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.
By Fred Mazelis, 5 January 2015
The former Democratic governor of New York established a record while in office that had nothing in common with his high-flown speeches about compassion and reform.
By Peter Symonds, 3 January 2015
The entire Sony hacking affair has the character of a US concoction deliberately designed to heighten tensions on the Korean peninsula.
By Gabriel Black, 31 December 2014
Representative Steven Scalise, the third most powerful GOP member in Congress, spoke at an international conference of neo-Nazis and white supremacists in 2002.
By Jerry White, 24 December 2014
While tens of millions of Americans face a holiday season of economic insecurity and rising household debt, the Dow Jones Industrial Average stock index hit a record high on Tuesday.
By Patrick Martin, 20 December 2014
An FBI declaration and a White House press conference ratcheted up the pressure on the isolated Stalinist dictatorship, which now faces unspecified US retaliation for an alleged hacking attack on Sony Pictures.
By Bill Van Auken, 20 December 2014
The new sanctions shed considerable light on the real nature of Washington’s move to “normalize” ties with Cuba.
By Andre Damon, 20 December 2014
Far from preventing police murders and holding the culprits accountable, Obama’s panel will seek to acclimate the population to an increasingly violent and militarized police force.
By Bill Van Auken and David North, 19 December 2014
Hailed by governments and corporations as a historic turning point, the move to “normalize” US-Cuban ties raises profound historical questions for the working class and the socialist movement.
By Jerry White, 17 December 2014
Coming on the heels of the Detroit bankruptcy, the pension “reform” passed as part of last week’s bipartisan budget resolution will open the floodgates to the gutting of retirement benefits for millions of workers.
By Niles Williamson and Joseph Kishore, 12 December 2014
CIA Director John Brennan gave an extraordinary press conference at CIA headquarters on Thursday, outlining the Obama administration’s response to the Senate Intelligence Committee report on torture.
By Patrick Martin, 12 December 2014
The White House said Obama would sign the bill funding the federal government, despite a provision that removes even the most limited restraints on Wall Street speculation.
By Patrick Martin, 9 December 2014
The CIA is backing a media campaign against the Senate report, warning that even a limited exposure of its crimes at secret prisons will produce a worldwide backlash against the US government.
By Ed Hightower, 6 December 2014
In oral arguments on a case involving Facebook “threats,” the Roberts Court indicated it is seriously considering a major attack on freedom of speech and expression.
By Fred Mazelis, 29 November 2014
Barry typified the layer that came to prominence in the ebb and decline of the mass civil rights movement.
By David Walsh, 26 November 2014
The president bestowed America’s highest civilian honor on 18 politicians, artists, scientists and others in a ceremony Monday afternoon.
By Niles Williamson, 24 November 2014
Biden traveled to Ukraine to shore up the right-wing regime in Kiev and threaten further economic sanctions against Russia.
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 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.
Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014
By Eric London, 19 November 2014
James Risen’s latest book details crimes committed by the Bush and Obama administrations under the auspices of the “war on terror” and the profits made by corporate interests.
By Nick Beams, 14 November 2014
US trade policy is based on a drive to secure domination of the world economy, using both military and economic means.
By Patrick Kelly, 13 November 2014
New military “confidence-building mechanisms” resolve none of the issues underlying Washington’s confrontation of China.
By Joseph Santolan, 13 November 2014
The summit’s first day was marked by an avoidance of the question of the South China Sea.
By John Andrews, 11 November 2014
In a reactionary ruling, a federal court of appeals has struck down lower court decisions upholding same-sex marriages, setting the stage for a US Supreme Court ruling.
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 Patrick Martin, 6 November 2014
The measures being discussed in Washington will fuel corporate profits and the wealth of the billionaires at the expense of working people.
By Joseph Kishore, 6 November 2014
The 2014 US midterm election results are a reflection of widespread disaffection and hostility toward the Obama administration and the entire political system.
By our reporter, 6 November 2014
The votes counter the claim that the defeat of the Democrats is the product of a swing to the right in the American population.
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 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 Andre Damon, 3 November 2014
The empty and cynical character of the election was epitomized by President Barack Obama’s campaign appearance Saturday in Detroit.
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 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 Thomas Gaist, 29 October 2014
US imperialism recruited thousands of Nazis after World War II, as detailed in a new book by New York Times journalist Eric Lichtblau.
By Andre Damon, 28 October 2014
The US government is not only controlled by, but increasingly composed of, the extremely rich.
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.