US Politics

Trump, Sanders win primary contests in Indiana

By Patrick Martin, 4 May 2016

Trump’s victory marked the effective end of the campaign for the Republican nomination, with the Republican Party chairman declaring the billionaire to be the presumptive nominee.

Socialist Alternative: Charlatanry and lies in support of Sanders’ “political revolution”

By Barry Grey, 3 May 2016

For all its criticism of Clinton, Socialist Alternative is already lined up behind the “anyone but Trump” mantra that will be a major aspect of her right-wing campaign.

White House correspondents dinner: A degrading spectacle of conformism

By Patrick Martin, 2 May 2016

The political, media and entertainment elite stage this annual celebration of wealth and influence.

The reality of poverty in America: SEP candidate replies to Obama’s “frustration” over social discontent

By Niles Niemuth, 30 April 2016

The policies of the Obama administration have produced the predictable and desired outcome of soaring wealth for a small minority and poverty, unemployment and low-wage jobs for the vast majority.

Trump’s “America First” speech and the US war election

By Patrick Martin, 28 April 2016

The leading contenders in both parties, Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump, are committed to a vast military escalation following the November election.

Clinton, Trump move closer to presidential nominations

By Patrick Martin, 27 April 2016

The two most widely despised political figures in America are the frontrunners for the two corporate-controlled parties.

Sanders backs Obama “kill list,” troops to Syria

By a reporter, 27 April 2016

Sanders’ statements underscore the unity among all the candidates of the Democratic and Republican parties in favor of war and drone assassinations.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Jobs, housing and danger of war on voters’ minds

By Samuel Davidson and E. P. Bannon, 27 April 2016

In the former Rust Belt city, jobs that replaced steel and manufacturing are mainly in service, education and health care, which pay only a fraction of the wages and benefits.

The Times’ Kristof dissembles in defense of Clinton’s “honesty”

By Barry Grey, 26 April 2016

Kristof employs sophistry and lies to defend a former president and first lady who have shamelessly cashed in on their stint in the White House to make themselves rich.

Democrats move to shut down criticism of Clinton’s Wall Street ties

By Tom Eley, 25 April 2016

Under pressure from party leaders, the campaign of Bernie Sanders has indicated it will mute attacks on Hillary Clinton’s corrupt relations with the banks.

Verizon strikers in New York City give warm welcome to SEP presidential candidate

By Thomas Gaist, 25 April 2016

In visits to picket lines in Manhattan and Queens, Jerry White discussed the political issues in the battle with the telecom giant.

War, the Democratic Party and the 2016 elections

By Joseph Kishore, 23 April 2016

A sympathetic article appearing in the New York Times on Democratic Party front-runner Hillary Clinton’s war record underscores the danger of a very rapid military escalation following the 2016 US presidential election.

Socialist Equality Party announces presidential campaign

Support White and Niemuth in 2016!

By Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, 22 April 2016

SEP candidates Jerry White for president and Niles Niemuth for vice president will advance a socialist program that addresses the needs of millions of workers and youth in the United States and around the world.

Clinton, Trump post New York primary victories

By Patrick Martin, 20 April 2016

The Democratic and Republican presidential frontrunners each won by double-digit margins and increased their lead in convention delegates pledged to their nomination.

Sanders, Clinton hold final events before New York primary

By Sandy English and Patrick Martin, 19 April 2016

Clinton’s once double-digit lead in the state has been cut to as little as six percentage points.

Sanders makes a pilgrimage to Rome

By Patrick Martin, 19 April 2016

The Democratic presidential candidate and the Catholic pope are engaged in similar missions: both seek to put a “left” face on deeply reactionary institutions.

Socialist Alternative’s Kshama Sawant stumps for Sanders at New York rally

By Sandy English, 18 April 2016

Sawant’s remarks on Saturday underscored the integration of Socialist Alternative into the Sanders campaign and the Democratic Party.

Where’s the socialism in the Sanders campaign?

By Patrick Martin, 16 April 2016

In Thursday’s debate in Brooklyn, as throughout his campaign, Sanders offered nothing more than minor reforms of the capitalist system.

Financial crisis panel urged Obama administration to prosecute top bankers

By Gabriel Black, 16 April 2016

Not a single bank executive or government official referred by the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission to the Obama Justice Department for criminal investigation has been prosecuted.

