US Politics

Biden economic team: Straight from Wall Street

By Patrick Martin, 1 December 2020

Behind a screen of racial and gender diversity, the Biden administration will be a government of, by and for the ruling class.

US State Department moves to suppress criticism of Israel

By Dominic Gustavo, 30 November 2020

The Trump administration is seeking to silence all criticism of the Israeli apartheid state by equating all opposition to Israel with anti-Semitism.

Who is Alejandro Mayorkas?

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 28 November 2020

Biden’s pick for DHS secretary was a key figure in the Obama administration’s detention and mass deportation of immigrants.

US CDC plans to reduce quarantine time after potential COVID-19 exposure

By Benjamin Mateus, 27 November 2020

The purpose of reducing the isolation period to as little as seven days is to ensure workers will be back on the job faster, even though the CDC admits this will increase the transmission of the virus.

Meet the Censored: Andre Damon

By Matt Taibbi, 26 November 2020

Increased content moderation has been sold as a tool to control the far right, but the World Socialist Web Site was among the first to sound the alarm.

President Trump issues full pardon of former national security advisor Michael Flynn

By Kevin Reed, 26 November 2020

Trump’s action ends the case against the right-wing White House aide who lied to the FBI during the early days of the investigation into claims of “Russian interference” in the 2016 US elections.

Biden delivers pablum and pretense as he consolidates a right-wing administration

By Patrick Martin, 26 November 2020

In a Thanksgiving message and a television interview, the president-elect dismissed the ongoing threat to democratic rights from President Trump.

The Democratic Socialists of America pleads with Biden not to appoint Rahm Emanuel

By Kristina Betinis, 26 November 2020

A petition opposing the appointment of Emanuel to President-elect Biden’s administration simultaneously exposes the right-wing record of the Democratic Party and the utter bankruptcy of its DSA faction.

India’s ruling elite welcomes Biden-Harris victory in US presidential election

By Deepal Jayasekera, 26 November 2020

The warm welcome for the President-elect is based on the calculation that a Biden administration will be no less committed than Trump’s to expanding the anti-China Indo-US “global strategic partnership.”

Pennsylvania, Nevada certify Biden victories as Trump repeats his vows to overturn the election

By Barry Grey, 25 November 2020

Whether or not Biden’s right-wing administration-in-waiting comes to power, Trump’s election coup is a dire warning to the working class.

Jacobin and Democratic Socialists of America promote illusions in a “progressive” Biden administration

By Gabriel Black, 25 November 2020

The central role of Jacobin is to prevent any political break with the Democratic Party as Biden constructs a reactionary administration based on Wall Street and the military.

Joe Biden’s cabinet: A rainbow coalition of imperialist reaction

By Eric London, 25 November 2020

The nomination of a series of right-wing women and minority representatives of the military-intelligence complex encapsulates and exposes the right-wing essence of identity politics.

Federal agency lifts blockade on Biden transition, but Trump pledges to continue electoral coup

By Barry Grey, 24 November 2020

The erosion of support for Trump within the corporate-financial oligarchy is driven in part by a recognition that Biden is assembling a right-wing, militaristic administration that will aggressively defend the interests of big business.

North Carolina pastor who led peaceful march to polls charged with felony assault

By Jacob Crosse, 24 November 2020

Three weeks after police assaulted peaceful marchers on their way to register to vote, the county sheriff’s office announced felony and misdemeanor charges against organizer Reverend Greg Drumwright.

Biden names national security team of right-wing militarists

By Patrick Martin, 24 November 2020

The roll-out of Biden’s first cabinet nominees shows the top priority of the incoming Democratic administration: building a US-led imperialist front against China and Russia

Stanford academic senate condemns Scott Atlas

By Jonathan Burleigh, 23 November 2020

Most Stanford faculty voted to oppose the high-level Trump adviser’s actions that “promote a view of COVID-19 that contradicts medical science.”

As court defeats multiply

Trump continues drive to nullify election

By Patrick Martin, 23 November 2020

The political conspiracy has suffered a string of legal setbacks in its efforts to overturn the 2020 election, but continues to demand the suppression of millions of votes.

