US Politics

Major fall on Wall Street as interest rates rise

By Nick Beams, 11 October 2018

The main factor behind the fall appears to be the spike in yields on US Treasury bonds, which have risen sharply in recent days to above 3 percent.

Leaked Google document: Tech firms have shifted away from “free speech and towards censorship”

By Kevin Reed, 11 October 2018

On Tuesday, the far-right news outlet Breitbart News published a leaked internal document by technology giant Google that openly discusses political censorship.

The Kavanaugh confirmation and the US midterm elections

By Patrick Martin, 9 October 2018

The thoroughly right-wing campaign waged by the Democratic Party over the Kavanaugh nomination, focused solely on allegations of sexual assault, has set the tone for the US congressional elections.

Debbie Dingell: A candidate of wealth and privilege

By Tom Hall, 9 October 2018

Democratic Representative Debbie Dingell is both an auto heiress and the latest iteration of a political dynasty that has dominated the Detroit Downriver area for 85 years.

US Senate elevates right-wing judge Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court

By Patrick Martin, 8 October 2018

The confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh marks a further major step to the right by the highest US court.

Obama endorses DSA’s Ocasio-Cortez, along with CIA Democrats

By Nick Barrickman, 8 October 2018

The DSA is an instrument for boosting the right-wing, militarist Democratic Party by providing it with a “left” cover.

Socialist Alternative on New York primaries: Burrowing further into the Democratic Party

By Josh Varlin, 8 October 2018

Socialist Alternative’s political activity consists for the most part in promoting the Democratic Socialists of America and supposedly “progressive” Democrats.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh clears crucial hurdle to confirmation

By Eric London, 6 October 2018

Friday’s 51–49 cloture vote all but secures the confirmation of the arch-reactionary to what will be the most right-wing court in over a century.

Bernie Sanders covers for Jeff Bezos as fraud of $15 pay raise at Amazon is exposed

By Tom Hall, 6 October 2018

Sanders immediately abandoned his criticism of Jeff Bezos after the company’s cynical publicity stunt, and embraced him as a great reformer.

Federal judge issues injunction against Trump administration refugee order

By Matthew Taylor, 6 October 2018

The four countries cited in the lawsuit represent nearly 300,000 of the 437,000 refugees who are currently receiving TPS in the United States.

Socialist Equality Party candidate for Congress Niles Niemuth speaks at televised forum

6 October 2018

The SEP’s candidate for Michigan’s 12th congressional district, along with his opponents from the Democratic and Republican parties, as well as the pseudo-left Working Class Party, answered questions on immigration, inequality, education and more.

NY Times exposé on Trump fortune: An empire built on tax evasion and fraud

“Behind every great fortune there is a great crime” – Honoré de Balzac

By Barry Grey, 6 October 2018

The picture of criminality and corruption that emerges from the Times report is one that characterizes not just the Trump clan, but the corporate-financial oligarchy as a whole.

US vice president issues bellicose diatribe against China

By Bill Van Auken, 5 October 2018

Pence’s speech came amid reports that the Pentagon is preparing massive and provocative military exercises as a show of force against China.

US, UK and NATO allies ramp up anti-Russia offensive over “cyber spying” and Skripals

By Robert Stevens, 5 October 2018

To frame the demand for the seven arrests, the US utilised all the material gathered by its NATO allies against Russia over the Skripal/novichok affair.

US Senate sets first vote on Kavanaugh nomination

By Patrick Martin, 5 October 2018

The Democratic Party is focusing solely on unproven allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh, as the Republicans move forward to a vote on the right-wing nominee.

The US military’s vision for state censorship

By Andre Damon, 5 October 2018

The Atlantic Council, a key partner in social media companies’ drive to censor the internet, has published a summary of a US special forces conference outlining a plan for systematically gutting the freedom of expression.

The #MeToo campaign versus the presumption of innocence

By Eric London, 5 October 2018

The historical development of the presumption of innocence is a centuries-long battle for due process and enlightenment against irrationalism, lynch mob justice and arbitrary state repression.

