US Politics

Trump’s speech outlines plans for class war at home and war abroad

By Andre Damon, 1 March 2017

In addressing Congress, Trump reaffirmed his core goals: economic nationalism, the scapegoating of immigrants, the expansion of the military and the elimination of restraints on corporations.

The Trump administration and the crisis of American capitalism

By Joseph Kishore, 28 February 2017

It is impossible to separate the fight against the Trump administration from the fight against the social and economic order that has produced it: capitalism.

Democrats, media step up right-wing campaign on alleged Trump-Russia ties

By Patrick Martin, 27 February 2017

There is mounting pressure for the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Democratic National Committee chooses a chairman from the party establishment

By Tom Hall, 27 February 2017

Former Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, endorsed by most Obama administration officials, defeated Representative Keith Ellison of Minnesota, who had the backing of Bernie Sanders.

Trump attacks media in diatribe to Conservative Political Action Conference

By Joseph Kishore, 25 February 2017

Trump’s remarks before the ultra-right gathering of Republican Party activists reprised many of the “America First” themes in his inaugural address delivered one month ago.

US retail chain J.C. Penney announces over 130 store closures

By Niles Niemuth, 25 February 2017

The department store chain is only the latest retailer to announce major store closures in the US this year, including Macy’s, Sears and Kmart.

Democratic National Committee convenes to pick a new leader

By Niles Niemuth, 24 February 2017

Minnesota Representative Keith Ellison and Tom Perez, Labor Secretary in the Obama administration, lead a field of five candidates.

The International Socialist Organization and the CIA-led anti-Russia campaign

By E.P. Milligan, 24 February 2017

The ISO has been virtually silent on the raging conflict between the Trump White House and the intelligence agencies over alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Appointment of “Warrior-Scholar” McMaster signals intensification of anti-Russia confrontation

By Bill Van Auken, 22 February 2017

The appointment of McMaster exposes the utterly reactionary and undemocratic character of the official debate surrounding the Trump administration.

Mounting anti-Semitic attacks in US draw half-hearted response from Trump

By Niles Niemuth, 22 February 2017

Since January, there have been 68 bomb threats at 53 community centers in 26 states and one in Canada, and some 200 headstones toppled at a Jewish cemetery in Missouri.

Talk show host Bill Maher: Intelligence agencies “our last line of defense”

By David Walsh, 22 February 2017

In an extraordinarily foul outburst February 17, HBO’s Maher referred approvingly to Egypt and Turkey as countries where intelligence agencies had intervened against a “crazy” dictator.

Trump names Iraq war general and militarist as national security adviser

By Patrick Martin, 21 February 2017

The selection of McMaster is seen as a concession to the anti-Russian campaign waged by the intelligence agencies, the Democratic Party and sections of the Republican Party.

How many people would die in a war between the US and Russia?

By Andre Damon, 21 February 2017

Amidst the non-stop anti-Russian hysteria from the media and the Democratic Party, no one is posing the question: What will be the consequences of a war with Russia?

Trump’s “America First” policies and the global eruption of economic nationalism

By Nick Beams, 21 February 2017

Speaking on behalf of European capital, the London-based Financial Times has described the trade policies of the Trump administration as a “clear and present danger” to the global trading and monetary system.

Trump White House under mounting pressure from anti-Russia campaign

By Patrick Martin, 20 February 2017

Seven congressional committees are now engaged in investigations into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 elections, including contacts with the Trump campaign.

US-European tensions remain despite reassurances on NATO

By Bill Van Auken, 20 February 2017

Speeches in Munich swearing US fealty to NATO and taking a hard line on Russia failed to quell fears that Trump’s “America First” policy will be pursued at Europe’s expense.

Seventy-five years after FDR’s Japanese internment order, Trump prepares mass immigrant roundup

By Eric London, 20 February 2017

The attack on immigrants has been prepared by both the Democratic and Republican parties, which have jointly cultivated a climate of anti-immigrant xenophobia to advance their policies of war and social counterrevolution.