Federal prisoner Orlando Hall executed after US Supreme Court clears the way

By Kate Randall, 21 November 2020

The Trump administration aims to carry out at least three more executions before Inauguration Day, including that of the first federal woman prisoner in almost seven decades.

California ballot propositions: Voters reject identity politics, but app-based delivery giants buy protection

By David Levine, 21 November 2020

There were contradictory results on November 3: voters rejected an effort to revive affirmative action programs that discriminate based on race, but they also rejected efforts to protect “gig” workers from exploitation, after a $200 million campaign by corporate giants like Uber and Lyft.

Trump holds White House meeting with Michigan Republicans in bid to overturn Biden victory

By Barry Grey, 21 November 2020

More than two weeks after the November 3 election, President Donald Trump and the Republican Party continue to refuse to accept the results of the presidential vote. Nor can it be assumed that they ultimately will.

Biden, Pence both reject lockdowns to save lives as coronavirus pandemic explodes

By Patrick Martin, 20 November 2020

There is bipartisan agreement that workers must be forced to work and produce profits for big business, regardless of the danger from COVID-19.

Vote breakdown shows class interests, not race, drove Trump’s defeat in Midwest “battleground” states

By Barry Grey, 19 November 2020

An analysis of the vote results in the three Midwestern “battleground” states that were key to Biden’s victory—Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin—confirms that the critical factor was a turn by substantial sections of white workers to oppose Trump.

States certifying Biden victory despite Trump lawsuits, recount demands

By Patrick Martin, 19 November 2020

The effective cutoff date for Trump’s efforts to overturn the election through the courts is Dec. 8, when states submit their lists of presidential electors to the federal government.

Twelve million to lose unemployment benefits in December

By Jacob Crosse, 19 November 2020

Seeking to blackmail workers back into dangerous workplaces, Congress continues to ignore the plight of millions of unemployed people left without aid.

Hunger and evictions surge in the US

By Jacob Crosse, 18 November 2020

As COVID-19 cases skyrocket, food lines snake for miles, and eviction filings increase across the country, Congress refuses to pass emergency jobless aid.

Morenoites dismiss Trump coup attempt, while sowing illusions in Biden

By Miguel Andrade, 17 November 2020

The Morenoites’ Izquierda Diaro has lined up with the Democrats in dismissing Trump’s attempt to nullify the US election as of no significance.

Biden names pro-war think tank and former Pentagon officials to transition team

By Ray Coleman and Nick Barrickman, 17 November 2020

Over one-third of the members of Biden’s defense transition team are drawn from foreign policy think tanks funded by military contractors or are former national security officials.

Johnson government in meltdown after Biden US election victory

By Robert Stevens, 17 November 2020

Johnson’s government was blown apart last week, as the pro-EU Biden’s victory resulted in the departure from Downing Street of the prime minister’s chief adviser Dominic Cummings and Director of Communications Lee Cain.

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos congratulates Biden as the president-elect packs his transition teams with servants of the corporate oligarchy

By Tom Carter, 17 November 2020

Tom Sullivan, Amazon’s director of international tax planning, will sit on Biden’s Department of State team, while Mark Schwartz, an “enterprise strategist” for Amazon Web Services, will serve on the Office of Management and Budget team.

What would a Biden administration mean for public education?

By Renae Cassimeda, 17 November 2020

An understanding of what a Biden administration would have in store for educators requires a sober appraisal of the record of the Obama-Biden administration, the president-elect’s program and the class interests that Biden and the Democratic Party serve.

The pandemic and Trump’s plots

By Joseph Kishore, 16 November 2020

Three events over the past three days cast light on the character of Trump’s post-election conspiracies and the social and economic interests driving them.

As US COVID-19 cases top 11 million, Biden aides reject new lockdown to save lives

By Patrick Martin, 16 November 2020

The United States is entering the winter season with coronavirus numbers hitting records in 45 states.

The Crisis Elections: 1860 & 2020

15 November 2020

An online meeting with historians James Oakes, Richard Carwardine and Tom Mackaman. Moderated by WSWS International Editorial Board Chairman David North.

