United States

Millions of Americans are losing health insurance as joblessness skyrockets

By Alex Johnson, 17 July 2020

The pandemic has left approximately 5.4 million American workers uninsured between February and May, according to an analysis by the Families USA consumer advocacy group.

US posts a one-day high in COVID-19 cases with health systems on the verge of collapse

By Benjamin Mateus, 17 July 2020

Florida, Texas, Arizona and California are the worst hit, as well as other states in the deep South like Alabama.

Two-week strike by Joliet, Illinois nurses in danger

By Benjamin Mateus and Jerry White, 17 July 2020

The nurses have taken a defiant stand not just for themselves but for all health care workers, but the unions are isolating their strike.

US automakers continue cover-up of COVID-19 outbreaks as workers call for action

By Shannon Jones, 17 July 2020

Fiat Chrysler, with the aid of the United Auto Workers and the corporate media, continues to downplay the uncontrolled spread of the virus at the Toledo North Assembly Complex.

White House declares that “science should not stand in the way” of reopening schools

By Evan Blake, 17 July 2020

The principles of public health and science, which are in alignment with the social interests of the working class, stand diametrically opposed to the insatiable drive for profit.

First-time jobless claims in US top 1 million for 17th straight week

By Jessica Goldstein, 17 July 2020

The number of new official jobless claims demonstrate a state of deep economic crisis for US capitalism.

US drug overdose deaths soared to record highs in 2019

By Genevieve Leigh, 17 July 2020

Preliminary data shows that nearly 72,000 Americans died from drug overdoses last year, a staggering increase of 5 percent from 2018, and that the toll will be even higher this year.

Dozens of high-profile Twitter accounts hacked in “coordinated social engineering attack”

By Kevin Reed, 17 July 2020

The social media site was the target of a coordinated cyberattack on Wednesday in which the accounts of well-known individuals were taken over as part of a scheme to dupe the public out of their Bitcoin cryptocurrency.

Second federal execution in a week goes forward with Supreme Court sanction

By Kate Randall, 17 July 2020

For the second time in as many days, the highest US court vacated a lower court’s order, allowing a federal execution to proceed.

Trump replaces campaign manager as poll numbers plunge

By Patrick Martin, 17 July 2020

Brad Parscale seems to have paid the price for the debacle of Trump’s campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, last month.

Police body camera footage of George Floyd murder released

By Kevin Martinez, 17 July 2020

New videos showing Floyd’s death at the hand of Minneapolis police were unsealed by a judge on Wednesday, but were only viewable in the courthouse and could not be published by news organizations.

Oklahoma cops tased Jared Lakey over 50 times before he died, video shows

By Jacob Crosse, 17 July 2020

Jared Lakey died last year less than 48 hours after suffering a heart attack after being electrocuted and choked by police officers in Wilson, Oklahoma.

US retail bankruptcies and closures accelerate during COVID-19 pandemic

By Trévon Austin, 17 July 2020

As many as 25,000 stores and half of the malls in the US face closure.

Facing mounting crisis, US lashes out against China

By Peter Symonds, 17 July 2020

Confronted with an economic and social crisis at home and his own worsening election prospects, Trump is aggressively confronting China across a whole range of potentially explosive issues.

SEP candidates Joseph Kishore and Norissa Santa Cruz respond to California state officials in ballot access lawsuit

By Alan Gilman, 17 July 2020

In a set of court filings Wednesday, the SEP candidates refuted point by point the arguments made by California state officials in an effort to keep them off the November ballot.

Rank-and-file safety committee demands immediate shut down

COVID-19 out of control at Toledo Jeep plant

By Jerry White, 16 July 2020

With at least 40 confirmed cases in the plant, rank-and-file workers are demanding an immediate halt to production and universal testing.

White House in disarray as coronavirus numbers explode

By Patrick Martin, 16 July 2020

The one-day total of infections has set a new record of 71,670 and deaths are once again climbing.

Federal agents in Portland, Oregon shoot and critically injure protester

By Hector Cordon and Julio Patron, 16 July 2020

Portland is being used by the Trump administration as a test case for the deployment of heavily armed federal agents to suppress popular protests against police brutality.

