The Trump Presidency

Republicans release final bill to slash taxes for US corporations and the rich

By Barry Grey, 16 December 2017

The $1.5 trillion tax cut will dramatically expand the transfer of wealth and income in America from the bottom to the top.

Lessons of the Alabama election

By Patrick Martin, 14 December 2017

Following the Alabama election and the defeat of Roy Moore, the Democrats are intensifying their campaign against Trump based on allegations of sexual misconduct and anti-Russia hysteria.

Alabama Senate result shows collapse of support for Trump

By Patrick Martin, 14 December 2017

African-American voters and young people, along with residents in upscale suburban areas, provided the biggest margins against Republican Roy Moore.

Corporate Democrat Doug Jones defeats far-right evangelical Roy Moore in Alabama Senate race

By Barry Grey, 13 December 2017

The Democratic victory was the result of a larger-than expected turnout of more than 40 percent, with voting high, compared to previous elections, especially among African Americans and young people.

Canada avoids criticizing Trump over Jerusalem provocation

By Roger Jordan, 13 December 2017

Ottawa’s muted response was aimed at avoiding antagonizing the Trump administration, but was also bound up with Canadian imperialist strategy in the oil-rich Middle East.

Trump White House preparing sweeping attack on the poor

By Patrick Martin, 12 December 2017

The administration aims to help pay for its $1.5 trillion tax cut for the wealthy by slashing spending on food stamps, Medicaid, low-cost housing and veterans’ care.

Amid “full employment,” no recovery in US wages

By Jerry White, 11 December 2017

The jobs report provides further evidence that the much vaunted economic “recovery” in the US has overwhelmingly benefited Wall Street at the expense of the working class.

US-Russia tensions mount after ISIS’s defeat in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 11 December 2017

Washington and Moscow have traded charges of provocative actions by each other’s warplanes in the skies over the Euphrates River valley.

Alabama Senate election pits corporate Democrat vs. fascistic Republican

By Eric London, 11 December 2017

The Democratic Party has avoided attacking Roy Moore’s ultra-right politics, focusing instead on allegations of sexual misconduct.

Is the United States on the brink of nuclear war?

By Andre Damon, 11 December 2017

In the 13 days since North Korea tested an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching large portions of North America, the US has further escalated its war threats.

Two Palestinians killed, hundreds wounded in clashes following Trump announcement on Jerusalem

By Jordan Shilton, 9 December 2017

Thousands of Palestinians demonstrated in the West Bank and Gaza Strip on Friday following Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Trump nominates business ally to head Consumer Product Safety Commission

By Trévon Austin, 9 December 2017

Anne Marie Buerkle has a long history of voting against penalizing companies that violate safety regulations.

Trump and Jerusalem: The end of the Mideast “peace” charade

By Bill Van Auken, 8 December 2017

Trump’s declaration that he would move the US embassy to Jerusalem, an act of political aggression against the Palestinians, is bound up with the drive toward war throughout the Middle East.

Trump slashes national monuments in Utah: “I’m a real estate developer”

By Gabriel Black and Daniel de Vries, 7 December 2017

The gutting of the national monuments, including the Bears Ears national monument, is part of a land-grab by the oil, gas and mining industries.

Conflicts within US ruling class intensify following Flynn guilty plea

By Andre Damon, 7 December 2017

While making no effort to oppose the Trump administration’s offensive on the working class, the Democrats are seeking to lay the groundwork for Trump’s removal over foreign policy differences.

Trump tax cut plan will devastate public education

By Patrick Martin, 6 December 2017

By one estimate, slashing the deduction for state and local income taxes would threaten between 250,000 and 370,000 jobs in public education.

US Supreme Court puts Trump travel ban into effect

By Eric London and Norisa Diaz, 5 December 2017

The decision, supported by half the justices nominated by Democrats, will have devastating consequences for those seeking to escape war-torn regions of the Middle East.

In wake of Flynn guilty plea, anti-Russia campaign intensifies against Trump

By Patrick Martin, 4 December 2017

A significant section of the political establishment is seeking to use the Mueller investigation to target Trump’s own family and, if possible, force Trump to resign.

Top US official warns “not much time” to prevent Korean war

By Peter Symonds, 4 December 2017

To justify US military aggression, National Security Adviser McMaster grossly inflated the threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear capabilities.

The US Senate tax bill: The financial oligarchy on the rampage

By Patrick Martin, 2 December 2017

There is an element of desperation in the frenzy in Washington to engineer one more transfusion of financial resources from working people into the sclerotic veins of the Wall Street addicts.