Sri Lankan government and opposition greet US president-elect Joe Biden

By K. Ratnayake, 14 November 2020

US governments are hostile to the cash-strapped Colombo regime increasingly looking for financial assistance from China.

Another 709,000 file for unemployment in the US as evictions resume, food lines grow and job cuts continue

By Jacob Crosse, 14 November 2020

Massive job losses in education, coupled with the expiration of unemployment benefits, has left millions on the brink of destitution.

After endorsing neofascist rally in DC

Trump signals continuation of election coup at White House appearance

By Barry Grey, 14 November 2020

Trump’s Rose Garden appearance Friday was meant to signal a continuation of his unprecedented and unconstitutional effort to overturn the results of the presidential election.

Is Trump plotting a war against Iran?

By Bill Van Auken, 14 November 2020

Refusing to accept electoral defeat, and having purged the top ranks of the Pentagon, there is a growing danger that the US president will launch a “December surprise” in the form of a war against Iran.

Trump campaign presses demands to suppress millions of votes

By Patrick Martin, 13 November 2020

The main targets of the phony “vote fraud” complaints are Pennsylvania and Michigan, both won by Democratic candidate Joe Biden by sizable margins.

Leading NYPD officer caught posting racist, fascistic messages online

By Shuvu Batta, 13 November 2020

James Kobel, a 28-year veteran of the NYPD, was suspended from his post as head of the NYPD Equal Employment Opportunity Division.

Post-US election rally of US/UK pseudo-left hears praise for dragging neo-liberalism’s corpse “across the finishing line”

By Julie Hyland, 13 November 2020

The British pseudo-left are indifferent to the crisis facing American workers. Their sole interest in the US election is how they can utilise it to justify their own rotten scheming with the Labour Party right-wing.

State attorney general reports:

Michigan conspirators planned to storm capitol, conduct livestream executions, lock legislators inside and burn building down

By Eric London, 13 November 2020

A Michigan attorney general filing states the plotters planned “to take hostages, execute tyrants and have it televised.”

Trump packs Pentagon with right-wing loyalists

By Bill Van Auken, 12 November 2020

The wholesale shakeup in the Pentagon leadership is one of the most ominous features of Trump’s bid to annul the results of the 2020 elections.

UK’s Brexit conflict reignited by US election crisis

By Thomas Scripps, 12 November 2020

Biden is expected to return to America’s traditional approach of pushing its interests within the European Union.

Trudeau leads Canadian establishment in hailing Biden's election victory

By Roger Jordan, 12 November 2020

Unlike political leaders in Europe, who for their own reasons have criticized Trump’s refusal to concede defeat, Trudeau and his ministers continue to avoid all comment on the plans of Trump and his Republicans to nullify the election’s outcome.

As Biden popular vote lead hits five million

Trump, Republicans continue campaign to overturn election

By Patrick Martin, 12 November 2020

Republican efforts are focused on six states, all won by Biden: Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Arizona and Nevada.

Federal agents arrest New York man for threatening to “exterminate” Democrats, protesters

By Jacob Crosse, 12 November 2020

Brian Maiorana, 54, in expletive-laden and anti-Semitic online tirades, threatened to kill opponents of Trump, according to a federal affidavit.

Mexican president refuses to recognize Biden victory

By Andrea Lobo, 12 November 2020

To the extent that he is hedging his bets on Trump’s staying in power, AMLO’s stance should caution against any skepticism about the threat of a coup to overturn the US election.

New Zealand government promises stronger US ties after Biden elected

By Tom Peters, 12 November 2020

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern noted that New Zealand had strengthened its alliance with the US during the Trump administration and promised this would continue under a Biden administration.

US Supreme Court justices signal support for upholding Affordable Care Act

By Kate Randall, 11 November 2020

Most of the justices gave a skeptical hearing to arguments that Obamacare should be struck down in its entirety because Congress eliminated the tax penalty for those who did not purchase insurance.

Wall Street and global stocks boosted by news of COVID-19 vaccine

By Nick Beams, 11 November 2020

The surge in the equity markets does not indicate any underlying strength in the economy but is more an expression of the highly speculative character of shifts by Wall Street investors.

