US Politics

Senate passes resolution setting stage for $1.5 trillion in tax cuts for the rich

By Gabriel Black, 21 October 2017

The resolution helps procedurally prepare for the passage of a dramatic cut in taxes for business and for the financial elite.

Pompeo vows that the CIA will become a “much more vicious agency”

By Isaac Finn, 21 October 2017

Pompeo’s statements reflect the sentiments of a large section of the political establishment and intelligence communities.

White supremacist met by mass protest at University of Florida

By Fred Mazelis, 21 October 2017

Richard Spencer shut down his program 30 minutes ahead of schedule after confronting opponents who vastly outnumbered neo-fascists in the audience.

US Treasury Secretary Mnuchin to Congress: Pass tax cuts or markets will tank

By Nick Beams, 21 October 2017

Mnuchin’s Politico interview is an unwitting admission that the world’s largest economy is dominated by financial parasitism.

Gen. Kelly’s tirade and the threat of dictatorship

By Bill Van Auken, 21 October 2017

The callous and reactionary response of the Trump White House to the anguish of the family of a US soldier killed in Niger is of a piece with the deep-going militarization of the US government.

Trump, John Kelly and the media firestorm over “disrespecting” the troops

By Patrick Martin, 20 October 2017

Trump’s comments to the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson were not an aberration, but a crude expression of the callousness of the US ruling elite.

Trump rejects bipartisan health care plan a day after endorsing it

By Kate Randall, 19 October 2017

The bulk of the Alexander-Murray bill is aimed at lowering requirements for private insurers and reducing the quality of health care coverage offered.

Trump’s pick for drug czar forced to step down after expose

By Genevieve Leigh, 18 October 2017

Republican Representative Tom Marino has withdrawn his name after a damning report exposed his role in legislation to dismantle regulations on prescription opioid drugs.

Behind the opioid crisis: Republicans and Obama cleared the way for corporate murder

By Patrick Martin, 16 October 2017

A joint investigation by “60 Minutes” and the Washington Post found that Republicans and Democrats in Washington did the bidding of giant drug distribution companies responsible for fueling the opioid crisis.

Denouncing Iran as a terrorist state, Trump refuses to recertify nuclear accord

By Keith Jones, 14 October 2017

US President Donald Trump vowed Friday that he will use his presidential powers to blow up the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran unless it is amended to Washington’s satisfaction.

Trump’s threats against Iran aggravate German-American tensions

By Johannes Stern, 14 October 2017

Trump’s aggressive course of action against Iran has provoked a strong reaction in Berlin, where German politicians and media figures are openly discussing a break with the US.

Thousands of undocumented immigrants among those affected by Northern California wild fires

By Rafael Azul, 14 October 2017

So far at least 31 people have died and 600 have been reported missing.

New York City mayor de Blasio virtually unopposed for reelection

By Fred Mazelis, 14 October 2017

The Democrat has long since discarded most of his “progressive” image, and presides over a city that is more socially unequal than ever before.

A new stage in the bipartisan health care counterrevolution

Following Trump executive orders, Democrats offer Obamacare “fix”

By Kate Randall, 14 October 2017

Any “compromise” on health care reform is a conspiracy against the working class, premised on the subordination of the need for health care to the profits of the corporations and the capitalist market.

Rap artist Eminem and his popular tirade against Donald Trump

By Nick Barrickman, 14 October 2017

Under the right conditions, the rapper is capable of giving expression to some of the pent-up social angst and oppositional feelings held by wide layers of the population, especially young people.

Washington seethes with rumors of an anti-Trump “palace coup”

By Joseph Kishore, 13 October 2017

There is growing speculation of secret discussions among cabinet members and high-level staff about forcing Trump out of office.

Mounting political crisis in Washington amidst talk of removal of Trump

By Patrick Martin, 12 October 2017

Trump’s opponents are openly discussing how to remove him from office, while he suggests that his media critics should be silenced.