US elections: Republican crisis deepens over prospect of contested convention

By Patrick Martin, 14 April 2016

Billionaire Donald Trump, the frontrunner for the presidential nomination, has denounced the Republican National Committee and RNC Chairman Reince Priebus.

Sanders campaigns in Syracuse, New York

By Steve Filips, 13 April 2016

In upstate New York, relatively good-paying jobs have been replaced by low-wage employment.

Is Sanders’ call to “break up the banks” a socialist demand?

By Barry Grey, 12 April 2016

Sanders’ advocacy of “breaking up the big banks” while retaining the framework of private ownership of the financial system and upholding the profit system reflects the position of a definite faction within the ruling elite itself.

Bruce Springsteen cancels North Carolina concert in protest against anti-LGBT laws

By Evan Blake, 11 April 2016

Springsteen has been joined by dozens of corporations who do not share his regard for democratic rights.

US Supreme Court hears arguments on corporate “religious right” to bar birth control to employees

By Tom Carter, 11 April 2016

The cases are based on a tendentious conception of “religious liberty,” as well as the pseudo-legal doctrine of supposed constitutional “rights” for corporations.

The message of Wisconsin

By Patrick Martin, 7 April 2016

The American working class is moving sharply to the left, destabilizing the corporate-controlled two-party system and setting the stage for the eruption of major social struggles.

Double-digit victory for Sanders in Wisconsin primary

By Patrick Martin, 6 April 2016

The vast majority of young voters, including 55 percent of minority voters aged under 45, gave their support to a candidate they believed to be a socialist.

The political agenda behind the racial politics of the New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof

By Niles Williamson, 5 April 2016

Amid mounting signs that interest in socialism is on the rise, Kristof is doing his best to promote racialist politics to divide the working class and block the development of class consciousness.

The social crisis and the US elections

By Barry Grey, 2 April 2016

Behind the phony economic “recovery,” the entire structure of employment in the United States is being radically altered to reduce the status of workers to that of a super-exploited casual labor force.

Republican Party crisis deepens as candidates renege on “loyalty” pledge

By Patrick Martin, 31 March 2016

None of the three remaining candidates for the Republican presidential nomination will commit to supporting the eventual nominee.

Clinton, media step up pressure for Sanders to withdraw

By Patrick Martin, 30 March 2016

The former secretary of state is backing out of an agreement for further debates.

Supreme Court ruling favors unions in agency shop dues case

By Tom Carter, 30 March 2016

The hard-fought Friedrichs case reflects ongoing divisions within the American ruling class over the best means of exploiting workers and suppressing their struggles.

“They got away with murder for profit”

Michigan will not sanction GM attorneys involved in cover-up of ignition defect

By Shannon Jones, 29 March 2016

To date, no top GM official has been held to account for the decade-long cover-up of an ignition defect responsible for at least 124 deaths and hundreds of injuries.

Clinton primary contest losses intensify Democratic Party crisis

By Joseph Kishore, 28 March 2016

Sanders’ landslide victories in Washington state, Hawaii and Alaska are a further expression of the pent-up social anger directed at the entire political establishment.

Obama high court pick Merrick Garland: A record of support for police powers

By Tom Carter, 28 March 2016

Garland’s judicial career parallels the rightward trajectory of the American judiciary over the past two decades, and especially since the launch of the “war on terror.”

Fundraising for US presidential campaign surpasses $1 billion

By Joseph Kishore, 25 March 2016

A huge proportion of this money has come from 108 super-wealthy donors, who have contributed more than half of all donations to Super PACs and nearly a quarter of financing for the election as a whole.

Following terror attacks in Brussels

US presidential candidates call for stepped-up war and police measures

By Patrick Martin, 24 March 2016

In the wake of the Brussels attacks, Republicans Trump and Cruz called for police state measures, while Democrats Clinton and Sanders backed Obama’s war in Syria and Iraq.

Obama hails Macri’s attacks on Argentine workers

By Rafael Azul, 24 March 2016

Obama’s trip is aimed at cementing closer military and economic relations with the right-wing Macri government.

Obama in Cuba

By Bill Van Auken, 22 March 2016

Obama’s “human rights” masquerade is aided and abetted not only by the slavish US media, but also by the Castro government itself.

