After impeachment debacle and Iowa chaos
Hillary Clinton launches new attack on Sanders

By Barry Grey, 8 February 2020

The Democratic leadership is determined to suppress the issue of social inequality in the 2020 campaign for fear of encouraging the growth of social opposition and anti-capitalist sentiment.

Democrats seek to suppress Sanders victory in Iowa

Net draws closer around Dennis Williams and Gary Jones
Former UAW Region 5 Director Vance Pearson signs plea deal

By Shannon Jones, 8 February 2020

Pearson’s testimony brings the federal corruption probe one step closer to a racketeering lawsuit and the possible federal takeover of the union.

GM workers denounce forced overtime imposed with UAW collusion

BorgWarner buys Delphi as mergers in global auto industry slash thousands of jobs

Thuringia, Germany: Minister president elected with votes of far-right AfD announces resignation

By Peter Schwarz, 8 February 2020

Twenty-four hours after being elected with the support of the far-right AfD, CDU and FDP as minister president of the state of Thuringia, Free Democrat politician Thomas Kemmerich announced his resignation.

Far-right AfD plays role of kingmaker in German state election

Australian coronavirus travel ban blocks thousands of Chinese students

By Eric Ludlow, 8 February 2020

The blanket ban by the Morrison government affects any foreign national trying to enter Australia from mainland China.

Coronavirus to have deep impact on global economy

By Nick Beams, 8 February 2020

The US Federal Reserve warned that “possible spillovers from the effects of the coronavirus in China have presented a new risk to the outlook.”

Warnings issued over share market surge

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham introduces bill that threatens end-to-end encryption

By Kevin Reed, 8 February 2020

The assault on end-to-end encryption is part of the ongoing drive by the state to censor and regulate content on the internet.

South Dakota House passes reactionary anti-transgender bill

By Noel Katsuki and George Gallanis, 8 February 2020

House Bill 1057 targets transgender youth by criminalizing the provision of gender transition care to minors by doctors.

Montana state representative calls for socialists to be shot

6 February 2020

White supremacist Coast Guard officer sentenced to thirteen years in federal prison after plotting massacre of Democrats and “leftists in general”

UK: Johnson uses Trump’s playbook in attack on media

By Robert Stevens, 8 February 2020

The events on Monday were more reminiscent of a tin pot dictatorship than that of an elected government.

Emergency legislation for terror law offenders in UK sets anti-democratic precedent

Boris Johnson’s government uses London terror attack to call for indefinite detention

Australia: Balmoral fire captain labels government response a “national disgrace”

By our reporters, 8 February 2020

Balmoral residents are becoming frustrated by the lack of promised assistance for the urgent tasks of clearing dangerous trees and providing clean water.

Australia: Federal Court grants DP World ban on further industrial action by maritime workers

By Terry Cook, 8 February 2020

DP World Australia has obtained an interim injunction by the Australian Federal Court that imposes a month-long ban on further industrial action by 1,800 workers employed at its container terminals.

Sri Lankan union leader Saman Ratnapriya paid off with a parliamentary position

By Rohantha De Silva, 8 February 2020

The United National Party has rewarded Ratnapriya for his treacherous service to the previous Wickremesinghe government, and his more than 20-year defence of capitalist rule in Sri Lanka.

7 February 2020

Democratic governor gives right-wing response to Trump State of the Union address

By Joseph Lorenz, 7 February 2020

Trump delivers right-wing tirade against socialism in State of the Union address

UK: Tory health secretary signals ditching Accident and Emergency targets as crisis in NHS worsens

By Ajanta Silva, 7 February 2020

More killed as poll shows half of Chile has joined protests

By Andrea Lobo, 7 February 2020

Lavrov tours Latin America as Pentagon brands Russia, China as “malign actors”

New Australian Greens leader makes a “left” pitch to young people

By Mike Head, 7 February 2020

Labor Party props up Australian government in political crisis

Australian political establishment once again in turmoil

Kahatagaha miners in Sri Lanka must fight for socialist policies

By Naveen Dewage, 7 February 2020

New in Turkish

Aşırı sağcı AfD Almanya eyalet seçiminde belirleyici rol oynadı

Christoph Vandreier, 8 Şubat 2020

Üçüncü Reich’ın sona ermesinden beri ilk kez, bir eyalet başbakanı aşırı sağcı, faşist bir partinin, Almanya İçin Alternatif’in (AfD) oylarıyla seçildi.

