US Politics

Conflict over Trump-Russia probe reaches stalemate in Washington

By Patrick Martin, 30 March 2017

The foreign policy dispute behind the divisions was underscored by remarks from Dick Cheney, who called Russian intervention in the US elections an “act of war.”

After defeat of Obamacare repeal, Democrats offer a helping hand to Trump administration

By Patrick Martin, 28 March 2017

In the wake of Trump’s failure to repeal Obamacare, Democratic Party congressional leaders have offered to work with the White House on health care and tax cuts.

Democrats, McCain back independent commission on alleged Trump-Russia ties

By Patrick Martin, 27 March 2017

Over the weekend, leading Democrats reiterated their declaration that Russian interference in the 2016 US election was an “act of war.”

Facing defeat in Republican-controlled House, Trump scuttles Obamacare replacement bill

By Barry Grey, 25 March 2017

Both Trump and the Democrats signaled their readiness to collaborate in devising new means to slash health care benefits.

Filmmaker Michael Moore calls on Democrats to declare national emergency over Trump’s “espionage”

By David Walsh, 25 March 2017

Moore months ago enthusiastically adopted the reactionary and diversionary anti-Russian campaign as his own.

US general calls for nuclear build-up against Russia

By Patrick Martin, 24 March 2017

Lt. Gen. Jack Weinstein, who oversees the US nuclear stockpile, told the New York Times, “You need to have the will to use” nuclear weapons.

Who is Trump Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch?

By John Burton, 24 March 2017

The Senate Judiciary Committee held four days of hearings on Trump’s right-wing nominee to fill Antonin Scalia’s seat on the Supreme Court, restoring the 5-4 arch-conservative majority.

The foul attempt to censor and suppress Dana Schutz’s painting of Emmett Till

By David Walsh, 24 March 2017

The current campaign being waged against Open Casket, white artist Dana Schutz’s painting of murdered black youth Emmett Till, on racialist grounds is thoroughly reactionary.

Political warfare flares over surveillance of Trump transition team

By Patrick Martin, 23 March 2017

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes told the press that he had learned of intercepts of communications by US intelligence involving Trump transition team members.

Trump aides sought military vehicles for inaugural parade

By our reporter, 23 March 2017

Pentagon emails released under the Freedom of Information Act have confirmed earlier reports in the Huffington Post.

With over 630 killed in house fires so far this year

Trump budget proposes to end heating assistance, slash housing program

By Steve Filips, 22 March 2017

As federal housing aid comes under the axe, poor and working Americans continue to contend with stagnant wages, climbing utility bills and substandard housing.

The New York Times demands a Trump special prosecutor

By Patrick Martin, 22 March 2017

The Times is the media spearhead of the campaign by the Democratic Party and the military-intelligence apparatus to whip up a war frenzy against Russia.

Democrats’ anti-Russia hysteria prepares the ground for war

By Patrick Martin, 21 March 2017

The real target of Monday’s House Intelligence Committee hearing was Russia, not the Trump administration.

Trump met by protesters in Nashville, Tennessee

By Warren Duzak, 21 March 2017

Trump’s visit to Nashville attracted long lines of supporters together with some 2,500 demonstrators protesting his attacks on health care, education and immigrants.

New York mayor’s shelter plan will not reduce the city’s growing homeless population

By Philip Guelpa, 21 March 2017

Bill de Blasio’s latest housing proposal would merely shift homeless people from one form of temporary and thoroughly inadequate shelter to another.

Trump turns to American history

The strange political afterlife of Andrew Jackson

By Tom Mackaman, 21 March 2017

The political art of Jackson, which so inspires the Trump administration, consisted of his ability to obscure powerful contradictions behind a veil of nationalism and populist demagogy.

FBI director to testify on wiretapping, Russia hacking charges

By Patrick Martin, 20 March 2017

James Comey will appear before the House Intelligence Committee, speaking publicly on both issues for the first time.

International Socialist Organization, Socialist Alternative promote Democrats and courts as defenders of immigrants

By Eric London, 18 March 2017

The pseudo-left’s attempts to block an independent movement of the working class against capitalism facilitate Trump’s plans to deport millions of undocumented immigrants living in the US.

US secretary of state ramps up pressure on China over North Korea

By Mike Head, 17 March 2017

Rex Tillerson’s trip highlights the Trump administration’s focus on using North Korean missile and nuclear programs as a pretext for targeting China.

Sanders seeks to cast the Democrats as ally of coal miners at West Virginia town hall

By Naomi Spencer, 17 March 2017

The Vermont senator is making the rounds in rural and small town America, attempting to refurbish the reputation of the Democratic Party and the trade unions.

