US Politics

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 Shannon Jones, 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.

Bernie Sanders declares his support for Jeremy Corbyn

By Thomas Scripps, 8 June 2017

Sanders, who in the 2016 US election sought to channel popular opposition to capitalism back into the Democratic Party, hopes Corbyn will play a similar role for the Labour Party.

Congressional Republicans seek to obliterate record of CIA torture

By Tom Carter, 8 June 2017

The fate of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report, which exposed the most sadistic and depraved crimes perpetrated by the Central Intelligence Agency, is a milestone in the collapse of the rule of law and the emergence of a police state.

After Trump’s withdrawal from Paris accord

Democrats step up campaign on White House-Russia ties

By Barry Grey, 5 June 2017

Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accord has intensified the foreign policy conflict at the heart of the political warfare over alleged White House “softness” toward Russia.

Study shows massive growth of political abstention in 2016 US election

By Eric London, 3 June 2017

The percentage of registered voters who said they abstained because they disliked “candidates or campaign issues” doubled from 2012.

Amid protests against right-wing figures on US campuses

Wisconsin legislators seek to punish student protesters at public universities

By Nick Barrickman, 3 June 2017

The bill is a draconian response by public officials to a series of recent incidents in which students have booed, protested or shouted down right-wing speakers.

Comey to testify before Congress as Trump-Russia investigation continues

By Josh Varlin, 2 June 2017

Comey’s testimony and new allegations of private meetings between Trump aides and Russian officials occur in the context of a vicious fight in the American ruling class.

The Great Unraveling: The crisis of the post-war geopolitical order

By Alex Lantier, 2 June 2017

The rapid shifts in international politics since President Trump’s visit to Europe point to the disintegration of institutions that have shaped global politics for decades.

Senator McCain solicits support in Australia for Trump’s removal

By Andre Damon and David North, 1 June 2017

Speaking in Australia before high-ranking state and military officials, Senator John McCain delivered a damming indictment of Donald Trump and called upon the Australian government to defy his administration.

Investigation of White House-Russia ties expands to Trump’s personal lawyer

By Barry Grey, 31 May 2017

The Democratic Party has completely aligned itself with the most rabidly anti-Russian factions of the state and made this question of imperialist policy the basis of its opposition to Trump.

New eruption of political warfare in Washington focuses on Jared Kushner’s meetings with Russians

By Barry Grey, 29 May 2017

The hue and cry over Kushner’s alleged proposal for a secret line of communication with Russia is a red herring.

Zbigniew Brzezinski, architect of the catastrophe in Afghanistan, dead at 89

By Bill Van Auken, 29 May 2017

“What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred-up Moslems or the liberation of Central Europe?” the former national security adviser said of the CIA alliance with Al Qaeda.

Republican who attacked reporter wins congressional by-election in Montana

By Tom Hall, 27 May 2017

Greg Gianforte, a right-wing technology mogul, won the election despite being charged with misdemeanor assault for body-slamming a reporter from the Guardian the day before the vote.

Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes’s Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign

The Democratic Convention, anti-Russian hysteria, and Clinton’s concession

Part Two

By Eric London, 27 May 2017

A new book provides insight into how the Democratic Party attempted to manipulate popular opposition to war and inequality to advance the interests of the American financial aristocracy.

Republican health plan would leave 23 million uninsured, budget office says

By Kate Randall, 26 May 2017

The AHCA would leave 23 million fewer insured by 2026, slashing $824 billion from Medicaid and driving up premiums for older Americans and those with preexisting conditions.

Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes’s Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign

An inside look at Bernie Sanders’s role in the Democratic Party primaries

Part One

By Eric London, 26 May 2017

A new book provides insight into how the Democratic Party attempted to manipulate popular opposition to war and inequality to advance the interests of the American financial aristocracy.

$1.4 trillion in cuts to health program for the poor

Trump budget aims to fatally cripple Medicaid

By Patrick Martin, 25 May 2017

The measures proposed by the White House would cut off tens of millions of people from access to health care, dramatically increasing disease, suffering and death.

Trump’s scorched-earth budget: $1.7 trillion in cuts to vital social programs

By Kate Randall, 24 May 2017

Trump’s fiscal year 2018 budget, titled “A New Foundation for American Greatness,” is a 52-page declaration of war against the working class.

Ex-CIA director’s testimony fuels new round of anti-Russian agitation

By Patrick Martin, 24 May 2017

John Brennan testified Tuesday before an open session of the House Intelligence Committee and later behind closed doors.

Former Trump national security adviser invokes Fifth Amendment

By Patrick Martin, 23 May 2017

Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn said he would not comply with a subpoena for documents by the Senate Intelligence Committee, citing his right not to incriminate himself.

Washington Post and New York Times urge pullback on calls for Trump impeachment

By Patrick Martin, 22 May 2017

The two newspapers have served as the main mouthpieces for opposition to Trump within the military-intelligence apparatus.

