US Politics

From Selma to the CIA

John Lewis, Donald Trump and the demise of the “civil rights” establishment

By Patrick Martin, 16 January 2017

The former civil rights leader and longtime Democratic congressman has now joined the campaign to prepare US public opinion for war with Russia.

Thousands attend Democratic Party health care rally in Warren, Michigan

By Shannon Jones, 16 January 2017

The rally, addressed by former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, was part of a series throughout the country, with Democrats posturing as opponents of Republican plans to attack health care.

Washington invokes the language of war against Russia

By Joseph Kishore, 14 January 2017

Over the past several weeks, top Democratic and Republican officials have denounced Russian President Vladimir Putin as a “war criminal,” following a script used before every previous act of military aggression.

With bipartisan support, Trump defense nominee outlines plans for global war

By Tom Eley, 13 January 2017

The Senate Armed Services Committee voted 24-3 to waive the legal restriction preventing the approval of a secretary of defense who has not been out of the military for at least seven years.

Inspector general to probe FBI role in 2016 elections

By a reporter, 13 January 2017

The wide-ranging investigation will include FBI Director Comey’s letter to Congress on October 28, which Democrats claim tipped a closely fought election to Trump.

Trump’s China policy threatens nuclear war

By James Cogan, 13 January 2017

President-elect Donald Trump and the cabal of billionaires and ex-generals who will comprise his cabinet have signaled they will substantially intensify the United States’ conflict with China.

Trump nominee for attorney general defends right-wing, anti-democratic agenda

By Patrick Martin, 11 January 2017

The confirmation hearing for Senator Jeff Sessions made clear that the Trump administration will be the most right-wing in American history, and Democrats will do nothing to oppose it.

Documents alleging Trump-Moscow ties leaked to media, intensifying conflict in US state

By Joseph Kishore, 11 January 2017

The release of the documents appears to be a last-ditch effort by sections of the intelligence apparatus to prevent the inauguration of Trump, which is only 10 days away.

Obama’s farewell address: One last round of clichés and lies

By Niles Niemuth, 11 January 2017

In a speech as banal as dishonest, Obama boasted of the supposed progress achieved during his eight years as president while warning that the social inequality he has helped foster poses a threat to democracy.

In town hall broadcast, Sanders declares his readiness to work with Trump on trade war agenda

By Tom Hall and Barry Grey, 11 January 2017

The main thrust of Sanders’ remarks was to assure the incoming administration that he and his Democratic Party allies will do nothing to seriously challenge Trump’s right-wing policies.

As Senate confirmation hearings begin

Trump names son-in-law to White House post

By Patrick Martin, 10 January 2017

Jared Kushner will be the seventh billionaire to take a top position in the Trump administration.

Obama's legacy of war, repression and inequality

By Joseph Kishore, 10 January 2017

For Obama and the privileged social layers that surround the Democratic Party, a legacy can be crafted with honeyed phrases and clever marketing. Millions of people, however, will judge the administration by its actions.

Senators call for retaliation against Russia at “hacking” hearing

By Tom Hall, 6 January 2017

Yesterday’s hearing by the Senate Armed Services Committee provided an opportunity for senators to kowtow before the US intelligence agencies and bray for war against Russia.

Congress grovels before the CIA as it escalates “Russian hacking” hysteria

By Patrick Martin, 6 January 2017

At Thursday’s congressional hearing, US Senators seemed to be in competition to demonstrate the most abject loyalty to the intelligence agencies.

Split widens between Trump, CIA over Russian hacking allegations

By Andre Damon, 5 January 2017

President-elect Trump and factions of the political establishment aligned with the CIA hurled accusations at each other Wednesday over allegations that the Russian government sought to influence the 2016 US election.

As new Congress is sworn in: Democrats signal readiness to work with Trump

By Patrick Martin, 4 January 2017

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi adopted a conciliatory stance toward the billionaire president-elect and his ultra-right cabinet.

New US Congress to launch assault on social programs

By Patrick Martin, 3 January 2017

Congress convenes today to begin work on an ultra-right agenda aimed at the destruction of all federal social welfare programs, above all Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

Right-wing campaign on hacking allegations continues

Democrats, Republicans call for new sanctions against Russia

By Tom Hall, 3 January 2017

The demands are part of the ongoing campaign for an intensification of Washington’s economic and military confrontation with Moscow.

The lying campaign on Russian hacking

By Andre Damon, 31 December 2016

The US media, led by the New York Times, has embraced Obama’s retaliatory measures against alleged Russian hacking despite the fact that the White House has put forward no evidence to substantiate its claims.

