US Politics

In signal to military, Hillary Clinton picks Senator Tim Kaine as running mate

By Tom Hall, 23 July 2016

In selecting Kaine, Clinton is making clear that she plans on running a right-wing, pro-war campaign targeted at winning over the military and sections of the Republican Party dissatisfied with Trump.

The pro-capitalist program of the US Green Party

By Tom Hall, 23 July 2016

The Green Party is a bourgeois party, representing the interests of privileged strata of the upper-middle class.

Biden confirms US warship will visit New Zealand

By Tom Peters, 22 July 2016

The American visit, the first in more than 30 years, represents a significant further step in New Zealand’s integration into US war preparations against China.

In Australia, US vice president issues belligerent challenge to China

By Mike Head, 20 July 2016

Biden’s trip to Australia came in the immediate aftermath of the arbitration court decision in The Hague declaring illegal Chinese land reclamation activities in the South China Sea.

The Republicans plumb the depths

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 20 July 2016

In the long and protracted decay of American democracy and the political culture of the United States, a fundamental boundary is being crossed.

Republican Party officially nominates Donald Trump

By Patrick Martin, 20 July 2016

For the first time, one of the two major capitalist parties in America has chosen as its presidential nominee an individual of openly authoritarian and semi-fascist views.

Leading US historians issue warning on the rise of Trump

By Gabriel Black, 20 July 2016

The historians see Trump as the product of decades of decay of American society, including academia, the press and the court system.

Amid massive police presence, Republicans push law-and-order, militarism

By David Brown, 19 July 2016

The theme of the first day of the RNC was “Make America Safe Again,” with a focus on attacking immigrants, militarism and expanding the powers of the police.

Trump chooses right-wing Indiana governor as running mate

By Patrick Martin, 16 July 2016

The announcement came on the eve of the Republican National Convention, as the last organized opposition to Trump’s nomination was brushed aside.

US releases Saudi documents: 9/11 coverup exposed

By Bill Van Auken, 16 July 2016

The declassification of the section of the 9/11 commission report on Saudi ties to 9/11 point to a deliberate distortion and exploitation of the attacks as a pretext for war.

Fresno video shows police murder of Dylan Noble

By Patrick Martin, 15 July 2016

Two cops fired two shots into the white youth as he stood a few feet away, then two more, including a shotgun blast, as he lay twitching on the ground.

After Sanders, Green Party seeks to trap workers and youth within capitalist politics

By Jerry White, 15 July 2016

The Greens hope to become the “big tent” for protest groups in the orbit of the Democrats, which promote identity politics, economic nationalism and “green business” opportunities.

After endorsement, Sanders attempts to convince angry supporters to back Clinton

By Isaac Finn, 14 July 2016

Sanders is now engaged in the political alchemy of convincing the 13 million people who voted for him and other supporters that the deeply hated Clinton would champion their interests.

The New York Times, Michael Eric Dyson and the politics of race

By Barry Grey, 14 July 2016

The Times is on guard and ready to denounce anything—a political development, a book, even a movie—that challenges its racialist agenda. This agenda has become more and more central as the class struggle has grown more intense.

The predictable and pathetic end of Sanders’ “political revolution”

By Patrick Martin, 13 July 2016

The Sanders campaign has provided a major political lesson to millions of young people and workers attracted to his call for a “political revolution” against the “billionaire class.”

Amid nationwide protests against police violence

Officials prepare for mass repression at Republican National Convention in Cleveland

By Carlos Delgado, 13 July 2016

Security officials have been expanding police-state measures and deliberately targeting protesters for surveillance and harassment.

Democratic platform deal sets stage for Sanders’ endorsement of Clinton

By Jerry White, 12 July 2016

The political theatre in Orlando was aimed at convincing Sanders supporters that the Vermont senator’s “political revolution” had shifted the Democrats and Clinton to the left.

FBI director defends decision not to prosecute Hillary Clinton

By Patrick Martin, 8 July 2016

FBI Director James Comey testified Thursday about his decision not to bring criminal charges against Clinton for her use of a private email server while secretary of state.

Hillary Clinton uses Atlantic City casino strikers as campaign props

By Genevieve Leigh, 7 July 2016

In a gesture to the unions, Clinton used her speech to promote economic nationalism.