New report: Current Trump official a “person of interest” in FBI probe of White House-Russia ties

By Barry Grey, 20 May 2017

The Washington Post reported Friday that the FBI-special counsel investigation of Trump-Russia ties is targeting current as well as past Trump aides.

Trump lashes out at investigation of alleged Russia ties

By Patrick Martin, 19 May 2017

On Twitter, and at a press conference, the US president denounced the investigation conducted by his own Department of Justice as a “witch hunt.”

Democrats appeal to military in campaign against Trump

By Andre Damon, 19 May 2017

Amid the deepening factional struggle gripping Washington, sections of the political establishment are calling for the military to step in.

Justice Department appoints special counsel to investigate Trump-Russia claims

By Andre Damon, 18 May 2017

The appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller to investigate Trump’s alleged ties to Russia marks a new stage in the factional battle raging in Washington.

Media claims Trump revealed classified information to Russian visitors

By Patrick Martin, 16 May 2017

The Washington Post report sparked a round of media claims that Trump was sharing “state secrets” with Moscow.

Trump’s firing of Comey: A breakdown of constitutional government

By Patrick Martin, 15 May 2017

Decades of social and political reaction, unending war and the artificial suppression of class conflict are coming to a head.

The political and social roots of the Democratic Party’s anti-Russia hysteria

By Andre Damon, 13 May 2017

The crisis surrounding the firing of FBI Director James Comey has been seized on by the Democratic Party and much of the media to escalate their anti-Russian campaign.

Trump threatens Comey over leaked account of White House dinner

By Barry Grey, 13 May 2017

The obvious attempt to intimidate Comey has emboldened those claiming that Trump’s firing of the FBI director is an obstruction of justice.

Mounting contradictions as Trump, aides defend firing of FBI director

By Patrick Martin, 12 May 2017

The twists and turns in the White House accounts of why and how the decision was made to fire FBI Director James Comey are signs of deepening political crisis.

Washington’s political crisis over the Comey firing: A harbinger of revolutionary upheavals

By Joseph Kishore, 12 May 2017

The political crisis gripping the Trump administration has far-reaching consequences and implications for both the United States and the entire world.

Chicago school district moves to fire activist teacher

By Kristina Betinis, 12 May 2017

The Emanuel administration is aiming to make an example of Chambers to intimidate and silence teachers who oppose education cuts, high-stakes testing and school privatization.

The Nation blames white workers for Trump's election

Once again on race and the 2016 elections

By Eric London, 12 May 2017

The Nation magazine claims to have definitively proven that Trump is president because white workers are racist.

No to war and militarism! Oppose political censorship at NYU! For equality and socialism!

Vote Isaac Oseas for NYU Student Senate

By Isaac Oseas—IYSSE candidate for NYU GSAS Student Senator, 12 May 2017

The IYSSE at NYU is running a candidate for NYU Student Senate to build a socialist, anti-war movement on campus and defend academic freedom.

After White House dismissal of FBI director

Republicans reject Democratic demands for special prosecutor

By Barry Grey, 11 May 2017

The Democratic Party seized on the firing of Comey to escalate its reactionary campaign for stepped-up aggression against Russia and Russian allies such as Syria and Iran.

Trump’s firing of Comey: A new stage in the crisis of class rule

By Patrick Martin, 11 May 2017

The working class must adopt a standpoint of complete opposition to both of the warring factions of the ruling elite.

Trump firing of FBI director touches off political storm

By Patrick Martin, 10 May 2017

Democrats condemned the firing of FBI Director James Comey and demanded the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate alleged ties between the 2016 Trump campaign and the Russian government.

Senate hearing revives Democratic campaign over alleged Trump-Russia connections

By Patrick Martin, 10 May 2017

Testimony by former acting Attorney General Sally Yates gave new details on the circumstances surrounding the firing of Trump’s first national security adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn.

A new stage in the US health care counterrevolution

By Patrick Martin, 8 May 2017

The passage of the American Health Care Act by the House of Representatives sets the pace for devastating cuts in health care for working people, to fund a windfall for the financial oligarchy.

Senate hearing gives a glimpse of political warfare within the FBI

By Patrick Martin, 5 May 2017

The police agency was divided into rival factions, each using media leaks and political provocations in order to influence the 2016 presidential election.

Why did Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party lose the 2016 election?

By Eric London, 3 May 2017

Speaking in New York City on Tuesday, Hillary Clinton blamed misogynistic voters and Russian interference for her defeat in November, but recent poll data shows otherwise.

People’s Climate March protests Trump attacks on environment

By Patrick Martin, 1 May 2017

The march's agenda overlapped with that of the April 22 March for Science, but it was more closely tied to the Democratic Party and the trade unions.

Health care for 22,600 retired coal miners extended for one week

By Samuel Davidson, 1 May 2017

The extension of medical coverage for 22,600 retired miners for another 20 months is being considered, but such a package would likely exclude pensions.

Police arrest five, carry out arbitrary searches at UC Berkeley

By David Brown, 29 April 2017

The University of California Berkeley Police Department responded to possible protests by banning political signs and subjecting passersby to arbitrary searches.

