US Politics

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 protestors and silencing dissent.

Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House

An insider’s view of the crisis-ridden Democratic Party

By Andre Damon, 20 November 2017

Donna Brazile’s new book provides a glimpse of the divisions and factional struggles gripping the Democratic Party.

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.

Amanda Hess and Manohla Dargis on the Weinstein-Spacey-Louis C.K. affairs

Viciousness and ignorance: New York Times columnists on the rampage

By David Walsh, 18 November 2017

The newspaper has been at the forefront of the scandal over sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry, which has now been extended into the political arena.

US House passes multitrillion-dollar tax break for corporations and the wealthy

By Barry Grey, 17 November 2017

It is already becoming clear that the tax overhaul is a prelude to a frontal attack on Medicare and Social Security.

Political hysteria over alleged sexual abuse ensnares congressional Democrats

By Patrick Martin, 17 November 2017

Charges of sexual misconduct, in some cases dating back decades, are now embroiling the political establishment as well as Hollywood.

Democrats’ neo-McCarthyism echoes red-baiting attacks on civil rights movement of the 1950s

By Fred Mazelis, 17 November 2017

The language of Democratic politicians today recalls that of the Wisconsin Republican senator whose name has become synonymous with attacks on democratic rights.

US Senate hearing exposes danger of nuclear war

By Andre Damon, 16 November 2017

Tuesday’s Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the use of nuclear weapons highlighted the acute danger of the eruption of a war that could kill hundreds of millions of people.

The legacy of Obamacare: A five percent increase in heart patient deaths

By Kate Randall, 15 November 2017

Research published in JAMA Cardiology shows that an initiative introduced five years ago under Obamacare to reduce Medicare readmissions for heart patients has resulted in a significant increase in mortality rates.

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.

Democrat Mark Warner auditions for the role of grand inquisitor in the anti-Russia campaign

By Harvey Simpkins, 14 November 2017

Senator Warner of Virginia has taken the most aggressive posture in favor of Internet censorship and other attacks on democratic rights.

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.

US brands RT a “foreign agent:” A chilling move against free speech

By Andre Damon, 11 November 2017

The Justice Department’s demand that RT register as a “foreign agent” is aimed at delegitimizing it as a news source, intimidating its contributors and guests, and setting a precedent for branding news outlets as treasonous.

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.

House to vote on giving Amazon $53 billion deal to become main Pentagon supplier

By Evan Blake, 11 November 2017

If the bill becomes law, Amazon will be providing hundreds of thousands of CIA agents, military personnel, prosecutors, and immigration agents with their pencils, desks, and chairs.

Recall election fails to oust Flint, Michigan mayor

By Sheila Brehm, 11 November 2017

Last Tuesday’s mayoral election in Flint was marked by mass abstention after three-and-a-half years of an ongoing lead water crisis.

“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.

US Justice Department forces RT America to register as “foreign agent”

By Trévon Austin, 10 November 2017

The move is a product of the ongoing anti-Russia witch hunt led by the Democratic Party, together with the US intelligence agencies, aimed at delegitimizing and outlawing domestic political opposition.

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.

In wake of Brazile revelations, Sanders intensifies call for reviving the Democratic Party

By Patrick Martin, 10 November 2017

In his first major response to the exposure of unprecedented collusion between the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign, Sanders renewed his pledge to revitalize the Democratic Party.

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.

Socialist Alternative loses close Minneapolis city council race

By Anthony Bertolt, 9 November 2017

Jentzen garnered wide support by calling herself a socialist, but her platform called for an alliance with the Democratic Party

US Supreme Court upholds execution of Alabama prisoner who cannot remember his crime

By Kate Randall, 8 November 2017

The high court reversed a federal appeals court ruling that struck down the death sentence of Vernon Madison, 67, who suffers from dementia and memory impairment.

Trump administration moves toward deportation of Central American immigrants

By Bill Van Auken, 8 November 2017

Monday’s decision ends Temporary Protected Status for up to 5,000 Nicaraguans and could be the prelude to the mass deportation of hundreds of thousands of immigrants.

