US Politics

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.

The anti-socialist politics of the Democratic Socialists of America

By Tom Hall, 3 August 2017

Despite the left-sounding rhetoric that will be on display this week at its national convention, the Democratic Socialists of America is a pro-capitalist organization steeped in a tradition of anti-communism and bitterly opposed to the political independence of the working class.

Democratic campaign chairman declares willingness to fund anti-abortion candidates

By Nick Barrickman, 2 August 2017

The Democrats’ adaptation to the Republican right and anti-abortion sentiment comes amid factional infighting after Hillary Clinton’s loss in the 2016 presidential election.

White House upheaval continues as General Kelly takes the reins

By Patrick Martin, 1 August 2017

The retired Marine general’s first action as White House chief of staff was to fire Anthony Scaramucci, hired by Trump less than two weeks ago as communications director.

US Senate fails to pass Obamacare repeal legislation

By Kate Randall, 29 July 2017

The defeat of the Republican health care legislation marks a temporary pause in the assault on Medicaid as a guaranteed social benefit based on need.

Trump shifts retired Marine general from Homeland Security to replace fired White House chief of staff

By Barry Grey, 29 July 2017

With the elevation of fellow Wall Street oligarch Scaramucci and General Kelly to top White House positions, Trump is seeking to give his administration a more directly Bonapartist character.

Study on food stamp distribution and theft underscores hunger crisis in Illinois

By Jessica Goldstein, 28 July 2017

The study, published earlier this month, points to widespread desperation among those struggling to survive on meager state assistance.

Trump, targeting special counsel, bashes his own Justice Department

By Barry Grey, 27 July 2017

The bizarre spectacle of a president publicly humiliating his top law enforcement official is the latest expression of a political conflict within the state that is tearing apart Trump’s own administration.

Way cleared for bipartisan attack on Medicaid

US Senate votes to open debate on Republican health care legislation

By Kate Randall, 26 July 2017

Despite certain tactical differences, both big business parties are in agreement on unprecedented cuts in health care and the dismantling of the core social programs dating from the 1930s and 1960s.

US Congress overwhelmingly passes sanctions bill targeting Russia

By Joseph Kishore, 26 July 2017

The new sanctions, combined with measures that restrict the Trump administration’s ability to remove them, expose the essence of the anti-Russia campaign spearheaded by the US intelligence agencies.

US sanctions bill against Russia set for passage with bipartisan support

By Patrick Martin, 25 July 2017

The White House has dropped its opposition in the face of overwhelming support for the bill from congressional Republicans as well as Democrats.

Congressional Democrats unveil phony “Better Deal” ahead of 2018 midterms

By Josh Varlin, 25 July 2017

The Democrats hope to revive their electoral fortunes by engaging in empty sloganeering and threadbare rhetorical populism.

Former US intelligence chiefs urge Congress, executive to defy Trump

By Patrick Martin, 24 July 2017

Former CIA Director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper attacked Trump at a forum of the national security establishment in Aspen, Colorado.

Press secretary, legal spokesman resign

White House in turmoil as special counsel expands Russia probe

By Barry Grey, 22 July 2017

The US is passing through a crisis of capitalist rule without historical precedent, fueled by economic stagnation, growing social anger and intensifying geopolitical conflicts.

Trump attacks his own Justice Department in Times interview

By Patrick Martin, 21 July 2017

Trump denounced nearly every top official involved in the investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US elections.

At “Socialism 2017” conference, International Socialist Organization shows its pro-war colors

By Jerry White and Josh Varlin, 21 July 2017

The most striking thing about the four-day conference in Chicago was the virulence of the pro-war policy of the International Socialist Organization.

As Trump seeks to revive bill to “repeal and replace” Obamacare

Democrats push for bipartisan plan to slash health care

By Barry Grey, 20 July 2017

The Democratic Party response to Republican disarray over health care is to push for a bipartisan bill that would “fix” Obamacare to make it even more punitive for working people and more profitable for the giant insurance companies.

US House proposes over $5 trillion in cuts

By Daniel de Vries, 20 July 2017

The plan introduced Tuesday would dismantle Medicare and Medicaid while cutting corporate taxes.

Six months of the Trump administration: The working-class strategy against capitalism and war

By Joseph Kishore, 20 July 2017

The development of a genuine movement against the Trump administration requires that workers and youth draw the necessary political conclusions from the experiences of the past six months.

White House and Republicans fail on “repeal and replace” of Obamacare

By Kate Randall, 19 July 2017

This turn of events marks a stunning defeat for President Trump, who has made a “repeal and replace” of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) one of his central policy goals.