FEMA and Trump send out mass “Presidential Alert”

By Patrick Martin, 5 October 2018

Wednesday’s nationwide test of the “Presidential Alert” system raises concerns about the growing threat to democratic rights.

Socialist Equality Party candidate Niles Niemuth speaks in Ann Arbor on the right to universal health care

By our reporter, 5 October 2018

Niles explained how the fight for universal health care is bound up with the fight against all other attacks on the working class and above all, with the fight for socialism.

The International Socialist Organization mobilizes behind Democrats’ right-wing diversion on Kavanaugh

By Barry Grey, 4 October 2018

The US pseudo-left has seized on allegations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh to intensify its promotion of #MeToo and the Democratic Party’s campaign in the November elections.

CIA Democrats call for aggression against Russia, run pro-war campaigns in 2018 congressional races

By Patrick Martin, 3 October 2018

Democratic challengers seeking Republican congressional seats, particularly those with a military-intelligence background, are pushing for ever greater military spending.

Ten years since the 2008 bank bailout

By Andre Damon, 3 October 2018

The creation of the Troubled Asset Relief Program on October 3, 2008, was the initial step in a massive redistribution of wealth and restructuring of class relations in the United States and internationally.

The Kavanaugh nomination, #MeToo and the politics of petty-bourgeois rage

By David Walsh, 3 October 2018

The New York Times published an opinion piece by journalist Rebecca Traister headlined “Fury Is a Political Weapon. And Women Need to Wield It.” The piece is one of a number along the same lines that have appeared in recent weeks and months.

Democrats, media press Kavanaugh sexual assault campaign

By Patrick Martin, 1 October 2018

The frenzy over Kavanaugh’s alleged actions as a 17-year-old is a diversion from any examination of his 30-year record as a reactionary opponent of democratic rights and the working class.

Protests hit mass detention of immigrant children in Texas tent camp

By Bill Van Auken, 1 October 2018

The barren tent camp in the desert on the Mexican border is built to house up to 3,800 children.

Trump threatens “strategic allies” with auto tariffs

By Nick Beams, 29 September 2018

After being used against the European Union, the threat of auto tariffs on “national security” grounds was brought out against Japan and Canada this week.

The political issues in the Senate hearing on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh

By Eric London, 29 September 2018

The focus of the proceedings reflects the political priorities of the Democratic Party and the interests of the affluent social layers to which it is appealing.

The Kavanaugh hearing: A spectacle of political filth and reaction

By Patrick Martin, 28 September 2018

The Democratic Party has decided to wage its opposition to the reactionary Supreme Court nominee on the most degraded and right-wing basis possible.

Congress readies band-aid measure for opioid crisis

By Tom Eley, 28 September 2018

The bill will do little to slow the growing epidemic of opioid addiction and death.

Trump delivers fascistic tirade at the United Nations

By Bill Van Auken, 26 September 2018

Repeatedly invoking “sovereignty” and “patriotism,” while threatening military aggression and trade war, Trump’s speech left a distinct whiff of fascism at the UN General Assembly.

As new flooding forces evacuations in South Carolina

Hurricane Florence unleashes coal ash, hog waste pollution

By Ed Hightower, 26 September 2018

The areas around Conway and Georgetown in coastal South Carolina continue to see massive flooding as rivers surge from last week’s record rains.

“Keep out your tired, your poor, your huddled masses…”

Trump administration moves to impose class-based restrictions on immigration

By Eric London, 26 September 2018

The explicit formalization of a class-based immigration system marks a turning point that will substantially alter the state of social relations in favor of the rich.

Amid media frenzy, Rosenstein to meet with Trump on Thursday

By Patrick Martin, 25 September 2018

The deputy attorney general, who supervises the Russia investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, has denied plotting Trump’s removal via the 25th Amendment.

