By Patrick Martin, 15 September 2014
The House will act on Monday, followed shortly by the Senate, with both parties expected to provide top-heavy majorities for stepped-up US intervention in the Syrian civil war.
By John Marion, 15 September 2014
State Treasurer Gina Raimondo, a former hedge fund manger with ties to the ultra-right Manhattan Institute, has made a national reputation as an enemy of public employees.
By Tom Hall and E. P. Bannon, 12 September 2014
Tuesday’s hearing was aimed at reinforcing and intensifying the federal government’s arming of police forces under the guise of a “review.”
By Jerry White, 12 September 2014
The Detroit bankruptcy and moves toward the privatization of the water department are fully backed by the Obama administration, which has encouraged cities to enter “public-private partnerships” to fill the gap from reduced federal and state funding.
By Patrick Martin, 3 September 2014
There is growing popular disillusionment with both the Democrats and the Republicans and the political institutions they control.
By Patrick Martin, 28 August 2014
Once reveling in the title “chain-gang Charlie” for his savage law-and-order policies, Crist has been nominated by the Democratic Party for the upcoming gubernatorial election.
By Andre Damon, 25 August 2014
The White House’s “review” of its programs to arm local law enforcement will serve to intensify, regularize and professionalize the militarization of domestic police.
By John Roberts, 25 August 2014
Ending or easing the US ban on arms sales would be a significant further step in closer US ties with the Vietnamese regime—directed against China.
By Tom Carter, 21 August 2014
Standing still for as little as five seconds is sufficient to be taken to the ground and handcuffed by a swarm of police.
By Thomas Gaist, 16 August 2014
The NSA is empowered by executive decrees to conduct limitless surveillance of overseas servers, even though they process large quantities of US data
By Deepal Jayasekera, 14 August 2014
US Defense Secretary Hagel claimed that Washington is offering India military co-development and co-production deals unlike those the US has “with any other country.”
By Tom Eley, 6 August 2014
A newly leaked document reveals that over 40 percent of those named on a US terror watch list—some 280,000 people—do not even have an alleged connection to terrorism.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 6 August 2014
Despite disagreements on economic issues, US and Indian leaders consolidated their strategic and military partnership directed against China.
By Bill Van Auken, 5 August 2014
The summit, convened amid the crises in Gaza, Ukraine and Iraq, is part of a bid to compete with China in the scramble for African markets and resources.
By Patrick Martin, 4 August 2014
Behind the façade of bitter partisan divisions, the two big business parties are united in attacking the social conditions and democratic rights of the working class.
By Eric London, 2 August 2014
An internal State Department memo accidentally emailed to a journalist exposes the Obama administration’s continued efforts to cover up CIA torture programs.
By John Marion, 1 August 2014
Republican Governor Paul LePage held a series of meetings with members of a neo-fascist group that had called for executing prominent state Democrats.
By Jerry White, 1 August 2014
In a reactionary ruling with far-ranging implications for democratic rights, the state supreme court upheld Republican Governor Scott Walker’s 2011 anti-worker law.
By Nick Barrickman, 31 July 2014
A Department of Justice inquiry has found hundreds of instances in which FBI forensic units provided false information.
By Ed Hightower, 31 July 2014
The fact that prosecutors systematically read emails between inmates and their attorneys reveals a corroded legal system.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 31 July 2014
The Secretary of State and Defense Secretary are visiting India to strengthen the partnership between the two countries as Washington intensifies its war preparations against China and Russia.
By Thomas Gaist, 30 July 2014
The bill seeks to institutionalize the bulk collection of telephone records by the NSA.
By Kate Randall, 30 July 2014
The scandal at Veterans Affairs has been seized on as a pretext for opening up veterans’ health care to privatization.
By Patrick Martin, 29 July 2014
Popular participation in Democratic midterm primaries has fallen by 70 percent over the past 44 years.
By Nick Barrickman, 26 July 2014
US officials have adopted procedures that allow virtually anyone to be designated a “suspected” or “known” terrorist by intelligence agencies, subjecting them to increased monitoring.
By Kate Randall, 23 July 2014
Striking down subsidies on the federal health care exchange would do away with one of the few remaining supposedly progressive features of Obamacare.
By Nick Barrickman, 23 July 2014
The trial of Tazhayakov was the first of a number of trials of acquaintances of Boston Marathon bombing suspects Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
By Jerry White, 23 July 2014
More than half of the city workers and retirees eligible to take part in the bankruptcy court’s ballot on the plan of adjustment refused to vote.