FBI rejects criminal charges against Clinton in email investigation

By Patrick Martin, 6 July 2016

The decision clears a last major hurdle to Clinton’s becoming the presidential nominee of the Democratic Party.

Obama campaigns with Hillary Clinton at North Carolina rally

By Tom Hall, 6 July 2016

The speeches by Clinton and the current president continued to press the shopworn portrayal of the Democratic Party as a defender of the “middle class.”

Hillary Clinton interviewed by FBI in email investigation

By Patrick Martin, 4 July 2016

The Democratic presidential candidate was accompanied by five lawyers for her three-hour interview.

Supreme Court overturns bribery conviction for former Virginia governor

By Tom Carter, 4 July 2016

The unanimous decision is a green light for the ever-more direct domination of corporate and financial interests over the American political system.

Bill Clinton meets with attorney general on Arizona tarmac

By Patrick Martin, 1 July 2016

The contact between the head of the Justice Department and Hillary Clinton’s husband was highly unusual.

US Senate gives last-minute approval to Puerto Rico debt package

By Rafael Azul, 1 July 2016

The US Senate approved on June 29 a debt measure for Puerto Rico, less than 48 hours before the island was to default on a $2.1 billion debt.

Sanders’ “political revolution” revealed: Nationalist reaction and support for Clinton

By Barry Grey, 30 June 2016

The sorry and reactionary outcome of Sanders’ “political revolution” is not only his own total integration into the Democratic Party, but his emergence as spokesman for its most nationalist wing.

North American summit dominated by Brexit fallout and geopolitical rivalries

By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 30 June 2016

Obama took a direct swipe at China, warning that if the three North American countries did not act together, other countries in Asia would write the rules of global trade.

US Congressional report on Benghazi leaves roots of attack in the dark

By Bill Van Auken, 29 June 2016

The partisan Republican probe produced no new evidence indicting its principal target, the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Elizabeth Warren campaigns with Clinton as possible running mate

By Josh Varlin, 28 June 2016

Warren’s “progressivism” and rhetorical denunciations of Wall Street would be leveraged to convince disappointed Sanders supporters to vote for Clinton in November.

Violent confrontation at Sacramento racist demonstration leaves 10 injured

By Genevieve Leigh, 28 June 2016

Ten people were left injured, at least three critically, after a violent clash between a fascist white nationalist group and counter-demonstrators at the California state capitol.

Clinton seizes on Brexit vote to tout her credentials as defender of Washington’s global interests

By Patrick Martin, 27 June 2016

Clinton responded to the British vote to leave the EU by reaffirming her claim to be the most qualified commander-in-chief for American imperialism in a crisis situation.

Divided Supreme Court rejects challenge to affirmative action

By Tom Carter, 27 June 2016

The protracted and embittered litigation over affirmative action highlights the policy’s central importance to the political, corporate and military establishment.

Bernie Sanders confirms he will vote for Clinton

By Patrick Martin, 25 June 2016

The Vermont senator has not officially suspended his campaign, but he has done everything short of formally endorsing Hillary Clinton as the Democratic presidential nominee.

Congressional Democrats stage “sit-in” stunt on gun control

By Tom Hall, 25 June 2016

Congressional Democrats demanded that the House vote on reactionary legislation which would expand the repressive scope of the government's secret “no-fly” list.

Clinton’s right-wing economic agenda and the fight for socialism

By Jerry White—SEP candidate for US president, 24 June 2016

Whether it is Trump or Clinton who is elected in November, the ruling class will escalate the anti-worker agenda of the Obama administration that has created the greatest level of inequality in modern American history.

US Republican presidential campaign sinking into crisis

By Patrick Martin, 23 June 2016

Donald Trump fired his campaign manager amid reports that his campaign is running low on funds, and Republican convention delegates are seeking a free vote on the presidential nomination.

Political lessons of the Sanders campaign

By Joseph Kishore, 20 June 2016

The closer Sanders comes to a formal endorsement of Clinton, the more he is forced to make clear that his “political revolution” is nothing more than an effort to channel social discontent behind the Democratic Party.