Trumka on Trump: AFL-CIO chief urges president-elect to work with unions to save capitalism

By Jerry White, 30 December 2016

AFL-CIO head Trumka wrote an op-ed piece in the New York Times offering the services of the unions to suppress working-class opposition to the incoming administration.

Kerry argues against ditching the “two-state solution” in the Middle East

By Patrick Martin, 29 December 2016

In a lengthy speech at the State Department, Kerry warned that the anti-Palestinian policy of Netanyahu and Trump will have explosive consequences for US imperialist interests in the Middle East.

Trump names billionaire corporate raider Icahn to slash regulations on business

By Patrick Martin, 23 December 2016

Carl Icahn, long notorious for asset stripping and destroying jobs, is the seventh billionaire to be assigned a major role in the Trump administration.

Trump to bring private security staff to White House

By Ed Hightower, 22 December 2016

Press accounts this week detail president-elect Donald Trump’s intention to retain a private security staff upon occupying the White House.

In wake of Trump victory: Michael Eric Dyson denounces the “white working class”

By Fred Mazelis, 22 December 2016

According to Dyson, any focus on the issue of economic inequality is equivalent to racism.

Pennsylvania budget deficit signals further attacks on teachers, state workers

By Douglas Lyons, 21 December 2016

Pennsylvania’s current budget deficit of $600 million will be used as a bludgeon against the pensions and benefits of teachers and other state employees.

Journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates’ love letter to Barack Obama

By Niles Niemuth and David Walsh, 21 December 2016

Coates’ “My President Was Black” is a piece that takes sycophancy and worship of power to extraordinary new heights.

Ahead of Electoral College vote: Democrats intensify McCarthyite campaign against Russia

By Patrick Martin, 19 December 2016

The campaign by the Democrats against Trump is not over the far-right character of his cabinet, but his insufficiently aggressive attitude toward Russia.

Trump names hard-line “deficit hawk” to head budget office

By our reporter, 19 December 2016

Representative Mick Mulvaney, a South Carolina Republican, has backed a federal debt default and a government shutdown as methods of forcing cuts in social spending.

Trump taps right-wing supporter of settlers as ambassador to Israel

By Bill Van Auken, 17 December 2016

David Friedman, an attorney who helped Trump reap millions from the bankruptcies of his Atlantic City casinos, is considered to the right of Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The US media’s neo-McCarthyite campaign for war against Russia

By Andre Damon, 16 December 2016

The ferocious denunciations of Russia that have dominated the American media are aimed at poisoning public sentiment and paving the way for war.

Dylann Roof convicted on all counts in Charleston church massacre

By Patrick Martin, 16 December 2016

The gunman had ties to white supremacist groups which supported right-wing Republican politicians.

“Sanders in Trump Country”: Vermont senator peddles his own brand of economic nationalism

By Jerry White, 16 December 2016

The MSNBC town hall meeting covered up the reactionary record of the Democrats and gave Sanders a platform to blame job losses on China and Mexico.

Trump nominates opponent of environmental regulation for secretary of the interior

By Nick Barrickman, 15 December 2016

Montana representative Ryan Zinke has built a congressional career out of supporting anti-environment legislation, austerity and war.

After election debacle, Democrats debate identity politics

By Niles Niemuth, 15 December 2016

The publication of an op-ed by Columbia University professor Mark Lilla questioning the efficacy of identity politics continues to draw a heated response from figures in and around the Democratic Party.

Trump picks oil mogul as secretary of state

By Patrick Martin, 14 December 2016

The nomination of ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson puts the finishing touches on Trump’s government of billionaires.

Former Texas governor who called for abolition of Energy Department to be Trump’s energy secretary

By Patrick Martin, 14 December 2016

As an unsuccessful presidential candidate, Rick Perry called for the abolition of the Department of Energy.

Green Party ends bid for presidential election recount in Michigan and Pennsylvania

By Niles Niemuth, 14 December 2016

The Greens’ only successful recount effort, in Wisconsin, reaffirmed Donald Trump’s electoral victory over Hillary Clinton.

The United Steelworkers, Wilbur Ross and economic nationalism

By Evan Winters, 14 December 2016

The USW has a long history of collaborating with billionaire asset stripper Wilbur Ross, Trump’s pick for commerce secretary.

Betsy DeVos: Religion and profit in the war on public education—Part 2

By Nancy Hanover, 14 December 2016

Under the banner of “free enterprise,” Trump’s pick for education secretary has combined religious obscurantism with American hucksterism and the promotion of militarism.