Democrats push second round of sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh

By Eric London, 25 September 2018

The Democrats’ campaign against Kavanaugh aims to bolster their election campaign, silence left-wing criticism of the nominee and eviscerate the presumption of innocence.

The New York Times promotes the Democratic Socialists of America

By Genevieve Leigh, 25 September 2018

On Saturday the New York Times featured an article in their online edition headlined with the question: “Are You a Democratic Socialist?”

Senate Committee to take testimony on sex assault allegations against Judge Kavanaugh

By Barry Grey, 24 September 2018

The Democrats will utilise Christine Blasey Ford’s assault allegations to oppose Kavanaugh's confirmation and to advance their campaign for the November congressional elections.

Ocasio-Cortez, Democratic Socialists of America candidate, covers for CIA Democrats

By Isaac Finn, 24 September 2018

When asked whether she would support CIA Democrats, Ocasio-Cortez avoided a direct answer, saying that she would have to look at their “life experience.”

The CIA Democrats and the US midterm elections

By Patrick Martin, 24 September 2018

While working people are looking for an alternative to the reactionary policies of the Trump administration, they will not find it in the Democratic Party.

New documents on Yeltsin-Clinton conversations further expose US “meddling” in Russian politics

By Clara Weiss, 22 September 2018

The Clinton Foundation has released hundreds of pages of documents about conversations between US president Bill Clinton and Russian president Boris Yeltsin.

New York Times claims Deputy Attorney General discussed removing Trump

By Patrick Martin, 22 September 2018

The article posted on the newspaper’s website Friday afternoon caused shock waves in Washington and immediate denials from the official named, Rod Rosenstein.

The Kavanaugh hearing: Sexual allegations fuel the Democratic Party’s right-wing politics

By Eric London, 22 September 2018

The Democratic Party’s elevation of Ford’s allegation against Kavanaugh is a political operation aimed at driving the entire political establishment further to the right.

Socialist Equality Party congressional candidate Niles Niemuth speaks to students and youth at Wayne State University

By Tom Hall, 22 September 2018

The broad range of youth who attended the meeting heard an explanation of the principles of socialism and provide an overview of the crisis of the capitalist system.

Notes on Trump’s war against immigrants

Department of Health and Human Services lost track of another 1,500 immigrant children

By our reporters, 21 September 2018

In addition to the “lost” children, funds are being diverted from AIDS and cancer research to jail immigrant children and ICE held nearly 1,500 US citizens as “aliens.”

The CIA Democrats: A balance sheet of the primaries

By Patrick Martin, 21 September 2018

Candidates with a military-intelligence background have won the Democratic congressional nomination in 30 districts considered competitive by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

As Trump stages photo-ops in the Carolinas

Hurricane flooding exposes mass poverty, class oppression in America

By Ed Hightower and Barry Grey, 20 September 2018

President Trump staged photo ops and offered empty promises and lies to a region struck twice in two years by deadly storms.

Conflict over FBI investigation puts Kavanaugh hearing in doubt

By Patrick Martin, 20 September 2018

The effort by the Democrats to block Kavanaugh’s nomination solely through allegations of teenage sexual misconduct seems on the brink of failure.

Trump administration announces record low cap on refugees allowed into the US

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 20 September 2018

The Trump administration has announced that the number of refugees allowed into the US in the coming year will be capped at 30,000—a record low for the 43-year old refugee resettlement program.

The strange case of Julia Salazar, Democratic Socialists of America candidate for New York Senate

By Josh Varlin, 20 September 2018

In the run-up to her victory in the Democratic Party primaries last week, media reports exposed Salazar’s systematic fabrication and/or misrepresentation of her personal and political history.

Brett Kavanaugh and the role—once again—of sexual misconduct allegations in American politics

By David Walsh, 19 September 2018

The New York Times, Washington Post, leading Democrats and other establishment figures are attempting to derail Kavanaugh’s nomination on the grounds of an unsubstantiated allegation of sexual assault.