Obama’s $400,000 speeches: Unabashed. Shameless. Provocative.

By David Walsh, 29 April 2017

The two speaking fees alone put the former candidate of “change” into the top one percent of income earners in the US—in fact, one of them would almost have done the trick.

Trump prepares to gut Federal land protections

By Daniel de Vries, 28 April 2017

The executive order signed Wednesday orders a review of national monuments on behalf of energy and mining interests.

California judge issues injunction against executive order to defund sanctuary cities

By Shelley Connor, 28 April 2017

The injunction temporarily blocks an effort by the Trump administration to coerce cities into collaborating with federal efforts to round up immigrants.

The Trump tax plan: More money for the oligarchs

By Barry Grey, 28 April 2017

With the people of America and the world facing ever worsening social conditions and the looming threat of world war, the top priority of the US political establishment is to hand over trillions more to the financial elite.

Trump tax cuts: A bonanza for corporations and the wealthy

By Patrick Martin, 27 April 2017

The proposal unveiled Wednesday would channel trillions of dollars into the pockets of the financial elite at the expense of social programs and working class living standards.

White House briefing signals escalating war preparations against North Korea

By Mike Head, 27 April 2017

Comments by senators after the briefing ranged from support for military action against North Korea to pushing for a harder line against China.

Wall Street to cut Obama his first six-figure check

By Niles Niemuth, 26 April 2017

Financial services firm Cantor Fitzgerald will reportedly pay the former president $400,000 to speak at a health care conference in September.

Sanders campaigns for anti-abortion Democrat in Nebraska

By Patrick Martin, 25 April 2017

Since Clinton’s defeat in the presidential election, Sanders has become one of the most prominent national spokesmen for the Democratic Party.

After vacation with billionaires

Obama returns to Chicago to promote “civic engagement”

By Kristina Betinis, 25 April 2017

The former president attended two small events focused on youth in politics, and exposed the unbridgeable divide between the Democratic Party and the vast majority of the population.

Hundreds of thousands to participate in worldwide “March for Science”

By Bryan Dyne, 22 April 2017

Scientists, researchers, workers and youth are marching today in at least 130 countries encompassing six continents in the world’s largest pro-science demonstration to date.

“To the staff of the WSWS and its readers”

A response from a scientist to “Science and socialism”

22 April 2017

The defense of science cannot take place on the basis of either skepticism about wide layers of the population or American nationalism.

First reported deportation of “DREAMer” immigrant protected under Obama-era program

By Barry Grey, 20 April 2017

The response of the Trump administration to the suit filed by Montes is indicative of its contempt for democratic rights and the savage character of its dragnet against immigrants.

Special election for House seat in Georgia heads to June runoff

By Niles Niemuth, 20 April 2017

Democrat Jon Ossoff led in the primary election Tuesday, but failed to reach the 50 percent mark required to win the seat vacated by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

Sanders begins nationwide tour to promote Democratic Party

By Genevieve Leigh, 20 April 2017

Bernie Sanders is offering the new Democratic National Committee chairman, Tom Perez, a “left” cover in a cross-country tour aimed at containing growing opposition to the Trump administration.

The silence of the pseudo-left on the danger of war

By Eric London, 20 April 2017

Many political organizations that call themselves left-wing are ignoring or acquiescing to Trump’s dropping of the “mother of all bombs” in Afghanistan and his reckless threats against North Korea

Democrats push anti-Russian campaign at “tax day” protests

By our reporters, 17 April 2017

While several tens of thousands participated across the country, the turnout fell far short of previous anti-Trump protests.

Narrow Republican victory in Kansas special election

By Shelley Connor, 13 April 2017

Ron Estes won the vacant Republican-held seat for the Fourth Congressional District of Kansas by a mere eight percentage points.

Pseudo-left endorses imperialist onslaught against Syria

By Andre Damon, 11 April 2017

The middle-class political parties with roots in the anti-war protest movement of the 1960s have become cheerleaders for US imperialism.

Gorsuch restores ultra-right majority on US Supreme Court

By Patrick Martin, 11 April 2017

The new justice was confirmed by the Senate on Friday and sworn in on Monday.

Demotion of Bannon brings White House crisis into the open

By Patrick Martin, 7 April 2017

The conflict within the White House involves both foreign and domestic policy, as Trump scraps his populist pretenses and moves to do the bidding of Wall Street.

Senate Republicans change rules to force final vote on Supreme Court nominee

By Fred Mazelis, 7 April 2017

The vote to confirm Trump’s nominee Neil Gorsuch will fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court created by the death of ultra-right justice Antonin Scalia more than a year ago.

US security chief defends police-state measures against immigrants, visitors and citizens

By Patrick Martin, 6 April 2017

The Trump administration is considering requiring visitors to hand over their cellphones and social media passwords when they apply for a visa.

Democrats posture as US Senate begins debate on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch

By Patrick Martin, 5 April 2017

What began on Tuesday morning is an exercise in political posturing that will end Friday in the confirmation of one of the most right-wing Supreme Court justices in US history.