US Politics

Facebook and Google outline unprecedented mass censorship at US Senate hearing

By Andre Damon, 18 January 2018

Facebook is planning to double its army of censors to nearly 20,000 people by the end of this year, a company official told lawmakers Thursday.

Bernie Sanders seeks to derail growing working class opposition to capitalism

By Patrick Martin, 17 January 2018

The Vermont senator issued an appeal to oppose mounting global inequality that makes no mention of capitalism, socialism, war or the class struggle.

Hawaii’s “false alarm” and the advanced preparations for war against North Korea

By Bill Van Auken, 16 January 2018

The terror unleashed upon the population of Hawaii cannot be understood outside of the myriad exercises being conducted by the Pentagon in preparation for an invasion of North Korea.

Martin Luther King Day marked with an open racist in the White House

By Fred Mazelis, 16 January 2018

The advent of Trump exposes the reality beneath the hypocritical official tributes to the slain civil rights leader.

#MeToo allegations against 95-year-old Marvel comics legend Stan Lee backfire

By Laura Tiernan, 16 January 2018

Allegations of sexual harassment against the creator of Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four have met with widespread public derision.

After Trump’s racist outburst, Democrats plead for anti-immigrant “compromise” with White House

By Niles Niemuth and Barry Grey, 15 January 2018

Trump has responded to the Democrats’ mixture of servility and phony outrage by doubling down on his demands for curbs on immigration.

Trump’s racist comments trigger international condemnation

By James Cogan, 13 January 2018

Officials of the Trump administration have been left to make desperate attempts to contain the diplomatic fallout.

Facebook announces major plan to censor news content

By Andre Damon, 13 January 2018

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the world’s largest social network will deprioritize news content, part of a coordinated effort to block access to information online.

House Democrats supply votes to block limits on NSA spying

By Niles Niemuth, 13 January 2018

The Democratic Party’s support ensures the illegal surveillance program that began under George W. Bush and was expanded by Obama will pass unscathed into the hands of Donald Trump.

Trump’s racist diatribe against “shithole countries” exposes bipartisan conspiracy against immigrants

By Barry Grey, 12 January 2018

Trump’s outburst came as an embarrassment to the Democrats, who over the past week have rushed to reach a deal with the White House that would further militarize the border and expand the crackdown on immigrants.

The campaign over the “unfitness” of Donald Trump

By Patrick Martin, 8 January 2018

The Democrats, once again, avoid any appeal to popular opposition to the right-wing policies of Trump and the Republicans.

Trump “defends” the right to protest in Iran, criminalizes protest in Washington

By E.P. Milligan, 8 January 2018

Even as Trump was bloviating about the right to protest in Iran, his Justice Department was carrying out a political trial against peaceful protesters in a brazen attack on the freedom of speech and assembly guaranteed by the US Constitution.

US suspends security aid to Pakistan as part of Afghan War push

By Jordan Shilton, 6 January 2018

The deepening of US-Pakistan tensions is bound up not just with the Afghan War, but also the growing polarization of the region between the Indo-US and Sino-Pakistani military-strategic alliances.

Tell-all book on Trump White House intensifies US political crisis

By Barry Grey, 6 January 2018

The book has received nonstop media coverage and provided new ammunition for those factions within the ruling class that are pushing for Trump’s removal from office.

Trump threatens Palestinian aid cut-off

By Jean Shaoul, 6 January 2018

A cut to the budget of the UNRWA for Palestinian refugees would have a devastating impact, particularly in the city of Gaza.

Bannon attack on Trump White House fuels Washington political warfare

By Patrick Martin, 5 January 2018

A new book based largely on interviews with former Trump counselor Stephen Bannon is being used to reignite the investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.

As US Congress reconvenes

Democrats looking for deal with Trump on social cuts, increased military spending

By Patrick Martin, 3 January 2018

Bipartisan meetings will discuss the congressional agenda in the two weeks remaining before the January 19 expiration of the federal funding authorization.

No decline in Michigan poverty since the Great Recession

By Debra Watson, 28 December 2017

Despite a drastic fall in the official unemployment rate since the Great Recession, the same percentage of households in Michigan are living below the poverty line.

Democratic Party witch-hunters target Green Party candidate Jill Stein

By Statement of the Political Committee of the Socialist Equality Party (US), 23 December 2017

The Socialist Equality Party condemns the targeting of Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate in the 2016 election, by Democrats in the Senate Intelligence Committee.

US considers splitting immigrant children from parents in immigration jails

By Eric London, 23 December 2017

The proposal comes at the end of a week marked by ruthless attacks against immigrants.

As AT&T announces holiday layoff of hundreds of workers

Corporate America begins campaign to sell Trump tax bonanza

By Patrick Martin, 23 December 2017

The bonuses announced by a handful of big companies are a cynical attempt to deflect attention from the billions in added profits they will receive.

UN imposes harsh new sanctions on North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 23 December 2017

The latest measures, drawn up by Washington, represent a last-ditch attempt to force North Korea to abandon its nuclear arsenal.