The opioid epidemic in the US: A national health emergency

By Genevieve Leigh, 18 July 2017

The drug epidemic is a symptom of a diseased social system, the product of nearly four decades of social counterrevolution overseen by the ruling class and its political representatives, Democratic and Republican.

Democrats press anti-Russia campaign, now targeting Trump son-in-law

By Patrick Martin, 18 July 2017

Congressional Democratic leaders have demanded that Jared Kushner’s security clearance—required in his role as a top White House adviser—be revoked.

New York Democrat Sheldon Silver’s corruption conviction is overturned

By Philip Guelpa, 17 July 2017

Under recent rulings by the US Supreme Court, the ability of politicians to engage in legally protected corruption has been greatly expanded.

US Senate Republicans’ revised health bill maintains draconian Medicaid cuts

By Kate Randall, 14 July 2017

The Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act would mark the effective end of Medicaid as a guaranteed government insurance program based on need.

Revelation of meeting with Russian lawyer intensifies political crisis in Washington

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 13 July 2017

Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer in June 2016 has acquired explosive significance in the context of the ferocious political battle being waged in Washington.

Trump Jr. emails on meeting with Russian lawyer bring political warfare in Washington to fever pitch

By Barry Grey, 12 July 2017

Behind the investigations into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election is a furious struggle between the White House and the national security establishment over foreign policy.

Trump’s voter fraud commission forced to pause data collection

By Evan Blake, 12 July 2017

The commission, whose efforts to collect vast swaths of personal data violated multiple laws and regulations, has been set up to justify the disqualification of voters.

Eighty arrested on Capitol Hill protesting legislation

Senate Republicans maneuver in effort to pass draconian health care bill

By Kate Randall, 11 July 2017

A new poll shows that only 17 percent of US adults approve of the Better Care Reconciliation Act, the Senate Republicans’ heath care bill, while 55 percent disapprove.

Democrats, media revive anti-Russia campaign after Trump-Putin meeting

By Patrick Martin, 10 July 2017

The New York Times led the way with successive front-page reports on a year-old meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian attorney and lobbyist.

Court rejects Trump’s delay of methane rules

By Daniel de Vries, 8 July 2017

The decision is a minor setback for an administration charging ahead with environmental deregulation

Trump-Putin meeting deepens divisions in US establishment on Russia policy

By Barry Grey, 8 July 2017

Democratic Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer called the meeting “disgraceful” and denounced Trump for undermining “our Intelligence Community.”

New study shows Clinton lost election because of growing working class opposition to war

By Eric London, 8 July 2017

Communities that shifted to Trump “became more likely to vote against politicians perceived as orchestrating conflicts in which their friends and neighbors died.”

Democratic pundits demand harsh immigration crackdown

By Eric London, 7 July 2017

Several recent articles call for the Democratic Party to respond to the election of Trump by shifting further to the right on issues of immigration and “national identity.”

“It is so difficult to bear the uncertainty of the future”

Life after deportation: an interview with a Mexican immigrant raised in the US

By Genevieve Leigh, 7 July 2017

WSWS reporters speak with a recently deported Mexican immigrant about his experiences in detention facilities and life after deportation.

Republican Senator Pat Toomey defends health care cuts in phony Town Hall event

By Samuel Davidson, 7 July 2017

Hundreds of Pennsylvania residents, opponents of the health care bill Toomey co-authored, were blocked from entering the television studio where the event was being staged.

Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren joins push for US escalation in Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 6 July 2017

Appearing in Kabul alongside Republican John McCain, Warren joined in calling for President Donald Trump to advance a new strategy for the nearly 16-year-old US war.

Trump’s attack on the press

By Patrick Martin and Joseph Kishore, 4 July 2017

A recognition of the deeply reactionary content of Trump’s polemics does not require that one be sentimental about his immediate targets.

The media blackout of Seymour Hersh’s exposé on US missile strike against Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 3 July 2017

The same corporate media that praised the US missile strike against Syria has blacked out Hersh’s exposure that its pretext, an alleged chemical weapons attack, is a lie.

US state budget crises lead to shutdowns of offices, parks, schools

By Patrick Martin, 3 July 2017

New Jersey and Maine began partial shutdowns Saturday, Illinois is near default, and seven other US states failed to adopt new budgets by a June 30 deadline.

Majority of states rebuff Trump voter fraud commission’s request for data

By Evan Blake, 3 July 2017

The aim of the commission is to promote the myth of widespread vote fraud in order to justify anti-democratic measures to restrict the right to vote.