The politics of the Harvey Weinstein scandal

By David Walsh, 12 October 2017

The sex scandal is a mechanism through which other issues are resolved, often to the satisfaction of powerful economic interests.

The New York Times and the criminalization of dissent

By Joseph Kishore, 11 October 2017

The unsubstantiated charges of Russian interference in the US elections have developed into an increasingly frenzied campaign to ascribe all opposition within the United States to the actions of a “foreign enemy.”

Democratic Party donors funnel millions to protest groups

By Tom Hall, 11 October 2017

An article in the New York Times detailing funding by Wall Street groups demonstrates the pro-capitalist, anti-working class character of the nonprofits and “left” organizations around the Democratic Party.

Court testimony exposes governor’s lies about Flint water crisis

By Sheila Brehm, 9 October 2017

The matter arose during a preliminary hearing concerning the first of 13 officials facing criminal charges over the Flint catastrophe.

Trump administration expels two-thirds of Cuban embassy staff from US

By Alexander Fangmann, 9 October 2017

The expulsion of Cuban embassy personnel, supposedly over alleged “sonic attacks,” constitutes an effective end of the rapprochement begun under the Obama administration.

Trump’s threats against North Korea signify real danger of war

By Joseph Kishore, 9 October 2017

Trump’s reference to the “calm before the storm” must be taken to mean that war is imminent.

Surrounded by generals, Trump remarks on “the calm before the storm”

By Peter Symonds, 7 October 2017

Trump’s menacing comment—almost certainly directed against North Korea—is another warning that the US is on the brink of launching a catastrophic war.

Trump administration limits access to birth control under ACA

By Trévon Austin, 7 October 2017

A new mandate revokes the requirement for companies and organizations that claim religious or moral objections to provide birth control.

Democrats push for deal with Trump on DACA as ICE threatens mass raids

By Norisa Diaz, 7 October 2017

Democrats downplay tension on immigration as ICE head threatens to split families up and conduct warrantless arrests in California.

A week on America’s death row

A lethal injection in Florida, stay of execution in Alabama

By Kate Randall, 7 October 2017

Michael Lambrix was executed Thursday night in Florida, while Jeffrey Borden was issued a last-minute state of execution in Alabama.

Thailand’s junta leader welcomed at the White House

By our reporter, 7 October 2017

In pushing for stronger military and economic ties with Thailand, President Trump made no mention of the military regime’s suppression of opposition and dissent.

Inequality and the American oligarchy

Identity politics and the growth of inequality within racial minorities

By Eric London, 7 October 2017

New data from the Federal Reserve reveal the extraordinary growth of social inequality within minority populations, which forms the basis of the identity politics of the upper-middle class.

Inequality and the American oligarchy

The social and economic roots of the attack on democratic rights

By Eric London, 6 October 2017

New figures on social inequality reveal the material basis for the campaign in ruling circles to block access to the WSWS and other left-wing sites.

The elites “have no credibility left:” An interview with journalist Chris Hedges

By David North, 6 October 2017

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges talks with the WSWS about the anti-Russia campaign, the attack on democratic rights, and the role of the capitalist media.

Senate witch-hunters expand on their anti-Russia horror story

By Patrick Martin, 6 October 2017

The Senate Intelligence Committee claims of Russian subversion of American democracy are factually absurd and politically sinister.

Tom Price resignation highlights corruption in Trump’s cabinet

By Shelley Connor, 2 October 2017

The Trump cabinet’s eye-popping travel expenses have highlighted the gulf between his demagogic campaign promises to “drain the swamp” and end government waste, and the reality of oligarchic rule.

Democratic New Jersey senator on trial for official corruption

By Philip Guelpa, 30 September 2017

A 2016 Supreme Court ruling overturning the political corruption conviction of Virginia governor Bob McDonnell is likely to affect the trial of the New Jersey senator.