US presidential candidates give warmongering speeches backing Israel at AIPAC conference

By Barry Grey, 22 March 2016

Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton went out of her way to satisfy the most diehard defenders of the Israeli state and its brutally repressive policies against the Palestinian people.

Trump and the Democratic Party

By Patrick Martin, 21 March 2016

The Democrats will run in the fall campaign as the party of the status quo, complacency and self-satisfaction, essentially conceding the economically discontented to Donald Trump.

Castro government welcomes Obama, US corporate heads to Cuba

By Alexander Fangmann, 21 March 2016

Leading a delegation of over 1,000 US politicians and business executives, Obama’s visit represents a substantial move to bring Cuba under the direct sway of US imperialism.

More attacks on anti-Trump protesters at Tucson, Arizona campaign rally

By Tom Hall, 21 March 2016

One of the confrontations in Tucson was perpetrated by a plainclothes member of Donald Trump’s hired security team.

After the March 15 US primaries: The political role of the Sanders campaign

By Joseph Kishore, 17 March 2016

From the beginning, Sanders’ role has been to serve as a lightning rod for social discontent and direct it into the dead end of the Democratic Party.

Trump threatens violence at Republican National Convention

By Patrick Martin, 17 March 2016

Trump’s implied threat of violence against the leadership of his own party follows his instigation of attacks on protesters at his campaign rallies.

Obama’s choice to replace Scalia on Supreme Court had won Republican praise

By John Andrews, 17 March 2016

President Obama has nominated Merrick Garland, a federal judge and former US prosecutor, to fill the Supreme Court vacancy caused by the death of arch-reactionary Antonin Scalia.

Flint emergency manager, EPA continue to dodge responsibility for water crisis

By James Brewer, 17 March 2016

While federal, state and local officials tried to evade responsibility, Virginia Tech professor Marc Edwards indicted the EPA for allowing the poisoning of Flint residents.

Trump peddles nationalist poison at Ohio rally

By Jerry White, 15 March 2016

Trump is seeking to exploit the disaffection of sections of workers and lower-middle class people whose economic and social grievances have long been ignored by the Democratic Party and the trade unions.

Republican frontrunner Trump steps up attacks on demonstrators

By Andre Damon, 14 March 2016

Donald Trump called on protestors to be “thrown into a jail,” and offered to pay the legal fees of a supporter who punched, then threatened to kill, a protestor.

The Trump campaign: A new stage in the crisis of American democracy

By The WSWS Editorial Board, 14 March 2016

With the eruption of violence inside and outside rallies of billionaire Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, American politics has reached a turning point.

Violence, racism and the Trump campaign

By Patrick Martin, 12 March 2016

Republican front-runner Donald Trump’s thuggery and racist agitation against immigrants must be taken as a warning of the emergence of a fascistic movement out of the putrefaction of the American two-party system.

Donald Trump rally in Chicago cancelled amidst mass protests

By George Marlowe, 12 March 2016

Violence erupted Friday inside a Donald Trump rally at the University of Illinois-Chicago, which was surrounded by thousands of protesters denouncing his presence.

Trudeau pledges strengthened Canada-US partnership in White House visit

By Roger Jordan, 12 March 2016

A key, although little reported, theme of the Trudeau-Obama summit was strengthening Canada-US military-security cooperation in the Arctic, Middle East and around the world.

The International Socialist Organization agitates for war with Russia over Syria

By Alex Lantier, 12 March 2016

Amid bitter disputes within the American state over Obama’s Syria policy, the ISO is seeking to build broader support for an escalation of US involvement in the Middle East war.

Sanders and Clinton posture as defenders of immigrants in Miami debate

By Andre Damon, 11 March 2016

The Democratic Party candidates declared that President Obama was doing a “great job,” even as his administration continued its mass round-up of children for deportation.

Sanders’ upset win in the Michigan primary

By Patrick Martin, 10 March 2016

The glaring failure of media polling to detect the shift in class sentiment is itself a demonstration of the chasm that separates the entire political establishment from the vast majority of the population.

Sanders, Trump win presidential primaries in Michigan

By Patrick Martin, 9 March 2016

Bernie Sanders’ upset victory over Hillary Clinton reflects the growing anger among working people and youth over the destruction of jobs and living standards.