Ohio councilman proposes “three strike policy” to let opioid overdosers die

By Genevieve Leigh, 3 July 2017

Like hundreds of cities and towns across the US, Middletown, located in southwestern Ohio, has been wracked by the opioid epidemic.

US House passes anti-immigrant measures with Democratic Party green light

By Eric London, 1 July 2017

The two bills slash federal funding for sanctuary cities and drastically expand sentences for immigrants with criminal records who are deported and attempt to reenter the US.

Anger and frustration over Trumpcare at Louisiana town hall meeting

By Tom Hall, 1 July 2017

Republican Senator Bill Cassidy declined to say explicitly whether he supported the Senate bill, but he made clear his support for a reactionary assault on access to health care.

Dalai Lama visits San Diego: US pivot to Asia cloaked in spirituality

By Norisa Diaz, 29 June 2017

The Dalai Lama travels the world stoking anti-Chinese and anti-communist sentiment under the banner of “peace and compassion.”

The emerging class struggle over health care in the US

By Joseph Kishore, 29 June 2017

The Democrats and Republicans are continuing their stage-managed debate over measures that will have devastating consequences for millions of Americans.

US Senate Republicans delay vote on draconian health care bill

By Kate Randall, 28 June 2017

There is bipartisan agreement that the current health care system needs to be “fixed,” meaning deeper cuts in spending, including for Medicaid and other “entitlements.”

Three CNN journalists resign amid false anti-Russia reporting controversy

By Evan Blake, 28 June 2017

The retracted CNN article was only the latest in a long series of spurious allegations aimed at shifting public opinion against Russia.

Iraqi-Americans stuck in deportation limbo

By David Brown and Usman Khan, 28 June 2017

The deportation of roughly 200 Iraqi nationals was halted Monday by the Eastern Michigan District Court but, without a further decision, deportations will resume on July 6.

Congressional Budget Office report: Senate bill will strip 22 million of health insurance

By Barry Grey, 27 June 2017

The central feature of the Senate Republicans’ “Better Care Reconciliation Act” is a devastating cut in funding for Medicaid, the government health care program for the poor.

Sanders promotes Democratic Party at rallies opposing Republican attack on health care

By Josh Varlin, 26 June 2017

Bernie Sanders is seeking to corral opposition to the Senate Republicans’ health care bill and channel it behind the Democratic Party.

“A lot of people are going to be left behind who can’t afford medical coverage”

Pittsburgh rally attendees discuss impact of health care cuts

By Samuel Davidson, 26 June 2017

Workers, students and health care providers discuss the impact of the destruction of health care on their communities.

Health care and the fight for socialism

By Barry Grey and Kate Randall, 24 June 2017

The most significant feature of both the Senate and House plans is their effective dismantlement of Medicaid as a guaranteed benefit—a milestone in the ruling class drive to destroy what remains of the social reforms of the 20th century.

Intelligence chiefs escalate anti-Russia campaign

By Josh Varlin, 23 June 2017

Two top intelligence officials reportedly confirmed that President Trump asked them to clear his election campaign of charges of collusion with Russia.

After Georgia debacle, Democrats prepare further shift to the right

By Patrick Martin, 23 June 2017

Twin defeats in elections for House seats in Georgia and South Carolina have touched off a paroxysm of second-guessing and recriminations within the Democratic Party.

US demands “much greater” Chinese pressure on North Korea, or else

By Peter Symonds, 22 June 2017

While continuing to press China over North Korea, the Trump administration is warning that the US will resort to other measures—including military action—if there are no results.

Democrats lose special House elections in Georgia, South Carolina

By Patrick Martin, 22 June 2017

The Republican Party has now held all four seats where vacancies were created by Trump appointing House members to his cabinet.

Supreme Court clears Bush officials for illegal detention of Muslims

By Alan Gilman, 22 June 2017

The protracted legal proceeding concerned mass illegal detentions of immigrants in the New York City area, mainly Muslims, after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

The Democrats’ fraudulent opposition to Trumpcare

By Kate Randall, 21 June 2017

The Democrats defend Obamacare as though it were a progressive social reform, rather than a major step in the assault on healthcare, now being carried further by Trump and the Republicans.

Senate Republican health plan could make deeper cuts to Medicaid than House version

By Kate Randall, 20 June 2017

The Senate plan to repeal Obamacare could cut an additional $64 billion from Medicaid by changing the way growth in per-patient spending is calculated.