Trump authorizes $41.5 million sale of lethal US weaponry to Ukraine

By Niles Niemuth, 23 December 2017

The decision to allow Kiev to purchase “lethal defensive weapons” portends an escalation in the nearly four-year-old war against pro-Russian separatists entrenched in the country’s eastern provinces.

Trump administration congratulates “re-election” of police-state regime in Honduras

By Andrea Lobo, 23 December 2017

Washington’s announcement arrived as Honduran military police escalated their bloody repression of the nation-wide protests against the electoral fraud.

Jury acquits all six defendants in first trial of Inauguration Day protesters

By Patrick Martin, 22 December 2017

The verdict is a significant blow to efforts by the Trump Justice Department to criminalize anti-Trump protests.

DACA deal put off to 2018 leaving 800,000 under deportation threat

By Norisa Diaz, 22 December 2017

While a deal is still being worked out, there is no doubt that the Democrats are negotiating some of the most reactionary anti-immigrant legislation since Japanese internment.

Drug deaths drive down US life expectancy for second year

By Eric London, 22 December 2017

The fall in US life expectancy reflects the social devastation wrought on the lives of millions of people by decades of bipartisan policies aimed at enriching the wealthy.

Over token Democratic opposition

US Congress passes tax windfall for corporations and the rich

By Barry Grey, 21 December 2017

The Democrats support tax cuts for corporations and did nothing to seriously oppose this naked piece of class legislation.

Alabama announces freeze on children’s health program

By Shelley Connor, 21 December 2017

On Monday, Alabama became the first state to announce an enrollment freeze for its Children’s Health Insurance Program, as well as plans to end the program altogether by February 1.

US Congress targets Green Party candidate Jill Stein over allegations of collusion with Russia

By Trévon Austin, 21 December 2017

The targeting of Stein demonstrates that the anti-Russia witch-hunt is aimed ultimately at domestic political opposition.

Former Massey CEO Don Blankenship announces run for US Senate

By Clement Daly, 21 December 2017

The former Massey Coal CEO, convicted and jailed in connection with the 2010 Upper Big Branch mine disaster, has announced his bid for Democrat Joe Manchin’s Senate seat.

US Congress set for Wednesday passage of multi-trillion-dollar tax cut for the rich

By Barry Grey, 20 December 2017

Legislation that will transfer trillions of dollars from the working class to the richest 10 percent of the population will be made the law of the land within less than two months of its initial release and without a single congressional hearing.

Actor Matt Damon comes under attack for his criticisms of the sexual misconduct campaign

By David Walsh, 20 December 2017

The actor suggested there was a continuum of inappropriate behavior, and that the punishments meted out to Sen. Al Franken and comic Louis C.K. were perhaps too harsh.

Trump unveils “America First” national security strategy

By Bill Van Auken, 19 December 2017

Behind the hackneyed campaign-style speech delivered by Trump Monday, the US military and intelligence apparatus is preparing for world war.

Political warfare escalates over Mueller investigation into Trump-Russia claims

By Patrick Martin, 19 December 2017

Trump’s right-wing media supporters are warning of an FBI-led “coup” while Democrats suggest that Trump is about to fire the special prosecutor and trigger a constitutional crisis.

Horrific death at Ohio meatpacking plant

Industrial carnage continues in US workplaces

By Jerry White, 18 December 2017

A 62-year-old immigrant worker is the latest victim in a wave of industrial fatalities in the US. On-the-job injuries claim nearly 5,000 lives every year.

More sexual harassment allegations hit congressmen, media and entertainment figures

By Patrick Martin, 18 December 2017

Nevada Representative Ruben Kihuen became the seventh congressman to have his career ended by allegations of sexual misconduct.

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

By Barry Grey, 16 December 2017

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

Build a committee to oppose Oakland school cuts! For a socialist program to expand public education!

By the Socialist Equality Party (US), 16 December 2017

Workers must reject the entire framework of austerity and fight for the broadest expansion of public education, through the independent political mobilization of the entire working class.

Oakland, California board of education approves mid-year budget cuts despite growing opposition

By Jonathan Burleigh, 16 December 2017

Roughly 500 people attended the latest board meeting to protest the budget cuts, expressing the deep support for public education within Oakland’s working class.

PBS cancels “Tavis Smiley” show as sex witch-hunt expands

By Barry Grey, 15 December 2017

As has become typical in the growing campaign over alleged sexual offenses, the public broadcaster did not name the accusers or provide any details of their allegations.

Lessons of the Alabama election

By Patrick Martin, 14 December 2017

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

Congressional Republicans reach deal to pass tax cuts before Christmas

By Niles Niemuth, 14 December 2017

Trump announced that a deal had been reached on a bill that will slash $1.5 trillion in taxes and provide another major windfall for the rich and large corporations.

Alabama Senate result shows collapse of support for Trump

By Patrick Martin, 14 December 2017

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

Outgoing Fed chair Yellen brushes off financial warning signs

By Nick Beams, 14 December 2017

While she dismissed the impact of bitcoin on the financial system, Yellen was reminded by one questioner that her predecessor, Ben Bernanke, had said in 2007 that the sub-prime bubble would have no broader effects.

