By Dan Brennan, 29 November 2013
Immediately following the victory of de Blasio—the first Democrat elected as New York City mayor in 20 years—millions in foundation money poured into a two-week-long event to promote the illusion of participatory policymaking.
By Patrick Martin, 29 November 2013
The Pentagon doles out tens of billions of dollars to contractors without any rigorous auditing or other financial controls.
By Eric London, 28 November 2013
The Christian right and the Catholic Church have been strengthened by the capitulation of the Obama administration to their anti-democratic demands.
By Jake Dean, 28 November 2013
During a speech on immigration in San Francisco, a member of the audience heckled President Obama, asking him to stop the mass deportation of immigrants.
By Bill Van Auken, 27 November 2013
Underlying the public spat between Washington and its puppet Karzai are deep-going tensions over the US bid to establish permanent bases in Afghanistan.
By Thomas Gaist, 22 November 2013
A report issued Wednesday by the Washington DC-based liberal think tank Demos is a devastating refutation of the arguments used to throw the city of Detroit into bankruptcy.
By David North, 22 November 2013
It may be the case that the American people will never know who killed Kennedy. But the deeper causes of his death can be explained.
By Joseph Kishore, 22 November 2013
The vote Thursday by Senate Democrats will eliminate, for most judicial and executive appointments, a Senate rule requiring 60-vote supermajority to break a filibuster.
By Shannon Jones, 21 November 2013
At a public forum organized by the Detroit News, Democratic Party officials voiced support for the pro-corporate restructuring being carried out by Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr.
By Barry Grey, 21 November 2013
With this move, Geithner joins the legions of bank regulators and officials who have leveraged their insider status while in government to land positions in private finance paying millions in salaries and bonuses.
By Andre Damon and Barry Grey, 20 November 2013
The settlement between JPMorgan and the Justice Department includes no admission of criminal wrongdoing, and the company will get a tax deduction on most of its fine.
By Joseph Kishore, 20 November 2013
The election of Kshama Sawant is part of a restructuring of capitalist politics.
By Kate Randall, 13 November 2013
Less than 50,000 people had successfully enrolled for insurance coverage through the HealthCare.gov web site as of last week, according to unofficial figures reported Monday.
By Kate Randall, 12 November 2013
Every day brings new proof that the promises President Obama made about his health care “reform” were lies aimed at sugarcoating an historic assault on health care for working people.
By Kate Randall, 9 November 2013
In a White House interview, the president peddled the lie that Obamacare is a genuine reform aimed at improving the quality and accessibility of health care.
By Kate Randall, 8 November 2013
Obama’s claim that the health bill will provide anything approaching “universal health care” is an insult to the intelligence of the American people.
By David Walsh, 6 November 2013
Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius asserts that the programs created by the Affordable Care Act are not federal health care plans, thus putting them beyond anti-kickback regulations applicable to such plans.
By Joseph Santolan, 6 November 2013
In the wake of Obama’s no-show in South East Asia in October, a political opposition to Philippine President Aquino has taken shape driven by concerns over the souring relations with Beijing.
By Patrick Martin, 6 November 2013
The two big business parties split the major prizes in the US off-year elections Tuesday, with Republicans winning the governorship of New Jersey while Democrats won the Virginia statehouse and the mayoralty of New York City.
By Kate Randall, 5 November 2013
Less than three months after the health care overhaul’s passage, Obamacare regulations estimated that “40 to 67 percent” of individual customers would not be able to keep their coverage.
Socialist Alternative boasts of Democratic Party, union support in Minneapolis City Council election
By Eric London and Mike Stapleton, 5 November 2013
Ty Moore, the Socialist Alternative candidate for Minneapolis city council, is running in an open alliance with sections of the Democratic Party and trade union bureaucracy.
By Patrick Martin, 4 November 2013
The US and British governments have stepped up their campaign of repression and victimization of Edward Snowden and his supporters.
Food assistance cut for 48 million Americans
By Andre Damon, 4 November 2013
As the US government moves to slash food assistance for tens of millions, approval for the Obama administration has hit a record low.
By Alex Lantier, 4 November 2013
The Secretary of State stressed his support for the bloody Egyptian junta amid growing criticism of Washington’s Middle East policy by right-wing US allies across the region.
By Thomas Gaist, 1 November 2013
Recent reports issued by the ACLU document the expansive, unconstitutional character of domestic intelligence operations run by the FBI.