New in Russian

Партия Социалистического Равенства номинирует Джозефа Кишора и Нориссу Санта-Крус на президентских выборах в США

Партия Социалистического Равенства (США), 8 февраля 2020 г.

Альтернатива, стоящая перед американским и международным рабочим классом в 2020 году: капиталистическое варварство или международный социализм. Партия Социалистического Равенства (США), заходящаяся в политической солидарности с Международным Комитетом Четвертого Интернационала, будет использовать эту кампанию для развития борьбы рабочего класса против капитализма.

Эта неделя в истории
25 лет назад: Российские шахтеры бастуют

8 февраля 2020 г.

8 февраля 1995 года более 600 тысяч шахтеров устроили однодневную забастовку по всей России, остановив работу на шахтах от Сахалина на востоке страны до бассейна реки Дон.

New in German

Impeachment gescheitert, aber wachsende Opposition in der Bevölkerung gegen Trump

Andre Damon, 8. Februar 2020

Der US-Senat hat Trump im Impeachment-Verfahren freigesprochen. Trump mag damit über seine Feinde im Staatsapparat gesiegt haben, doch in der Bevölkerung ist seine Regierung zurecht verhasst.

Umbruch in der Autoindustrie bedroht slowakische Arbeiter

Marianne Arens, 8. Februar 2020

Die bevorstehende Umstrukturierung der Autobranche bedroht die Slowakei in besonderem Maße. Das Land gilt im Vergleich zur Einwohnerschaft als weltgrößter Autoproduzent.

Demokraten wollen Sanders Sieg in Iowa totschweigen

Patrick Martin, 8. Februar 2020

Die Führung der Demokraten versucht mit aller Gewalt, Berichte über Bernie Sanders Sieg bei der Vorwahl in Iowa zu unterdrücken. Tom Perez, der Vorsitzende ihres Nationalkomitees, forderte eine Überprüfung des Wahlergebnisses.

IYSSE-Sprecher reicht Dienstaufsichtsbeschwerde gegen rechtsradikalen Professor Baberowski ein

Sven Wurm, 8. Februar 2020

Mit dem folgenden Brief an die Leitung der Humboldt-Universität reichte Sven Wurm, der Sprecher der Hochschulgruppe der International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) an der HU eine Dienstaufsichtsbeschwerde gegen Professor Jörg Baberowski wegen seines tätlichen Angriffs auf ihn ein.

Zum 200. Geburtstag von Theodor Fontane
Teil 3: Autor realistischer Gesellschaftsromane

Sybille Fuchs, 8. Februar 2020

Eine Besprechung des Buches „Fontane – Ein Jahrhundert in Bewegung“ von Iwan-Michelangelo D´Aprile.

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New in Norwegian

Trump hoverer over riksrettssaken, men den folkelige opposisjonen mot hans administration vokser

Andre Damon, 8. februar 2020

Selv om Trump seiret over sine fraksjonsfiender i staten leder han en kriseridd regjering foraktet av brede lag av arbeiderne og ungdommen.

Ytrehøyrepartiet AfD som kingmaker i tysk Landestag-valg

Christoph Vandreier, 8. februar 2020

For første gang siden slutten av Det tredje riket ble på onsdag premierministeren i et tysk Bundesland (delstaten Thüringen) valgt med stemmene til det høyreekstreme fascistpartiet Alternative für Deutschland (AfD).

Flere drept, der meningsmåling viser at halvparten av Chile har deltatt i protester

Andrea Lobo, 8. februar 2020

Demonstrasjonene i forrige uke, så vel som det pågående massefraværet fra videregåendeskoler signaliserer en fortsatt latent sosial eksplosjon.