Betsy DeVos: Religion and profit in the war on public education—Part 1

By Nancy Hanover, 13 December 2016

Under the banner of “free enterprise,” the DeVos family has combined religious obscurantism and bigotry with American hucksterism, exploitation, tax dodging and the promotion of militarism.

Oil industry stooge tapped to destroy the Environmental Protection Agency

By Daniel de Vries, 12 December 2016

Trump's nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt signals an attempt to gut environmental protections.

The New York Times' hypocritical rant against social media

By Andre Damon, 12 December 2016

While the Times editorial is framed as a critique of Trump, its real target is public access to information that is not censored and massaged by the US intelligence apparatus.

Democrats capitulate after publicity stunt over miners’ health care benefits

By Eric London, 10 December 2016

The cynical maneuver by several Senate Democrats who are up for re-election in 2018 would have forced a government shutdown.

Obama’s parting shot at Russia

By Bill Van Auken, 10 December 2016

While Obama and the Democrats bow to Trump as he assembles the most right-wing administration in US history, they remain concerned that he is insufficiently bellicose toward Moscow.

Trump chooses millionaire fast food executive as secretary of labor

By Shelley Connor, 9 December 2016

Andrew Puzder, CEO of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, is a long-time opponent of minimum wage increases and mandatory overtime for salaried employees.

A Trump junta?

By Bill Van Auken, 9 December 2016

The growing number of recently retired generals joining the Trump cabinet is an expression of the ever-growing power of the military over political life.

A cabinet of generals: Trump appoints John Kelly to lead Department of Homeland Security

By Eric London, 8 December 2016

The unprecedented prominence of the military in the incoming cabinet is a dangerous sign that the American ruling class is preparing for war abroad and repression at home.

In counterterrorism speech, Obama hints at danger of dictatorship

By Patrick Martin, 7 December 2016

In a speech to a military audience in Florida, the US president twice cited the Nuremberg war crimes tribunal as a warning to the incoming administration of Donald Trump.

Trump names opponent of public housing to run Housing and Urban Development

By Fred Mazelis, 7 December 2016

Former Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson is a vitriolic opponent of social programs to benefit the working class.

After Carrier deal, effusive praise for Trump from steelworkers union

By Jerry White, 7 December 2016

The United Steelworkers union praised Trump’s protectionist and chauvinist policies along with his deal with Carrier, which will wipe out 1,300 of the firm’s 2,100 production jobs in Indiana.

China warns Trump over Taiwan phone call

By Peter Symonds, 7 December 2016

The People’s Daily condemned the phone call as “despicable” and accused Trump of violating the One China policy—the foundation of US-China relations.

Trump picks General “Mad Dog” Mattis for secretary of defense

By Patrick Martin, 5 December 2016

The selection of retired General James Mattis has been greeted with approval across the political and national-security establishment and in the major organs of the corporate-controlled media.

Tennessee woman charged in attempted coat-hanger abortion

By Naomi Spencer, 5 December 2016

A Tennessee woman accused of attempting to terminate her pregnancy with a coat hanger last year was arraigned late last month on three felony charges.

CEOs, Wall Street to drive Trump economic policy

By Patrick Martin, 3 December 2016

Hedge fund boss Stephen Schwarzman will chair the President’s Strategic and Policy Forum, which will begin meeting with Trump on economic policy after his inauguration.

Trump backers sue to block recounts

By Patrick Martin, 3 December 2016

Lawsuits were filed in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, where Trump’s margin of victory has shrunk dramatically.

Tensions mount over US presidential election recounts

By Patrick Martin, 2 December 2016

Wisconsin officials began reviewing ballots, while the Trump campaign took legal action to block the recount in Michigan.

Deal to “save” Indiana Carrier plant will cut 1,100 jobs

By Jerry White, 1 December 2016

Trump reportedly told the CEO of Carrier’s parent company that federal and state tax cuts and the lifting of corporate regulations could save more money than moving to Mexico.

Trump names Medicare opponent to head health programs: Who is Tom Price?

By Nick Barrickman, 1 December 2016

The naming of Tom Price to head the Department of Health and Human Services signals the intention of the incoming Trump administration to begin the dismantling of Medicare.

President-elect Trump on flag-burning: The crisis of American democracy

By Joseph Kishore, 1 December 2016

Trump’s statement on flag-burning reflects not only the authoritarian disposition of the president-elect, but the far-reaching decay of bourgeois democracy in the United States.