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.

Former DNC head Donna Brazile raises new questions over killing of Seth Rich, says she feared for her life

By Andre Damon, 8 November 2017

Statements by former DNC interim chairperson Donna Brazile indicate that some within the Democratic National Committee saw the murder of Rich as more than a botched burglary.

Democratic Party faction calls 2016 election “train wreck,” proposes relationship with pseudo-left

By Eric London, 8 November 2017

The “Democratic Autopsy” report is an attempt to save the party from a collapse of historic proportions.

Twenty-six dead in Texas church massacre: A society ravaged by pathological violence

By Kate Randall, 7 November 2017

Although the perpetrators of mass shootings are invariably deranged individuals, there are always deeper societal issues at work.

Kentucky authorities considering stiffer charges in assault on US Senator Rand Paul

By Barry Grey, 7 November 2017

The news of the attack on a sitting US senator was initially downplayed by the major newspapers.

Corporate interests, racial politics dominate Detroit mayoral election

By Tyler Van Dyke, 7 November 2017

With the backing of the city’s major corporations and the Democratic political establishment, incumbent Mayor Mike Duggan is expected to be reelected in today’s mayoral election.

One hundred years after the October Revolution

Majority of young Americans prefer socialism or communism to capitalism

By Niles Niemuth, 7 November 2017

The report from the right-wing Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation points to the widespread hostility to capitalism, which finds no expression within official politics.

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.

Former Democratic chairman reveals Clinton rigging of 2016 nomination campaign

By Patrick Martin, 4 November 2017

A new book by Donna Brazile confirms charges by supporters of Bernie Sanders that the Democratic National Committee took sides against him in the primaries.

In part due to Trump sabotage

Obamacare premiums to soar in 2018

By Kate Randall, 4 November 2017

The most vulnerable population group will be households—as many as 2 million people—that are ineligible for subsidies.

“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.

The Democrats’ McCarthyite witch hunt

By Andre Damon, 3 November 2017

This week’s congressional hearings on “extremist content” mark a new stage in the campaign by congressional Democrats, working with the intelligence agencies and leading media outlets, to legitimize censorship and criminalize dissent.

Anti-Russia hearings in the US:

Lawmakers demand tech companies censor journalists and conduct mass surveillance

By Andre Damon, 2 November 2017

Wednesday's testimony made clear the social media giants are being required to act as a proxy of the US government, to muzzle its critics and political opponents.

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.

White House chief of staff blames Civil War on failure to “compromise”

By Tom Mackaman, 2 November 2017

Retired Marine General John Kelly’s comments resuscitate a reactionary interpretation that denies the Civil War’s historical necessity.

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Former FBI agent says tech companies must “silence” sources of “rebellion”

By Andre Damon, 1 November 2017

Advocating stepped-up censorship of the Internet, Clint Watts, a former US Army officer and FBI agent, declared, “Civil wars don’t start with gunshots, they start with words.”

Bernie Sanders tries to quell anger in Puerto Rico

By Rafael Azul, 1 November 2017

With anger against the Trump administration reaching a breaking point, Sanders urged Puerto Ricans to keep their faith in the US government.

Congressional Republicans open investigation into Clinton role in Russian acquisition of US uranium mines

By Niles Niemuth, 1 November 2017

The Uranium One affair demonstrates that the Democrats no less than the Republicans have corrupt ties with business interests all over the world, including in Russia.

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.

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.

CVS and Aetna reportedly in talks for $60 billion merger

By Tom Hall, 31 October 2017

The merger between the CVS pharmacy chain and the insurance giant is reportedly in response to Amazon’s imminent entry into the prescription drug business.

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.

The US media and the Kennedy assassination documents: “Move along, nothing to see here”

By Bill Van Auken, 30 October 2017

The nervousness of the US corporate media over the Kennedy papers is bound up with the light they shed on the continuing and even greater criminality of the US government today.