Intervju med den internasjonale modellen Andreja Pejic: «Jeg mener vi alle må stå bak Assange og Manning»

Sue Phillips og Will Marshall, 8. februar 2020

WSWS snakket med Andreja Pejic om kampanjen for å få løslatt Julian Assange og Chelsea Manning, og om bredere politiske anliggender.

Anklageren Jessica Manns vitnesbyrd i Weinstein-rettssaken: Ei reise til enden av nattas mørke

David Walsh, 8. februar 2020

I løpet av tre dager med gruelige melodramatisk vitnesbyrd, som beskrev den forvridde, følelsesmessig patologiske og gjensidig ødeleggende relasjonen mellom Weinstein og hans anklager Jessica Mann, utartet rettsaken til en nedverdigende og grufull forestilling.

New in Spanish

Trump presume sobre juicio político, pero crece la oposición popular a su Gobierno

Andre Damon, 8 febrero 2020

Mientras Trump emergió victorioso ante la facción enemiga dentro del Estado, encabeza un Gobierno en crisis y odiado por amplias secciones de trabajadores y jóvenes.

Bhaskar Sunkara de la revista Jacobin sobre las primarias de Iowa: no pierdan fe en los demócratas

Andre Damon, 8 febrero 2020

Sunkara escribe en el Guardian que “deberíamos tener confianza” en la “integridad” de la votación en Iowa, argumentando que el Comité Nacional Demócrata no “le robará la elección a Bernie Sanders”.

“Estamos ante la peor crisis que hemos visto”
Trump amenaza con bloquear ayuda mientras Puerto Rico es golpeado por un nuevo terremoto

Kayla Costa y Julio Patron, 8 febrero 2020

Más de un mes después de que comenzara un serie de terremotos, que aún no han cesado, la administración Trump amenaza con vetar un proyecto de ley que asignaría $4.7 mil millones en ayuda de emergencia a la isla.

Agente de ICE le dispara a hombre desarmado en la cara en la Ciudad de Nueva York

Shuvu Batta, 8 febrero 2020

Eric Diaz-Cruz recibió un disparo cuando intentaba detener que el novio de su madre fuera detenido por ICE la mañana del jueves.

Más asesinados, mientras encuesta halla que mitad de Chile ha participado en protestas

Andrea Lobo, 8 febrero 2020

Las manifestaciones la semana pasada, así como los continuos paros en secundarias, dan señal de un estallido social aún latente.

Advertencias emitidas sobre el aumento del mercado de acciones

Nick Beams, 8 febrero 2020

En un discurso esta semana, el gobernador del Banco de la Reserva de Australia, Philip Lowe, señaló los crecientes riesgos que plantean las políticas de dinero barato de los bancos centrales del mundo.

New in French

Les démocrates cherchent à passer sous silence la victoire de Sanders dans l’Iowa

Patrick Martin, 8 février 2020

La tentative de dissimuler ou de passer sous silence les informations sur la victoire du sénateur Bernie Sanders dans les caucus de l’Iowa a franchi une nouvelle étape jeudi. Le président du DNC, Tom Perez, a appelé le Parti démocrate de l’Iowa à reconquérir l’État.

Trump se réjouit du résultat de sa mise en accusation, mais l'opposition populaire continue de monter contre son administration

Andre Damon, 8 février 2020

Même si Trump est sorti vainqueur de sa lutte de factions au sein de l'État, il dirige un gouvernement en crise méprisé par une grande partie des travailleurs et des jeunes.

L'AfD d'extrême droite joue le rôle de faiseur de rois lors des élections législatives allemandes

Christoph Vandreier, 8 février 2020

Pour la première fois depuis la fin du Troisième Reich, un Premier ministre d'un land a été élu mercredi avec les voix d'un parti fasciste d'extrême droite, l'Alternative pour l'Allemagne (AfD).

Le témoignage de la plaignante Jessica Mann dans le procès Weinstein: un Voyage au bout de la nuit

David Walsh, 8 février 2020

Au cours de trois jours de témoignages effrayants qui décrivaient la relation tordue, émotionnellement pathologique et mutuellement destructrice entre Weinstein et son accusatrice Jessica Mann, le procès a dégénéré en un spectacle dégradant et horrifiant.