By Patrick Martin, 19 July 2014
Vice President Joseph Biden, Senator Elizabeth Warren and other leading Democrats made speeches that completely ignored the social catastrophe unfolding in Detroit.
By Patrick Martin, 17 July 2014
The four-day conference is an attempt to revive illusions in the Democratic Party and the Obama administration.
By Jake Dean, 17 July 2014
A profile of the corporate executives who sit on the seven-member Board of Water Commissioners in Detroit.
By David Brown, 16 July 2014
Legislators in the US are proposing a variety of measures to remove the right of child migrants to an immigration hearing before being deported.
By Barry Grey, 16 July 2014
Testifying before the Senate Banking Committee Tuesday, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen reiterated her determination to keep interest rates at historic lows for the indefinite future.
By Kate Randall, 16 July 2014
New revelations of manipulation of disability data point to systemic corruption at the VA that extends beyond the scandal over the agency’s medical treatment of veterans.
By Patrick Martin, 12 July 2014
The Justice Department has announced that it will not investigate the CIA spying on the legislative branch, even though CIA Director John Brennan admitted that it had taken place.
By Gabriel Black, 12 July 2014
Citigroup, the third-largest US bank, is set to reach a $7 billion settlement with the Department of Justice over charges that it sold fraudulent mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the 2008 crash.
By Peter Schwarz, 12 July 2014
The expulsion of the CIA station chief is directly linked to the revival of German imperialism.
By Bill Van Auken, 11 July 2014
Either the US president is lying about being unaware of espionage in Germany, or he is patently not in control of the military-intelligence complex.
By Nick Barrickman, 11 July 2014
Azamat Tazhayakov faces charges of obstruction of justice and conspiracy and could face up to 25 years imprisonment and $250,000 in fines if found guilty.
By Andre Damon, 9 July 2014
The funds will go toward building detention facilities, stepping up border checkpoints, and expanding the domestic use of military surveillance drones.
By Matthew MacEgan, 8 July 2014
At a press conference on Monday, the family of the 15-year-old US citizen denounced the Israeli police beating and the American government’s failure to secure Khdeir’s return home.
By Patrick Martin, 8 July 2014
Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday that whistleblower Edward Snowden should return to the United States and stand trial for of his actions in leaking top-secret documents that exposed illegal and unconstitutional spying by the National Security Agency.
By Joseph Kishore, 4 July 2014
The social, political and cultural state of present-day America make a mockery of the principles that are recalled and celebrated on July 4.
By David Walsh, 4 July 2014
The conversation that took place on MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews” between the host and the “progressive” senator from Massachusetts is deserving of at least a brief comment.
By Tom Peters, 2 July 2014
Visiting the US, Prime Minister John Key joined President Obama in siding against China in its territorial disputes with Vietnam and the Philippines.
“Hobby Lobby” contraception ruling
By John Burton and Barry Grey, 1 July 2014
The US Supreme Court has upheld a reactionary challenge by employers claiming to oppose contraception on religious grounds to a provision of Obama’s health care law mandating that employee insurance plans include coverage for birth control.
By Tom Carter, 1 July 2014
The US Supreme Court on Monday struck down an Illinois “fair share” statute that compelled home health care workers to pay union dues even if they were not members of the union.
By Kate Randall, 1 July 2014
Robert McDonald has been chosen to lead the VA not for his experience in health care or civil service administration, but as an executive at a Fortune 500 company.
By Patrick Martin, 30 June 2014
The White House will ask Congress Monday for $2 billion to detain and deport Central American child migrants in south Texas.
By Gabriel Black, 30 June 2014
Bill Clinton has made millions of dollars speaking before Wall Street bankers.
By Patrick Martin, 26 June 2014
Prominent black Democratic politicians called for a vote for the incumbent Republican senator in Mississippi to defeat his Tea Party challenger.
By Andre Damon, 25 June 2014
Bill and Hillary Clinton have earned more than $100 million in speaking fees from corporations and business foundations.
By Patrick Martin, 12 June 2014
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a right-wing Republican, lost to a challenger who managed to outflank him from the right on immigration and budget-cutting.
By Kate Randall, 11 June 2014
The audit found that 13 percent of schedulers at hospitals and clinics reported being told by supervisors to falsify appointment records.
By Gabriel Black, 11 June 2014
President Barack Obama signed an executive order that will allow the capping of interest rates on some student loans. This will extend the loans over 20 years and increase the total amount due for most lenders.
By Alexander Fangmann, 10 June 2014
The president of the US Chamber of Commerce, Thomas Donahue, along with a dozen representatives of American companies, met with Cuban officials in preparation for deeper US involvement in Cuba.