Federal judge halts new Trump travel ban

By Patrick Martin, 16 March 2017

The ruling cites numerous statements by candidate Donald Trump declaring his intention to bar Muslims from entering the United States.

US health care debate: A bipartisan drive to lower life expectancy

By Jerry White, 16 March 2017

The current debate obscures the basic motivation guiding both big business parties: to restrict access to affordable health care and sharply reduce the lifespan of American workers.

US Republican congressman defends racist diatribe against immigrants

By Patrick Martin, 15 March 2017

Representative Steve King of Iowa endorsed ultra-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders on the eve of elections in the Netherlands.

Nominee for US Food and Drug Administration commissioner has deep ties to drug industry

By Brad Dixon, 15 March 2017

Scott Gottlieb has close ties to the drug industry and, if confirmed, will work to roll back regulations at the FDA.

Republicans push plan to gut Medicaid and slash taxes for the wealthy

By Kate Randall, 13 March 2017

The Republican bill to replace Obamacare will slash taxes for the wealthy by $600 billion.

US Attorney General Sessions praises Guantanamo as a “very fine place”

By Bill Van Auken, 11 March 2017

Sessions call for sending new “enemy combatants” to the prison camp in Cuba is a measure of both the lawlessness of the new administration and its preparation of new wars of aggression.

A socialist policy for universal health care

By Niles Niemuth, 11 March 2017

Under the cover of a struggle over Obamacare, the bipartisan attack on health care for working people in America is being intensified.

Trump administration maintains silence on claims of wiretapping by Obama

By Patrick Martin, 8 March 2017

The heated allegations from both sides, Trump and his media and Democratic Party critics, arise from a bitter conflict within the US ruling elite over foreign policy.

The political issues in the “International Women’s Strike”

By Joseph Kishore, 8 March 2017

Both Women’s March and International Women’s Strike USA comprise organizations aligned with the Democratic Party, seeking to channel opposition to Trump behind the political establishment.

Trump issues new version of Muslim travel ban

By Patrick Martin, 7 March 2017

The language of the new executive order bristles with Trump’s hatred for the judicial review and his contempt for democratic rights and constitutional norms.

Sanders covers for UAW at Mississippi Nissan rally

By Ed Hightower and Jerry White, 7 March 2017

Sanders was the keynote speaker at Saturday’s rally in Canton, Mississippi where the United Auto Workers is campaigning to win recognition at the Nissan auto factory.

Bitter recriminations within the ruling class over Trump’s claim that Obama spied on his campaign

By Andre Damon, 6 March 2017

US politics was dominated over the weekend by mutual reproaches between the White House and intelligence agencies in a conflict that is centered on issues of foreign policy and war.

Trump administration escalates campaign of fear and terror against immigrants

By Patrick Martin, 6 March 2017

As stories proliferate of brutal arrests and deportations, the Trump administration is planning the deliberate separation of mothers and their children as a “deterrent” to immigrants.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions recuses himself from investigation as media, Democrats revive anti-Russian campaign

By Patrick Martin, 3 March 2017

Democrats’ fulminations against Sessions have nothing to do with his reactionary and deeply antidemocratic actions in the three weeks since he became attorney general.

The Obamas sign reported $65 million book deal

By David Walsh, 2 March 2017

The Financial Times revealed that Penguin Random House had won a record-breaking auction between publishing houses and will buy the two books for more than $65 million.

A revealing episode: Sanders applauds Trump during speech before Congress

By Jerry White, 2 March 2017

Sanders’ calculated applause for Trump’s economic nationalist policies during the speech on Tuesday night says much about Sanders’ politics and the role assigned to him.

Trump’s speech outlines plans for class war at home and war abroad

By Andre Damon, 1 March 2017

In addressing Congress, Trump reaffirmed his core goals: economic nationalism, the scapegoating of immigrants, the expansion of the military and the elimination of restraints on corporations.

The Trump administration and the crisis of American capitalism

By Joseph Kishore, 28 February 2017

It is impossible to separate the fight against the Trump administration from the fight against the social and economic order that has produced it: capitalism.

Democrats, media step up right-wing campaign on alleged Trump-Russia ties

By Patrick Martin, 27 February 2017

There is mounting pressure for the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Democratic National Committee chooses a chairman from the party establishment

By Tom Hall, 27 February 2017

Former Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, endorsed by most Obama administration officials, defeated Representative Keith Ellison of Minnesota, who had the backing of Bernie Sanders.