Trump to Puerto Rico: Your lives don’t matter

By Eric London, 30 September 2017

The Trump administration’s callous and incompetent response to the social disaster in Puerto Rico expresses the worldview of a financial oligarchy that sees the lives of working people as expendable.

The new McCarthyism and the suppression of political dissent

By Andre Damon, 29 September 2017

The increasingly hysterical anti-Russia campaign, spearheaded by the Democratic Party, is laying the political and legal basis for the criminalization of dissent in the United States.

Trump’s tax plan provides massive windfall to the rich

By Trévon Austin, 28 September 2017

The proposal includes massive tax cuts for the wealthy which would be a prelude to further austerity for the working class.

Bannon-backed Senate candidate Roy Moore wins Alabama Republican primary

By Niles Niemuth, 27 September 2017

While President Trump had campaigned for the losing candidate, former White House strategist Bannon assured a rally Monday that a vote for Moore was a vote for Trump.

As Republican Obamacare repeal collapses, Democrats push pro-corporate “compromise”

By Josh Varlin, 27 September 2017

The Democrats are seeking a bipartisan deal with the Republicans that would retain the basic framework of Obamacare while introducing regressive changes being demanded by the insurance monopolies.

One week in the media’s McCarthyite witch-hunt against Russia

By Andre Damon, 27 September 2017

Since Facebook announced it would collaborate in investigating Russian “meddling,” the New York Times and Washington Post have whipped themselves into a McCarthyite frenzy.

Behind Trump’s attack on the NFL football players

By Patrick Martin, 26 September 2017

Trump’s attacks on NFL players for “disrespecting” the national anthem are a calculated effort to whip up racism and militarism.

Stephen Bannon’s Southern strategy and the Alabama Republican primary

By Eric London, 26 September 2017

By backing religious zealot Roy Moore for the US Senate in the September 26 run-off primary, Bannon is revealing a key element of his long-term political strategy.

At site of Churchill’s “Iron Curtain” speech

Sanders declares his allegiance to US imperialism

By Tom Hall, 26 September 2017

Sanders’ speech, which denounced Russia and promoted the war in Syria, was an affirmation of support for the imperialist and militarist foreign policy of the American ruling class.

New York Times, Democrats lead push for Facebook censorship

By Andre Damon, 25 September 2017

Leading Democrats, working with intelligence agencies and media outlets, are using the campaign against Russian “meddling” in the 2016 election to justify social media censorship.

The St. Louis police riot

By Niles Niemuth, 23 September 2017

The violent and provocative actions of the police, including the “kettling” and mass arrest of protesters and the fascistic spectacle of cops chanting “Whose streets? Our streets!” reveals the real state of class relations in America

“Committee to Investigate Russia:” Rob Reiner and Morgan Freeman’s warmongering video

By David Walsh, 23 September 2017

Actor-director Rob Reiner and actor Morgan Freeman have teamed up with a group of extreme right-wingers to push the McCarthyite anti-Russia campaign.

Special counsel seeks White House documents on Flynn, Comey, Manafort

By Patrick Martin, 22 September 2017

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller, who heads the Justice Department investigation into alleged Russian interference in the US elections, appears to be focusing on possible obstruction of justice by President Trump.

Working men have no country

Interviews from the San Diego/Tijuana San Ysidro border crossing as closure looms

By Norisa Diaz, 21 September 2017

The WSWS recently spoke to workers who cross the US/Mexico border daily or weekly, which bisects all aspects of their social life.

St. Louis Police declare “We’re in control” as crackdown on protests enters fifth day

By Genevieve Leigh, 20 September 2017

St. Louis police officers chanted “Whose streets? Our streets!” as they arrested largely peaceful demonstrators protesting police violence.

Senate overwhelmingly approves record $700 billion military budget

By Eric London, 20 September 2017

The bill increases the military budget by $80 billion from 2016 and includes major allocations to prepare the US nuclear arsenal for war.