As food stamp cuts set to begin
By Andre Damon, 1 November 2013
The bipartisan conference committee created as part of the deal to end October’s government shutdown met for the first time Wednesday.
In exchange with Glenn Greenwald
By Barry Grey, 1 November 2013
The exchange of comments is an attempt by Keller to whitewash his role and that of the Times in withholding information at the behest of the government and publishing state propaganda in the guise of "news."
By Alex Lantier, 31 October 2013
The latest report on NSA surveillance shatters claims by the Obama administration and American legislators that US agencies respect privacy rights and operate under strict legal oversight.
By Barry Grey, 30 October 2013
The hearing was jointly staged by the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and the ranking Democrat to provide a platform for Clapper and Alexander to defend their spy agencies.
By Joseph Kishore, 30 October 2013
Over the course of the past week, the Obama administration has been rocked by an escalating international diplomatic scandal sparked by a new series of revelations from Edward Snowden.
By Kate Randall, 28 October 2013
Private insurers are sending hundreds of thousands of cancellation letters to people who presently buy their own coverage and forcing others to buy more costly policies.
By Eric London and Tom Carter, 24 October 2013
The litigation over affirmative action reflects divisions within the ruling class over the policy of racial preferences.
By Jerry White, 24 October 2013
The “International People’s Assembly Against the Banks and Against Austerity” held in Detroit earlier this month was sponsored by organizations united in their opposition to an independent struggle by workers against the Detroit bankruptcy.
By Barry Grey, 19 October 2013
Behind the appearance of partisan gridlock, the differences between the two parties are tactical, concerning the ways and means of reversing the past social gains of the working class.
By Andre Damon and Barry Grey, 17 October 2013
The budget agreement passed by Congress Wednesday establishes the framework for a bipartisan deal to deepen cuts in social spending and initiate an historic attack on Social Security and Medicare.
By Andre Damon, 16 October 2013
Senate leaders restarted negotiations Tuesday after the House failed to vote on a resolution to raise the US debt limit.
By Nick Barrickman, 15 October 2013
For the 20 percent of the population that relies on Social Security to pay their bills, the negligible size of the monthly increase will add to the hardship resulting from five years of economic slump and cuts in social programs.
By Andre Damon, 15 October 2013
Amid reports of an emerging deal between Senate Democrats and Republicans on lifting the debt ceiling and funding the government through the beginning of 2014, the social impact of the shutdown continues to spread.
By Jerry White, 15 October 2013
The Obama administration has intervened to uphold the power of the federal bankruptcy court to gut the benefits of public employees and sell off public assets, including masterpieces at the Detroit Institute of Arts.
By Trent Novak, 15 October 2013
The federal government shutdown is deepening the fiscal problems of the mass transit system in the US capital.
By Kate Randall, 15 October 2013
In the two weeks since the launch of the web site for people to sign up for Obamacare, tens of thousands of people have been unable to access the site due to programming flaws.
By Dan Brennan, 10 October 2013
Less than a month before New York City elects its next mayor, Democratic candidate Bill de Blasio is offering a glimpse of what lies beneath the “progressive” gloss on his campaign.
By Andre Damon, 8 October 2013
The US government shutdown entered its second week amid calls from Wall Street and creditors to prevent a default on the federal debt.
By Patrick Martin, 7 October 2013
Top Democrats and Republicans are working towards a bipartisan agreement to gut the basic social programs on which tens of millions of working people depend.
By Bill Van Auken, 5 October 2013
While indifferent to the suffering caused by the four-day shutdown of the US government, Wall Street has signaled both parties that raising the debt ceiling must not be delayed.
By Joseph Santolan, 5 October 2013
The news of Obama’s cancellation was met in the Asia-Pacific region with concern, disappointment and barely concealed anger.
By Andre Damon, 4 October 2013
There were more indications Thursday that the aim of both the Democrats and Republicans in negotiations to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling will focus on major cuts to entitlement programs.
By John Chan, 4 October 2013
The US Secretary of State and Defence Secretary yesterday sent a strong message that the American military build-up in Asia would continue.
By Barry Grey, 3 October 2013
In an interview on day two of the shutdown of the US government, President Obama offered talks on cutting social programs such as Medicare and Social Security in return for Republican support for funding federal operations and raising the national debt ceiling.