A cabinet of billionaires

Trump forms a Wall Street government to attack health care and workers’ rights

By Patrick Martin, 30 November 2016

Trump has picked Wall Street banker Steven Mnuchin as treasury secretary and anti-Medicare zealot Tom Price to head the Department of Health and Human Services.

US president-elect says flag burners should be stripped of their citizenship

By John Burton, 30 November 2016

President-elect Donald Trump’s tweet that people who burn the American flag in protest should be stripped of their citizenship is a repudiation of the First and Fourteenth Amendments.

Trump refuses to sever ties with his business empire

By E.P. Milligan, 30 November 2016

Trump has business interests in real estate, management and branding in no less than 18 foreign countries, spanning virtually the entire globe.

US unions channel workers’ wage demands into “Fight for 15” publicity stunts

By Alexander Fangmann, 30 November 2016

Low-wage workers are being used by the Service Employees International Union and its supporters as a bargaining chip.

Obama extends global reach of US Special Operations death squads

By Patrick Martin, 29 November 2016

The global mandate of the new formation means US death squads could be sent virtually anywhere, from European cities to South American jungles, including in the United States itself.

The political issues in the campaign for a recount in the US elections

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 29 November 2016

Three weeks after the US presidential election, the political crisis triggered by the initiative to recount the vote in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania is escalating.

Trump considers asset stripper Wilbur Ross for commerce secretary

By Evan Winters, 29 November 2016

Ross made billions destroying the pensions, jobs and living standards of steel, coal, auto and textile workers.

Obama denounces recount effort

By Eric London, 28 November 2016

President Barack Obama is denouncing an entirely legitimate legal action to verify the outcome of the election in states where the result was exceptionally close.

Hillary Clinton leads by two million in US popular vote

By Patrick Martin, 24 November 2016

Clinton’s lead in the popular vote is being largely ignored by the American media and the political establishment, including the Democratic Party leadership.

Who is Charles Schumer?

By James Brookfield, 24 November 2016

The newly elected Democratic leader is a defender of Wall Street who backed the war in Iraq.

Trump to build on Obama’s antidemocratic legacy

By Tom Carter, 24 November 2016

The assault on democratic rights under cover of the “war on terror” has provided the incoming Trump administration with a pseudo-legal framework to impose authoritarian methods of rule.

The 19,000 Dow: Markets soar on prospects for profiteering under Trump

By Nick Beams, 24 November 2016

Trump’s agenda for the US economy bears a striking resemblance to his own business operations: a mixture of tax evasion, swindling and profit-gouging.

2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony

Obama awards those who “have helped make me who I am”

By David Walsh, 24 November 2016

Tuesday’s ceremony, during which Barack Obama bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom on 21 individuals, was a bizarre and unreal event.

Trump’s authoritarian government of nationalism and war

By Joseph Kishore, 21 November 2016

As the Democratic Party seeks to normalize the transfer of power to Trump, the appointments of the president-elect confirm the historically unprecedented character of the incoming US administration.

Trump lines up militarists for cabinet posts

By Tom Eley, 21 November 2016

The unprecedentedly right-wing cabinet being formed is meeting no opposition from the Democrats.

A chilling attack on free speech

Trump attempts to bully cast of Hamilton over criticism of anti-democratic policies

By David Walsh, 21 November 2016

President-elect Donald Trump responded to concerns about his incoming administration as expressed by the cast of the Broadway show Hamilton with a series of thuggish, threatening Tweets.

Trump begins selecting ultra-right cabinet

By Patrick Martin, 19 November 2016

His appointments are a Southern racist to run the Justice Department, an anti-Muslim bigot for national security adviser, and a congressman tied to the Koch brothers as CIA director.

Trump transition team discussing registry of Muslims

By our reporter, 19 November 2016

In the wake of a television appearance in which a Trump campaign activist said that a registry of Muslim visitors to the United States could be justified under the “precedent” set by the mass internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, a leader of the Trump transition team has revealed that a formal proposal for such a registry is under discussion.

After the election of Trump: The realignment of US politics

By Patrick Martin, 18 November 2016

The Democratic Party leadership is moving very rapidly to align itself with Trump, based on a program of economic nationalism and trade war.

Japanese prime minister meets President-elect Trump

By Nick Beams, 18 November 2016

There is a sense in Japanese ruling circles that the election of Donald Trump as US president is a political earthquake that has shattered the foundations of the post-war order.

Sanders, trade union officials promote economic nationalism at Washington, DC rally

By Nick Barrickman, 18 November 2016

Trade union officials celebrated the nationalist agenda that Trump has pledged to carry out, while seeking to promote the idea that the Democratic Party can be pushed to the left.