Réplique à l'American Historical Review et sa défense du Projet 1619

David North et Tom Mackaman, 8 février 2020

Le manque de respect du rédacteur Alex Lichtenstein envers d’éminents historiens révèle à quel point la mythologie raciste, qui fournit le fondement «théorique» de la politique identitaire de la classe moyenne, a été acceptée, et même adoptée, par une partie importante de la communauté universitaire comme base légitime pour l'enseignement de l'histoire américaine.

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Perspective

German ruling class commemorates liberation of Auschwitz by planning new wars and new crimes

8 February 2020

Just one week after official ceremonies marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, federal parliament President Wolfgang Schäuble has called for Germany to once again take up the “burden” of fighting wars abroad.

Earlier Perspectives »

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Right-wing extremist Professor Jörg Baberowski physically assaults socialist student

By our reporters, 5 February 2020

Featured Commentary

Trump gloats over impeachment, but popular opposition mounts to his administration

By Andre Damon, 7 February 2020

Trump emerges strengthened after Democrats’ impeachment debacle

Accuser Jessica Mann’s testimony in the Weinstein trial: A Journey to the End of the Night

By David Walsh, 7 February 2020

Jacobin’s Bhaskar Sunkara on the Iowa caucuses: Don’t lose faith in the Democrats

By Andre Damon, 7 February 2020

The Iowa caucuses debacle

Free Assange and Manning

Montreal SEP Canada meeting demands freedom for Assange and Manning

By our reporters, 8 February 2020

Assange and Manning are the targets of a legal vendetta meant to intimidate and silence all those who would seek to expose the crimes of US imperialism and its allies.

Interview with international model Andreja Pejic: “I think standing behind Assange and Manning is where we should all be”

By Sue Phillips and Will Marshall, 7 February 2020

UN rapporteur Nils Melzer exposes British government attempts to obstruct his defence of Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 5 February 2020

The prosecution of Julian Assange, the destruction of legality and the rise of the national security state

Don’t Extradite Assange meeting in London: The political issues

By Laura Tiernan and Chris Marsden, 6 February 2020

Rallies in Australia and NZ to demand freedom for Assange and Manning. No to US extradition!

By the Socialist Equality Party Australia and SEG (NZ), 28 January 2020

Socialist Equality Party Public Meeting in London:
Free Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning! No US extradition!

28 January 2020

The New York Times' 1619 Project

A reply to the American Historical Review’s defense of the 1619 Project

By David North and Tom Mackaman, 31 January 2020

The disrespect expressed by editor Alex Lichtenstein toward leading historians reveals the extent to which racialist mythology, which has provided the “theoretical” foundation of middle-class identity politics, has been accepted, and even embraced, by a substantial section of the academic community as a legitimate basis for the teaching of American history.

My Response to Alex Lichtenstein Regarding the 1619 Project

By Victoria Bynum, 31 January 2020

The 1619 Project and the falsification of history: An analysis of the New York Times’ reply to five historians

Arts Review

On the eve of the Academy Awards ceremony
New York Times’ Wesley Morris complains that eight of the films nominated for Best Picture “are about white people”

By David Walsh, 8 February 2020

Morris, the ideological product of decades of selfish identity politics, espouses a thoroughly racialist interpretation of history and culture. He seemingly cannot perceive anything else aside from race.

Staff, students and freedom of expression at Nashville art school threatened in takeover by religious university

By Warren Duzak, 6 February 2020

American pianist Peter Serkin is dead at 72

By Fred Mazelis, 5 February 2020

Advocate (2019): “An angry, optimistic woman” in pursuit of justice for the Palestinians

By Jean Shaoul, 4 February 2020

Steven Soderbergh’s High Flying Bird: Sports and racial politics

More on the campaign to defend Julian Assange »

Election 2020

SEP presidential candidate Joseph Kishore addresses IYSSE election campaign meeting at Berlin’s Humboldt University

By our reporters, 1 February 2020

Socialist Equality Party to run Joseph Kishore for president, Norissa Santa Cruz for vice president in 2020 US elections

The alternative confronting the working class is clear: capitalist barbarism or international socialism. The Socialist Equality Party, in political solidarity with the International Committee of the Fourth International, will use this campaign to advance the struggle of the working class against capitalism. Sign up today to get involved!

