The 2016 US Elections
By Patrick Martin, 19 January 2017
All but one Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee voted to approve Trump’s nominee for secretary of defense.
By Zaida Green, 19 January 2017
Representative Tom Price, named to head the Department of Health and Human Services, testified before a Senate committee.
By Nick Beams, 19 January 2017
Trump’s remarks to the Wall Street Journal were in line with the anti-China rhetoric that marked his election campaign.
By Shelley Connor, 19 January 2017
The flood of cash from the wealthy and big business is a down payment for tax cuts for the rich that will be worth billions.
By Clodomiro Puentes, 19 January 2017
Amidst a broader wave of anti-Trump protests leading up to the inauguration on Friday, demonstrations targeting the incoming administration’s immigration policies were held last weekend.
By Chris Marsden, 19 January 2017
Never before has a US president set as his explicit goal the breakup of the European Union.
By Eric London, 18 January 2017
An analysis of statistics on economic stratification in the United States reveals the material basis of identity politics.
By Shannon Jones, 16 January 2017
The rally, addressed by former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, was part of a series throughout the country, with Democrats posturing as opponents of Republican plans to attack health care.
By Tom Eley, 13 January 2017
The Senate Armed Services Committee voted 24-3 to waive the legal restriction preventing the approval of a secretary of defense who has not been out of the military for at least seven years.
By Brad Dixon, 13 January 2017
Robert F. Kennedy has for the past decade promoted the debunked claim that vaccinations are linked to autism, which was also supported by Trump during his campaign.
By Peter Schwarz, 13 January 2017
Initial hopes that Trump would moderate himself after the election campaign and pursue a course compatible with traditional Republican politics have not been realised.
By Andre Damon, 12 January 2017
Senators from both parties took turns denouncing Russian President Vladimir Putin as a war criminal, autocrat and murderer.
By Patrick Martin, 12 January 2017
Trump’s press conference Wednesday morning was an hour-long demonstration of oligarchic arrogance and contempt for democratic principles that has no parallel in modern American history.
By Patrick Martin, 11 January 2017
The confirmation hearing for Senator Jeff Sessions made clear that the Trump administration will be the most right-wing in American history, and Democrats will do nothing to oppose it.
By Joseph Kishore, 11 January 2017
The release of the documents appears to be a last-ditch effort by sections of the intelligence apparatus to prevent the inauguration of Trump, which is only 10 days away.
By Niles Niemuth, 11 January 2017
In a speech as banal as dishonest, Obama boasted of the supposed progress achieved during his eight years as president while warning that the social inequality he has helped foster poses a threat to democracy.
By David Walsh, 11 January 2017
The actress’s remarks at the Golden Globes, an annual event organized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, were quite mild and limited.
As Senate confirmation hearings begin
By Patrick Martin, 10 January 2017
Jared Kushner will be the seventh billionaire to take a top position in the Trump administration.
By Patrick Martin, 7 January 2017
The declassified version of the report that was delivered to President Obama and President-elect Donald Trump consists of unsupported assertions by the CIA, FBI and NSA.
By Peter Symonds, 7 January 2017
No longer having the economic muscle to lay down the international trade rules, the US has begun a dramatic military build-up in Asia to assert its dominance, even if that leads to war with China.
By Andre Damon, 5 January 2017
President-elect Trump and factions of the political establishment aligned with the CIA hurled accusations at each other Wednesday over allegations that the Russian government sought to influence the 2016 US election.
Notes on the Trump transition
By Tom Hall, 5 January 2017
Trump’s appointment of Jay Clayton to head the SEC is another sign that his administration intends to remove all restrictions on the financial industry.
By Patrick Martin, 4 January 2017
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi adopted a conciliatory stance toward the billionaire president-elect and his ultra-right cabinet.
Right-wing campaign on hacking allegations continues
By Tom Hall, 3 January 2017
The demands are part of the ongoing campaign for an intensification of Washington’s economic and military confrontation with Moscow.
By Jerry White, 30 December 2016
AFL-CIO head Trumka wrote an op-ed piece in the New York Times offering the services of the unions to suppress working-class opposition to the incoming administration.