America’s oligarchy: No money for opioid crisis, endless funds for corporate tax cuts

By Andre Damon, 28 October 2017

On the same day that Congress moved forward on nearly $6 trillion in tax cuts to the super-rich, the Trump administration declined to allocate any funds to address the opioid crisis.

Newly released documents point to state cover-up and complicity in assassination of John F. Kennedy

By Barry Grey, 28 October 2017

The documents released on Thursday make clear that both the FBI and the CIA were well aware of Oswald’s activities and were closely tracking him in the period leading up to the assassination.

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.

UN Ambassador Haley visits Africa amid US military escalation, social catastrophe

By Eddie Haywood, 28 October 2017

The tour happened against the backdrop of the Trump administration’s expansion of US military operations on the continent.

Tillerson delivers stern warning to Pakistan

By Sampath Perera, 28 October 2017

In a visit of just four hours, Tillerson spelled out Washington’s demand Pakistan join the US in dramatically escalating Afghan war violence or brace itself for reprisals.

Trump administration silences government environmental scientists

By Daniel de Vries, 27 October 2017

The EPA ordered three agency scientists to cancel long planned talks this week which were related to climate change.

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.

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.

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.

The six-day rise and fall of “democratic socialist” Ramirez-Rosa for Illinois lieutenant governor

By Kristina Betinis, 24 October 2017

Ramirez-Rosa’s stint as running-mate for Democratic candidate Daniel Biss exposes both the character of the Democrats and the role of the Democratic Socialists of America in providing them with political cover.

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.

Democrats signal shift to the right for 2018 campaign

By Patrick Martin, 23 October 2017

DNC Chairman Tom Perez nominated a slate of candidates for top party committees that excluded several longtime activists who backed Bernie Sanders against Hillary Clinton.

The US lurches toward military dictatorship

By Andre Damon, 23 October 2017

Gen. John Kelly’s militarist diatribe at a White House press briefing laid bare an open secret of American politics: behind the façade of democratic rule, the United States increasingly resembles a military dictatorship.

Senate passes resolution setting stage for $1.5 trillion in tax cuts for the rich

By Gabriel Black, 21 October 2017

The resolution helps procedurally prepare for the passage of a dramatic cut in taxes for business and for the financial elite.

Pompeo vows that the CIA will become a “much more vicious agency”

By Isaac Finn, 21 October 2017

Pompeo’s statements reflect the sentiments of a large section of the political establishment and intelligence communities.

White supremacist met by mass protest at University of Florida

By Fred Mazelis, 21 October 2017

Richard Spencer shut down his program 30 minutes ahead of schedule after confronting opponents who vastly outnumbered neo-fascists in the audience.

US Treasury Secretary Mnuchin to Congress: Pass tax cuts or markets will tank

By Nick Beams, 21 October 2017

Mnuchin’s Politico interview is an unwitting admission that the world’s largest economy is dominated by financial parasitism.

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.

Trump, John Kelly and the media firestorm over “disrespecting” the troops

By Patrick Martin, 20 October 2017

Trump’s comments to the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson were not an aberration, but a crude expression of the callousness of the US ruling elite.

Trump rejects bipartisan health care plan a day after endorsing it

By Kate Randall, 19 October 2017

The bulk of the Alexander-Murray bill is aimed at lowering requirements for private insurers and reducing the quality of health care coverage offered.

Trump’s pick for drug czar forced to step down after expose

By Genevieve Leigh, 18 October 2017

Republican Representative Tom Marino has withdrawn his name after a damning report exposed his role in legislation to dismantle regulations on prescription opioid drugs.

Behind the opioid crisis: Republicans and Obama cleared the way for corporate murder

By Patrick Martin, 16 October 2017

A joint investigation by “60 Minutes” and the Washington Post found that Republicans and Democrats in Washington did the bidding of giant drug distribution companies responsible for fueling the opioid crisis.

Denouncing Iran as a terrorist state, Trump refuses to recertify nuclear accord

By Keith Jones, 14 October 2017

US President Donald Trump vowed Friday that he will use his presidential powers to blow up the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran unless it is amended to Washington’s satisfaction.