People’s Summit in Chicago: Preparing the switch from Sanders to Clinton

By Patrick Martin, 20 June 2016

The two-day event was part of an effort by union officials and Democratic Party operatives to prepare a smooth transition from the Sanders campaign to support for Hillary Clinton.

Youth at People’s Summit discuss war, Sanders, Clinton

By Marcus Day, 20 June 2016

The World Socialist Web Site spoke with a number of young people, who were a decided minority at the conference, about the presidential candidates and the threat of war.

Sanders calls for supporters to back Clinton, “transform” Democratic Party

By Tom Hall, 18 June 2016

Sanders’ speech exposes the real character of his “political revolution,” which has always been about channeling opposition behind the Democrats and Clinton.

After Orlando massacre

Democrats take the lead in attack on democratic rights

By Patrick Martin, 17 June 2016

The plan to use the FBI “watch list” to ban gun purchases is only the initial step towards a more systematic attack on democratic rights.

US Senate votes to include women in the draft

By Tom Hall, 17 June 2016

The decision to require women to register with the Selective Service is being fraudulently hailed as a victory for women’s rights by leading Democrats.

Individual claims responsibility for hacking the Democratic National Committee

By Evan Blake, 17 June 2016

Self-proclaimed hacker “Guccifer 2.0” released a trove of documents produced by the DNC, indicating that the official narrative blaming Russian intelligence was fabricated.

The “Peoples’ Summit” in Chicago: Democrats, pseudo-left groups prepare new trap for workers and youth

By Joseph Kishore, 17 June 2016

As Sanders prepares to formally back Clinton, sections of the Democratic Party and its periphery are working to contain the oppositional sentiment that found expression in support for Sanders’ campaign.

Hillary Clinton and the “Spirit of 9/12”

By Niles Niemuth—SEP candidate for vice president, 17 June 2016

Clinton has seized on the tragedy in Orlando to distract the population from questions of economic inequality and steamroll opposition to the attack on democratic rights and the expansion of war.

Sanders meets with Clinton to discuss support for her presidential campaign

By Tom Hall, 16 June 2016

Sanders’ meeting Tuesday evening with the presumptive Democratic nominee is a further signal that he is preparing to formally endorse her campaign in the general election.

The social roots of the mass shooting in Orlando

By Barry Grey, 15 June 2016

The question that is imperiously raised by events such as the Orlando massacre is: What is it about American society that so frequently leads mentally unstable individuals to resort to mass murder?

Questions mount over FBI handling of Orlando gunman

By Patrick Martin, 14 June 2016

The FBI acknowledges having investigated Omar Mateen in 2013, after he claimed a connection to the Boston Marathon bombing, and again in 2014, but claims to have dropped any monitoring of his activities.

The Orlando massacre and the 2016 US election

By Bill Van Auken, 14 June 2016

Both major parties’ presumptive presidential nominees have rushed to exploit the tragedy in Orlando to promote war and reaction.

Congress, Obama call for a Financial Control Board for Puerto Rico

By Rafael Azul, 13 June 2016

The US ruling elite intends to use the crisis as an opportunity to drastically reduce working conditions and living standards in Puerto Rico.

Arrest of New York prison guards’ union chief highlights broader nexus of corruption

By Fred Mazelis, 13 June 2016

Norman Seabrook, notorious for defending the brutality of correction officers, is accused of taking a kickback for investing union pension monies into a high-risk hedge fund.

Hillary Clinton signed off on drone assassinations, emails reveal

By Patrick Martin, 11 June 2016

The report in the Wall Street Journal is the first to indicate that, as Secretary of State, Clinton had a direct role in the killing program.

The right-wing campaign over the Stanford University sexual assault case

By Tom Carter, 11 June 2016

The media and political campaign that is unfolding in America around the sentencing of Stanford University freshman Brock Allen Turner is fundamentally reactionary.

As Obama endorses Clinton, Sanders signals readiness to back campaign

By Patrick Martin, 10 June 2016

The Vermont senator met with President Obama and other top party leaders in Washington, making clear he will not challenge the nomination of Hillary Clinton as the Democratic presidential candidate.

Hurtling toward the precipice of war, Modi cements Indo-US alliance

By Keith Jones, 10 June 2016

The alliance between the Indian bourgeoisie and US imperialism represents a sea change in world geopolitics, with explosive implications for inter-state relations across Asia and the world.