The New York Times steps up its anti-Russia campaign

By Patrick Martin, 20 June 2017

An editorial in Sunday’s Times on the investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election is an exercise in disinformation aimed at whipping up support for war with Russia.

The “People’s Summit:” Sanders wing seeks to give Democratic Party a facelift

By Jerry White, 20 June 2017

The Chicago event brought together political forces seeking to contain social opposition within the confines of the Democratic Party and capitalist politics.

People’s Summit attendees discuss Democratic Party, war, socialism

By Marcus Day and George Marlowe, 20 June 2017

Reporters for the WSWS spoke to young people and other attendees at the People’s Summit.

Trump clamps down on US-Cuban travel and trade

By Alexander Fangmann, 19 June 2017

US imperialism’s most rapacious layers are convinced that, without Venezuelan support, the Cuban economy will collapse, allowing American corporations to reassert their dominance over the island.

Germany issues stinging rebuke of US sanctions against Russia

By Johannes Stern, 17 June 2017

Twenty five years after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the conflicts between the major imperialist powers, which resulted in two world wars, are openly erupting again.

Trump comments deepen conflict with Department of Justice

By Patrick Martin, 17 June 2017

Trump’s latest tweets increased the pressure on Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to recuse himself from the investigation into the Trump campaign’s alleged ties with Russia.

Special counsel reportedly investigating Trump for obstruction of justice

By Barry Grey, 16 June 2017

The Washington Post report marked the first major media acknowledgment that the sprawling investigation has extended to the president himself.

Gunman shot to death after opening fire on Republican congressmen, aides

By Patrick Martin, 15 June 2017

The 66-year-old man, identified as James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois, was reportedly opposed to President Trump and the Trump administration.

Democratic Party establishment prevails in Virginia, New Jersey primaries

By Matthew MacEgan, 15 June 2017

Lt. Governor Ralph Northam won the Democratic nomination for governor of Virginia, while a Goldman Sachs banker won the party’s nomination for governor of New Jersey

The Sessions hearing: Another anti-Russian diversion while the social counterrevolution in America deepens

By Patrick Martin, 14 June 2017

Not one Democratic senator sought to question Sessions about the actual policies of the Trump administration toward immigrants or victims of police violence.

US Senate Republicans moving forward on Obamacare repeal bill

By Kate Randall, 13 June 2017

The Senate bill will retain the majority of the AHCA’s reactionary features, including the gutting of Medicaid and tax breaks for the wealthy.

Special election for House seat in Georgia becomes most expensive in US history

By a reporter, 13 June 2017

More than $40 million has been poured into the race to fill a vacancy in the Sixth Congressional District, covering the northern Atlanta suburbs.

Palace coup or class struggle: The political crisis in Washington and the strategy of the working class

By Joseph Kishore and David North on behalf of the Socialist Equality Party Political Committee, 13 June 2017

The working class cannot remain a bystander in the fight between Trump and the Democrats. Rather, it must develop its struggle against Trump under its own banner and with its own program.

Hey Bernie! Welcome to the millionaire’s club!

By Tom Hall, 13 June 2017

The self-proclaimed leader of a “political revolution” pocketed more than $1 million last year as payment for services rendered.

The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming!

By Patrick Martin, 12 June 2017

Thursday’s appearance by fired FBI Director James Comey before the Senate Intelligence Committee has raised the anti-Russian hysteria in the US media to a new level.

Political warfare in Washington intensifies

Trump accuses fired FBI director of lying to Congress

By Barry Grey, 10 June 2017

Comey speaks for factions within the state seeking to reassert the Obama administration policy of escalating economic, diplomatic and military confrontation with Moscow.

Democrats use Flint residents as props to push phony infrastructure plan

By Sheila Brehm, 10 June 2017

A number of protest groups are promoting an infrastructure program advanced by Congressional Democrats to divert growing anger over the lack of resolution to the water crisis.

The New York Times lionizes James Comey

By Andre Damon, 10 June 2017

The New York Times has erupted with rhapsodic praise for a man whom, less than a year before, its editorial writers had called a careerist and coward responsible for helping to rig the 2016 election.

Comey’s Senate testimony: A political circus in Washington

By Eric London, 9 June 2017

There is nothing progressive in the Democratic Party’s campaign to bring down Trump on the basis of anti-Russian propaganda.

Comey statement ignites new media firestorm against Trump

By Patrick Martin, 8 June 2017

The fired FBI director describes extensive efforts by the US president to block the investigation into alleged connections between the Trump campaign and the Russian government during the 2016 elections.