By Peter Symonds, 24 December 2016
Trump’s decision to pull out of the TPP is not a retreat from Obama’s confrontational policy toward China but a marked intensification on all fronts.
By Patrick Martin, 23 December 2016
Carl Icahn, long notorious for asset stripping and destroying jobs, is the seventh billionaire to be assigned a major role in the Trump administration.
By James Cogan, 23 December 2016
Donald Trump has repeatedly suggested the use of nuclear weapons to achieve American imperialist ends and impose Washington’s dictates.
By Peter Symonds, 22 December 2016
The disputes centre on the basic dilemma facing the ruling class: how to balance between China, Australia’s largest export market, and the US, its longstanding strategic partner.
By Patrick Martin, 21 December 2016
The “red phone” between the White House and Kremlin, a relic of the nuclear confrontations of the Cold War, was pressed into service.
As Electoral College rubber-stamps election
By Patrick Martin, 20 December 2016
Vincent Viola, a commodities speculator and owner of the Florida Panthers hockey team, is the sixth billionaire in the Trump administration.
By Patrick Martin, 19 December 2016
The campaign by the Democrats against Trump is not over the far-right character of his cabinet, but his insufficiently aggressive attitude toward Russia.
By our reporter, 19 December 2016
Representative Mick Mulvaney, a South Carolina Republican, has backed a federal debt default and a government shutdown as methods of forcing cuts in social spending.
By Peter Symonds, 19 December 2016
The incident intensifies the US-China tensions produced by the Obama administration’s “pivot to Asia” that has transformed the South China Sea into a dangerous flashpoint.
By our correspondents, 19 December 2016
Approximately 100 workers, students and youth attended a lecture in London on Saturday delivered by North, the chairman of the International Editorial Board of the WSWS and national chairman of the Socialist Equality Party of the US.
By Bill Van Auken, 17 December 2016
David Friedman, an attorney who helped Trump reap millions from the bankruptcies of his Atlantic City casinos, is considered to the right of Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
By Alex Lantier, 17 December 2016
A month before Donald Trump’s inauguration as US president, tensions are already emerging with the European powers over his “America first” program.
By Patrick Martin, 17 December 2016
In his final press conference, Obama reiterated claims of Russian government hacking against the US election while refusing to provide any evidence.
By Kevin Reed, 16 December 2016
President-elect Donald Trump met with 13 prominent US technology company executives on Wednesday in an event at Trump Tower in New York City.
By Nick Barrickman, 15 December 2016
Montana representative Ryan Zinke has built a congressional career out of supporting anti-environment legislation, austerity and war.
By Christopher Davion and Catherine Long, 15 December 2016
During his speech, Trump hailed the right-wing figures in the state who have overseen brutal attacks on workers’ living standards and democratic rights.
By Niles Niemuth, 15 December 2016
The publication of an op-ed by Columbia University professor Mark Lilla questioning the efficacy of identity politics continues to draw a heated response from figures in and around the Democratic Party.
By our correspondents, 15 December 2016
More than 250 students and workers crowded into a lecture hall at Humboldt University to hear North’s lecture on the causes and consequences of the outcome of the US presidential election.
By Patrick Martin, 14 December 2016
The nomination of ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson puts the finishing touches on Trump’s government of billionaires.
By Patrick Martin, 14 December 2016
As an unsuccessful presidential candidate, Rick Perry called for the abolition of the Department of Energy.
By Niles Niemuth, 14 December 2016
The Greens’ only successful recount effort, in Wisconsin, reaffirmed Donald Trump’s electoral victory over Hillary Clinton.
By Evan Winters, 14 December 2016
The USW has a long history of collaborating with billionaire asset stripper Wilbur Ross, Trump’s pick for commerce secretary.
By Nancy Hanover, 14 December 2016
Under the banner of “free enterprise,” Trump’s pick for education secretary has combined religious obscurantism with American hucksterism and the promotion of militarism.
By Mark Witkowski and Philip Guelpa, 14 December 2016
Extreme security measures, representing a further “normalization” of a pervasive militarized police presence, have been established at Trump Tower.