The popular movement against Trump vs. the corporate media’s anti-Russia witch-hunt

By Andre Damon, 18 February 2017

Following Donald Trump’s extraordinary news conference, the ferocious battle over imperialist policy between contending factions of the ruling class is intensifying.

US Homeland Security memo: Deploy 100,000 National Guard troops to round up immigrants

By Eric London, 18 February 2017

The proposals outlined in a memo obtained by the AP would require the imposition of de facto martial law across broad swaths of the United States.

In Russia, reality sinks in after Flynn ouster

By Andrea Peters, 18 February 2017

Anxieties are growing in Moscow as the forced resignation of US National Security Adviser Michael Flynn points to an intensification of anti-Russian hysteria in Washington.

The Trump press conference: A ferocious conflict within the ruling elite

By Patrick Martin, 17 February 2017

The press conference was unlike anything seen in modern American history, as the US president traded insults with journalists and engaged in a bitter battle with his nemeses in the media.

Intelligence agencies clash with Trump over Russia allegations

By Tom Eley, 16 February 2017

The warfare within the ruling class is being waged along a front that extends from the intelligence agencies through the Republican Party and into the Trump White House itself.

Democrats seek to channel opposition to Trump behind anti-Russia offensive

By Joseph Kishore, 16 February 2017

Trump’s critics in the media and political establishment are seeking to disorient the opposition of workers and youth to Trump and corral it behind the war plans of the CIA.

Behind the Flynn resignation and Trump crisis: A bitter conflict over imperialist policy

By Patrick Martin, 15 February 2017

Congressional Democrats are speaking for a large section of the military-intelligence apparatus that is opposed to any lessening of US pressure on Russia.

US stocks hit new highs following Senate testimony by Fed chief

By Barry Grey, 15 February 2017

While Yellen defended the Dodd-Frank banking law, she repeatedly stated her support for “mitigating” the regulatory “burden” on financial firms.

What did billionaire Mike Ilitch leave Detroit?

By Shannon Jones, 15 February 2017

Behind the official paeans to the late billionaire Mike Ilitch lies the reality of a city devastated by the ruthless workings of capitalist “free enterprise.”

US District courts dismiss remaining Federal lawsuits over Flint water poisoning

By Matthew Brennan, 14 February 2017

The dismissals come as a US congressional committee shuts down the official investigation and reports of more potentially lead-connected deaths emerge.

Trump’s national security advisor Michael Flynn resigns

By Bill Van Auken, 14 February 2017

The controversy over what Flynn told Moscow’s ambassador underscores the intense conflict within Washington’s military and intelligence apparatus over US war policy.

Nazis in the Trump White House

By Patrick Martin, 13 February 2017

The Trump administration has brought a cabal of fascistic aides into leading roles.

Opponent of Medicaid, Medicare sworn in as Health and Human Services secretary

By Kate Randall, 11 February 2017

Tom Price once wrote, “Nothing has had a greater negative effect on the delivery of health care than the federal government’s intrusion into medicine through Medicare.”

Trump orders could affect up to 8 million immigrants as deportations begin

By E.P. Milligan, 11 February 2017

Trump’s executive orders may result in the mass internment of millions of undocumented immigrants and the imposition of effective martial law in major US cities.

Sessions sworn in as attorney general as Trump signs orders to increase police powers

By Tom Eley, 10 February 2017

As attorney general, former Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions will intensify the attack on democratic rights, the expansion of police powers and Trump's anti-immigrant measures.

Sanders ditches “political revolution” in Obamacare debate with Ted Cruz

By Kate Randall, 10 February 2017

Sanders failed to mention that Obamacare is based on and tailored to the interests of the private insurance companies.

Week three of the Trump presidency: A crisis of bourgeois rule and turn toward dictatorship

By Joseph Kishore, 9 February 2017

Events of the past several days have exposed the acute political crisis in the United States and the breakdown of democratic forms of rule.

Eliot Cohen’s blueprint for World War Three

By Eric London, 8 February 2017

The former State Department official’s book calling for preemptive nuclear war was warmly received by the Wall Street Journal and New York Times.