Guilty plea by Trump’s former national security adviser Flynn intensifies US political crisis

By Bill Van Auken, 2 December 2017

There are powerful sections of the ruling class that want to push Trump out, and with Flynn they appear to have obtained plenty of ammunition.

UK government rocked by Trump’s fascistic twitter postings

By Robert Stevens, 2 December 2017

Following Trump’s unprecedented public attack on the Prime Minister, the alliance between the two countries has never been shakier.

US federal prosecutors rely on ultra-right propagandist group’s recordings in trial of inauguration day protesters

By Nick Barrickman, 2 December 2017

The federal government’s use of material from Project Veritas in its case against anti-Trump demonstrators further signifies the Trump administration’s reliance on far-right forces.

Trump retweets fascist anti-Muslim videos from Britain

By Fred Mazelis, 30 November 2017

The White House is doubling down in its appeals to its fanatical ultra-right base and laying the groundwork for a mass fascist movement.

Tensions rise again as North Korea tests missile

By Peter Symonds, 29 November 2017

The chief responsibility for the fragile and dangerous situation in North East Asia lies with US imperialism.

US Senate committee passes tax windfall for the rich

By Barry Grey, 29 November 2017

Congress, backed by the Trump White House, is hurtling toward the implementation of the most brazen and far-reaching corporate raid on the federal Treasury in US history.

The New York Times promotes an American Nazi

By Patrick Martin, 29 November 2017

A lengthy Times profile published Saturday gave a flattering portrayal of a white racist activist as the “boy next door.”

Democrats posture as opponents of Wall Street in CFPB dispute

By Patrick Martin, 28 November 2017

The conflict between Trump and the Democrats over control of the Consumer Financial Protection Board is being conducted with utter cynicism on both sides.

Indian authorities remove beggars ahead of Ivanka Trump’s trip

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 28 November 2017

The police operation is a desperate attempt by the ruling elite to cover up the stark reality of mass poverty in India.

Trump, Congress move to finalize tax cuts for big business

By Patrick Martin, 27 November 2017

A meeting of leading Republicans and Democrats Tuesday begins the last-minute deals to provide $1.5 trillion for the wealthy at the expense of working people.

Trump’s Justice Department sues to prevent Time Warner-AT&T merger

By Gabriel Black, 27 November 2017

The deal would result in the largest vertically integrated content and distribution company in the world.

FCC plan to repeal “net neutrality” gives telecom giants control of public access to Internet

By Kevin Reed, 23 November 2017

The anti-democratic plan to deregulate the US Internet infrastructure will enable privately-owned US broadband providers to control public access to online content.

US sanctions against North Korea target China

By Peter Symonds, 23 November 2017

Washington is determined to exploit the confrontation with Pyongyang to undermine China economically and strategically.

Trump administration ends temporary residency for 60,000 Haitian nationals

By Trévon Austin, 22 November 2017

Under TPS, Haitians who sought refuge after 2010 Haiti’s earthquake in 2010 have been allowed to live and work in the United States. They now have until July 2019 to leave the country.

Federal judge blocks Trump administration’s attack on “sanctuary cities”

By Matthew Taylor, 22 November 2017

The administration’s attempt to impose restrictions on federal funding to municipalities that do not cooperate with efforts to round up and deport undocumented immigrants was found to be a violation of the separation of powers clause of the Constitution.

White House demands budget cuts to pay for US hurricane relief

By Patrick Martin, 21 November 2017

The letter to Congress from Budget Director Mick Mulvaney is an ultimatum that the working class pay for the hurricane devastation in Puerto Rico, Florida and Texas through cuts in an array of domestic social programs.

Trump designates North Korea as state sponsor of terrorism

By Peter Symonds, 21 November 2017

Trump’s decision is another step towards a catastrophic war that would not only kill millions on the Korean Peninsula but could potentially draw in major powers such as China and Russia.

The government attack on US college students

By Patrick Martin, 20 November 2017

The tax bill passed by the House of Representatives Thursday targets college and graduate students for savage economic attack to fund a bonanza for the super-rich.

First round of trials begin for 194 charged in anti-Trump inauguration day protests

By E.P. Milligan, 20 November 2017

The character of the J20 trials so far and the severity of the charges make clear that the entire case is a frame-up aimed at intimidating protesters and silencing dissent.

