US Politics

Trump commutes prison term for political crony Roger Stone

By Patrick Martin, 13 July 2020

Stone’s convictions on perjury and other federal charges stemmed from the bogus anti-Russia campaign launched by the Democratic Party and sections of the military-intelligence establishment.

Haymarket Books “Abolitionist Teaching” forum: A call to promote racial division among teachers

By Renae Cassimeda and Norissa Santa Cruz, 13 July 2020

As workers in every industry unite across racial lines to fight against the Trump administration’s back-to-work campaign, Haymarket is promoting racial divisions and blaming teachers’ supposed “white privilege” for the crisis facing public education.

Arrested Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell being monitored by federal officials over suicide concerns

By Kevin Reed, 10 July 2020

Anonymous federal officials say they fear Maxwell will take her own life while being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn on charges of aiding Jeffrey Epstein in his sex ring and abuse of teenage girls in the 1990s.

Michigan court rules that SEP must gather signatures despite pandemic

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 10 July 2020

The district court’s decision is not a serious legal ruling grounded in jurisprudence or reasoned analysis. It is a political decision aimed at barring socialists from the ballot.

The collapse of the New York Times’ “Russian bounties” campaign

By Patrick Martin, 10 July 2020

Less than two weeks after it kicked off a media frenzy, the Times published an editorial effectively conceding that there was no factual basis for its reporting that Russian military intelligence had paid bounties to Taliban fighters to kill American soldiers.

Mr. López Obrador goes to Washington

Mexican president kowtows to his “friend” Donald Trump

By Eric London, 9 July 2020

Obrador’s appearance with Trump yesterday will rank in history as among the most demeaning and sycophantic Washington visits by any Latin American head of state.

US Supreme Court decisions attack separation of church and state and workers’ rights

By Ed Hightower, 9 July 2020

The court’s assault on workers takes the form of an assault on secularism.

Wall Street, Republicans and militarists back Biden campaign

By Patrick Martin, 9 July 2020

The presumptive Democratic nominee has outraised President Trump for two months in a row, thanks in part to a flood of corporate and billionaire money.

Students oppose Trump’s threat to deport international students

By our reporters, 9 July 2020

The Trump administration’s effort to use international students as a bargaining chip to force the reopening of colleges is part of a push to get the economy back open while also scapegoating immigrants for the pandemic.

Trump’s back-to-work diktat threatens teachers’ lives

By Evan Blake, 9 July 2020

On Wednesday, US President Donald Trump demanded that US schools reopen in the fall amid a raging pandemic, threatening the lives of thousands of teachers.

Federal judge backs Democrats, rules against SEP challenge to Michigan ballot access requirements during pandemic

By Kevin Reed, 9 July 2020

A Republican-appointed federal judge sided with Michigan Democrats on Wednesday and ruled against the Socialist Equality Party in its lawsuit to block the state’s unconstitutional rules for ballot access in the 2020 presidential elections.

Jeffrey Epstein’s confidante Ghislaine Maxwell relocated to federal jail in New York City

By Kevin Reed, 8 July 2020

Ghislaine Maxwell is to appear in court on July 14 on charges of enticing minors to have sex with Jeffrey Epstein in the 1990s.

US billionaires, politicians cash in on “small business” loan program

By Jacob Crosse, 8 July 2020

Information released Monday by the US Treasury and Small Business Administration reveals how the well-connected and rich helped themselves to billions of taxpayer dollars.

Democrats’ denunciation of America’s revolutionary heritage provides an opening for Trump

By Niles Niemuth, 7 July 2020

The campaign waged by the Democratic Party to discredit Jefferson, Lincoln and other leaders of America’s two revolutions allows Trump to package his extreme right-wing policies as a defense of democratic traditions.

US labor secretary says “reopening” will proceed in face of surging pandemic

By Kevin Reed, 6 July 2020

Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia declared that “Our workplaces can be very safe places to be,” even as hospitalizations broke records in states across the country.

As COVID-19 pandemic explodes out of control

Trump gives fascistic rant at Mount Rushmore event held in defiance of health experts

By Barry Grey, 4 July 2020

Trump sought to use recent attacks on monuments to leaders of the American Revolution and Civil War to brand protesters against police killings as "far-left fascists," while hailing the police and right-wing militia groups and pledging to crack down on opponents of his authoritarian and pro-corporate policies.

Millions in the US face catastrophe as federal unemployment relief set to expire amid surging pandemic

By Kevin Reed, 4 July 2020

The combined economic impact of the raging pandemic and the imminent cutoff of $600 weekly federal assistance is leading to a social catastrophe for millions across the US.

Trump administration gives private equity firms access to 401(k) retirement funds

By Gabriel Black, 4 July 2020

The $7.9 trillion in 401(k) retirement funds will be used to buttress private equity markets and further enrich the financial oligarchy.

An assault on separation of church and state as well as public education

US Supreme Court rules in favor of religious schools

By John Burton and Ed Hightower, 3 July 2020

Undermining the wall between church and state, the Supreme Court ruled that states cannot deny funding to religious schools, sweeping aside dozens of state constitutional provisions enacted to protect public education.

