By Peter Symonds, 22 April 2014
Obama’s overriding aim is to signal his intention to press ahead with the “pivot to Asia,” which seeks to ensure US hegemony in the region.
By Andre Damon, 16 April 2014
The eruption of US militarism is bound up with the enormous growth of social inequality.
By Jerry White, 16 April 2014
The retiree association representing 6,500 former policemen and firefighters has reached an agreement with the city on pension and health care cuts.
By Dan Brennan, 15 April 2014
As Sharpton hosted a who’s who of Democratic politicians at his National Action Network convention, new revelations of his role as FBI informant surfaced.
By Kate Randall, 12 April 2014
The HHS secretary’s ouster is a crass political maneuver by the White House aimed at damage control in advance of the mid-term elections.
By Peter Symonds, 12 April 2014
Hagel’s trip has been an emphatic declaration that the US will not back away from its “pivot to Asia” against China, even as its confrontation with Russia over Ukraine intensifies.
By Patrick Martin, 11 April 2014
The weeklong official commemoration of the enactment of the Civil Rights Act under President Lyndon Johnson has sought to cover up, rather than illuminate, the historical issues involved.
By Jerry White, 10 April 2014
The hollow remarks of the president and the general atmosphere of the memorial left an impression of callousness combined with perplexed anxiety over the mounting signs of crisis within the ranks of the American military.
By Barry Grey, 9 April 2014
The absurdly narrow scope of the measure, under conditions of near-record long-term unemployment in the US, reflects the cynical political calculations that underlie it.
By Peter Symonds, 9 April 2014
The public display of hostility is another warning of the dangerous tensions that the Obama administration’s “pivot to Asia” has provoked throughout the region.
By James Cogan, 8 April 2014
Hagel publicly stressed that the Obama administration is prepared to go to war alongside Japan against China.
By Andre Damon, 4 April 2014
The ruling is the latest in a series of anti-democratic decisions relating to election laws.
By Alan Gilman, 4 April 2014
The suspensions mean that the Democrats lost the two-thirds majority in the upper house that gave them full control of the California state government.
By Patrick Martin, 4 April 2014
The Intelligence Committee voted to make public its executive summary, while continuing to keep secret a more detailed accounting of the CIA torture program.
By John Burton, 3 April 2014
The Supreme Court has invalidated the provision of the federal election finance law that limits wealthy individuals from donating more than $123,000 to candidates and committees during any two-year election cycle.
As victims’ families call for criminal prosecution
By Barry Grey, 3 April 2014
For the second consecutive day, General Motors CEO Mary Barra appeared before a congressional panel and refused to provide answers regarding the company’s cover-up of an ignition switch defect linked to at least 13 deaths and 31 crashes.
By Patrick Martin, 2 April 2014
Billionaire casino boss Sheldon Adelson held an audience last week for five prospective candidates for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.
By Fred Mazelis, 1 April 2014
Investigations continue into Governor Christie’s role in last year’s traffic chaos.
By Kate Randall, 31 March 2014
Ezekiel Emanuel, former adviser to the White House on health care reform, predicts that few private-sector employers will still be providing health insurance to their workers by 2025.
By Patrick Martin, 27 March 2014
The US president delivered a speech of pure propaganda, aimed at justifying an aggressive and confrontational policy in Ukraine.
By Isabelle Belanger, 25 March 2014
Obama’s 2015 education budget includes more “competitive grants” to reward school districts that tailor their programs to meet the needs of corporate America.
By Patrick Martin, 22 March 2014
A letter from the Senate Majority Leader to the Justice Department renewed charges of unconstitutional CIA spying on the Senate.
By Patrick Martin, 21 March 2014
A judge in Wichita, Kansas has ordered the federal government to assist efforts to restrict voting by state officials in Kansas and Arizona.
By Alex Lantier, 21 March 2014
Claims that Washington is defending Ukraine against Russian aggression are lies, promoted to give discredited policies of imperialist war a new lease on life.
By Andre Damon, 21 March 2014
Obama and the Democrats are in practice carrying out the same class-war policy as the Republicans, but seeking to mask it with demagogy and maneuvering.
By Nick Barrickman, 19 March 2014
Last week, Jeffrey E. Thompson, a regional powerbroker and government contractor in Washington, DC, pleaded guilty to felony charges.