Assault allegation puts question mark over Kavanaugh nomination to Supreme Court

By Patrick Martin, 18 September 2018

The Senate Judiciary Committee will call Kavanaugh and his accuser to testify Monday, delaying a confirmation vote originally set for this Thursday.

Manafort guilty plea, cooperation deal rock Trump White House

By Patrick Martin, 17 September 2018

In return for his guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to limit the total prison sentence for 69-year-old Manafort to 10 years, for all the charges against him.

Andrew Cuomo defeats Cynthia Nixon in New York Democratic gubernatorial primary election

By Sandy English, 15 September 2018

Cuomo had the backing of the dominant sections of the ruling class, raising over $25 million for his campaign.

Ford’s shakedown of Detroit over new tech campus

By Shannon Jones, 15 September 2018

The state of Michigan and Detroit city officials appear ready to hand over $250 million to the automaker, which is sitting on a multi-billion dollar cash reserve.

New York Times goads Trump into major new war in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 15 September 2018

Columnist Bret Stephens, who penned the Times article demanding escalation in Syria, is a longtime Republican neocon who fervently supported the Iraq war.

Hurricane Florence makes landfall in North Carolina

By Patrick Martin, 14 September 2018

A storm surge of as much as 11 feet of water was accompanied by winds approaching 120 miles per hour.

Republican war criminals endorse CIA Democrat Slotkin

By Patrick Martin, 14 September 2018

Democrat Elissa Slotkin has used her three tours of duty for the CIA in Iraq as her main credential for election to Congress.

Facebook censors ThinkProgress

By Trévon Austin, 14 September 2018

Facebook labeled a story from the left-wing ThinkProgress web site as “false” based on a “fact check” by the far-right Weekly Standard.

Proposed methane rule repeal continues Trump’s deregulation of polluters

By Daniel de Vries, 14 September 2018

The EPA announced a plan Tuesday to enable oil and gas companies to release more greenhouse gases.

12,800 immigrant children detained in American internment camps

By Eric London, 14 September 2018

While the Trump administration is preparing for a massive expansion of immigrant internment camps, the Democratic Party has abandoned the issue.

Twenty-five years after Oslo, a deepening catastrophe for the Palestinians

By Bill Van Auken, 14 September 2018

The anniversary has coincided with a series of increasingly punishing measures by Washington to back the Netanyahu regime in Israel and starve the Palestinians into submission.

Washington and Pyongyang in talks for second summit

By Ben McGrath, 13 September 2018

Trump is under pressure to ramp up the offensive against the targets of US imperialism.

Ronan Farrow’s #MeToo campaign brings down Leslie Moonves at CBS

By Fred Mazelis, 13 September 2018

The ousting of Moonves is part of an ongoing struggle for power and wealth within the media and entertainment industries.

Washington bullies Central American countries for adopting “One China” policy

By Andrea Lobo, 12 September 2018

Having respected the “One China” policy since 1979, US measures against countries pursuing the same course constitute a remarkable level of imperialist bullying and hypocrisy.

A week of crisis and deepening dysfunction in US politics

By Patrick Martin, 10 September 2018

There is no progressive or democratic side in the conflict between Trump and his opponents within the military-intelligence apparatus, the corporate media, and the Democratic Party.

Obama speech escalates factional warfare against Trump

By Barry Grey, 8 September 2018

The central focus of Obama’s speech was an appeal to disaffected Republicans and conservatives to vote for the Democratic Party in the fall.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announces he will not seek reelection

By Kristina Betinis, 7 September 2018

On the eve of the trial of the Chicago cop who killed Laquan McDonald, the mayor, who oversaw a cover-up of the teen’s murder, announced that he would not seek a third term.

CIA Democrat complains of political spying by Republicans

By Harvey Simpkins, 7 September 2018

Democrat Abigail Spanberger, whose main political “credential” is eight years as an undercover CIA operative, is denouncing the Republican Party for obtaining a copy of her full federal security clearance document.