Trump attacks media in diatribe to Conservative Political Action Conference

By Joseph Kishore, 25 February 2017

Trump’s remarks before the ultra-right gathering of Republican Party activists reprised many of the “America First” themes in his inaugural address delivered one month ago.

US retail chain J.C. Penney announces over 130 store closures

By Niles Niemuth, 25 February 2017

The department store chain is only the latest retailer to announce major store closures in the US this year, including Macy’s, Sears and Kmart.

Democratic National Committee convenes to pick a new leader

By Niles Niemuth, 24 February 2017

Minnesota Representative Keith Ellison and Tom Perez, Labor Secretary in the Obama administration, lead a field of five candidates.

The International Socialist Organization and the CIA-led anti-Russia campaign

By E.P. Milligan, 24 February 2017

The ISO has been virtually silent on the raging conflict between the Trump White House and the intelligence agencies over alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Appointment of “Warrior-Scholar” McMaster signals intensification of anti-Russia confrontation

By Bill Van Auken, 22 February 2017

The appointment of McMaster exposes the utterly reactionary and undemocratic character of the official debate surrounding the Trump administration.

Mounting anti-Semitic attacks in US draw half-hearted response from Trump

By Niles Niemuth, 22 February 2017

Since January, there have been 68 bomb threats at 53 community centers in 26 states and one in Canada, and some 200 headstones toppled at a Jewish cemetery in Missouri.

Talk show host Bill Maher: Intelligence agencies “our last line of defense”

By David Walsh, 22 February 2017

In an extraordinarily foul outburst February 17, HBO’s Maher referred approvingly to Egypt and Turkey as countries where intelligence agencies had intervened against a “crazy” dictator.

Trump names Iraq war general and militarist as national security adviser

By Patrick Martin, 21 February 2017

The selection of McMaster is seen as a concession to the anti-Russian campaign waged by the intelligence agencies, the Democratic Party and sections of the Republican Party.

How many people would die in a war between the US and Russia?

By Andre Damon, 21 February 2017

Amidst the non-stop anti-Russian hysteria from the media and the Democratic Party, no one is posing the question: What will be the consequences of a war with Russia?

Trump’s “America First” policies and the global eruption of economic nationalism

By Nick Beams, 21 February 2017

Speaking on behalf of European capital, the London-based Financial Times has described the trade policies of the Trump administration as a “clear and present danger” to the global trading and monetary system.

Trump White House under mounting pressure from anti-Russia campaign

By Patrick Martin, 20 February 2017

Seven congressional committees are now engaged in investigations into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 elections, including contacts with the Trump campaign.

US-European tensions remain despite reassurances on NATO

By Bill Van Auken, 20 February 2017

Speeches in Munich swearing US fealty to NATO and taking a hard line on Russia failed to quell fears that Trump’s “America First” policy will be pursued at Europe’s expense.

Seventy-five years after FDR’s Japanese internment order, Trump prepares mass immigrant roundup

By Eric London, 20 February 2017

The attack on immigrants has been prepared by both the Democratic and Republican parties, which have jointly cultivated a climate of anti-immigrant xenophobia to advance their policies of war and social counterrevolution.

The popular movement against Trump vs. the corporate media’s anti-Russia witch-hunt

By Andre Damon, 18 February 2017

Following Donald Trump’s extraordinary news conference, the ferocious battle over imperialist policy between contending factions of the ruling class is intensifying.

US Homeland Security memo: Deploy 100,000 National Guard troops to round up immigrants

By Eric London, 18 February 2017

The proposals outlined in a memo obtained by the AP would require the imposition of de facto martial law across broad swaths of the United States.

In Russia, reality sinks in after Flynn ouster

By Andrea Peters, 18 February 2017

Anxieties are growing in Moscow as the forced resignation of US National Security Adviser Michael Flynn points to an intensification of anti-Russian hysteria in Washington.

The Trump press conference: A ferocious conflict within the ruling elite

By Patrick Martin, 17 February 2017

The press conference was unlike anything seen in modern American history, as the US president traded insults with journalists and engaged in a bitter battle with his nemeses in the media.

Intelligence agencies clash with Trump over Russia allegations

By Tom Eley, 16 February 2017

The warfare within the ruling class is being waged along a front that extends from the intelligence agencies through the Republican Party and into the Trump White House itself.

Democrats seek to channel opposition to Trump behind anti-Russia offensive

By Joseph Kishore, 16 February 2017

Trump’s critics in the media and political establishment are seeking to disorient the opposition of workers and youth to Trump and corral it behind the war plans of the CIA.