Hillary Clinton’s Democratic primary victory

By Joseph Kishore, 9 June 2016

In a year marked by deep and growing social discontent, the American political system has produced a choice between two brands of political reaction in the persons of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

New York Times columnist Roger Cohen defends war criminal Kerrey

By Tom Hall, 9 June 2016

Cohen, a leading media advocate of “human rights” imperialism, expresses sympathy for perpetrators of mass murder only when they happen to be Americans.

Clinton claims Democratic nomination after winning four of six final states

By Patrick Martin, 8 June 2016

Clinton’s victory speech on Tuesday night centered on the supposedly historic character of her campaign as the first woman to be the nominee of the Democratic or Republican parties.

California primary voters speak on social inequality, war

By our reporters, 8 June 2016

Voters went to polls on Tuesday in the final six primary contests of the 2016 election cycle, with the exception of the District of Columbia, which will vote next week.

The media drive to shut down the Sanders campaign

By Patrick Martin, 8 June 2016

The media and the Democratic Party establishment are acting preemptively to crown Hillary Clinton as the presumptive presidential nominee.

Who will follow the example of Muhammad Ali’s principled stand in our day?

By David Walsh, 6 June 2016

The former heavyweight boxing champion, who died June 3, made his chief mark on history and popular consciousness by his courageous opposition to the Vietnam War.

As her poll numbers decline, Clinton appeals to military in San Diego speech

By E.P. Bannon and Eric London, 4 June 2016

On the eve of the California primaries, Hillary Clinton made the case to the military-intelligence apparatus that she is best-suited to defend the interests of the ruling class abroad.

The US elections and the criminalization of American politics

By Patrick Martin, 3 June 2016

The leading contenders for the Republican and Democratic Parties, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, may both face criminal indictments before the elections.

Deepening crisis in Democratic Party ahead of California primary

By Patrick Martin, 2 June 2016

There are mounting signs frontrunner Hillary Clinton could lose the crucial primary in the most populous US state, putting her nomination in jeopardy.

International Socialist Organization covers for CWA sabotage of Verizon strike

By Daniel de Vries and Joseph Kishore, 1 June 2016

The ISO’s Socialist Worker, along with Jacobin magazine, are stepping up efforts to provide a left cover for the shut-down of the Verizon strike by the CWA and the IBEW.

California governor backs Clinton in Democratic primary

By Patrick Martin, 1 June 2016

Seeking to counter a deepening crisis for Clinton, Brown has joined California’s two senators, along with media hacks like Paul Krugman, to call on Sanders to wrap up his campaign.

Sanders supporters discuss issues outside California rallies

By our reporters, 1 June 2016

WSWS reporters spoke with Sanders supporters outside rallies in Santa Barbara and Oakland.

California Primary highlights political crisis in Democratic Party

By David Brown, 31 May 2016

Leading Democrats in California are nervous that Sanders cannot control the social unrest that he is trying to channel into the Democratic Party.

Socialist Alternative, ISO work to channel opposition into the Democratic Party

By Eric London, 30 May 2016

Socialist Alternative is calling for Sanders to run a “safe state” campaign to help Hillary Clinton win the election, while the International Socialist Organization is backing the Green Party.

Clinton campaign in crisis over email controversy, declining poll numbers

By Patrick Martin, 28 May 2016

The frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination is staggering toward the finish line of the primary contest.

UAW endorses Clinton, “Wall Street’s presidential darling”

By Jerry White, 27 May 2016

The UAW’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton underscores the immense chasm between the corporatist organization and the workers it claims to represent.

Workers and students speak on inequality, war at Sanders rally

By Toby Reese and Kevin Martinez, 27 May 2016

The WSWS interviewed attendees at a San Diego rally for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders about the political issues in the 2016 election.

Over 1,000 protest outside Trump rally in Albuquerque

By a WSWS reporter, 26 May 2016

The World Socialist Web Site spoke to participants in the Albuquerque protest.

Clinton refuses to debate Sanders ahead of California primary

By Barry Grey, 25 May 2016

The Clinton campaign is angered that Sanders' continued presence is hindering it from executing the turn to the right planned for the general election.