In Senate hearing, Facebook pledges to replace “bad speech” with “alternative facts”

By Andre Damon in Washington, 6 September 2018

Wednesday’s hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee made one thing clear: there is not an inch of daylight between Facebook and the spy agencies in the drive to censor the internet.

Kavanaugh hearings highlight corporate control of US Supreme Court

By Patrick Martin, 6 September 2018

The Senate hearings on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court have shed light on the domination not only of the courts, but of every branch of government by the corporate oligarchy.

New York Times op-ed by anonymous Trump official gives implicit support for palace coup

By Eric London, 6 September 2018

The official wrote that “we will do what we can to steer the administration in the right direction until—one way or another—it’s over.”

Ayanna Pressley upsets 10-term Massachusetts congressman in Democratic primary

By Kate Randall, 6 September 2018

Sending the African-American councilwoman to Washington will result in no meaningful shift in the pro-business policies of the Democratic Party or improvement in the conditions of workers in her constituency.

090 Rahm Emanuel not seeking reelection/police killing trial

6 September 2018

Only three percent of students have received Governor Cuomo’s “free tuition” scholarship

By Josh Varlin, 6 September 2018

Despite the fact that the SUNY and CUNY systems are the second and third largest public higher education systems in the United States, with about 700,000 students in all, fewer than 21,000 Excelsior Scholarships were awarded last academic year.

As Senate Judiciary Committee hearings begin

Democrats posture over Trump Supreme Court nominee

By Patrick Martin, 5 September 2018

Tuesday’s hearing is the beginning of an extended political farce, in which Democrats pretend to oppose the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh while doing nothing to stop it.

As social opposition mounts, Silicon Valley and Washington step up internet censorship

By Andre Damon, 5 September 2018

As executives from Facebook and Twitter prepare to testify on Capitol Hill, the social media monopolies are scrambling to demonstrate how far they have gone to implement censorship.

Socialist Equality Party candidate Niles Niemuth on ballot for Michigan’s 12th Congressional District

By our reporter, 5 September 2018

Out of all the candidates running for the House in Michigan, Niemuth submitted the most petition signatures, garnering the support of more than 5,800 voters in the district.

US report on Chinese “United Front Work” seeks to whip-up hostility towards China

By Gabriel Black, 4 September 2018

The report contains justifications for mass spying on Chinese nationals and warns against cultural exchange programs that leave Americans with positive views of China

Millionaire Democrats face off in New York gubernatorial debate

By Philip Guelpa, 4 September 2018

Neither incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo or his “left” challenger Cynthia Nixon offered any policies to meet the needs of working people.

Line-up of reaction and militarism at McCain memorial

By Patrick Martin, 3 September 2018

Assembled in the National Cathedral were a “who’s who” of imperialist war criminals, with a bloody record stretching back more than half a century.

Father of Mollie Tibbetts tells Trump administration: Stop using my daughter’s death in racist attack on immigrants

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 3 September 2018

There have been numerous studies by academics and think tanks in recent years that have clearly shown that there is no correlation between immigration and crime.

Seymour Hersh’s Reporter: A life exposing government lies and crimes

By Andre Damon, 3 September 2018

Seymour Hersh, the investigative journalist who played a leading role in exposing the 1968 My Lai massacre in Vietnam and the Bush Administration’s torture of prisoners at Abu Ghraib, has published a long-awaited autobiography.

Trade tensions increase as US-Canada talks miss deadline

By Nick Beams, 1 September 2018

Trump warned that if Canada did not agree to US terms “the easiest thing we can do is tariff their cars coming in,” a threat which he repeated in remarks yesterday.

Is the Mueller investigation preparing to indict WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange?

By James Cogan, 1 September 2018

The claim that Assange was part of a conspiracy to manipulate the 2016 US presidential election is based on amalgams, distortions and outright lies.