Behind the Flynn resignation and Trump crisis: A bitter conflict over imperialist policy

By Patrick Martin, 15 February 2017

Congressional Democrats are speaking for a large section of the military-intelligence apparatus that is opposed to any lessening of US pressure on Russia.

US stocks hit new highs following Senate testimony by Fed chief

By Barry Grey, 15 February 2017

While Yellen defended the Dodd-Frank banking law, she repeatedly stated her support for “mitigating” the regulatory “burden” on financial firms.

What did billionaire Mike Ilitch leave Detroit?

By Shannon Jones, 15 February 2017

Behind the official paeans to the late billionaire Mike Ilitch lies the reality of a city devastated by the ruthless workings of capitalist “free enterprise.”

US District courts dismiss remaining Federal lawsuits over Flint water poisoning

By Matthew Brennan, 14 February 2017

The dismissals come as a US congressional committee shuts down the official investigation and reports of more potentially lead-connected deaths emerge.

Trump’s national security advisor Michael Flynn resigns

By Bill Van Auken, 14 February 2017

The controversy over what Flynn told Moscow’s ambassador underscores the intense conflict within Washington’s military and intelligence apparatus over US war policy.

Nazis in the Trump White House

By Patrick Martin, 13 February 2017

The Trump administration has brought a cabal of fascistic aides into leading roles.

Opponent of Medicaid, Medicare sworn in as Health and Human Services secretary

By Kate Randall, 11 February 2017

Tom Price once wrote, “Nothing has had a greater negative effect on the delivery of health care than the federal government’s intrusion into medicine through Medicare.”

Trump orders could affect up to 8 million immigrants as deportations begin

By E.P. Milligan, 11 February 2017

Trump’s executive orders may result in the mass internment of millions of undocumented immigrants and the imposition of effective martial law in major US cities.

Sessions sworn in as attorney general as Trump signs orders to increase police powers

By Tom Eley, 10 February 2017

As attorney general, former Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions will intensify the attack on democratic rights, the expansion of police powers and Trump's anti-immigrant measures.

Sanders ditches “political revolution” in Obamacare debate with Ted Cruz

By Kate Randall, 10 February 2017

Sanders failed to mention that Obamacare is based on and tailored to the interests of the private insurance companies.

Week three of the Trump presidency: A crisis of bourgeois rule and turn toward dictatorship

By Joseph Kishore, 9 February 2017

Events of the past several days have exposed the acute political crisis in the United States and the breakdown of democratic forms of rule.

Eliot Cohen’s blueprint for World War Three

By Eric London, 8 February 2017

The former State Department official’s book calling for preemptive nuclear war was warmly received by the Wall Street Journal and New York Times.

Opposition to Trump’s anti-Muslim travel ban mounts on eve of court deadline

By Patrick Martin, 7 February 2017

The executive order has sparked a deepening conflict within the US ruling elite, with major corporations, 15 states and former top national security officials denouncing it.

Democratic Party regional forum in Detroit: An exercise in evasion and duplicity

By Shannon Jones, 7 February 2017

The assembled Democratic Party officials had nothing to propose in the midst of mass protests against the Trump administration.

White House appeals ruling against anti-Muslim travel ban

By Tom Carter, 6 February 2017

Trump took to Twitter to denounce the “so-called judge” who struck down the ban, while Trump’s lawyers argued that the president has “unreviewable authority” over immigration and foreign policy.

The Democratic Party and the anti-Russia hysteria

By Patrick Martin, 6 February 2017

While millions who have demonstrated against Trump are motivated by opposition to national chauvinism and authoritarianism, the criticism of Trump by the Democrats is centered on their demand for aggression against Russia.

Democrats back Trump administration’s new sanctions against Iran

By Joseph Kishore, 4 February 2017

The sanctions are part of an aggressive shift of the new administration and follow the declaration of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn that Iran was being put “on notice.”

Why is the New York Times promoting the “black bloc”?

By Bill Van Auken, 4 February 2017

The Times’ attempt to build up the anarchist groups, which draw together demoralized petty-bourgeois elements and police undercover agents, smacks of a political provocation.

Trump nominates ultra-right justice to US Supreme Court

By Patrick Martin, 1 February 2017

Neil Gorsuch, a circuit court judge and right-wing Republican, is a fervent admirer of the late Antonin Scalia, leader of the court’s reactionary bloc.

The mass protests against Trump and the role of the Democratic Party

By Bill Van Auken, 1 February 2017

While hundreds of thousands have marched in the US and around the world against Trump’s police state ban on Muslims and refugees, the concerns of the Democratic Party are focused on the strategic interests of US imperialism.