Senate Republicans push for another Obamacare “repair and repeal” bill

By Kate Randall, 20 September 2017

In addition to phasing out Medicaid expansion, the Cassidy-Graham legislation, beginning in 2027, would slash billions more from Medicaid and end it as a guaranteed program.

Change that he can believe in: Obama cashes in on Wall Street

By Niles Niemuth, 20 September 2017

Less than a year after leaving office, former President Obama has comfortably entrenched himself within the upper echelons of the top 1 percent.

Trump’s “Mein Kampf” tirade at the United Nations

By Bill Van Auken, 20 September 2017

The American president publicly threatened to unleash a genocidal war, declaring that he was “ready, willing and able” to “totally destroy” North Korea and its 25 million people.

Hillary Clinton’s What Happened: A conspiracy theory of the 2016 election

By Andre Damon, 20 September 2017

Hillary Clinton’s memoir, released September 13, represents the Democratic Party’s semi-official narrative of its electoral defeat in 2016.

CNN claims FBI wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman

By James Cogan, 19 September 2017

Paul Manafort, former chairman of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, was allegedly wiretapped by investigators both before and after the election.

Facebook turns over information on Russia-linked accounts to Special Counsel Mueller

By Patrick Martin, 19 September 2017

The investigation into alleged Russian interference in the US election and Trump campaign collusion is being used to justify a crackdown on the Internet.

Undocumented protesters drive Nancy Pelosi out of her own press conference

By Evan Blake, 19 September 2017

The protesters issued scathing condemnations of the Democrats’ anti-immigrant record, including their recent efforts to push through bipartisan immigration legislation with Trump.

2017 Emmy Awards: Sean Spicer, self-congratulations and identity politics

By David Walsh, 19 September 2017

The media was more or less agreed Monday that the highlight of the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards was the brief appearance by Trump’s former press secretary.

Police crackdown on hundreds protesting acquittal of killer cop in St. Louis

By Genevieve Leigh, 16 September 2017

Riot police in St. Louis, Missouri arrested 13 people in protests that erupted after the acquittal of the police officer, Jason Stockley, who fatally shot Anthony Lamar Smith in December 2011.

The “People’s Convergence”: The pseudo-left entreats Bernie Sanders to lead “People’s Party”

By Genevieve Leigh, 16 September 2017

All the groups present backed Sanders in 2016, helping him to channel social anger among millions of workers and youth behind Hillary Clinton.

Democrats seek to prop up Trump’s crisis-ridden government

By Joseph Kishore, 15 September 2017

The moves by the Democrats to stabilize the Trump administration are aimed at creating better conditions for intensifying the assault on the working class and preparing for a major war.

Why is Amazon deleting negative reviews of Hillary Clinton’s new book?

By Andre Damon, 15 September 2017

Amazon has deleted over a thousand negative reviews of What Happened?, Hillary Clinton’s account of the 2016 presidential election.

In “60 Minutes” interview, Bannon elaborates plans for American fascist movement

By Eric London, 13 September 2017

The corporate media is elevating Bannon, while, at the same time, the Democratic Party’s identity politics aids the growth of the far-right.

Virginia gubernatorial race offers “choice” of right-wing candidates

By Ed Hightower, 13 September 2017

Conservative Democrat Ralph Northam, who twice voted for George W. Bush, faces a former Bush White House aide and Republican National Committee chairman, Ed Gillespie.

New York Times surveys the results of 35 years of affirmative action

By Fred Mazelis, 13 September 2017

The Times article reveals that masses of Hispanic and African-American youth are unable to afford higher education, but obscures the underlying class reality.

New York Times stokes anti-Russia campaign to promote Facebook, Twitter censorship

By Bill Van Auken, 12 September 2017

Invoking an alleged Russian menace to American democracy, the New York Times is spearheading a campaign for a crackdown on political expression on social media.

Trump, Democrats reach deal on debt ceiling, budget

By Patrick Martin, 8 September 2017

The agreement amounts to a rescue operation for the Trump administration, which is facing rising popular opposition, and paves the way for a deal on corporate tax cuts.