Real economy plunges but financial profits surge

By Nick Beams, 16 July 2020

Major US banks are raking in billions of dollars through speculative operations financed by the massive intervention of the Fed into all corners of the financial markets.

Charter schools cash in on “small business” Paycheck Protection Program

By Mitch Marcus, 16 July 2020

PPP has been a boondoggle of monumental proportions, funneling essentially free cash to major corporations.

Trump and Democratic Party establishment retain grip in primary contests

By Patrick Martin, 16 July 2020

Air Force helicopter pilot and war veteran Mary Jennings Hegar, a former Republican, will be the Democratic candidate for US Senate in Texas.

Nearly 70,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases in US prisons

By Sam Dalton, 16 July 2020

As the virus’s spread in prisons continues unabated, a new study shows the COVID-19 death rate for US inmates is triple the population at large.

Harley-Davidson slashes 700 jobs worldwide as stock price continues to rise

By Jessica Goldstein, 16 July 2020

Harley-Davidson’s restructuring plan will lead to a further casualization of its global workforce and the lowering of their wages.

Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approves anti-encryption EARN IT Act

By Kevin Reed, 16 July 2020

The bipartisan vote passed to the floor of the Senate a redraft of the bill which exploits online child sexual abuse as a cover to attack free speech and encrypted electronic communications.

Lawsuit claims Washington, DC police participated in June raid on Lafayette Square protest

By Ray Coleman, 16 July 2020

The latest amendments to the lawsuit filed by the ACLU implicate the Democratic administration of DC Mayor Bowser in the June 1 assault ordered by President Trump.

Markets soar as the corpses pile up

By Andre Damon, 16 July 2020

The massive run-up in stock prices has only one explanation: The capitalist state has put at the disposal of its masters in the financial oligarchy unlimited amounts of money.

Record single-day COVID-19 deaths in Florida, Alabama and Utah

By Benjamin Mateus, 15 July 2020

Hospitalizations are up 43 percent in California. Texas and Arizona are readying refrigerated trucks to store the overflow of bodies from inundated morgues.

US government carries out first execution of federal prisoner in 17 years

By Kate Randall, 15 July 2020

In the modern history of the death penalty in the US, Daniel Lewis Lee’s execution stands out as a particularly egregious affront to due process and basic human rights.

US secretary of state denounces China over South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 15 July 2020

The Trump administration formally adopts the 2016 Hague ruling against Chinese claims in the sensitive, strategic waters, as it ramps up US naval provocations there.

Haphazard plans to reopen US schools spur growing opposition among educators

By Renae Cassimeda, 15 July 2020

The reckless move to rapidly reopen schools coincides with the homicidal drive by the ruling class to force workers back on the job amid the deepening COVID-19 pandemic.

Death of Arizona teacher exposes lies about safely reopening schools

By Phyllis Steele, 15 July 2020

Kimberley Chavez Lopez Byrd, 61, died on June 26 after contracting COVID-19 as she and other teachers taught students remotely from a shared classroom.

Judge denies bail for Ghislaine Maxwell, charged with aiding Epstein’s abuse of underage girls

By Kevin Reed, 15 July 2020

Maxwell pleaded not guilty to charges that she participated in Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking ring in the 1990s and was denied bail.

COVID-19 outbreak at Battle Creek, Michigan auto parts plant

By Brent Dylan and Joseph Lorenz, 15 July 2020

One worker has died and 13 have been infected by COVID-19 at the DENSO thermal manufacturing plant in Battle Creek, Michigan that supplies parts for Toyota.

USDA food box program fails to deliver significant share of much needed aid

By Alex Findijs, 15 July 2020

The USDA promised to deliver $1.2 billion in food to families in need, but has delivered less than two-thirds of this amount so far.

Southeastern US experiencing harrowing rise in coronavirus infections

By Cordell Gascoigne, 15 July 2020

The Southeastern states have seen sharp spikes in the rates of infection, hospitalization and death due to the coronavirus.