By Patrick Martin, 18 March 2014
A virtual blanket of silence covers the explosive allegations that the CIA spied on the US Senate committee charged with overseeing its activities.
By Patrick Martin, 15 March 2014
The Obama administration has blocked the release of documents that likely include a presidential finding to authorize CIA torture of prisoners.
By Ed Hightower, 15 March 2014
Senators took the hearing as an opportunity to attack Edward Snowden and to inquire about the “PR” issues around the burgeoning military intelligence apparatus.
By Patrick Martin, 13 March 2014
The public clash between the Senate and the CIA reflects the effective collapse of democratic forms of governance in the United States.
By Andre Damon, 13 March 2014
President Barack Obama appeared in an episode of the comedy interview web series Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis Tuesday in an effort to salvage the pro-corporate Obamacare program.
By Matthew MacEgan, 13 March 2014
Republican David Jolly narrowly defeated Democrat Alex Sink, due in part to Sink’s support for the Affordable Care Act and the Obama administration.
By Barry Grey, 12 March 2014
The chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday accused the CIA of spying on committee staff members conducting an investigation into the agency’s program of interrogation and torture under President Bush.
By Fred Mazelis, 10 March 2014
The scandal that erupted two months ago over unscheduled lane closings at the George Washington Bridge continues to simmer.
By Gabriel Black, 8 March 2014
The first day of General Jeffrey Sinclair’s court-martial came as a bill to reform sexual abuse litigation in the military was rejected by the US Senate.
By Panini Wijesiriwardena, 8 March 2014
Though the draft does not call for an international probe, it is a sharp warning to Colombo to align with the US.
By Thomas Gaist, 6 March 2014
After helping select the financial consulting firm for a $19 million contract to restructure Detroit, Michigan’s former state treasurer has been hired as a “project adviser” by Conway MacKenzie
By Patrick Martin, 5 March 2014
The budget proposes to restore sequester cuts to Pentagon spending but not to domestic social programs.
By a reporter, 1 March 2014
The FBI had recruited an informant who had close contact with bin Laden years before the 9/11 attacks.
By Philip Guelpa, 27 February 2014
New mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposals reveal the emptiness of his campaign promises to address the growing poverty and unemployment that have made New York one of the most unequal cities in the world.
By Fred Mazelis, 24 February 2014
The stage is being set for concessions deals between the Democrat in City Hall and his partners in the trade unions.
By Peter Symonds, 24 February 2014
The meeting was designed to reinforce US support for the Tibetan government-in-exile and the threat to China of Tibetan separatism.
By Andre Damon, 21 February 2014
That a minor increase in the minimum wage provokes such controversy in the political establishment only underscores the bankruptcy of the entire political system and its contempt for the great majority of the population.
By Peter Symonds, 17 February 2014
Having deliberately inflamed dangerous flashpoints in Asia, the US is seeking to press home its advantage, regardless of the consequences.
By Tom Eley, 17 February 2014
David Cohen, Comcast’s executive vice president, is linked closely to the Democratic Party and President Obama. Last week, Cohen and his wife dined in the White House with the Obamas and French President Francoise Hollande.
By Tom Hall, 17 February 2014
Nagin was found guilty in federal court of 20 charges related to corruption while in office.
By Peter Symonds, 15 February 2014
Having deliberately inflamed dangerous flashpoints in the region as part of its “pivot to Asia”, Washington is making provocative new demands on Beijing.
By Patrick Martin, 15 February 2014
The swift passage of the bill through the House and Senate this week demonstrates that Wall Street holds the whip hand, not the Tea Party faction.
By Gabriel Black, 13 February 2014
Michael Hayden gave a lecture Monday in which he described Obama’s “reform” of the NSA as largely cosmetic.
By Alex Lantier, 13 February 2014
French imperialism has signed on as a junior partner to the US agenda of world domination exemplified by the US invasion of Iraq over a decade ago.
By Keith Jones, 13 February 2014
Serious differences within Iran’s ruling elite over the attempted rapprochement with Washington have been repeatedly voiced in recent days.
By Andre Damon, 12 February 2014
US Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen reassured Wall Street in her first congressional testimony Tuesday that the Federal Reserve would continue its zero-interest-rate policies into the indefinite future.
