New York with the apparent involvement of governor Andrew Cuomo.
By Thomas Gaist, 17 August 2015
Classified NSA documents published this weekend have further exposed the vast scale of collaboration between the NSA and US telecommunications giants.
By Patrick Martin, 17 August 2015
Billionaire Donald Trump has called for deporting all 11 million undocumented workers, as well as their children born in the United States.
By Evan Blake, 13 August 2015
The Obama administration is appealing a court ruling that seeks to ban the imprisonment of hundreds of children and their mothers in immigration detention centers.
By Tom Mackaman, 13 August 2015
The move to disassociate the Democratic Party from the two figures it has long claimed as its founders, allegedly because they were slave-owners, marks a new milestone in the party’s embrace of identity politics.
By Tom Hall, 12 August 2015
The more than 100,000 people who attended Sanders’ recent rallies would not have found anything genuinely oppositional, let alone “socialist,” in the remarks of the senator from Vermont.
By Patrick Martin, 8 August 2015
The ten candidates assembled on the stage represented and appealed to everything rotten and backward in American society.
By Bill Van Auken, 7 August 2015
The US president took the extraordinary step of going public in warning that powerful factions within Congress and the state apparatus are determined to go to war against Iran.
By Patrick Martin, 3 August 2015
A few dozen super-rich contributors are bankrolling—and thereby controlling—the 2016 presidential election campaign.
By Patrick Martin, 1 August 2015
After calling for a “political revolution” against the billionaires before a national audience Wednesday, Sanders spoke in quite a different vein to upper-middle class audiences Thursday and Friday.
By Patrick Martin, 29 July 2015
The New York Times has retracted its claim that the Justice Department has launched a criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton, without revealing which government officials made the false allegation.
By Thomas Gaist, 29 July 2015
In response to bipartisan warmongering, Kerry insisted that the nuclear pact would serve as a stepping stone toward intensified confrontation with Tehran.
By Patrick Martin, 23 July 2015
In a speech Tuesday to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the US president boasted of the success of US drone missile and assassination programs, listing a series of victims.
By Patrick Martin, 20 July 2015
The 2016 US presidential election will be decided, not by the votes of the people, but by a flood of dollars from a small number of billionaires.
By Tom Hall, 20 July 2015
The teachers’ union endorsement follows years of political subordination to the Democratic Party by top AFT bureaucrats.
By Andre Damon, 17 July 2015
Candidates have spent twice as much in the first half of this year as at the same point in the last presidential election cycle, with the total cost of the election expected to rise to $10 billion.
By George Gallanis, 16 July 2015
The 2015-2017 Wisconsin budget slashes hundreds of millions of dollars from the UW system, implements drug testing for public assistance and eliminates a number of labor protections.
By Andre Damon, 14 July 2015
Speaking at the New School in New York City, Clinton declared that her presidency would “empower” US businesses by cutting taxes and regulation.
By Philip Guelpa and Fred Mazelis, 14 July 2015
The two leading New York Democrats are governing at a time of growing crisis and disgust with capitalist politics.
By Tom Carter, 11 July 2015
For six years, Holder used the office of attorney general to benefit the financial elite. Now he is going back to work for them directly.
By Patrick Martin, 9 July 2015
A three-page written statement claimed that Mexican immigration amounted to “infectious disease … pouring over the border.”
By Patrick Martin, 6 July 2015
The billionaire developer and presidential candidate has made a series of fascistic rants against Mexican immigrants.
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.
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.
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.
By Joseph Kishore, 30 June 2015
The US Supreme Court on Monday ruled that executions using the sedative midazolam can go forward.
By Barry Grey, 30 June 2015
The rush to take down symbols of racism that the American political establishment has kept in place for decades is a defensive response to an outpouring of public horror over the Charleston killings and popular hostility to racism.
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.
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.
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.”
By Kate Randall, 26 June 2015
The majority opinion states that without the subsidies the ACA would collapse, sending the insurance market into a “death spiral.”
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.
By Patrick Martin, 22 June 2015
The Vermont senator offers no program for working people, but his attacks on economic inequality and the “billionaire class” have gained a hearing.
With appointment of Kenneth Feinberg to oversee cuts
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.
As efforts to train new Iraqi army flounder
By Thomas Gaist, 19 June 2015
Washington increasingly seeks to rule Iraq through a network of tribal-based sectarian proxy forces, reinforced by thousands of US “advisers.”
By Nick Beams, 19 June 2015
The US has received a blunt warning about shifting relations in Asia from Singapore’s foreign minister.
By Patrick Martin, 18 June 2015
The official two-party system has shifted so far to the right that Bush is regarded as too moderate by much of the Republican Party base.
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.
By Niles Williamson, 17 June 2015
The passage of the amendment to the House’s Pentagon budget bill restricting support for the Azov Battalion is a further confirmation of the leading role played by fascist forces in Ukraine.
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.
By Patrick Martin, 13 June 2015
Sections of both the Democratic and Republican parties combined to block passage of a Trade Promotion Authority bill.
By Fred Mazelis, 9 June 2015
A new poll provides a pale reflection of the depth of public anger over corruption and inequality.
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.