Workers on unemployment stunned as Arizona abruptly cuts off payments

By Chase Lawrence, 14 July 2020

The rescinding of payments by the Arizona Department of Economic Security has affected workers who live out of state but had been employed in Arizona.

“We’re not going to compromise because this is our safety”

Meatpacking, auto and health care workers take action to protect lives as pandemic surges in US

By Jessica Goldstein and Jerry White, 14 July 2020

Meatpacking workers in Greeley, Colorado walked out Friday and autoworkers are setting up rank-and-file safety committees to protect themselves from the deadly virus.

Trump wages war against science and Dr. Fauci, not coronavirus

By Patrick Martin, 14 July 2020

At an appearance Monday, Trump continued to deny that the coronavirus is actually spreading in the United States, claiming the skyrocketing number of cases is due entirely to more testing.

Teacher unions support drive to reopen US schools as pandemic explodes

By David Brown, 14 July 2020

As COVID-19 cases soar across the country, the AFT and NEA are striving to channel teachers’ anger over the forced reopening behind the right-wing presidential campaign of Democrat Joseph Biden.

New York City releases dangerous school reopening plans

By Sandy English and Steve Light, 14 July 2020

The announcement last week by Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio that public schools would reopen on an alternating-day schedule has provoked concern and opposition among parents and educators.

Houston hospitals overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients as Texas continues to reopen

By Chase Lawrence, 14 July 2020

Coronavirus skyrockets in Texas’ largest city as reopening continues.

Hundreds of workers infected and four dead from COVID-19 at Los Angeles sweatshop

By Marc Wells, 14 July 2020

The Los Angeles Apparel factory was shut down after months of reports and formal complaints filed by garment workers and advocacy groups.

Federal prosecutors argue against bail and home confinement for Epstein assistant Ghislaine Maxwell

By Kevin Reed, 14 July 2020

Government prosecutors have filed a motion in the case of Ghislaine Maxwell urging the court to deny her request for $5 million bail while she awaits trial on charges of assisting Jeffrey Epstein in sexually abusing underage girls in the 1990s.

Seventeen states and tens of universities file lawsuits against ICE attack on international students

By Sam Dalton, 14 July 2020

Even if the current set of lawsuits are successful, the immigration and educational rights of international students remain under threat.

Washington renews covert campaign to destroy Iran’s nuclear infrastructure

By Jean Shaoul, 14 July 2020

The US is exerting maximum pressure on Iran, to cripple its economy and intimidate and starve its people, in the hope of effecting regime change.

Coronavirus infections skyrocket in the US

Bipartisan back-to-work campaign produces catastrophe

By Andre Damon, 14 July 2020

The uncontrolled spread of the coronavirus in the United States is a social crime. Definite individuals, acting on behalf of the financial oligarchy, are responsible for the deaths of thousands of people.

Democratic California Governor Newsom argues that allowing SEP candidates on the ballot would cause “frustration of the democratic process”

By Isaac Finn, 14 July 2020

Joseph Kishore and Norissa Santa Cruz are suing California for enforcing a 200,000-signature requirement. Yesterday, the candidates appealed a Michigan judge’s ruling against them to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Florida sees one-day high of 15,300 COVID-19 cases as pandemic inundates health care infrastructure

By Benjamin Mateus, 13 July 2020

The world has passed 13 million new cases of COVID-19, taking less than five days for an additional million cases.

Trump commutes prison term for political crony Roger Stone

By Patrick Martin, 13 July 2020

Stone’s convictions on perjury and other federal charges stemmed from the bogus anti-Russia campaign launched by the Democratic Party and sections of the military-intelligence establishment.

“I hate going into that hell hole”

Ford workers in Louisville denounce unsafe conditions as opposition grows to COVID-19 spread in auto plants

By Tim Rivers, 13 July 2020

Ford Louisville Assembly workers denounced the blatant disregard of health and safety by both management and the United Auto Workers.

Georgia Tech faculty, students and parents express opposition to school reopening

By Kranti Kumara, 13 July 2020

The university reopening plans in Georgia come in the context of the Trump administration’s reactionary push for the reopening of industries and businesses

Puerto Rico declares emergency as drought leaves nearly 150,000 residents without water

By Julio Patron, 13 July 2020

A lack of consistent running water will make it more difficult for frequent handwashing to limit the spread of the coronavirus which has already infected thousands on the island.