US Supreme Court avoids ruling on corporate religious objections to birth control

By Tom Carter, 23 May 2016

The Zubik case highlights the unprincipled prostration of the entire political establishment before the protracted assault on the separation of church and state.

Clinton calls Trump “unqualified” to be commander-in-chief

By Patrick Martin, 21 May 2016

The Democratic frontrunner is appealing to Republican warhawks and neo-conservatives to support her against her likely Republican opponent.

US media steps up witch-hunt over claims of Sanders “violence” in Nevada

By Patrick Martin, 20 May 2016

The bogus claims of violence and harassment have now reached the front page of the New York Times and the editorial page of the Washington Post.

Democratic Party establishment witch-hunts Sanders’ supporters

By Patrick Martin, 19 May 2016

The political and media uproar over the Nevada state Democratic Party convention is an entirely manufactured provocation.

Sanders’ strong showing in Oregon, Kentucky extends Democratic presidential contest

By Patrick Martin, 18 May 2016

After winning in Oregon and virtually tying Hillary Clinton in Kentucky, Bernie Sanders said he would continue his campaign through the last primary and into the Democratic convention in Philadelphia.

Canadian ruling elite divided over prospect of Trump presidency

By Roger Jordan, 18 May 2016

While a majority of the political and media establishment is concerned by the rise of Trump, a significant section believes his presidency offers benefits for Canada.

Obama to American youth: Stop complaining, things have never been better!

By Niles Niemuth—SEP candidate for US vice president, 17 May 2016

While media attention has focused on Obama’s swipes at Donald Trump, more significant was his chastisement of young people for supporting the campaign of self-declared socialist Bernie Sanders.

Sheriff’s deputies called to Nevada Democratic Convention to preserve Clinton victory

By Patrick Martin, 16 May 2016

The meeting erupted in fistfights and catcalls after dozens of Sanders delegates were disqualified by the party leadership.

Why Sanders won in West Virginia

By Joseph Kishore, 12 May 2016

The Democratic Party establishment is promoting a false racial narrative to obscure the real reasons for Sanders’ landslide victory in West Virginia.

Trump backs end to the federal minimum wage

By Patrick Martin, 11 May 2016

Trump is advocating a race to the bottom, in which governors and legislatures would offer minimum wage reductions and exemptions to entice companies to locate in their state.

Sanders defeats Clinton in West Virginia primary by large margin

By Naomi Spencer, 11 May 2016

Sanders’ victory points to the deep social tensions in the state and the continued hostility to Clinton, despite the fact that she is being presented as the inevitable Democratic Party nominee.

Clinton campaign lurches to the right

By Barry Grey, 10 May 2016

Clinton is tacking to run in the general election as the trusted and experienced candidate of the corporate and political establishment, the Pentagon and the CIA.

US Treasury rejects plan for slashing Teamsters pensions, calling for deeper cuts

By Shannon Jones, 10 May 2016

The attack on pensions is the result of the collaboration of the unions, the Obama administration and the Democratic Party, which conspired to enact pension “reform” legislation in 2014.

What accounts for Trump’s support among West Virginia miners?

By Jerry White—SEP candidate for US president, 7 May 2016

Trump is able to win support among sections of workers because of the treachery of the unions and their subordination of the working class to the Democratic Party.

Trump names hedge fund boss as finance chairman

By Patrick Martin, 7 May 2016

Steven Mnuchin was a partner at Goldman Sachs for 17 years before setting up his own hedge fund, heavily involved in real estate and movie financing.

Obama in Flint: Let them drink lead

By Andre Damon, 6 May 2016

President Obama’s callous declaration that poisoned children in Flint, Michigan “will be fine” expresses the contempt felt by America’s financial oligarchy for the great mass of society.

Obama to Flint: Shut up and drink the water

By Shannon Jones, 5 May 2016

Obama perpetuated the cover-up of the criminal responsibility of government officials at all levels for the disaster, while downplaying the health consequences of lead poisoning.

Trump’s victory: A dangerous turning point in American politics

By Patrick Martin, 5 May 2016

The selection of a fascistic demagogue as the candidate of one of the two major capitalist parties is indisputable proof of the advanced stage of the putrefaction of American democracy.

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.