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.
By Barry Grey, 10 December 2013
Hersh’s detailed account exposes as a calculated fraud the propaganda churned out by the administration and uncritically repeated by the media to provide a pretext for a military attack on Syria.
Obama’s minimum wage fraud
By Andre Damon, 9 December 2013
In the face of plummeting approval ratings, the Obama administration has launched a public relations campaign to present itself as an opponent of inequality.
By Andre Damon and Barry Grey, 7 December 2013
The White House said Friday it would agree to a budget deal with the Republicans that excludes an extension of federal benefits for the long-term unemployed.
By Peter Symonds, 7 December 2013
“America is a Pacific power, a resident Pacific power, and we are going nowhere—nowhere,” Biden declared.
By Bill Van Auken, 6 December 2013
The Democratic chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee and her House Republican counterpart claimed in a televised interview that the threat of terrorism in the US is greater than ever.
By Fred Mazelis, 6 December 2013
In a logical extension of the brutal practice of force-feeding Guantanamo prisoners, their American jailers are denying the detainees any means of making their protest known to the public.
By Dan Brennan, 29 November 2013
Immediately following the victory of de Blasio—the first Democrat elected as New York City mayor in 20 years—millions in foundation money poured into a two-week-long event to promote the illusion of participatory policymaking.
By Patrick Martin, 29 November 2013
The Pentagon doles out tens of billions of dollars to contractors without any rigorous auditing or other financial controls.
By Eric London, 28 November 2013
The Christian right and the Catholic Church have been strengthened by the capitulation of the Obama administration to their anti-democratic demands.
By Jake Dean, 28 November 2013
During a speech on immigration in San Francisco, a member of the audience heckled President Obama, asking him to stop the mass deportation of immigrants.
By Bill Van Auken, 27 November 2013
Underlying the public spat between Washington and its puppet Karzai are deep-going tensions over the US bid to establish permanent bases in Afghanistan.
By Thomas Gaist, 22 November 2013
A report issued Wednesday by the Washington DC-based liberal think tank Demos is a devastating refutation of the arguments used to throw the city of Detroit into bankruptcy.
By David North, 22 November 2013
It may be the case that the American people will never know who killed Kennedy. But the deeper causes of his death can be explained.
By Joseph Kishore, 22 November 2013
The vote Thursday by Senate Democrats will eliminate, for most judicial and executive appointments, a Senate rule requiring 60-vote supermajority to break a filibuster.
By Shannon Jones, 21 November 2013
At a public forum organized by the Detroit News, Democratic Party officials voiced support for the pro-corporate restructuring being carried out by Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr.
By Barry Grey, 21 November 2013
With this move, Geithner joins the legions of bank regulators and officials who have leveraged their insider status while in government to land positions in private finance paying millions in salaries and bonuses.
By Andre Damon and Barry Grey, 20 November 2013
The settlement between JPMorgan and the Justice Department includes no admission of criminal wrongdoing, and the company will get a tax deduction on most of its fine.
By Joseph Kishore, 20 November 2013
The election of Kshama Sawant is part of a restructuring of capitalist politics.
By Kate Randall, 13 November 2013
Less than 50,000 people had successfully enrolled for insurance coverage through the HealthCare.gov web site as of last week, according to unofficial figures reported Monday.
By Kate Randall, 12 November 2013
Every day brings new proof that the promises President Obama made about his health care “reform” were lies aimed at sugarcoating an historic assault on health care for working people.
By Kate Randall, 9 November 2013
In a White House interview, the president peddled the lie that Obamacare is a genuine reform aimed at improving the quality and accessibility of health care.
By Kate Randall, 8 November 2013
Obama’s claim that the health bill will provide anything approaching “universal health care” is an insult to the intelligence of the American people.
By David Walsh, 6 November 2013
Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius asserts that the programs created by the Affordable Care Act are not federal health care plans, thus putting them beyond anti-kickback regulations applicable to such plans.
By Joseph Santolan, 6 November 2013
In the wake of Obama’s no-show in South East Asia in October, a political opposition to Philippine President Aquino has taken shape driven by concerns over the souring relations with Beijing.
By Patrick Martin, 6 November 2013
The two big business parties split the major prizes in the US off-year elections Tuesday, with Republicans winning the governorship of New Jersey while Democrats won the Virginia statehouse and the mayoralty of New York City.
By Kate Randall, 5 November 2013
Less than three months after the health care overhaul’s passage, Obamacare regulations estimated that “40 to 67 percent” of individual customers would not be able to keep their coverage.
Socialist Alternative boasts of Democratic Party, union support in Minneapolis City Council election
By Eric London and Mike Stapleton, 5 November 2013
Ty Moore, the Socialist Alternative candidate for Minneapolis city council, is running in an open alliance with sections of the Democratic Party and trade union bureaucracy.