As new report indicates larger floods loom nationally

Paltry federal relief announced for central Michigan flood victims

By Luke Galvin, 13 July 2020

Thus far the cost of the damages dealt to homes, businesses and buildings is an estimated $190 million in Midland County, with an additional $55 million for infrastructure damage.

US ruling class demands deadly reopening of schools

By Evan Blake, 13 July 2020

The escalating campaign to reopen US schools in the fall, under conditions of an explosive spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, is a key element of a conscious, bipartisan policy that will lead to countless preventable deaths.

#MeToo to “Me Who?”: US media has turned off the sexual witch-hunt for the moment

By David Walsh, 13 July 2020

This lull demonstrates the extraordinary level of media manipulation and control involved in the launching and circulation of such campaigns.

Haymarket Books “Abolitionist Teaching” forum: A call to promote racial division among teachers

By Renae Cassimeda and Norissa Santa Cruz, 13 July 2020

As workers in every industry unite across racial lines to fight against the Trump administration’s back-to-work campaign, Haymarket is promoting racial divisions and blaming teachers’ supposed “white privilege” for the crisis facing public education.

Demands mount for racial quotas at elite US universities

By Jonathan Burleigh, 13 July 2020

There is nothing democratic or progressive about the mandating of quotas of different races at schools or workplaces.

Joliet, Illinois nurses reject sellout contract, continue strike

By Benjamin Mateus, 12 July 2020

The nurses voted 393 to 154 to defeat the contract proposed by the Illinois Nurses Association, which did nothing to reduce the dangerously high patient-to-nurse ratios.

North American autoworkers expand fight against unsafe conditions amid COVID-19 nightmare

By Shannon Jones, 11 July 2020

Fiat Chrysler Toledo Assembly workers in Ohio have decided to launch a rank-and-file safety committee, after similar committees were set up last month at two FCA plants in the Detroit area.

Toledo Fiat Chrysler workers launch rank-and-file safety committee to save lives amid COVID-19 rampage

By the Toledo Assembly Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 11 July 2020

After the outbreak of at least 31 COVID-19 cases at the plant, workers at FCA’s Toledo Assembly Complex have formed a rank-and-file safety committee.

Pandemic surges in the Americas as the global death toll nears 560,000

By Kate Randall, 11 July 2020

The United States is leading the global toll of new COVID-19 cases and deaths, with nearly 3.2 million cases and 134,092 deaths as of Friday evening, about a quarter of the global total.

Biden promotes economic nationalism and anti-China militarism

By Barry Grey, 11 July 2020

Biden offered no opposition to Trump’s “back-to-work” drive, mass job destruction during the pandemic or the looming unemployment benefit cutoff.

Striking Joliet, Illinois nurses should reject sellout deal

By Benjamin Mateus, 11 July 2020

AMITA Health St. Joseph Medical Center nurses in Joliet should reject the Illinois Nurses Association's deal, which does nothing to address chronic understaffing.

“The decision to reopen schools shouldn’t be political. It should be made by medical experts.”

Teachers speak out against Trump’s push to reopen schools

By Mitch Marcus and Kimie Saito, 11 July 2020

The WSWS spoke with two teachers about the dangerous push by the Trump administration to reopen schools in the fall as the COVID-19 pandemic spirals out of control.

COVID-19 disrupts reopening of US professional sports

By Alan Gilman, 11 July 2020

Professional baseball, basketball, football and soccer are all attempting to resume play without live audiences, but dozens of athletes have fallen victim to coronavirus.

Epstein assistant Ghislaine Maxwell requests $5 million bail

By Kevin Reed, 11 July 2020

Whatever the outcome of Maxwell’s arraignment on Tuesday, more revelations about the activities and relationships of Jeffrey Epstein and his confidante should be anticipated.