“The time is now to fight for genuine socialism and an end to capitalist exploitation”
SEP presidential candidate Joseph Kishore opens 2020 campaign with address to students and supporters in Michigan

By our reporters, 29 January 2020

Workers Struggles

India: 10,000 Karnataka midday-meal workers strike indefinitely; Tahiti workers strike against Macron’s pensions “reforms”
Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

8 February 2020

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

India: One million public sector bank workers strike for higher pay and against privatisation

By Arun Kumar, 6 February 2020

Unifor praises Saskatchewan premier as he demands police action against locked out refinery workers

By Carl Bronski, 6 February 2020

Germany’s IG Metall union offers to collaborate in restructuring the steel and electronics industries

By Ulrich Rippert, 6 February 2020

Washington DC transit authority proposes cuts in services in wake of 84-day bus drivers’ strike

By Nick Barrickman, 4 February 2020

Commentary

Over 1.5 million homeless students in the US

By Trévon Austin, 6 February 2020

Amidst growth of class struggle, union membership in US falls to historic lows

By Jerry White, 4 February 2020

The right-wing record of Jacinda Ardern’s government in New Zealand

By the Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand), 3 February 2020

Britain leaves the European Union: Against nationalism, For the United Socialist States of Europe!

Statement by the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 31 January 2020

Swiss newspaper raises important questions about the Harvey Weinstein trial
Why will no one in the American media do the same?

By David Walsh, 30 January 2020

The decade of socialist revolution begins

By David North and Joseph Kishore, 3 January 2020

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Germany: IYSSE again represented in the Student Parliament at Berlin’s Humboldt University

By our reporters, 5 February 2020

Germany: Humboldt University students speak on the falsification of history and lessons from Auschwitz

Take up the fight for international socialism! Join the IYSSE!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 5 February 2020

Students and young people speak out against war

4 February 2020

More than half of the world’s millennials fear a nuclear attack will happen in the next decade

By Genevieve Leigh, 4 February 2020

Book Review

An examination of the anti-immigrant campaign in early 20th century America
The Guarded Gate, by Daniel Okrent (Scribner, 2019)

By Fred Mazelis, 3 February 2020

A century after the imposition of racist immigration quotas in the US, xenophobia, anti-Semitism and racism are once again on the rise in the US and around the world.

25 years ago: Russian miners strike

On February 8, 1995, more than 600,000 coal miners staged a one-day strike across Russia, shutting down mines from Sakhalin in the east to the Don River basin.

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50 years ago: Yugoslavia makes trade agreement with Common Market countries

On February 6, 1970, the government of Yugoslavia signed a three-year trade agreement with the European Economic Community, also referred to as the Common Market.

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75 years ago: At Yalta Conference, Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin discuss post-war carve-up

On February 4, 1945 Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin gathered in the Crimean resort city of Yalta to begin negotiations on the carve-up of the world in the aftermath of the Second World War.

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100 years ago: New Zealand sends troops to Fiji to quell strike

On February 5, 1920, the Reform Party government of William Massey in New Zealand sent a contingent of 55 soldiers to Fiji to help the British colonial government suppress a strike of public employees.

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Science

Latest UN plan to address catastrophic decline in biodiversity—more empty platitudes

By Philip Guelpa, 1 February 2020

Earth faces the sixth mass extinction of life on the planet, and all the capitalist system can provide is another toothless document.