Trump and DeVos deepen the assault on public higher education

By Nancy Hanover, 6 September 2017

Public universities and colleges in the US are being starved of funding, while the Trump administration escalates its support to for-profit institutions.

Bannon realigns Breitbart political strategy after removal from Trump administration

By Eric London, 2 September 2017

With Stephen Bannon and Sebastian Gorka gone from the White House, the fascistic network around \ Breitbart News is developing its strategy of building a far-right nationalist movement.

Anti-immigrant Texas bill SB4 implemented despite suspension of some key provisions

By Genevieve Leigh, 1 September 2017

The most controversial provision, giving local law enforcement the authority to demand proof of a person's immigration status during routine interactions, was allowed through.

Judge quashes lawsuit by Sanders supporters against DNC

By a reporter, 30 August 2017

The civil suit charged the Democratic National Committee and its then-chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, with rigging the contest for the party’s presidential nomination.

The Houston flood, the anarchy of the capitalist market and the case for socialist planning

By Niles Niemuth, 30 August 2017

Twelve years after Katrina, nothing has been done to strengthen flood control systems and build up the social infrastructure to limit the impact of major storms.

Trump pardons former Arizona Sheriff: A green light for anti-immigrant violence and repression

By Kevin Martinez and Patrick Martin, 28 August 2017

The pardoning of former sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was found guilty of illegally detaining immigrants, is intended to encourage fascistic elements such as those who rioted in Charlottesville.

Why is the media promoting Antifa?

By Gabriel Black, 28 August 2017

As part of its efforts to disorient popular opposition, the media has promoted the anti-Russia campaign, racialist politics and… anarchists involved in punch-ups with Nazi demonstrators.

Bernie Sanders promotes illusions in the Democrats at Detroit town hall meeting

By Tom Hall, 26 August 2017

Sanders’ denunciation of Trump’s response to Charlottesville cannot conceal the political responsibility which he bears for enabling Trump’s cultivation of a far-right movement.

Trump escalates conflict with congressional Republicans on border wall, debt ceiling

By Patrick Martin, 25 August 2017

The attacks on Republican leaders are an integral part of an effort to build a fascistic movement outside the framework of the two-party system.

The “military-industrial complex” in power

By Andre Damon, 24 August 2017

The ruling elite has used the crisis surrounding the president’s endorsement of the neo-fascist rampage in Charlottesville, Virginia to consolidate the grip of the military over the White House.

One week after Charlottesville

Big business, military tighten their grip on Washington

By Patrick Martin and Joseph Kishore, 21 August 2017

The ruling class is seeking to divert popular opposition to Trump behind a palace coup aimed at consolidating the political domination of the military and the corporate/financial elite.

Trump deepens appeal to fascist right

By Patrick Martin, 18 August 2017

There is a political and social chasm between the popular outrage against Trump and the criticism coming from within the ruling elite.

The working class and the fight against Trump

By Niles Niemuth, 18 August 2017

Covered up in all the media and political commentary that has followed Trump’s press conference is the fact that the central target of his political strategy is the working class, of all races and ethnicities.

CEOs and top Republicans distance themselves from Trump’s pro-Nazi remarks—but not from Trump

By Genevieve Leigh, 17 August 2017

Trump disbanded his business advisory councils as CEOs resigned and top Republicans distanced themselves from Trump’s pro-Nazi statements.

AFL-CIO president leaves Trump’s Manufacturing Council: An exercise in hypocrisy and damage control

By Shannon Jones, 17 August 2017

Trumka left the panel as a face-saving measure, following the departure of several corporate CEOs.

Trump’s defense of Nazi violence: The mask comes off

By Joseph Kishore, 17 August 2017

Trump’s remarks on Tuesday defending Nazi and white supremacist violence have exposed the ugly reality of American capitalism.