Protests erupt after Detroit, Michigan police shoot and kill 21-year-old man

By Stephen Fuller, 11 July 2020

Tensions are high in the city after weeks of protests against police brutality in which hundreds have been arrested and police have rammed into protesters with their vehicles.

US takes punitive measures against China over Hong Kong

By Peter Symonds, 11 July 2020

Washington’s increasingly shrill campaign is part of a US confrontation across the full range of issues—diplomatic, economic and military—that are leading to war.

Sanders-Biden task forces and the debacle of Sanders’ “political revolution”

By Genevieve Leigh, 11 July 2020

The Biden-Sanders collaboration has produced a total repudiation of all of the central pillars of Sanders’ campaign, in the midst of an unprecedented social and political crisis of world capitalism.

Lenox Hill: Portrait of New York City hospital obscures more than it shows

By Clara Weiss, 11 July 2020

Netflix is currently streaming the mini-series documentary Lenox Hill, which focuses on four doctors at the hospital of the same name in New York’s Manhattan.

Joblessness soars as COVID-19 pandemic accelerates across US

By Bryan Dyne, 10 July 2020

Another 1.3 million people filed for unemployment for the first time last week as 18.1 million placed continuing claims.

“This is going to kill us—not coronavirus, but how broken the health care system is”

An Illinois nurse speaks out against corporate control of health care systems

By Jessica Goldstein, 10 July 2020

The nurse spoke to the WSWS after being furloughed for speaking out against a hospital’s corporate policies that discriminated against low-income patients during the pandemic.

Bath Iron Works expands strikebreaking operation as Maine shipyard walkout continues

By Shannon Jones, 10 July 2020

Management has put out a call for hundreds of additional scab replacements as the walkout by 4,300 shipbuilders is into its third week.

Supreme Court rules against Trump on releasing tax returns, but allows delay

By John Burton, 10 July 2020

While Trump failed in his effort to assert absolute presidential immunity, the court rulings will push back any release of his financial documents until after the election.

Arrested Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell being monitored by federal officials over suicide concerns

By Kevin Reed, 10 July 2020

Anonymous federal officials say they fear Maxwell will take her own life while being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn on charges of aiding Jeffrey Epstein in his sex ring and abuse of teenage girls in the 1990s.

“A large-scale struggle and strong opposition is needed”

CUNY students and faculty call for resistance to layoffs and cuts

By Elliott Murtagh, 10 July 2020

The WSWS spoke to students and faculty at the City University of New York about recent austerity measures.

Michigan court rules that SEP must gather signatures despite pandemic

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 10 July 2020

The district court’s decision is not a serious legal ruling grounded in jurisprudence or reasoned analysis. It is a political decision aimed at barring socialists from the ballot.

The collapse of the New York Times’ “Russian bounties” campaign

By Patrick Martin, 10 July 2020

Less than two weeks after it kicked off a media frenzy, the Times published an editorial effectively conceding that there was no factual basis for its reporting that Russian military intelligence had paid bounties to Taliban fighters to kill American soldiers.

An interview with Ed Achorn, author of Every Drop of Blood: The Momentous Second Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln

By Shannon Jones, 10 July 2020

In a recent conversation with the WSWS, Achorn discussed his book on Lincoln’s Second Inaugural address and weighed in on efforts to slander the president who won the Civil War and destroyed slavery in the United States.

The campaign to smear novelist Charles Dickens as a racist

By David Walsh, 10 July 2020

Dickens was one of the greatest novelists of the 19th century and a world-historical literary and cultural figure. In the English language, he is perhaps second only to William Shakespeare in enduring significance and popularity.

Mr. López Obrador goes to Washington

Mexican president kowtows to his “friend” Donald Trump

By Eric London, 9 July 2020

Obrador’s appearance with Trump yesterday will rank in history as among the most demeaning and sycophantic Washington visits by any Latin American head of state.

United Airlines threatens to axe 36,000 jobs

By Steve Filips, 9 July 2020

The threat by United to lay off 45 percent of its workforce is part of a widespread restructuring of the US and international airline industry.

US Supreme Court decisions attack separation of church and state and workers’ rights

By Ed Hightower, 9 July 2020

The court’s assault on workers takes the form of an assault on secularism.