Arkansas police chief resigns after calling on social media for execution of “Marxist Democrats”

By Jacob Crosse, 11 November 2020

Lang Holland is the latest high-ranking cop forced to resign after calling for violence against opponents of Trump.

Stop Trump’s conspiracy to nullify the 2020 elections!

By Socialist Equality Party (US) Political Committee, 11 November 2020

The events of the past 48 hours have made clear that President Donald Trump is refusing to accept his electoral defeat and is actively engaged in a coup to overturn the elections and establish a personalist dictatorship.

Trump escalates defiance of the 2020 election outcome

By Patrick Martin, 10 November 2020

The president is laying the groundwork not merely for scattered legal challenges to tallies in various states but to open repudiation of the entire election result.

Why did some working class regions vote for Trump?

By Eric London, 10 November 2020

A review of social conditions and historic voting patterns in southern West Virginia, eastern Ohio, the Rio Grande Valley, Texas and central Indiana discredits the claim that Trump voters are merely white fascists and racists.

As Brazil’s Bolsonaro remains silent, the Workers Party and pseudo-left hail Biden victory

By Tomas Castanheira, 10 November 2020

Aligned with the interests of significant sectors of the Brazilian ruling class, the PT and its pseudo-left supporters enthusiastically celebrated Biden’s election.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pleads for “unity” as Democrats attack the “socialist left”

By Genevieve Leigh, 10 November 2020

Within hours of the declaration of a Biden victory in the 2020 presidential race, the Democratic Party moved to collaborate with the Republicans while launching an attack against its so-called “left” wing.

Biden coronavirus transition task force to continue back-to-work drive

Panel includes Ezekiel Emanuel, Obamacare advocate of health care rationing

By Kate Randall, 9 November 2020

The Biden-Harris administration’s approach to the pandemic will be based on the drive to reopen schools and businesses, continuing the subordination of the pandemic response to corporate profit interests.

While Trump continues to deny election defeat

Biden, Democrats prepare right-wing administration

By Patrick Martin, 9 November 2020

In the wake of the election, the Democratic leadership is aiming its fire not against Trump and his fascistic allies but against the “left” in their own party.

Former Mexican military chief pleads not guilty to US drug trafficking charges

By Andrea Lobo, 9 November 2020

The Cienfuegos case has sent shockwaves through the Mexican ruling elite, while raising suspicions about the roles played by the López Obrador government and Washington.

Biden appeals to Republicans for “unity” as voters repudiate Trump

By Eric London, 8 November 2020

There is a vast gulf between the sentiments driving millions of workers and youth to vote against Trump and the concerns of the faction of the ruling class represented by the Democratic Party.

Armed Trump supporters arrested at Philadelphia counting site as Republicans echo Trump’s claims of vote fraud

By Jacob Crosse, 7 November 2020

While remaining behind in several key states, Trump continues to claim fraud while seeking to incite his fascistic supporters.

Democrats’ bid to win control of state legislatures collapses

By Barry Grey, 7 November 2020

The inability and refusal of Biden and the Democrats to advance a program for the working class has strengthened the position of the Republican Party in the US Congress and in statehouses across the US.

FBI seizes internet domain names it claims are part of Iranian influence campaign

By Kevin Reed, 7 November 2020

The Justice Department made vague assertions of “covert influence” and “pro-Iranian propaganda,” but presented no evidence of its allegations.

Behind the delay in the US election results

By Joseph Kishore, 7 November 2020

There are currently intense discussions behind the scenes over how to resolve the unprecedented political crisis in the United States and the makeup of any future Biden administration.

Trump falsely claims “fraud” as vote counting erases his leads in Georgia and Pennsylvania

By Patrick Martin, 6 November 2020

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is expected to win an Electoral College majority Friday, while Trump is making clear that he will refuse to concede.

Social media platforms implement aggressive censorship during the 2020 US elections

By Kevin Reed, 6 November 2020

The major social media platforms took their political censorship operations into high gear on election day, including Facebook placing a fact checking label on every single post by anyone on their platform who is commenting or sharing content about the election in any way.