The New York Times ’ Nicholas Kristof warns of “Donald the Dangerous”

By Eric London, 9 March 2016

Times columnist Nicholas Kristof’s March 5 article papers over the Democratic Party’s own role in creating the conditions for Trump to win popular support.

The death of Nancy Reagan

By David Walsh, 9 March 2016

The American political and media establishment has responded in predictably fawning and dishonest fashion to the death of Nancy Reagan on March 6.

Sanders pushes trade war policies

“Left” demagogy and nationalism dominate Democratic debate in Flint

By Barry Grey, 8 March 2016

In his promotion of protectionism, Sanders, who calls himself a “democratic socialist,” complements the overtly fascistic demagogy of Republican front-runner Donald Trump.

The Hillary Clinton emails: A record of imperialist crimes

By Tom Hall, 7 March 2016

In its extensive reporting of the email scandal, the American media has virtually ignored the actual content of these emails, which contain a wealth of information about the day-to-day functioning of the Clinton State Department.

The Flint water crisis and the US elections

By Jerry White, 7 March 2016

The economic nationalist policies promoted by Sanders complement the anti-immigrant racism and xenophobia of Republican front-runner Donald Trump.

US Republican Party in crisis as Romney denounces Trump

By Patrick Martin, 4 March 2016

The 2012 Republican presidential nominee attacked the 2016 Republican presidential frontrunner as a “fraud” and a threat to democracy.

Primary election results highlight US political crisis

By Patrick Martin, 2 March 2016

While a fascistic movement is emerging from the Republican Party, broad layers of the American population are moving to the left.

On eve of “Super Tuesday” primaries in US: A political system in crisis

By Joseph Kishore, 1 March 2016

Candidates for the two big business parties will be contesting ballots in 12 states, making March 1 the day when the largest number of delegates is chosen for party conventions.

Renowned photojournalist assaulted by US Secret Service at Trump rally

By Andre Damon, 1 March 2016

Christopher Morris was choked and thrown to the ground while fulfilling his duties as a photographer for TIME magazine.

Clinton sweeps South Carolina primary as turnout plunges

By Patrick Martin, 29 February 2016

The former secretary of state won 76 percent of the vote, but Democratic turnout fell 32 percent from the record set eight years ago.

Scalia’s final junket linked to aristocratic hunting society

By Tom Carter, 29 February 2016

Supreme Court Justice Scalia, who vigorously opposed the principle of separation of church and state, spent his final hours with wealthy members of an aristocratic Catholic order.

US fires ICBMs amid war threats against Russia

By Bill Van Auken, 27 February 2016

The Pentagon described the unusual launching of two unarmed missiles in the space of a week as a “signal” that Washington is ready for nuclear war.

The Republican debate and the degradation of US politics

By Patrick Martin, 27 February 2016

Thursday night’s Republican presidential debate was a demonstration of the degraded state of American politics and the intellectual and moral decay of the American ruling elite.

Leading California Democrat sentenced to five years in prison for corruption

By Alan Gilman, 26 February 2016

Leland Yee, a long-time legislator, has become the most recent former member of the scandal-ridden California legislature to be sentenced to prison.

Trump wins Republican presidential caucuses in Nevada

By Barry Grey, 25 February 2016

Trump’s candidacy is one expression, on the extreme right, of an unprecedented crisis of political legitimacy of the more than 160-year-old two-party system.

California Coastal Commission head ousted

By David Levine, 23 February 2016

The second head of the California Coastal Commission was fired last week as the result of a political campaign backed by Democrats tied to developers.

Trump, Clinton win US presidential nomination contests

By Patrick Martin, 22 February 2016

The Republican contest has evolved into a three-way race, with the fascistic Trump facing Cruz and the militaristic Rubio, who is backed by the bulk of party leaders.

As official veneration of right-wing justice continues

Divisions emerge over appointment of Scalia’s successor to US Supreme Court

By Tom Carter, 22 February 2016

While the American political establishment and media have united to present Scalia as an “extraordinary legal figure,” the appointment of his replacement is generating conflict.