By Joseph Santolan, 3 October 2013
Obama’s cancellation does not change Washington’s aggressive “pivot to Asia,” though it presents Washington with a crisis of credibility.
By Andre Damon, 2 October 2013
Some 800,000 federal workers were sent home for unpaid leave Tuesday in the first federal government shutdown in seventeen years.
By Barry Grey, 2 October 2013
As with previous artificially engineered government crises, a phony war between the two corporate-controlled parties is being used to escalate the relentless and very real war against the living standards of the working class.
By Barry Grey, 1 October 2013
The shutdown will have a punishing impact on millions of workers and poor people. At the same time, the government functions considered essential by the corporate-financial elite will be largely unaffected.
By Kate Randall, 1 October 2013
After more than five years of promotion, lobbying and political wrangling, health insurance exchanges are opening for business today across the country as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
By Bill Van Auken, 1 October 2013
At a White House meeting largely overshadowed by the threat of a US government shutdown, Netanyahu pressed Obama to maintain sanctions and military threats against Iran.
By Andre Damon, 30 September 2013
The US House of Representatives voted Saturday to tie a bill that would fund the federal government for part of the new fiscal year to a delay in implementing Obama’s health care overhaul, setting the stage for a US government shutdown at 12:01 AM Tuesday.
By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 30 September 2013
At their meeting last Friday, US President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh agreed to greatly enhance the Indo-US “global strategic partnership,” especially geopolitical, security, and military cooperation.
By Barry Grey, 28 September 2013
The fact that the highest US law enforcement official holds an unannounced meeting with the head of a bank under investigation by his department says a great deal about the role of the government in shielding bankers.
By Andre Damon, 27 September 2013
Behind the largely stage-managed facade of “partisan gridlock,” the Democratic and Republican Parties are united in attacking the social conditions and living standards of working people.
By Patrick Martin, 23 September 2013
Despite the public recriminations over a looming federal government shutdown, there is a bipartisan consensus for drastic attacks on social programs and benefits for working people.
Dow, S&P hit record highs
By Patrick Martin, 19 September 2013
It was a spectacle of unadulterated greed as Wall Street celebrated the Fed’s move to keep the gusher of cash flowing into the financial markets.
By Andre Damon, 18 September 2013
Global stock markets rallied after Lawrence Summers announced he would end his bid to become the new head of the US Federal Reserve.
By Barry Grey, 17 September 2013
President Obama marked the fifth anniversary of the Wall Street crash with a speech that only underscored the chasm that separates the political establishment from the broad mass of working people.
By Patrick Martin, 16 September 2013
The Obama administration and Congress have turned their attention to attacking the social programs on which tens of millions of working people depend for their health and livelihood.
By Bill Van Auken, 12 September 2013
Tuesday night’s speech signaled what is at most a postponement of Washington’s continuing plans for a war of aggression against Syria.
By Fred Mazelis, 12 September 2013
Bill de Blasio, New York City’s current Public Advocate, was the front-runner by a wide margin in Tuesday’s Democratic Party primary to select its candidate for mayor in November’s election to succeed Michael Bloomberg.
By Alex Lantier and Joe Kishore, 11 September 2013
Obama postponed a vote on the Syrian war in Congress, while signaling that he would prepare to use negotiations at the UN as a framework for attacking Syria.
By Alex Lantier, 6 September 2013
The threat of a major war and deep US-Russian tensions over Syria have overshadowed the St. Petersburg G20 summit of leaders of the world’s 20 largest economies.
By Bill Van Auken, 6 September 2013
The impending US aggression against Syria underscores the fraud of Washington’s war on terror, whose main achievement has been the toppling of secular Arab regimes hostile to Al Qaeda.
Fifty years after the March on Washington
By Tom Eley, 29 August 2013
President Obama’s attempt to drape his administration in the mantle of Martin Luther King is a grotesque falsification of history.
By Peter Symonds, 28 August 2013
Kevin Rudd used his speech yesterday to underline his support for the integration of Australian military forces into US war preparations against China.
By a WSWS reporting team, 26 August 2013
Workers attending the demonstration expressed disgust with the current political establishment.
By Thomas Gaist, 24 August 2013
Obama’s panel consists of individuals whose allegiance to the national security state is unquestioned.
By David North, 20 August 2013
All constitutional issues are seen by Obama not as matters of legal substance but, rather, merely problems of public perception. It is not the actions of the state that need to be changed, but the perceptions of the American people.