Post-election protests in US cities met with mass arrests

By Jacob Crosse, 6 November 2020

The National Guard was deployed in Portland, Oregon, while Trump-aligned “poll watchers” harassed election officials in Phoenix and Detroit

New documents show Mueller investigation unable to concoct charges against Assange and WikiLeaks

By Oscar Grenfell, 6 November 2020

The revelations demonstrate that the US state has been seeking to manufacture a criminal prosecution of Assange for years, in response to his exposure of its war crimes and corruption.

2020 election results explode the identity politics narrative

By Eric London, 6 November 2020

An examination of the voting results does not support the racial narrative that dominates the politics of the Democratic Party and its political appendages.

German political establishment demands foreign policy “sovereignty” after US elections

By Johannes Stern, 5 November 2020

Representatives of all parties are demanding a more aggressive foreign and military policy that is more independent of the United States.

As US vote-counting continues into second night

Biden nears narrow Electoral College victory while Republicans lead in Senate

By Patrick Martin, 5 November 2020

The states of Wisconsin and Michigan were called for Biden today by the Associated Press and the television networks, including Fox News.

Trump’s refusal to concede sets the stage for post-election crisis

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 5 November 2020

While it appears that the Democratic Party candidate Joe Biden is on the verge of winning enough states to be elected president, Trump’s refusal to accept the results will intensify the political crisis.

Preliminary observations on the US presidential elections

By Patrick Martin, 4 November 2020

As of early Wednesday morning, the US presidential election remains undecided. The fact that it is so close, however, is a devastating indictment of the Democratic Party.

Jewish cemetery in Michigan desecrated with Trump campaign slogans on eve of election

By Jacob Crosse, 4 November 2020

The vandalism comes amidst Trump’s promotion of fascistic militia elements as part of his conspiracy to steal the election.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald resigns from the Intercept in protest against censorship

By Andre Damon, 4 November 2020

Glenn Greenwald, the most prominent collaborator of whistleblower Edward Snowden and a world-renowned critic of the US media and intelligence agencies, has resigned from The Intercept, the publication he founded in 2013, in protest against its attempts to stifle his reporting critical of the Democratic Party.

As millions vote against him, Trump pushes violence and suppression of votes

By Patrick Martin, 3 November 2020

Voter turnout is at record levels, fueled by popular outrage against the Trump administration.

The socialist perspective in the 2020 US elections

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 3 November 2020

Historians will look back at the 2020 elections as both a continuation and a new stage in the protracted crisis of American democracy.

Amazon workers discuss the issues raised by the US presidential election

By Our reporters, 3 November 2020

The International Amazon Workers Voice spoke to Amazon workers around the country about the US presidential elections, who voiced broad distrust with both parties and a desire for a genuine alternative.

Washington D.C. Public Schools halt reopening plans as teachers mount sickout strike

By Nick Barrickman, 3 November 2020

The halt to reopening comes after 93 percent of Washington D.C. Public School teachers declared a vote of “no confidence” in the Democratic Party-controlled city’s school reopening plan.

Closing remarks from SEP national secretary Joseph Kishore

By Joseph Kishore, 3 November 2020

The WSWS has exhaustively documented and analyzed the political crisis and historical decay of American democracy.

On the eve of the civil war election

The breakdown of democracy and the fight for socialism in the United States

2 November 2020

This was the final election meeting organised by the Socialist Equality Party as part of its campaign in the 2020 US elections.

Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse extradited to Wisconsin

By By Kevin Reed, 2 November 2020

The 17-year-old vigilante was being held in an Illinois juvenile detention facility on charges of gunning down two protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin in August, and wounding a third.

The pandemic and the political record of the SEP in the 2020 election

By David North, 2 November 2020

In his speech opening Sunday’s final public meeting of the 2020 election, Socialist Equality Party Chairman David North stated, “A great historical crisis—and the pandemic is of that magnitude—reveals and puts to the test the perspectives and programs of all parties.” The course of events has vindicated the perspective and program of the Socialist Equality Party.