The assault on immigrants becomes the assault on citizens

US citizens along southern border denied passports, accused of fraudulent birth certificates

By Renae Cassimeda, 1 September 2018

American citizens born in the Southwestern border regions are being accused of having fraudulent birth certificates and denied passports.

The canonization of John McCain: Media, political establishment turn warmonger into saint

By Joseph Kishore, 1 September 2018

The American media and political establishment are in the middle of a five-day exercise in moral hypocrisy, cant and myth-making surrounding the death of US Senator John McCain.

Elissa Slotkin: A CIA Democrat runs for Congress in Michigan

By Niles Niemuth, 1 September 2018

Slotkin puts herself forward not as a representative of a party, let alone an advocate for any specific program, but as a representative of the military-intelligence apparatus.

Immigrant mother sues for $40 million after child dies following ICE detainment

By Kevin Martinez, 31 August 2018

The death of Mariee Juarez is one more casualty in the Trump administration’s brutal war on immigrants.

After Florida primary, Republican candidate makes racist attack

By Patrick Martin, 30 August 2018

Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis warned that his African-American opponent would “monkey up” the state’s economy if elected.

Accused by Trump of rigging search results, Google denies political bias

By Andre Damon, 29 August 2018

The internet monopoly, which has worked to bury left-wing political viewpoints in search results for over a year, said, “We never rank search results to manipulate political sentiment.”

Notes from the campaign trail

SEP candidate speaks with incoming students at Wayne State University in Detroit

By Niles Niemuth, 29 August 2018

The campaign team and I spoke with hundreds of students about my campaign for Congress in Michigan’s 12th District, about socialism, and about the fight against war and social inequality.

US union heads meet with Trump over NAFTA

By Shannon Jones, 28 August 2018

The unions are continuing their embrace of the reactionary nationalist agenda of the Trump administration even as trade tensions mount and the White House directs fascistic attacks on immigrant workers.

Ocasio-Cortez and Sanders praise McCain: An object lesson in the politics of the pseudo-left

By Joseph Kishore, 28 August 2018

The elevation of the Democratic Socialists of America, of which Ocasio-Cortez is a member, is a defensive reaction by the ruling class against growing support for socialism in the US.

Reported Democratic National Committee hack was a security test

By Mike Ingram, 27 August 2018

Democrats and the news media seized on the supposed hacking attempt to bolster claims of Russian meddling in the 2016 elections and beyond.

Why the US ruling class mourns John McCain

By Patrick Martin, 27 August 2018

The late senator from Arizona represented a bipartisan consensus in support of militarism and the defense of corporate America.

Trump cancels secretary of state’s trip to North Korea one day after its announcement

By Ben McGrath, 25 August 2018

The US president has directly linked his pressure on North Korea with the trade war with China, exposing the fraudulent nature of the “peace talks” with Pyongyang.

New Trump coal regulations will kill as many as 1,400 Americans annually by 2030

By Alec Andersen, 25 August 2018

According a report by the US Environmental Protection Agency, the agency’s recent rule change will lead to 1,400 more premature deaths by 2030.

As Trump attacks attorney general, Democrats seek to channel all opposition behind anti-Russia campaign

By Patrick Martin, 24 August 2018

Both Trump and the Democrats want to keep their raging conflict entirely within the boundaries of the official political system.

Mayor demands New Yorkers “respect police officers”

By Isaac Finn, 24 August 2018

Following the posting of a handful of videos on social media of New York City residents cursing at police, Mayor de Blasio told New Yorkers that they “have to respect police officers.”

One year after WSWS open letter to Google

Facebook escalates censorship of left-wing, anti-war organizations

By Andre Damon, 23 August 2018

On Tuesday, Facebook announced the removal of hundreds of user accounts and pages, many of them opposing the crimes of the American, Saudi and Israeli governments in the Middle East.

US political warfare intensifies after Cohen plea, Manafort conviction

By Patrick Martin, 23 August 2018

With the conviction of Manafort and the guilty plea by Cohen, the four aides who stood closest to Trump exactly two years ago are all now convicted criminals.