“A rank-and-file safety committee is exactly what we need”

Toledo Jeep workers demand action after dozens test positive for COVID-19

By Jerry White, 9 July 2020

Anger is reaching a breaking point at Fiat Chrysler’s Toledo Assembly Complex after reports that supervisors, union officials and workers have contracted the disease.

Wall Street, Republicans and militarists back Biden campaign

By Patrick Martin, 9 July 2020

The presumptive Democratic nominee has outraised President Trump for two months in a row, thanks in part to a flood of corporate and billionaire money.

Delta Airlines workers expose unsafe working conditions

By Tim Rivers, 9 July 2020

With the airlines increasing flights and slashing jobs, Delta flight crew members spoke to the WSWS about working conditions during the pandemic

Students oppose Trump’s threat to deport international students

By our reporters, 9 July 2020

The Trump administration’s effort to use international students as a bargaining chip to force the reopening of colleges is part of a push to get the economy back open while also scapegoating immigrants for the pandemic.

Rutgers University announces hundreds of layoffs, intends to charge students full tuition in the fall

By Shuvu Batta, 9 July 2020

The layoffs and furloughs must be fought, and students must reject the enormous tuition and student loan debt that they are being compelled to pay for virtual courses.

Phoenix, Arizona, police shoot man dead in his car, sparking protests

By Chase Lawrence, 9 July 2020

James Garcia died Saturday after being shot multiple times as he was parked in the driveway of a friend’s house.

Trump’s back-to-work diktat threatens teachers’ lives

By Evan Blake, 9 July 2020

On Wednesday, US President Donald Trump demanded that US schools reopen in the fall amid a raging pandemic, threatening the lives of thousands of teachers.

Federal judge backs Democrats, rules against SEP challenge to Michigan ballot access requirements during pandemic

By Kevin Reed, 9 July 2020

A Republican-appointed federal judge sided with Michigan Democrats on Wednesday and ruled against the Socialist Equality Party in its lawsuit to block the state’s unconstitutional rules for ballot access in the 2020 presidential elections.

As Trump demands full reopening of schools

US coronavirus case count soars past 3 million

By Bryan Dyne, 8 July 2020

Cities across the United States are being forced to ration coronavirus testing and are in danger of being compelled to ration treatment.

Florida orders schools to reopen as COVID-19 cases surge

By David Brown, 8 July 2020

The Florida Department of Education is ordering schools to physically open in August, threatening the lives of teachers and students.

Striking nurses in Joliet, Illinois denounce unsafe conditions at AMITA hospital

By Benjamin Mateus, 8 July 2020

Striking nurses spoke to WSWS reporters about their demands for adequate staffing and safe working conditions.

Jeffrey Epstein’s confidante Ghislaine Maxwell relocated to federal jail in New York City

By Kevin Reed, 8 July 2020

Ghislaine Maxwell is to appear in court on July 14 on charges of enticing minors to have sex with Jeffrey Epstein in the 1990s.

New York City EMS worker commits suicide

By Ali Elhassan, 8 July 2020

The warnings by mental health experts about the traumatic impact of the coronavirus pandemic on health care workers are now being tragically borne out.

US billionaires, politicians cash in on “small business” loan program

By Jacob Crosse, 8 July 2020

Information released Monday by the US Treasury and Small Business Administration reveals how the well-connected and rich helped themselves to billions of taxpayer dollars.

Immigrant worker with COVID-19 dies after being sent home by Tennessee hospital

By Warren Duzak, 8 July 2020

Miguel Ordoñez died last month after being told by doctors at the Erlanger Medical Center to go home with nothing else but a prescription for Tylenol.

Chicago mayor uses rise in social distress, violent crime to advance “law and order” policing

By Kristina Betinis, 8 July 2020

The spurt in violent crime, coinciding with the ongoing protests against police violence, is being used to justify a heightening of police repression.

US Border Patrol deployed against anti-police violence protestors

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 8 July 2020

Federal law enforcement agencies under the direction of the Trump administration are currently working with the Portland Police Bureau to suppress peaceful protests.