US steps up aid to Saudi Arabia’s slaughter in Yemen

By Bill Van Auken, 20 November 2017

Washington is initiating a series of new policies aimed at building up the Saudi military as it carries out a siege of Yemen that could claim the lives of millions.

The US tax bill: A massive handout to the financial elite

By Andre Damon, 18 November 2017

The tax bill passed by the US House of Representatives Thursday marks a new milestone in the transformation of the United States into an oligarchy.

Senate Republicans include repeal of Obamacare mandate in tax cut for the rich

By Barry Grey, 16 November 2017

The attack on access to health care for ordinary Americans is an example of the tax scheme’s fleecing of working people to pay for the tax windfall for the rich.

US rescue of ISIS in Raqqa exposed

By Bill Van Auken, 16 November 2017

The BBC report which confirmed earlier charges by Iran, Russia and the Syrian government of Pentagon collusion with ISIS has been largely ignored in the US media.

Indian and US officials discuss Chinese influence in Maldives and Sri Lanka

By K. Ratnayake, 16 November 2017

Washington and New Delhi are sending a message: there will be no room to manoeuvre in the US war drive against China.

Trump’s Asia tour leaves region on brink of trade war and military conflict

By James Cogan, 15 November 2017

President Trump’s bellicose rhetoric, on both North Korea and trade, cannot obscure the fact that his trip marks a new nadir in the strategic position of US imperialism.

Senate hearing considers threat of an unprovoked US nuclear war

By Bill Van Auken, 15 November 2017

The hearing heard the former head of the US Strategic Command raise the prospect of the military refusing a first strike order, creating what he called an “interesting constitutional situation.”

New York Times outlines Democrats’ “compromise” tax windfall for the rich

By Barry Grey, 15 November 2017

What is presented by the corporate media as a fierce conflict between the Republicans and Democrats is in reality a bipartisan conspiracy to increase the already stratospheric levels of social inequality in the United States.

US, Japan, Australia, India “Quadrilateral” alliance takes shape against China

By James Cogan, 14 November 2017

Trump’s continual references to the economic woes of the US speak to the real motivations for an anti-China coalition.

US carries out three drone strikes in Somalia

By Eddie Haywood, 14 November 2017

Since the beginning of 2017, the US has carried out 26 drone missile attacks in the impoverished East African country.

Trump nominates former pharmaceuticals executive to head Health and Human Services

By Kate Randall, 14 November 2017

Alex Azar has a long history of traversing the revolving door between government and big business.

How not to fight Judge Roy Moore

By Patrick Martin, 14 November 2017

The campaign to destroy the candidacy of the far-right demagogue Roy Moore through media accusations of long-past sexual misconduct is fundamentally antidemocratic and can only fuel political reaction.

Trump’s Asia visit: Growing US economic isolation to fuel military push

By Nick Beams, 13 November 2017

Trump’s tour has underscored the mounting problems US imperialism confronts globally.

Immigrant worker seeks refuge in church as ICE carries out raids in western Massachusetts

By Julian James, 13 November 2017

In defiance of the Trump administration’s deportation order Lucio Pérez sought sanctuary at a Unitarian Church in Amherst, Massachusetts, where he continues to take refuge.

White House, congressional Republicans accelerate drive for corporate tax cut worth trillions

By Barry Grey, 11 November 2017

The tax plans are designed to widen the gap between the very rich and everybody else.

Trump sets out economic war in address to Asia-Pacific summit

By Nick Beams, 11 November 2017

In his diatribe, the US president cast aside the multilateral framework put in place by the United States itself in the aftermath of World War II.

“Time is quickly running out”

Trump threatens China over North Korea and trade

By James Cogan, 10 November 2017

Three aircraft carrier battlegroups are positioned off the coast of the Korean Peninsula and will rehearse for war this weekend.

Trump administration encourages states to gut Medicaid, impose work requirements

By Zaida Green, 10 November 2017

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will actively “partner” with states to impose premiums, punitive work requirements and other restrictions on Medicaid.

Anti-Trump voters propel Democrats to victory in state and local elections

By Barry Grey, 9 November 2017

The outcome was not a vote of confidence in the Democratic Party. Rather, it was a repudiation of the politics of Trump and the far-right.

The colossal cost of Washington’s unending wars

By Bill Van Auken, 9 November 2017

According to Brown University’s latest “Costs of War” report, the Pentagon has squandered nearly $6 trillion over the past 16 years of US invasions, occupations and military interventions.