By Shannon Jones, 17 August 2013
The Michigan Court of Appeals said Thursday that the state’s right-to-work law, which bars the collection of union dues as a condition of employment, is constitutional and applies to public-sector as well as private-sector employees.
By Kristina Betinis, 16 August 2013
Jackson was sentenced to 30 months in prison by a federal judge in Washington, DC.
By Fred Mazelis, 15 August 2013
The mayor of Newark is a political opportunist who will function as a trusted frontman for Wall Street.
In latest cave-in to big business
By Kate Randall, 14 August 2013
A one-year grace period has been granted on a requirement for insurance companies to adhere to limits on the out-of-pocket costs of health care for those they insure.
By Thomas Gaist, 6 August 2013
The media continues to promote the claims of the government uncritically, despite the absence of any factual substantiation and the vague and non-specific nature of the purported threat.
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party
6 August 2013
The Socialist Equality Party calls on all workers in Detroit to cast a vote for SEP candidate D’Artagnan Collier in today’s mayoral election.
By Patrick Martin, 5 August 2013
The Obama administration follows a well-worn pattern of inciting popular alarm with vague and unsubstantiated warnings.
By Ed Hightower, 5 August 2013
That torture continues as a matter of policy under Obama was demonstrated by two court rulings last month on the treatment of Guantanamo detainees and the response of the administration to them.
One day after Russian asylum for Snowden
By Thomas Gaist, 3 August 2013
The terror scare follows more evidence of broad popular opposition to the NSA spying programs and support for Snowden.
By Patrick Martin, 3 August 2013
The US secretary of state said the military coup of July 3 constituted “restoring democracy.”
By Zac Corrigan, 3 August 2013
Two weeks after Detroit’s state-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr filed the largest municipal bankruptcy in US history, details of the planned attack on pensions, essential services and public assets continue to come to light.
By a WSWS reporting team, 3 August 2013
Auto workers at a Detroit Chrysler plant gave a warm reception to D’Artagnan Collier, SEP candidate for mayor of Detroit.
By Bryan Dyne, 2 August 2013
The law allows interest rates for some student loans to rise to more than 10 percent.
By Eric London, 31 July 2013
Speaking at an Amazon facility in Tennessee, President Obama presented a plan to slash corporate taxes and hand out billions of dollars in corporate subsidies in the name of “a better bargain for the middle class.”
By Barry Grey, 31 July 2013
As the government well knows, the “enemy” for whose benefit Manning courageously exposed proof of US war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan was the American people.
By Thomas Gaist, 31 July 2013
The US Senate voted Monday 93-1 to confirm President Barack Obama's pick for new director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, James Comey.
By Hector Cordon, 31 July 2013
A House committee has passed a “postal reform” bill that imposes 5-day delivery, reduces services and attack workers’ rights
By Jerry White, 30 July 2013
The president has rejected any assistance to Detroit in the midst of his bogus campaign to defend the “middle class.”
By K. Ratnayake, 29 July 2013
US Vice President Joe Biden declared India “an indispensable part of our rebalance toward the Asia-Pacific”.
By Thomas Gaist, 27 July 2013
Attorney General Eric Holder sent a letter to Moscow, asserting that Snowden has no legal basis for seeking asylum and promising not to torture or execute the leaker.
By Andre Damon, 27 July 2013
Halliburton, the oil field services contractor, agreed to plead guilty to destroying evidence related to its complicity in causing the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.
By Christopher Davion, 27 July 2013
The US Senate bill would effectively tie the interest rates for federal student loans to the financial markets, further saddling students and their families with higher levels of debt.
By Bill Van Auken, 26 July 2013
The vote to block even limited restrictions on wholesale domestic spying on the American people exposes the US Congress as a rubber stamp for a police state.
By Thomas Gaist, 25 July 2013
An amendment to the Defense Appropriations Act of 2014, which would have barred “suspicion-less collection” of phone records, was rejected by the US House of Representatives.
By Andre Damon and Barry Grey, 25 July 2013
Just the fact that Obama failed to even mention the bankruptcy of Detroit, which is being used to destroy workers’ pensions and health benefits, exposed the cynical and dishonest character of the speech.
By Andre Damon, 24 July 2013
As President Obama kicks off a speaking tour to present himself as the champion of a “thriving middle class,” his administration is intensifying its assault on the working class.