By Andre Damon, 13 December 2016
The White House and the Clinton campaign intervened Monday in the escalating conflict between the intelligence agencies and among different factions within the state over US policy toward Russia.
By Peter Symonds, 13 December 2016
A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman warned that US-China cooperation was “out of the question” if Trump interfered with the One China policy.
By Joseph Santolan, 13 December 2016
Trump’s call to Duterte was not just to shore up damaged relations with an ally against China, it expressed Trump’s enthusiasm for police state measures within the US.
By Nancy Hanover, 13 December 2016
Under the banner of “free enterprise,” the DeVos family has combined religious obscurantism and bigotry with American hucksterism, exploitation, tax dodging and the promotion of militarism.
By our reporters, 13 December 2016
The strong response to the SEP meetings demonstrates a significant politicisation among new layers of workers and youth.
By Patrick Martin, 12 December 2016
Behind the claims of Russian hacking in the 2016 elections is a raging dispute within the US ruling elite and its military-intelligence apparatus over what policy to adopt towards Moscow.
By Peter Symonds, 12 December 2016
By placing a question mark over US-China relations, Trump is recklessly compounding rising uncertainty in Asia and around the world, as well as the threat of war.
By Nick Beams, 12 December 2016
The chief component in the rise in the Dow over the past month has been a 33 percent surge in shares of Goldman Sachs, accounting for 29 percent of the stock index’s ascent.
By Daniel de Vries, 12 December 2016
Trump's nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt signals an attempt to gut environmental protections.
By Andre Damon, 12 December 2016
While the Times editorial is framed as a critique of Trump, its real target is public access to information that is not censored and massaged by the US intelligence apparatus.
By Bill Van Auken, 10 December 2016
While Obama and the Democrats bow to Trump as he assembles the most right-wing administration in US history, they remain concerned that he is insufficiently bellicose toward Moscow.
By Patrick Martin, 9 December 2016
A federal judge announced Wednesday he would defer to a decision by the Michigan Court of Appeals that Green Party candidate Jill Stein did not have standing to seek a recount.
By Shelley Connor, 9 December 2016
Andrew Puzder, CEO of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, is a long-time opponent of minimum wage increases and mandatory overtime for salaried employees.
By Bill Van Auken, 9 December 2016
The growing number of recently retired generals joining the Trump cabinet is an expression of the ever-growing power of the military over political life.
By Eric London, 8 December 2016
The unprecedented prominence of the military in the incoming cabinet is a dangerous sign that the American ruling class is preparing for war abroad and repression at home.
By Peter Symonds, 8 December 2016
Branstad’s support for the TPP and his unfamiliarity with key foreign policy issues indicate he will not play a significant role in determining US policy toward Beijing.
By Fred Mazelis, 7 December 2016
Former Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson is a vitriolic opponent of social programs to benefit the working class.
By Jerry White, 7 December 2016
The United Steelworkers union praised Trump’s protectionist and chauvinist policies along with his deal with Carrier, which will wipe out 1,300 of the firm’s 2,100 production jobs in Indiana.
By Peter Symonds, 6 December 2016
Trump’s policy in the Asia-Pacific of “peace through strength” is a strategy not of peace, but of war.
By Patrick Martin, 5 December 2016
The selection of retired General James Mattis has been greeted with approval across the political and national-security establishment and in the major organs of the corporate-controlled media.
By Jean Shaoul, 5 December 2016
Trump’s remarks on the Israel/Palestine conflict reflect the most extreme demands of Israel’s settler movement and Netanyahu’s political rival Naftali Bennett.
By Peter Symonds, 5 December 2016
The phone conversation—the first between US and Taiwanese leaders since 1979—undermines decades of protocols based on Washington’s acceptance of the “One China” policy.
By Joseph Kishore, 3 December 2016
Under the watchful eye of the Obama administration, protesters have been subjected to brutal violence from the police and National Guard.
By Patrick Martin, 3 December 2016
Hedge fund boss Stephen Schwarzman will chair the President’s Strategic and Policy Forum, which will begin meeting with Trump on economic policy after his inauguration.
By Patrick Martin, 3 December 2016
Lawsuits were filed in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, where Trump’s margin of victory has shrunk dramatically.