In wake of US threats against North Korea, China heaps honors on Trump

By James Cogan, 9 November 2017

The strategic orientation of the Chinese regime is to avoid an open clash with Washington for as long as possible.

Northern Virginia woman fired from job after giving Trump motorcade the middle finger

By Nick Barrickman, 9 November 2017

Juli Briskman was fired from her government contracting job last week after a photo of her giving the president’s motorcade “the finger” went viral.

In Seoul, Trump delivers war ultimatum to North Korea

By James Cogan, 8 November 2017

The casualties and horrors of a second Korean War, in 2017, could make those of nearly 70 years ago pale in comparison.

One year since the election of Donald Trump

By Patrick Martin, 8 November 2017

Trump is not an aberration, but the malignant product of the long-term decay of American capitalism and its two-party system.

Trump encourages Japanese militarism against North Korea and China

By James Cogan, 7 November 2017

Trump displayed complete indifference to anti-war sentiment in Japan, as he strutted alongside right-wing nationalist prime minister Shinzo Abe.

LAPD arrests after Trump election exposed as political repression

By John Burton, 7 November 2017

Los Angeles police arrested hundreds in the post-election protests, but presented only a handful of cases to prosecutors.

Democratic Party crisis explodes in wake of Brazile revelations

By Patrick Martin, 6 November 2017

Appearing on national television, Donna Brazile, the former interim chair of the Democratic National Committee, told Clinton loyalists who denounced her revelations to “Go to hell.”

Trump in Asia: On the eve of war

By James Cogan, 6 November 2017

Trump personifies the decay of American imperialism and the calculation of its strategists that it can arrest its decline by military means.

Guantanamo Bay military judge arrests military defense lawyer

By Alan Gilman, 6 November 2017

The al-Nashiri case underscores the mockery being made of the Bill of Rights through the Military Commissions hearings at Guantanamo Bay.

Trump begins 12-day visit to Asia to build war coalition against North Korea

By James Cogan, 4 November 2017

The visit symbolically began with a visit by the president to the Pearl Habor naval base, where war between the US and Japan for dominance over Asia began in December 1941.

Bowe Bergdahl sentenced to dishonorable discharge, avoids prison in court-martial for desertion

By Shelley Connor, 4 November 2017

U.S. army soldier Bowe Bergdahl had been held by the Taliban for five years in brutal conditions, gaining his freedom as part of a prisoner swap in 2014.

“The sad thing is that there are so many people like me in that system”

Davino Watson, US citizen falsely imprisoned by ICE agents, speaks out

By Nick Barrickman, 4 November 2017

Watson has been denied the right to sue for damages incurred while he was illegally imprisoned by ICE for over three years.

Republicans unveil multitrillion-dollar tax cut for corporations and the rich

By Barry Grey, 3 November 2017

As always, the Republicans establish the right-wing framework for new attacks on the working class and the Democrats mount a cynical show of opposition, while ensuring that the Republican proposals are enacted virtually intact.

Trump nominates Jerome Powell as new Federal Reserve chief

By Nick Beams, 3 November 2017

Wall Street welcomed the selection of Powell, who will be the richest man to occupy the post.

General lets slip US escalation in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 2 November 2017

The general’s “slip of the tongue” served only to further expose the military escalation being carried out behind the backs of the American people.

Pentagon halts release of information on Afghanistan war

By Bill Van Auken, 1 November 2017

The order to halt public reporting is part of a turn to unfettered and unaccountable control of secret US wars from Africa to south Asia by the American military brass.

The Trump campaign indictments and the political crisis in America

By Barry Grey, 1 November 2017

The claim of Russian meddling has taken on the character of a neo-McCarthyite witch hunt, in which social and political opposition to the policies of the ruling class is attributed to the malign intervention of the Kremlin.

Three former Trump aides indicted as Washington political warfare intensifies

By Patrick Martin, 31 October 2017

The indictment of three Trump election campaign aides, including former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, marks a new stage in the political warfare in Washington.

US congressional hearings on “extremist content” prepare assault on free speech

By Andre Damon, 31 October 2017

This week, US tech companies will report to Congress on their moves to limit “extremist content” on the Internet as part of the anti-Russian witch hunt, which is increasingly targeting the First Amendment.

Mattis, Tillerson testify before Senate committee

Bipartisan push for new US force resolution to rubber-stamp expanded war

By Tom Hall, 31 October 2017

The principal focus of the hearing was how to provide a pseudo-democratic fig leaf for the launching of new wars.