By a WSWS reporting team, 12 February 2014
Nearly two million in the financial capital rely on food stamps to survive.
By Andre Damon, 11 February 2014
Speaking Friday in advance of signing a bill slashing $8.7 billion from the food stamp program, President Obama hailed the dismal jobs report for January.
By Bill Van Auken, 10 February 2014
The leaked tape of a phone call between the State Department’s Victoria Nuland and the US ambassador to Ukraine provides an unvarnished expression of the gangster methods employed by US imperialism.
By Patrick O’Connor, 7 February 2014
US officials discussed which right-wing opposition figures were to be placed in power in Ukraine.
By Joseph Kishore, 7 February 2014
The Democrats' proposal would pay for a three-month extension of benefits by allowing companies to cut back on pension contributions, thereby boosting corporate profits and taxable income.
By Andre Damon, 5 February 2014
The US Senate voted Tuesday to make $8.7 billion in cuts to food stamps, as part of the Farm Bill package of agricultural legislation.
By Andre Damon and Barry Grey, 4 February 2014
The Times felt compelled to go into print in defense of Dimon after news of his pay increase raised eyebrows in the media and fueled popular outrage over the avarice and criminality of Wall Street.
By Eric London, 3 February 2014
By appointing Admiral Michael Rogers to head the NSA, President Obama will further entrench and expand the unconstitutional police state apparatus.
By Fred Mazelis, 3 February 2014
De Blasio’s “reforms” add up to more of the same as far as the working class in the financial capital of the US is concerned.
By Patrick Martin, 1 February 2014
The heavily publicized meeting between Obama and hundreds of corporate CEOs and other business leaders will do little or nothing to alleviate long-term unemployment.
By Nick Barrickman, 31 January 2014
In seeking the death penalty, US authorities are creating the best conditions for extracting a plea deal that would prevent unwanted testimony from ever being heard in an open court.
By Ed Hightower, 31 January 2014
Among those who attacked Snowden this week was Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who, as a result of the NSA leaks, has been shown to have committed perjury.
By Bill Van Auken, 31 January 2014
The Pentagon has been forced to pull one out of every five of its nuclear launch officers from their posts as a result of spiraling drugs and cheating scandals.
By Andre Damon, 30 January 2014
The House voted to slash the federal food stamp program by $8.7 billion over 10 years, cutting benefits by an average of $90 per month for 850,000 people.
By Bill Van Auken, 30 January 2014
Obama’s State of the Union speech was a piece of cynical propaganda, a ruling establishment speaking to itself as it prepares a new wave of assaults on the population.
By Joseph Kishore, 29 January 2014
Obama’s address on Tuesday was characterized, perhaps even more than any of his previous addresses, by tired rhetoric and right-wing policies.
By Andre Damon, 29 January 2014
House and Senate negotiators announced a deal Monday to slash more than $8 billion from a program that provides food assistance to 48 million people.
By Joseph Kishore, 28 January 2014
This evening, Barack Obama will deliver his fifth State of the Union address, an annual political tradition that over the years has become a hollow ritual, with little or no relationship between the president’s words and the actual state of American society.
By Eric London and Barry Grey, 18 January 2014
As Obama’s speech underscored, for the US ruling elite, the Constitution and its Bill of Rights are virtually dead letters.
By Thomas Gaist, 15 January 2014
Developments this week have underscored the commitment of both parties to the war against the working class and further exposed the bogus character of the Obama administration’s “campaign against inequality.”
By Juan Verala Luz, 15 January 2014
Desert Hot Springs declared a “fiscal emergency,” paving the way for attacks on pensions and salaries as well as an increase in taxes.
"This deal should have the swap counterparties paying the city"
By Thomas Gaist, 14 January 2014
Witnesses testified Monday that the 2005 interest rate swaps deal, which has drained hundreds of millions from Detroit's budget, was made in violation of Michigan state law.
By Andre Damon, 11 January 2014
In the so-called “recovery” since the Wall Street crash of 2008, a decline in the official jobless rate has perversely become an indicator of deepening social crisis rather than a sign of expanding production.
By Kevin Reed, 11 January 2014
An examination of the Blight Removal Task Force co-chaired by billionaire Dan Gilbert shows it has nothing to do with improving the conditions of life of the people of Detroit.