America’s pro-Nazi president defends Charlottesville rampage

By Barry Grey, 16 August 2017

Trump’s press conference tirade on Tuesday was part of a calculated attempt to develop a fascistic mass movement in the United States.

The political and social roots of fascist violence in the US

By Joseph Kishore, 15 August 2017

The fascist violence in Charlottesville is not an aberration. It is, rather, the manifestation of a profound crisis of American capitalist society.

Mounting evidence of White House collusion with neo-Nazis

By Patrick Martin, 15 August 2017

The murder of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville, Virginia did not come out of the blue, but followed months of warnings about the likelihood of violence by white supremacist groups.

Protests continue against Trump and Nazi rampage in Charlottesville

By our reporters, 15 August 2017

Demonstrations involving thousands of people continued Monday in cities across the US to protest the deadly fascist riot in Charlottesville, Virginia and President Trump’s promotion of far-right forces.

Will the Trump administration censor climate scientists?

By Daniel de Vries, 15 August 2017

A draft of an authoritative federal study by US scientists was released amid fear of suppression.

Nazi rampage leaves one dead, dozens injured in Charlottesville, Virginia

By Eric London, 13 August 2017

President Donald Trump waited hours to make a public statement after Saturday’s attack, and then blamed anti-fascist demonstrators for being complicit in the riot.

Trump’s nuclear war threat against North Korea

By Bill Van Auken, 10 August 2017

With the staggeringly reckless statements of Trump and his aides, a fuse has been lit that can lead to the eruption of a nuclear war in Asia with incalculable global consequences.

FBI raid on home of former Trump campaign chairman

By Patrick Martin, 10 August 2017

The extraordinary pre-dawn raid is a signal that special counsel Robert Mueller is stepping up his pressure on the Trump administration through the Russia investigation.

The hacking of HBO and the “Russian meddling” campaign

By Barry Grey, 10 August 2017

The massive hack of HBO is but the latest case demonstrating the proliferation of hacker groups all over the world that employ advanced technology to successfully attack giant corporations.

Polls show plunging popular support for Trump

By Patrick Martin, 9 August 2017

While the growing opposition to Trump centers on his attacks on health care, immigrants and democratic rights, the Democratic Party is appealing to the military-intelligence apparatus with its bogus claims of Trump ties to Russia.

Tensions overshadow US, South Korea trade negotiations

By Ben McGrath, 9 August 2017

The Trump administration is using the demand for a new FTA to pressure Seoul to toe Washington’s line on China and North Korea.

The Democrats adopt Trump and Bannon’s economic nationalism

By Josh Varlin, 8 August 2017

The supplement to the Democrats’ “Better Deal” program embraces the economic nationalism advanced by President Donald Trump, fascist White House adviser Steve Bannon and the trade unions.

US sanctions against Russia intensify conflict with Europe

By Peter Schwarz, 8 August 2017

The sanctions against Russia adopted by a large majority in the US Congress are being interpreted in Germany as a trade war measure against Europe.

West Virginia governor switches from Democrats to Republicans

By Naomi Spencer, 7 August 2017

The shift by billionaire coal boss Jim Justice demonstrates how little actually separates the two corporate-controlled parties.

As political warfare in Washington escalates

Attorney General Sessions announces crackdown on leakers, threatens reporters

By Barry Grey, 5 August 2017

Trump’s battle with the press is part of the raging factional warfare within the ruling class and the state centering on differences over imperialist foreign policy.

Democrats offer pro-corporate health care “compromise”

By Kate Randall, 5 August 2017

The Democratic Party’s response to the debacle for Trump was to offer its services in implementing the demands of the insurance giants for “repairing” Obamacare so as to better ensure reduced costs and fatter profits.

Trump makes an appeal to the fascistic right

By Patrick Martin, 4 August 2017

What has unfolded over the past two weeks is a calculated political strategy aimed at mobilizing an ultra-right movement outside both the Democratic and Republican parties.