By John Marion, 9 June 2014
Large corporations are seeking to make a profit from the privatization of public utilities in the United States and the replacement of decaying water infrastructure.
By Kate Randall, 6 June 2014
Under a two-year trial, veterans who live 40 miles or more from a VHA facility “will be able to go to the doctor of your choice, under the direct supervision of the VA.”
By Gabriel Black, 4 June 2014
The Obama administration has announced it will mandate a 30 percent reduction in CO2 levels from power plants between 2005 and 2030.
By Patrick Martin, 3 June 2014
The US is seeking to rally Eastern European countries and the G-7 powers for stepped-up economic and military pressure against Russia over the crisis in Ukraine.
By Fred Mazelis, 3 June 2014
The Working Families Party delivered its endorsement for the governor after bitter recriminations at its convention.
By Bill Van Auken, 30 May 2014
The speech must be taken as a warning that the winding down of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is only setting the stage for a far more explosive eruption of US imperialism.
By Tom Carter, 26 May 2014
Calls for the privatization of veterans’ health care make clear that the VA scandal will be exploited to accelerate the dismantling of the American health care system.
By Matthew MacEgan, 24 May 2014
The “USA Freedom Act” is aimed at institutionalizing illegal NSA spying under the pretext of “reform.”
By Patrick Martin, 23 May 2014
Every Senate liberal voted for a lifetime judicial appointment for the official who drafted the legal justification for a presidential “right” to assassinate American citizens.
By Joseph Kishore, 22 May 2014
Administration lawyers argued that the 2001 Authorization to Use Military Force is essentially superfluous, and that the president has unlimited war powers under the US Constitution.
By Patrick Martin, 22 May 2014
Obama is seeking to evade responsibility for deteriorating conditions and fraudulent record keeping at VA hospitals.
By Patrick Martin, 22 May 2014
Vast amounts of money enabled the Republican Party establishment to beat back ultra-right challengers.
By the Socialist Equality Party, 21 May 2014
In this statement, the SEP clarifies its position on a vote currently being carried out on a plan of adjustment submitted by Detroit’s emergency manager.
“More Detroits are on their way”
By Thomas Gaist, 21 May 2014
Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Richard Ravitch called for federal measures forcing states to slash pension and health care spending.
By Mike Ingram, 19 May 2014
The Federal Communications Commission has voted to accept proposals that will allow broadband companies to charge content providers for access to their networks, in a move that opens the way for a two-tier Internet.
By Fred Mazelis, 16 May 2014
Baraka is a veteran Democratic Party politician who will do nothing to improve the conditions facing the great majority of the city’s population.
By Patrick Martin, 15 May 2014
Hunter Biden, the US vice president’s younger son, will become a director and legal adviser to the largest private natural gas production company in Ukraine.
By John Marion, 14 May 2014
Research on space, human health, energy, physics, and other subjects suffers as US imperialism promotes war with China and Russia.
By Niles Williamson, 13 May 2014
The selection of former Trek Bike executive Mary Burke as its gubernatorial candidate represents a further turn to the right by the Democratic Party.
By Bryan Dyne, 13 May 2014
The report provides a comprehensive look at the shifts in the global climate over the past half-century.
By Philip Guelpa, 10 May 2014
The selection of Rice sparked a strong reaction in the university community due to her role in the launching the Iraq war and the torture policies of the Bush administration.
By Gabriel Black, 9 May 2014
The US Department of Justice posted a video Monday in which Attorney General Eric Holder sought to dismiss the widely held, and completely justified, belief that the Obama administration treats the major American banks as being above the law.
By Ed Hightower, 8 May 2014
President Barack Obama has nominated David Barron, the author of pseudo-legal memos that authorize the drone assassination of US citizens, as a judge for a top appellate court.
White House Correspondents Association gala
By Patrick Martin, 6 May 2014
Saturday’s gala of the White House Correspondents Association flaunted the ever more degraded state of American politics.
By Patrick Martin, 29 April 2014
Obama mourns the victims of Nazism while promoting fascist elements in Ukraine.
By Patrick Martin, 29 April 2014
Politicians and media pundits who hailed rancher Cliven Bundy are now denouncing his racist views.
By Alex Lantier, 26 April 2014
Declaring confrontation with Russia to be all but inevitable, Kerry turned reality on its head, blaming the crisis entirely on Russia and clearing Kiev of all responsibility.
By Patrick Martin, 25 April 2014
US weaponry will soon be turned against the working people of Egypt.
By Fred Mazelis, 25 April 2014
Four plaintiffs charge a brazen violation of their basic democratic rights.
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.