History

An interview with Auschwitz survivor Esther Bejarano

By the editorial board, 27 January 2020

Seventy-five years since the liberation of Auschwitz

Seventy-five years after World War II: The ideological preparations for fascism and war
IYSSE holds second meeting in campaign for student parliament elections at Berlin’s Humboldt University

By our reporters, 28 January 2020

No to war against Iran! For an international movement against capitalism and war!
IYSSE holds first meeting in campaign for student parliament elections at Berlin’s Humboldt University

The New York Times' 1619 Project

Martin Luther King Jr. and the fight for social equality

By Tom Mackaman and Niles Niemuth, 23 January 2020

The New York Times’ “1619 Project”
Nikole Hannah-Jones, Shell Oil and mass killings in Africa

By Trévon Austin and Bill Van Auken, 18 December 2019

The New York Times’s 1619 Project: A racialist falsification of American and world history

By Niles Niemuth, Tom Mackaman and David North, 6 September 2019

“The saddest part of this is that the response of the Times is simply to defend their project”
An interview with historian Clayborne Carson on the New York Times’ 1619 Project

1619 Project director speaks at New York University
Nikole Hannah-Jones, race theory and the Holocaust

By Eric London and David North, 26 November 2019

More on the New York Times’ 1619 Project »

Mehring Books

New pamphlet from Mehring Books on the 1619 Project

24 January 2020

The response of David North and Eric London to the New York Times’ rebuff of five eminent historians’ objections to the 1619 Project is now available as an illustrated pamphlet.

Vadim Rogovin’s Bolsheviks against Stalinism 1928–1933: Leon Trotsky and the Left Opposition
A magnificent account of Stalin’s opponents in the USSR

By Andrea Peters, 21 December 2019

Stalin’s rise was neither foreordained nor a natural outgrowth of the October Revolution. The Great Russian chauvinist and bureaucrat secured power in ferocious conflict with the proletariat, peasantry and cadre of the revolutionary socialist movement.

Socialist Equality Party

UK Public Meetings:
The election of Boris Johnson and the failure of Corbynism

28 December 2019

Socialist Equality Party used UK general election to put forward a socialist perspective

Autoworkers Struggles

GM workers in Mexico thank Australian workers for support

By the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 10 January 2020

GM workers in Mexico thank US workers for donating to their defense fund

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Socialist Equality Party

Video: 70 years after the Chinese Revolution—How the struggle for socialism was betrayed

31 October 2019

Introduction to the 1955 SWP resolution “The Third Chinese Revolution and its Aftermath”

From the archives
SWP resolution: The Third Chinese Revolution and its Aftermath

Introduction to the 1951 report to the Fourth International by Chinese Trotskyist Peng Shuzhi

From the archives
The Causes of the Victory of the Chinese Communist Party over Chiang Kai-Shek, and the CCP’s Perspectives

Mehring Books

Mehring Yayıncılık publishes new ICFI books for İstanbul Book Fair

By Ulas Atesci, 29 October 2019

Preface to the Turkish edition of The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century

By David North, 2 September 2019

Preview the new publication from Mehring Books
Author’s introduction to Bolsheviks Against Stalinism 1928-1933: Leon Trotsky and the Left Opposition

By Vadim Rogovin, 30 August 2019

Now available from Mehring Books
Bolsheviks Against Stalinism 1928-1933: Leon Trotsky and the Left Opposition by Vadim Z. Rogovin

History of the ICFI

Drawing the lessons of the ICFI split—International Strategy and National Tactics: The change in the ICFI’s approach to national liberation movements

By Deepal Jayasekera, 30 September 2019

This lecture was delivered to the Socialist Equality Party (US) Summer School on July 25, 2019 by Deepal Jayasekera, Assistant Secretary of the Socialist Equality Party in Sri Lanka

Introduction to the Turkish language edition of In Defense of Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky’s four fateful years in Prinkipo: 1929-1933

By David North, 23 September 2019

The ICFI and the Crisis of Stalinism

The World Capitalist Crisis and the Tasks of the Fourth International: An analysis of the ICFI Perspectives resolution of 1988

The International Committee’s response to the “End of History”: The March 1992 Plenum of the ICFI

The Dissolution of the USSR and the Unipolar Moment of US Imperialism

China: Thirty years since the Tiananmen Square massacre

The Political Origins and Consequences of the 1982–86 Split in the International Committee of the Fourth International

The 2020 US Elections

Joe Biden: A familiar face, a deeply reactionary record

By Patrick Martin, 23 September 2019

Amy Klobuchar: The favorite Democrat of Senate Republicans

By George Gallanis, 19 August 2019