Opposition to Trump’s anti-Muslim travel ban mounts on eve of court deadline

By Patrick Martin, 7 February 2017

The executive order has sparked a deepening conflict within the US ruling elite, with major corporations, 15 states and former top national security officials denouncing it.

Democratic Party regional forum in Detroit: An exercise in evasion and duplicity

By Shannon Jones, 7 February 2017

The assembled Democratic Party officials had nothing to propose in the midst of mass protests against the Trump administration.

White House appeals ruling against anti-Muslim travel ban

By Tom Carter, 6 February 2017

Trump took to Twitter to denounce the “so-called judge” who struck down the ban, while Trump’s lawyers argued that the president has “unreviewable authority” over immigration and foreign policy.

The Democratic Party and the anti-Russia hysteria

By Patrick Martin, 6 February 2017

While millions who have demonstrated against Trump are motivated by opposition to national chauvinism and authoritarianism, the criticism of Trump by the Democrats is centered on their demand for aggression against Russia.

Democrats back Trump administration’s new sanctions against Iran

By Joseph Kishore, 4 February 2017

The sanctions are part of an aggressive shift of the new administration and follow the declaration of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn that Iran was being put “on notice.”

Why is the New York Times promoting the “black bloc”?

By Bill Van Auken, 4 February 2017

The Times’ attempt to build up the anarchist groups, which draw together demoralized petty-bourgeois elements and police undercover agents, smacks of a political provocation.

Trump nominates ultra-right justice to US Supreme Court

By Patrick Martin, 1 February 2017

Neil Gorsuch, a circuit court judge and right-wing Republican, is a fervent admirer of the late Antonin Scalia, leader of the court’s reactionary bloc.

The mass protests against Trump and the role of the Democratic Party

By Bill Van Auken, 1 February 2017

While hundreds of thousands have marched in the US and around the world against Trump’s police state ban on Muslims and refugees, the concerns of the Democratic Party are focused on the strategic interests of US imperialism.

Democrats move Trump cabinet nominees through confirmation process

By Niles Niemuth, 1 February 2017

While Senate Democrats maneuvered to delay Senate committee votes on some of Trump’s nominees, they are rapidly moving forward most of his extreme right-wing cabinet picks.

Trump executive order vows elimination of government regulations

By Nick Barrickman, 31 January 2017

The “one in, two out” regulatory rule would mandate that for every new federal regulation introduced, two others must be singled out for elimination.

Trump defies mass protests against anti-immigrant measures

By Eric London, 30 January 2017

Tens of thousands gathered at airports and city centers on Sunday to protest the Trump administration’s illegal ban on travelers from Muslim countries.

The Trump-Bannon government: Rule by decree

By Patrick Martin, 30 January 2017

The Trump administration’s order against immigrants makes clear that the new government intends to utilize its control over the state to the maximum to enforce the interests of the financial oligarchy.

A governor from and for the super-rich

Jim Justice: A profile of the new governor of West Virginia

By Clement Daly, 26 January 2017

The billionaire Democratic governor has many similarities to the billionaire Republican president Donald Trump.

Trump’s pro-corporate rampage of reaction

Executive orders approve Dakota, Keystone pipelines

By Patrick Martin, 25 January 2017

The White House ordered the expediting of corporate projects and froze all antipollution regulations by the EPA.

Trump nominee defends administration’s assault on health care

By Kate Randall, 25 January 2017

Price arrogantly dismissed questioning about the new administration’s planned assault on Medicare, Medicaid and health care in general.

Senate moves toward confirmation of billionaire opponent of public schools

By Isabelle Belanger, 25 January 2017

The Senate will vote January 31 on the confirmation of Betsy DeVos, the billionaire proponent of school privatization.

Sanders backs Trump’s “America First” economic nationalism

By Jerry White, 24 January 2017

After Trump signed an executive order to pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, Bernie Sanders praised him and said he would be “delighted” to work with the new president.

The way forward in the fight against Trump

By the Socialist Equality Party, 23 January 2017

The only social force that can settle accounts with the capitalist oligarchy is a politically conscious working class, armed with a socialist and internationalist program.