Obama seeks to placate concerns over Trump in final tour of Europe

By Peter Schwarz, 18 November 2016

Obama’s promotion of his successor is so obvious that the German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung described him as Donald Trump’s “press spokesman.”

Vice President Biden, Senate Democrats redouble pledge to work with Trump

By Joseph Kishore, 17 November 2016

The cordial words from leading Democrats come amidst growing protests against Trump’s election, centered among high school students and youth.

Obama postures as Europe’s protector in Athens

By Chris Marsden, 17 November 2016

The European Union has plunged millions of Greek workers into an ever-deeper social nightmare based on an austerity programme that Obama endorses.

Obama visits Berlin after Trump’s victory

By Ulrich Rippert, 17 November 2016

Notwithstanding Obama's claims, Trump’s election will be characterised by sharp tensions and shocks in Transatlantic relations.

Mass student protests against Trump election: The way forward

By The Socialist Equality Party and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 16 November 2016

The opposition expressed by students and young people in demonstrations across the US stands in sharp contrast to the abject capitulation of the Democratic Party to Donald Trump.

Trump transition points to escalation of US militarism

By Bill Van Auken, 16 November 2016

Former New York Mayor Giuliani, named as top choice for secretary of state, condemned the Obama administration for failing to “even threaten to use our military” against Russia.

High school walkouts, protests against Trump enter second week

By our reporters, 16 November 2016

The protests on Tuesday follow the press conference of Obama on Monday, when he urged Americans to “reconcile themselves” with a Trump presidency.

Trump’s candidate for Homeland Security chief calls for suppression of anti-Trump protests

By Tom Carter, 16 November 2016

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke has unleashed a series of tweets calling for a “state of emergency” to be declared and for the ongoing anti-Trump protests to be violently “quelled” by the military.

Greek protests greet Obama’s last overseas tour as US president

By Alex Lantier, 16 November 2016

Obama aimed to reassure the European ruling classes that Donald Trump's election would not undermine their relations with the United States.

New York Times apologizes for coverage of presidential election

By David Walsh, 16 November 2016

In two open letters last Friday, the New York Times expressed regret for its coverage of the US election and promised to approach the Donald Trump administration “without bias.”

Obama defends Trump at White House press conference

By Patrick Martin, 15 November 2016

The Democratic president emphasized his desire for a “smooth transition” to a government by an ultra-right Republican opposed by a majority of the American people.

Trump names fascist Bannon as top adviser, confirms plans to deport immigrants

By Tom Eley, 14 November 2016

Trump’s appointment of a fascist as a top advisor and his plans to deport millions of immigrants are the initial moves of what will be the most right-wing government in American history.

From “political revolution” to collaboration: Sanders and Warren pledge to work with Trump

By Patrick Martin and Joseph Kishore, 14 November 2016

As Trump assembles his administration, the Democratic Party and the media seek to normalize a government of the extreme right the likes of which has never been seen in American history.

Anti-Trump protests continue across US for fifth day

By Shannon Jones, 14 November 2016

Demonstrations continued coast to coast over the weekend against the election of Donald Trump and his far-right and anti-immigrant politics.

Several thousand join anti-Trump protests in Chicago

By our reporters, 14 November 2016

For the second time in a week, anti-Trump protesters gathered in downtown Chicago Saturday morning expressing social anger felt throughout the United States in the wake of Trump’s election.

Anti-Trump protests in Los Angeles: “At the end of the day, we didn’t want either of them”

By our reporters, 14 November 2016

Tens of thousands of protesters marched in the Los Angeles area over the weekend to protest the election of Donald Trump.

After backing Clinton, Michael Moore calls for “takeover” of Democratic Party

By Gabriel Black, 14 November 2016

Moore has been brought forward to keep the broadly felt popular opposition to president-elect Donald Trump from breaking free of the political semi-corpse of the Democratic Party.

From monster to Mr. President-Elect: Democrats grovel before Trump

By Andre Damon, 11 November 2016

In rushing to support Trump, the Democrats and the media are largely remaining silent about a significant fact of the election: the president-elect lost the popular vote.

Bernie Sanders declares willingness to “work with Trump”

By Eric London, 11 November 2016

Eighteen months after Sanders announced his candidacy, his statement on Trump punctuates a critical experience for the working class.

Race, class and the election of Trump

By Barry Grey, 10 November 2016

The lack of enthusiasm for Clinton was fundamentally a class response to a crony of Wall Street with a record of militarism and corruption.