US Supreme Court rejects appeal by gay woman in employment discrimination case

By Ed Hightower, 14 December 2017

The high court’s inaction means that employers in most states can openly discriminate against homosexuals without consequences under federal law.

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

By Barry Grey, 13 December 2017

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

Trump White House preparing sweeping attack on the poor

By Patrick Martin, 12 December 2017

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

Why has Time magazine endorsed the #MeToo “revolution”?

By David Walsh, 12 December 2017

Given the ongoing frenzy, the magazine’s decision was entirely predictable. Had its editors made any other choice there would have been a media-organized uproar.

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

By Jordan Shilton, 9 December 2017

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

America’s latest “Scarlet Letter” moment

By David North, 9 December 2017

Working people should steer clear of the right-wing “Me Too” campaign.

Trump nominates business ally to head Consumer Product Safety Commission

By Trévon Austin, 9 December 2017

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

Democrats force resignation of US Senator Al Franken

By Patrick Martin, 8 December 2017

The witch-hunt over sexual misconduct has claimed its highest-level victim among elected officials.

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

By Bill Van Auken, 8 December 2017

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

Conflicts within US ruling class intensify following Flynn guilty plea

By Andre Damon, 7 December 2017

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

John Conyers forced to resign from Congress as sex witch-hunt escalates

By a reporter, 6 December 2017

The Detroit Democrat is the most prominent congressional victim of the media campaign over charges of sexual misconduct.

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

By Patrick Martin, 4 December 2017

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

Bernie Sanders promotes illusions in the Democrats in speaking tour of Midwest

By Tom Hall, 4 December 2017

Sanders’ denunciations of the Republican tax plan entirely covered up the role of the Democrats, which support the bill’s basic aims.

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

By Patrick Martin, 2 December 2017

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

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

By Bill Van Auken, 2 December 2017

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

Senate races to pass Trump tax cut for corporate America

By Barry Grey, 1 December 2017

A measure that will further restructure American society to benefit the ruling oligarchy at the expense of the mass of the population is being rushed through Congress without so much as a public hearing.

Graduate students protest Republican tax bill

By our reporters, 1 December 2017

Demonstrations took place at more than 40 universities over plans to treat tuition waivers as income and compel students to pay taxes on them.

Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi demands Representative John Conyers resign over harassment claims

By Andre Damon, 1 December 2017

Conyers, the longest serving member of the House of Representatives, has been targeted in an expanding purge of Congress carried out on the pretext of fighting "sexual misconduct."

Trump retweets fascist anti-Muslim videos from Britain

By Fred Mazelis, 30 November 2017

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

US sexual witch-hunt

NBC’s “Today” co-anchor Matt Lauer and “Prairie Home Companion” creator Garrison Keillor latest to be purged

By David Walsh, 30 November 2017

The spinelessness and contempt for democracy within the media and political establishment seems almost universal and unlimited.

Democratic Party-aligned groups organize protests at University of Michigan against fascist Richard Spencer

By Genevieve Leigh, 30 November 2017

The groups organizing the protests, including the Campus Antifascist Network and the Democratic Socialists of America, are working to block a political movement that can oppose the rise of the far right.

US Senate committee passes tax windfall for the rich

By Barry Grey, 29 November 2017

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

The New York Times promotes an American Nazi

By Patrick Martin, 29 November 2017

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

Democrats posture as opponents of Wall Street in CFPB dispute

By Patrick Martin, 28 November 2017

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

Trump, Congress move to finalize tax cuts for big business

By Patrick Martin, 27 November 2017

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

Net neutrality and the drive to censor the internet

By Andre Damon, 25 November 2017

The move by the Trump administration to end net neutrality marks a milestone in the offensive by the US government and major corporations to put an end to the free and open internet.

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

By Kevin Reed, 23 November 2017

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

US sanctions against North Korea target China

By Peter Symonds, 23 November 2017

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

Senate tax plan will raise taxes for half of Americans

By Trévon Austin, 23 November 2017

According to a study conducted by the Tax Policy Center the Senate Republican Party tax plan will increase taxes on 50 percent of Americans by 2027.

CBS fires Charlie Rose, Oliver Stone accused

Latest in sexual misconduct purge: Ultra-rightist “tips off” media about Rep. John Conyers

By David Walsh, 22 November 2017

In the latest chapter of the ongoing sex scandal, the media reported on Monday that Democratic Congressman John Conyers of Michigan settled a wrongful dismissal complaint in 2015 with a former employee.

White House demands budget cuts to pay for US hurricane relief

By Patrick Martin, 21 November 2017

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

“Sexual harassment” witch-hunt claims Jeffrey Tambor, Charlie Rose as latest victims

By Barry Grey, 21 November 2017

Allegations are followed by immediate dismissal and removal from shows.

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

By E.P. Milligan, 20 November 2017

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

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.