Trump’s threats against Iran aggravate German-American tensions

By Johannes Stern, 14 October 2017

Trump’s aggressive course of action against Iran has provoked a strong reaction in Berlin, where German politicians and media figures are openly discussing a break with the US.

Thousands of undocumented immigrants among those affected by Northern California wild fires

By Rafael Azul, 14 October 2017

So far at least 31 people have died and 600 have been reported missing.

New York City mayor de Blasio virtually unopposed for reelection

By Fred Mazelis, 14 October 2017

The Democrat has long since discarded most of his “progressive” image, and presides over a city that is more socially unequal than ever before.

A new stage in the bipartisan health care counterrevolution

Following Trump executive orders, Democrats offer Obamacare “fix”

By Kate Randall, 14 October 2017

Any “compromise” on health care reform is a conspiracy against the working class, premised on the subordination of the need for health care to the profits of the corporations and the capitalist market.

Rap artist Eminem and his popular tirade against Donald Trump

By Nick Barrickman, 14 October 2017

Under the right conditions, the rapper is capable of giving expression to some of the pent-up social angst and oppositional feelings held by wide layers of the population, especially young people.

Washington seethes with rumors of an anti-Trump “palace coup”

By Joseph Kishore, 13 October 2017

There is growing speculation of secret discussions among cabinet members and high-level staff about forcing Trump out of office.

Mounting political crisis in Washington amidst talk of removal of Trump

By Patrick Martin, 12 October 2017

Trump’s opponents are openly discussing how to remove him from office, while he suggests that his media critics should be silenced.

The politics of the Harvey Weinstein scandal

By David Walsh, 12 October 2017

The sex scandal is a mechanism through which other issues are resolved, often to the satisfaction of powerful economic interests.

The New York Times and the criminalization of dissent

By Joseph Kishore, 11 October 2017

The unsubstantiated charges of Russian interference in the US elections have developed into an increasingly frenzied campaign to ascribe all opposition within the United States to the actions of a “foreign enemy.”

Democratic Party donors funnel millions to protest groups

By Tom Hall, 11 October 2017

An article in the New York Times detailing funding by Wall Street groups demonstrates the pro-capitalist, anti-working class character of the nonprofits and “left” organizations around the Democratic Party.

Court testimony exposes governor’s lies about Flint water crisis

By Sheila Brehm, 9 October 2017

The matter arose during a preliminary hearing concerning the first of 13 officials facing criminal charges over the Flint catastrophe.

Trump administration expels two-thirds of Cuban embassy staff from US

By Alexander Fangmann, 9 October 2017

The expulsion of Cuban embassy personnel, supposedly over alleged “sonic attacks,” constitutes an effective end of the rapprochement begun under the Obama administration.

Trump’s threats against North Korea signify real danger of war

By Joseph Kishore, 9 October 2017

Trump’s reference to the “calm before the storm” must be taken to mean that war is imminent.

Surrounded by generals, Trump remarks on “the calm before the storm”

By Peter Symonds, 7 October 2017

Trump’s menacing comment—almost certainly directed against North Korea—is another warning that the US is on the brink of launching a catastrophic war.

Trump administration limits access to birth control under ACA

By Trévon Austin, 7 October 2017

A new mandate revokes the requirement for companies and organizations that claim religious or moral objections to provide birth control.

Democrats push for deal with Trump on DACA as ICE threatens mass raids

By Norisa Diaz, 7 October 2017

Democrats downplay tension on immigration as ICE head threatens to split families up and conduct warrantless arrests in California.

A week on America’s death row

A lethal injection in Florida, stay of execution in Alabama

By Kate Randall, 7 October 2017

Michael Lambrix was executed Thursday night in Florida, while Jeffrey Borden was issued a last-minute state of execution in Alabama.

Thailand’s junta leader welcomed at the White House

By our reporter, 7 October 2017

In pushing for stronger military and economic ties with Thailand, President Trump made no mention of the military regime’s suppression of opposition and dissent.