Once again on Sanders and socialism

By Barry Grey, 20 February 2016

Outside of a mass struggle that directly challenges the bases of capitalist rule—private ownership of the corporations and banks and the system of wage slavery—no genuinely progressive changes can be achieved.

Antonin Scalia’s death during secret junket points to new ethical violations

By John Burton, 20 February 2016

Antonin Scalia died as he lived, violating legal ethics by hobnobbing with wealthy and powerful people whose interests are directly affected by decisions of the Supreme Court.

Jesse Jackson promotes Democratic Party at Flint rally

By Shannon Jones, 20 February 2016

While the anger expressed by march participants was genuine, Jackson sought to channel outrage behind the very same politicians responsible for the lead poisoning of Flint residents.

Bernie Sanders campaigns at Eastern Michigan University

By Shannon Jones, 16 February 2016

Sanders made a direct pitch for the support of the unions based on an appeal to economic nationalism and American chauvinism.

Youth discuss war, inequality at Michigan rally for Sanders

By our reporting team, 16 February 2016

A World Socialist Web Site reporting team spoke with students and others attending the Sanders rally at Eastern Michigan University.

The glorification of Antonin Scalia

By Tom Carter, 16 February 2016

The sickening tributes across the official US political and media spectrum to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died suddenly on Saturday at the age of 79, are a barometer of the putrefaction of American democracy.

Republican debate in South Carolina: Lies, mudslinging and an important truth

By Patrick Martin, 15 February 2016

The degrading verbal brawl was overshadowed by the unexpected admission by billionaire Donald Trump that the war in Iraq was launched by the Bush administration based on lies.

Obama urges Illinois legislature to adopt bipartisan plan for austerity

By Alexander Fangmann, 15 February 2016

With Republican Governor Rauner and state Democrats at an impasse over how to impose deep budget cuts, Obama visited Springfield to encourage a bipartisan agreement.

The legacy of Antonin Scalia

By Tom Carter, 15 February 2016

Scalia has personified the rightward march of the American political establishment over the past three decades, as it jettisoned what remained of its commitment to democratic institutions.

In Democratic debate, Clinton presses Sanders on race, gender and support for Obama

By Patrick Martin, 13 February 2016

The increased appeal to identity issues reflects concerns in the ruling elite over signs that class questions are dominating the political thinking of broad layers of the population.

Socialist Alternative defends Sanders’ support for imperialist war

By Eric London, 13 February 2016

Socialist Alternative declares that Sanders’ support for US-led wars in the Middle East does “not negate the enormously progressive aspects of his campaign.”

Supreme Court blocks Obama plan on climate change

By John Burton, 12 February 2016

The Supreme Court has issued a summary order that effectively invalidates the Obama administration’s new regulations to lower carbon emissions from power plants.

The political role of the Bernie Sanders campaign

By Joseph Kishore, 11 February 2016

Sanders does not speak for the working class, but for a section of the ruling class and political establishment that views the growth of social opposition with fear and is seeking some way of containing it.

Sanders wins New Hampshire Democratic primary

By Patrick Martin, 10 February 2016

A candidate claiming to be socialist won the largest vote ever in the first US presidential primary.

Obama budget proposes increases in military, security spending

By Patrick Martin, 10 February 2016

The budget’s proposed increases in domestic spending are empty election-year posturing, but the increases in military and security spending will almost certainly be enacted.

The International Socialist Organization, Bernie Sanders and the Democratic Party

By Tom Hall and Barry Grey, 9 February 2016

A hallmark of the ISO, as with all the other organizations that comprise the anti-Marxist pseudo-left, is a rejection of any class analysis of political developments.

In New Hampshire debate: Republican frontrunner backs torture

By Patrick Martin, 8 February 2016

“I would bring back waterboarding and I’d bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding,” billionaire Donald Trump declared, evoking applause from the Republican audience.

Hillary Clinton covers for Obama and Democrats in Flint water crisis

By Shannon Jones, 8 February 2016

In a visit to Flint on Sunday, Clinton sought to obscure the criminal role of Democratic officials at all levels of government in covering up the lead poisoning of residents.

Sanders and the left feint in capitalist politics

By Patrick Martin, 6 February 2016

Sanders is not the representative of a working class movement. He is rather the temporary beneficiary of a rising tide of popular opposition that is passing through only its initial stages of social and class differentiation.