By Joseph Kishore and Jerry White, 2 December 2016
While couched in populist rhetoric, Trump’s proposals center on corporate tax cuts and deregulation, combined with expanding the military, widening police powers and curtailing immigration.
By Patrick Martin, 2 December 2016
Wisconsin officials began reviewing ballots, while the Trump campaign took legal action to block the recount in Michigan.
By Jerry White, 1 December 2016
Trump reportedly told the CEO of Carrier’s parent company that federal and state tax cuts and the lifting of corporate regulations could save more money than moving to Mexico.
By Nick Barrickman, 1 December 2016
The naming of Tom Price to head the Department of Health and Human Services signals the intention of the incoming Trump administration to begin the dismantling of Medicare.
By Joseph Kishore, 1 December 2016
Trump’s statement on flag-burning reflects not only the authoritarian disposition of the president-elect, but the far-reaching decay of bourgeois democracy in the United States.
A cabinet of billionaires
By Patrick Martin, 30 November 2016
Trump has picked Wall Street banker Steven Mnuchin as treasury secretary and anti-Medicare zealot Tom Price to head the Department of Health and Human Services.
By John Burton, 30 November 2016
President-elect Donald Trump’s tweet that people who burn the American flag in protest should be stripped of their citizenship is a repudiation of the First and Fourteenth Amendments.
By E.P. Milligan, 30 November 2016
Trump has business interests in real estate, management and branding in no less than 18 foreign countries, spanning virtually the entire globe.
By Evan Blake and Barry Grey, 30 November 2016
The organization ignores factual analyses of the actual vote to present a false interpretation of the election as the expression of a society dominated by racism.
By Patrick Martin, 29 November 2016
The global mandate of the new formation means US death squads could be sent virtually anywhere, from European cities to South American jungles, including in the United States itself.
By Joseph Kishore and David North, 29 November 2016
Three weeks after the US presidential election, the political crisis triggered by the initiative to recount the vote in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania is escalating.
By Evan Winters, 29 November 2016
Ross made billions destroying the pensions, jobs and living standards of steel, coal, auto and textile workers.
By our reporter, 29 November 2016
Hundreds of hate crimes have been reported since election day.
By Eric London, 28 November 2016
President Barack Obama is denouncing an entirely legitimate legal action to verify the outcome of the election in states where the result was exceptionally close.
By Nick Beams, 26 November 2016
The European Central Bank has warned of increased financial turbulence as a result of the rise in interest rates and the trade policies of a Trump administration.
By Eric London, 26 November 2016
An organization that billionaire Betsy DeVos led and financed for a decade recently published an article advocating the return of child labor.
By Steve James, 26 November 2016
The Scottish National Party had anticipated a Clinton victory and was considering how best to use it to add weight to the case for a reversal of the Brexit referendum.
By Peter Symonds, 25 November 2016
Trump has not only sunk the Trans Pacific Partnership but called into question the entire basis of the post-World War II order in the Asia Pacific.
By Nick Barrickman, 25 November 2016
In the first of many attacks on the living standards of American workers, the incoming Trump administration is targeting federal employees for job and pension cuts.
By Markus Salzmann, 25 November 2016
The leaders of Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia are demanding EU members drastically increase their military spending.
By Mike Head, 25 November 2016
“America first” protectionism could lead to trade wars that would crash the global economy, with disastrous consequences for Australian capitalism.
By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 25 November 2016
Canada’s elite is determined to deepen collaboration with Washington as it pursues, under the most right-wing administration in US history, confrontation with its main rivals.
By Patrick Martin, 24 November 2016
Clinton’s lead in the popular vote is being largely ignored by the American media and the political establishment, including the Democratic Party leadership.
By James Brookfield, 24 November 2016
The newly elected Democratic leader is a defender of Wall Street who backed the war in Iraq.
By Tom Carter, 24 November 2016
The assault on democratic rights under cover of the “war on terror” has provided the incoming Trump administration with a pseudo-legal framework to impose authoritarian methods of rule.
By Nick Beams, 24 November 2016
Trump’s agenda for the US economy bears a striking resemblance to his own business operations: a mixture of tax evasion, swindling and profit-gouging.