Millions across the US protest Trump

WSWS continuing coverage

By a WSWS reporting team, 23 January 2017

The WSWS continues its coverage of Saturday’s anti-Trump protests, in which millions of people participated in over 600 demonstrations around the world.

Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren support General “Mad Dog” Mattis as head of Pentagon

By Niles Niemuth, 23 January 2017

The former Democratic presidential candidate Sanders also voted to confirm General John Kelly as the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

Special report

Massive worldwide protests against Trump presidency

By a WSWS reporting team, 22 January 2017

Millions of people participated in over 600 demonstrations around the world, spanning every continent, in the largest global protests since the run-up to the Iraq war.

Democrats overwhelmingly back nominees

Senate confirms Trump generals to head Pentagon, Homeland Security

By Barry Grey, 21 January 2017

The lopsided support of the Democrats for Trump's military nominees highlights the basic agreement of both big business parties on a policy of expanded militarism and war abroad and increased repression at home.

Trump’s fascistic diatribe: On the road to World War III

By Patrick Martin, 21 January 2017

Trump’s inaugural address combined nationalistic chest-thumping against foreign countries with bullying demands for patriotism and conformity at home.

US media on inauguration day: Toadyism, triviality, social blindness

By David Walsh, 21 January 2017

In its coverage of the Donald Trump inauguration and surrounding events, the American media performed as expected: horribly.

The inauguration of Donald Trump: An event that will live in infamy

By the Socialist Equality Party, 20 January 2017

History has caught up with American capitalism. The protracted process of economic and social decay has been covered over for decades with democratic phrases that served to disguise the gap between the official political myths and the underlying reality. But the mask has now come off.

Trump prepares to slash federal budget by $10.5 trillion over next decade

By Niles Niemuth, 20 January 2017

The Trump transition team is developing a federal budget proposal containing historic cuts, based on a blueprint drawn up by the right-wing Heritage Foundation.

Automakers announce US investments, anticipate big profits under Trump

By Jerry White, 20 January 2017

Over the past weeks major US- and foreign-based automakers have announced they will maintain or expand production in the US and, in some cases, trim back operations in Mexico.

Corporate donations to Trump inauguration top $100 million

By our reporter, 20 January 2017

The flood of cash from the wealthy and big business is a down payment for tax cuts for the rich that will be worth billions.

Massive police mobilization on eve of Trump’s inauguration

By Shelley Connor, 20 January 2017

Although the Department of Homeland Security cannot identify a “specific, credible threat” to the transfer of power on January 20, security for the inauguration will be particularly stringent.

Roy Innis, black nationalist turned right-wing Republican, dead at 82

By Fred Mazelis, 20 January 2017

The trajectory of Innis provided a stark exposure of the reactionary politics of black nationalism.

Obama uses final press conference to smooth transition to Trump

By Barry Grey, 19 January 2017

Obama portrayed the new government of billionaires, ex-generals and ultra-right ideologues as part of the normal “ebb-and-flow” of politics.

Corporate donations to Trump inauguration top $100 million

By Shelley Connor, 19 January 2017

The flood of cash from the wealthy and big business is a down payment for tax cuts for the rich that will be worth billions.

Wealth distribution in the United States and the politics of the pseudo-left

By Eric London, 18 January 2017

An analysis of statistics on economic stratification in the United States reveals the material basis of identity politics.

In interview with British and German press

Trump places question mark over EU, NATO and free trade

By Peter Schwarz, 17 January 2017

Leading German politicians have responded to Trump’s remarks by asserting Germany’s own economic and geopolitical claims.

Canada scrambles to keep privileged ties with Trump-led America

By Roger Jordan, 17 January 2017

Canada’s “progressive” Liberal government is mounting a full-court press to convince the incoming administration of Canadian imperialism’s importance to US global power.

Pledging “insurance for everybody,” Trump prepares to escalate attack on health care

By Kate Randall, 17 January 2017

The president-elect gave no specifics on how he will achieve “much lower deductibles,” and a less expensive system in which all Americans are “beautifully covered.”

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.