By Andre Damon, 10 January 2014
Announcing his “economic promise zone” initiative on Thursday, President Obama gave a performance that expressed the cynical and contemptuous attitude of his administration and the entire ruling class to the plight of working people in America.
By Peter Symonds, 10 January 2014
Incongruous as it might seem, Rodman appears to be functioning as something of a go-between on behalf of Washington in Pyongyang.
By Fred Mazelis, 10 January 2014
The “Bridgegate” episode has the potential to destroy the Republican’s plans for a presidential run in 2016.
By Barry Grey, 9 January 2014
The zones do not constitute an antipoverty program at all. Rather, like free enterprise zones internationally, they are an inducement to private companies to profit from highly exploited, low-paid labor.
By Bill Van Auken, 9 January 2014
A decade after the US military waged two barbaric sieges of Fallujah, the Iraqi city is once again the scene of a bloody armed conflict.
By Patrick Martin, 9 January 2014
Julius Genachowski moves from regulating telecommunications and media to profiting from those industries.
By Andre Damon, 8 January 2014
Having ensured that jobless benefits expire for over a million people by not including the provision in a budget deal worked out with the Republicans, the White House is now attempting to posture as the defender of the unemployed.
By Tom Mackaman, 8 January 2014
President Lyndon Johnson's “War on Poverty,” declared 50 years ago Wednesday, proved to be liberal reformism's last gasp.
Move signifies continued free money to Wall Street
By Andre Damon, 7 January 2014
The US Senate confirmed Janet Yellen, President Obama’s nominee for chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, signaling continuity with pro-Wall Street easy money policies.
By Barry Grey, 7 January 2014
What prevails in America is not democracy, but a revival of aristocratic privilege.
By Andre Damon, 6 January 2014
Having overseen the expiration of extended jobless benefits for 1.3 million workers at Christmas time, the White House is now posturing as the defender of the unemployed.
By Kate Randall, 31 December 2013
The revelations of the high costs and shoddy coverage being offered through Obamacare expose the fundamental basis of the Affordable Care Act—the for-profit health care system.
By Walter Gilberti and Nancy Hanover, 31 December 2013
Long before Michigan’s emergency manager law was used to throw Detroit into bankruptcy, the anti-democratic measure was first used to restructure Detroit schools and create a profit driven school system.
By Kate Randall and Barry Grey, 28 December 2013
The cutoff of benefits threatens millions of unemployed workers and their families with poverty.
Barack Obama’s Christmas gift to workers
By Nick Barrickman, Danielle DeSaxe and Leon Gutierrez, 24 December 2013
The budget agreement will end federal extended unemployment benefits, cutting off 1.3 million from assistance days after Christmas.
By Kate Randall, 23 December 2013
People whose policies have been canceled will be allowed to purchase “catastrophic” coverage or be granted a “hardship exemption” to avoid a penalty for not having insurance.
By Kate Randall, 21 December 2013
The sums spent on the military dwarf spending on critical social programs, such as food stamps and unemployment insurance, that face deep cuts.
By Alexander Fangmann, 17 December 2013
Underlying Obama's gesture is concern among major US interests that they are losing out on opportunities opening up in Cuba.
By Joseph Kishore, 14 December 2013
A hand-picked panel is due to submit recommendations to the White House this weekend, part of efforts to ensure the continuation of mass spying programs revealed by Edward Snowden.
By Sampath Perera, 14 December 2013
Washington is threatening to cut aid to Pakistan unless the Sharif government secures the supply route to Afghanistan.
By Kate Randall, 13 December 2013
The federal government is preparing to carry out new cuts in food stamps and eliminate or slash extended jobless benefits even as the need grows for food assistance and services for the homeless.
Over 1 million US unemployed set to lose benefits after Christmas
By Andre Damon, 11 December 2013
Congressional negotiators have reached agreement on a budget that will leave in place over a trillion dollars in sequester spending cuts over 10 years while setting the stage for the elimination of jobless benefits for over a million people.
By Bill Van Auken, 11 December 2013
The attempt by the US president to cloak himself in the legacy of Mandela’s years of sacrifice and persecution was an obscene exercise in hypocrisy.
By Thomas Gaist, 11 December 2013
The 2012 “Report of the State Budget Crisis Task Force” makes the case for massive cuts to social benefits and social infrastructure.