Amid explosive rise in new COVID-19 cases

White House attacks Fauci for suggesting Trump does not take pandemic “seriously”

By Benjamin Mateus, 2 November 2020

The White House denounced Dr. Anthony Fauci for “playing politics” after the top infectious disease expert warned that Trump’s policies were leading the US into “a whole lot of hurt.”

On the eve of the US election

Trump backs violence against Biden campaign

By Patrick Martin, 2 November 2020

The president voiced his approval of an attack by a caravan of his supporters on a Biden-Harris campaign bus in Texas.

Pseudo-left apologists for Biden and the bankruptcy of “lesser-evil” politics

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 31 October 2020

In the final days of the election, the Democratic Party and its affiliates are going all out to insist that workers and youth opposed to Trump must subordinate their struggles to electing Biden.

National Guard deployed in Philadelphia following protests against police murder

By Nick Barrickman, 31 October 2020

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, a Democrat, has announced plans to keep the National Guard in the city until after Election Day.

US Senate hearing on Section 230 law devolves into demands for social media censorship

By Kevin Reed, 30 October 2020

The Senate Commerce Committee held a four-hour hearing on Wednesday to discuss the relevance of legal protections for online services that included testimony from three big tech CEOs.

“What is Left of American Democracy on the Eve of the 2020 Elections?”

David North and Adolph Reed discuss US political crisis at online forum

30 October 2020

North and Reed discussed and debated their views on the unfolding political crisis in the United States and the way forward for the working class, and responded to audience questions at the forum hosted by the San Diego State University.

Trump and Democratic governors, mayors ready National Guard and police for election night protests

By Jacob Crosse, 30 October 2020

Several governors have already called up National Guard troops, while Homeland Security agents are being deployed to Washington DC.

The explosion of new cases of COVID in the Northern Hemisphere will fuel massive social unrest

By Benjamin Mateus, 30 October 2020

There were more than 500,000 cases of COVID-19 reported globally, with the number of deaths keeping apace.

Introductory remarks to “What is Left of American Democracy on the Eve of the 2020 Election?”

By David North, 30 October 2020

These remarks were delivered October 28 to an online forum sponsored by the San Diego State University Department of Political Science.

The political impact and growing readership of the World Socialist Web Site

By Patrick Martin, 30 October 2020

The WSWS represents something completely new. It is the voice of the international working class, conscious of itself and its historical mission.

US threatens military strikes against Iran and Venezuela

By Bill Van Auken, 29 October 2020

Washington has indicated it is prepared to use armed force to prevent Iran from selling weapons to Venezuela, potentially attacking both countries.

As US vote total surges, Trump, Republicans seek to block counting

By Patrick Martin, 29 October 2020

Record numbers of voters have cast early votes or voted by mail, an indication of a growing politicization of the American population.

Trump defends killer cops and police attacks on protesters in Philadelphia

By Jacob Crosse, 29 October 2020

Trump is using protests against the police murder of Walter Wallace, Jr. in Philadelphia to justify repression by federal, state and local forces against the eruption of mass opposition to his planned election coup.

As election approaches, Trump conspires to repudiate popular vote

Socialist Equality Party Political Committee, 28 October 2020

As Trump conspires to remain in power and overturn the results of an electoral defeat, the Democrats are doing everything they can to disarm and block popular opposition in the working class.

The New York Times attacks the First Amendment and embraces censorship of “disinformation”

By Kevin Reed, 28 October 2020

An essay published in the October 18 edition of the New York Times Magazine argues that online “disinformation” has rendered First Amendment rights to free speech “inadequate,” requiring government and social media censorship of “unfettered speech.”

Questions remain as to ties between police, border militias and Trump campaign in southwest US

By Chase Lawrence, 28 October 2020

Border militias in the Southwest have trained thousands of vigilantes with the same fundamental outlook as the men who plotted to kill Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. These groups have connections to individuals like Joe Arpaio, who is close to the Trump campaign.

Facebook deploying teams with advanced censorship tools in advance of the US election

By Kevin Reed, 27 October 2020

Citing concerns over election-related “chaos” and “violence,” Facebook is preparing—in collaboration with the US intelligence state—advanced software tools for implementing a censorship regime during November 3 and its aftermath.