Democrats move Trump cabinet nominees through confirmation process

By Niles Niemuth, 1 February 2017

While Senate Democrats maneuvered to delay Senate committee votes on some of Trump’s nominees, they are rapidly moving forward most of his extreme right-wing cabinet picks.

Trump executive order vows elimination of government regulations

By Nick Barrickman, 31 January 2017

The “one in, two out” regulatory rule would mandate that for every new federal regulation introduced, two others must be singled out for elimination.

Trump defies mass protests against anti-immigrant measures

By Eric London, 30 January 2017

Tens of thousands gathered at airports and city centers on Sunday to protest the Trump administration’s illegal ban on travelers from Muslim countries.

The Trump-Bannon government: Rule by decree

By Patrick Martin, 30 January 2017

The Trump administration’s order against immigrants makes clear that the new government intends to utilize its control over the state to the maximum to enforce the interests of the financial oligarchy.

A governor from and for the super-rich

Jim Justice: A profile of the new governor of West Virginia

By Clement Daly, 26 January 2017

The billionaire Democratic governor has many similarities to the billionaire Republican president Donald Trump.

Trump’s pro-corporate rampage of reaction

Executive orders approve Dakota, Keystone pipelines

By Patrick Martin, 25 January 2017

The White House ordered the expediting of corporate projects and froze all antipollution regulations by the EPA.

Trump nominee defends administration’s assault on health care

By Kate Randall, 25 January 2017

Price arrogantly dismissed questioning about the new administration’s planned assault on Medicare, Medicaid and health care in general.

Senate moves toward confirmation of billionaire opponent of public schools

By Isabelle Belanger, 25 January 2017

The Senate will vote January 31 on the confirmation of Betsy DeVos, the billionaire proponent of school privatization.

Sanders backs Trump’s “America First” economic nationalism

By Jerry White, 24 January 2017

After Trump signed an executive order to pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, Bernie Sanders praised him and said he would be “delighted” to work with the new president.

The way forward in the fight against Trump

By the Socialist Equality Party, 23 January 2017

The only social force that can settle accounts with the capitalist oligarchy is a politically conscious working class, armed with a socialist and internationalist program.

Millions across the US protest Trump

WSWS continuing coverage

By a WSWS reporting team, 23 January 2017

The WSWS continues its coverage of Saturday’s anti-Trump protests, in which millions of people participated in over 600 demonstrations around the world.

Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren support General “Mad Dog” Mattis as head of Pentagon

By Niles Niemuth, 23 January 2017

The former Democratic presidential candidate Sanders also voted to confirm General John Kelly as the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

Special report

Massive worldwide protests against Trump presidency

By a WSWS reporting team, 22 January 2017

Millions of people participated in over 600 demonstrations around the world, spanning every continent, in the largest global protests since the run-up to the Iraq war.

Democrats overwhelmingly back nominees

Senate confirms Trump generals to head Pentagon, Homeland Security

By Barry Grey, 21 January 2017

The lopsided support of the Democrats for Trump's military nominees highlights the basic agreement of both big business parties on a policy of expanded militarism and war abroad and increased repression at home.

Trump’s fascistic diatribe: On the road to World War III

By Patrick Martin, 21 January 2017

Trump’s inaugural address combined nationalistic chest-thumping against foreign countries with bullying demands for patriotism and conformity at home.

US media on inauguration day: Toadyism, triviality, social blindness

By David Walsh, 21 January 2017

In its coverage of the Donald Trump inauguration and surrounding events, the American media performed as expected: horribly.

The inauguration of Donald Trump: An event that will live in infamy

By the Socialist Equality Party, 20 January 2017

History has caught up with American capitalism. The protracted process of economic and social decay has been covered over for decades with democratic phrases that served to disguise the gap between the official political myths and the underlying reality. But the mask has now come off.

Trump prepares to slash federal budget by $10.5 trillion over next decade

By Niles Niemuth, 20 January 2017

The Trump transition team is developing a federal budget proposal containing historic cuts, based on a blueprint drawn up by the right-wing Heritage Foundation.

Automakers announce US investments, anticipate big profits under Trump

By Jerry White, 20 January 2017

Over the past weeks major US- and foreign-based automakers have announced they will maintain or expand production in the US and, in some cases, trim back operations in Mexico.

Corporate donations to Trump inauguration top $100 million

By our reporter, 20 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.

Massive police mobilization on eve of Trump’s inauguration

By Shelley Connor, 20 January 2017

Although the Department of Homeland Security cannot identify a “specific, credible threat” to the transfer of power on January 20, security for the inauguration will be particularly stringent.