First indictment reported in Mueller probe of alleged Russian interference in 2016 election

By Patrick Martin, 30 October 2017

Press reports claim the indictment will be made public as soon as Monday, with a possible arrest.

Trump administration’s CMS head leads assault on Medicaid

By Kate Randall, 28 October 2017

Seema Verma sees the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare as having extended coverage to millions of low-income Americans who should not be getting government-sponsored health insurance.

“I have no choice”: Trump bows to CIA pressure to withhold documents related to Kennedy assassination

By Eric London, 27 October 2017

The last-minute decision follows an intense campaign within the intelligence agencies to block release of information on “national security” grounds.

US immigration officials arrest 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy after surgery

By Eric London, 27 October 2017

The US immigration agencies, which employ tens of thousands of police and bureaucrats, are being transformed into institutional bases of fascism.

Trump declares opioid epidemic “will get worse before it gets better”

By Patrick Martin, 27 October 2017

The official declaration of a “public health emergency” is a political stunt that adds not one dollar to efforts to save the lives and health of millions suffering from opioid addiction.

Trump: US “totally prepared” for war with North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 26 October 2017

The US military preparations take place amid bitter infighting in Washington fuelled, in part, by fears an American attack on North Korea could be imminent.

The crisis in the Republican Party and the fracturing of the American two-party system

By Joseph Kishore, 26 October 2017

The political conflicts within the United States mirror global processes. In country after country, far-right movements have exploited the political vacuum created by the rightward lurch of the social democratic and labor parties.

New York Times and Wall Street Journal demand censorship of YouTube

By Andre Damon, 26 October 2017

In two articles appearing Tuesday on the front pages of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, the newspapers laid out justifications for censoring the online streaming service YouTube.

US Senate votes to protect financial giants from consumer lawsuits

By Patrick Martin, 26 October 2017

The measure will benefit companies like Wells Fargo and Equifax, as well as banks and credit card companies more generally.

US Republican senator calls Trump “dangerous to a democracy”

By Andre Damon, 25 October 2017

The speech by Senator Jeff Flake, an Arizona Republican, marks an intensification of divisions within the state that have developed throughout the Trump administration.

Slain US special forces troops on apparent assassination mission in Niger

By Bill Van Auken, 25 October 2017

As details of the botched operation trickle out, there is a growing drumbeat for Congress to pass a new Authorization for the Use of Military Force.

Montana company with ties to Trump cashes in from Puerto Rico disaster

By Rafael Azul, 25 October 2017

Whitefish Energy, a tiny Montana company with virtually no experience in infrastructure repair, has secured a $300 million contract to help rebuild Puerto Rico’s electrical grid.

The American oligarchy prepares a new tax windfall for the rich

By Barry Grey, 25 October 2017

Trump’s tax plan raises to a new level the plundering of society’s resources by the ruling class that has been underway for nearly four decades.

US prepares to put nuclear bombers on 24-hour alert

By Andre Damon, 24 October 2017

Amid a standoff with North Korea and tensions with Russia and China, Washington is preparing to return its fleet of B-52 nuclear bombers to 24-hour alert for the first time since 1991.

New reports document declining life expectancy and worsening health of US workers

By Jerry White, 24 October 2017

Middle-age workers are being forced to retire later, even as they confront poorer health and a lower life expectancy than their older peers.

Trump, Pentagon shaken by mounting crisis over Niger deaths

By Patrick Martin, 24 October 2017

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford, held an hour-long press briefing Monday in an effort at damage control.

Puerto Rico power blackout the biggest in US history

By Rafael Azul, 24 October 2017

Some 3 million people are without electricity and there are predictions that some remote parts of the mountainous island will not see power restored until next June.

Behind the New York Times’ concern about Washington’s “forever wars”: Plans for new war authorization and conscription

By Bill Van Auken, 24 October 2017

The roiling public debate surrounding the deaths of four special forces troops in Niger has threatened to lift the lid on the unbridled power of the Pentagon and the drive toward world war.

Bannon attacks Bush and McCain, highlighting crisis within Republican Party

By Eric London, 23 October 2017

Republicans booed Bush and McCain and applauded Bannon’s attack at a party gathering in California, signaling growing divisions that threaten to tear apart the Republican Party.

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.

Google escalates blacklisting of left-wing web sites and journalists

By Andre Damon, 20 October 2017

In a sweeping expansion of its moves to censor the Internet, Google has blacklisted leading left-wing websites and journalists from its news aggregation platform.