Jeffrey Epstein confidante Ghislaine Maxwell arrested in New Hampshire

By Kevin Reed, 3 July 2020

Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested in New Hampshire on Thursday and charged by a federal court in Manhattan with six counts related to her alleged collaboration with Jeffrey Epstein in a sex ring that involved girls as young as 14 years old.

Primaries show deepening political polarization in US

By Patrick Martin, 3 July 2020

While both the corporate-controlled parties, the Democrats and Republicans, are moving to the right, the bulk of the population is moving to the left.

The New York Times fabricates Russian murder plot

By Patrick Martin, 3 July 2020

The Washington frenzy against Russia has been triggered by a lying propaganda campaign initiated by the New York Times.

As pandemic rages, Trump administration calls on Supreme Court to strike down Obamacare

By Kate Randall, 27 June 2020

An overturn of the Affordable Care Act would wipe out health care coverage for as many as 23 million Americans.

CIA releases TV recruiting ad for streaming video services

By Kevin Reed, 27 June 2020

The CIA has released a TV commercial portraying the agency as a diverse workplace and appeals to young people to become US spies.

Contact tracing and capitalism’s response to the pandemic

By Benjamin Mateus, 27 June 2020

As the globe rapidly approaches ten million cases of COVID-19, the United States continues to ignore any public health measures to contain the pandemic.

YDSA develops ties with SYRIZA youth, Greek party of austerity and police repression

By Sam Wayne, 27 June 2020

Members of the Young Democratic Socialists of America have published a joint statement with the youth section of SYRIZA, the “Coalition of the Radical Left.”

Trump in Tulsa: Fascist ranting and political debacle

By Patrick Martin, 22 June 2020

The BOK Arena was less than half-filled, according to official estimates, a signal of the deepening crisis of the Trump administration and his reelection campaign.

US stokes India-China conflict, blames Chinese “aggression” for border clash

By Keith Jones, 20 June 2020

Senior US official David Stilwell provocatively told a press briefing that the Chinese army had “invaded” the “contested area” between India and China.

More provocations, threats from Trump ahead of Tulsa rally

By Barry Grey, 20 June 2020

In the run-up to his campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma Saturday evening, President Donald Trump is focusing his energies on issuing threats against counter-protesters and incitements to fascistic elements and police officers.

“How can dissent be illegal when that is how the country was started?”

Oklahoma teachers oppose Trump and his Tulsa rally

By Phyllis Steele, 20 June 2020

Educators in Oklahoma, who waged a wildcat strike in 2018, are still ranked near the bottom in the US in pay and per pupil funding.

Amy Klobuchar ends bid to become Biden’s running mate in favor of a “woman of color”

By Genevieve Leigh, 20 June 2020

Neither Klobuchar nor the “women of color” being considered for vice president have anything to do with progressive politics.

Richmond, Virginia police chief ousted following days of violent attacks on protesters

By Ray Coleman, 20 June 2020

Top-level changes at US police departments are bound to continue as public opinion increasingly turns against repressive state measures against peaceful demonstrators.

Socialist Equality Party challenges undemocratic ballot access laws in Michigan

By Joseph Kishore and Norissa Santa Cruz—SEP candidates for president and vice president, 20 June 2020

The lawsuit is part of the SEP’s fight against an undemocratic electoral system that is designed to prevent any opposition to the two parties of the ruling class, the Democrats and Republicans.

Bolton account of Trump White House: Another volley in the conflict within the US ruling elite

By Patrick Martin, 19 June 2020

Press reviews indicate that Bolton’s book attacks Trump entirely from the right, expressing particular bitterness that the administration did not go to war against Iran.

Supreme Court blocks Trump administration’s plan to “immediately end” DACA

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 19 June 2020

A 5-4 majority cited the administration’s failure to provide a “reasoned explanation” as the basis for Trump’s decision to rescind an executive order issued by Obama in 2012.

Protests erupt in Atlanta, Georgia after police fatally shoot fleeing man

By Matthew MacEgan, 15 June 2020

The Atlanta police chief resigned after officers killed Rayshard Brooks in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant Friday night.

Washington, DC’s Democratic mayor renames city street “Black Lives Matter Plaza”

By Dmitri Church and Nick Barrickman, 15 June 2020

Mayor Muriel Bowser’s co-option of the slogan as protests surge throughout the US and internationally is an attempt to cover up the record of the Democratic Party.

140 Trump admin sanctions ICC officials

15 June 2020

Fascistic candidates gain in Republican Party

By Patrick Martin, 15 June 2020

Marjorie Taylor Greene’s campaign produced an ad last week in which she brandished an assault rifle and warned “antifa” demonstrators to “stay the hell out of northwest Georgia.”

In response to protests over police violence

Sanders opposes “defunding” police, calls for increased pay for cops

By Genevieve Leigh, 13 June 2020

Sanders’ position boils down to an absolute defense of the police, which are an instrument of class rule.

Debacle in Georgia primary casts doubt on US elections

By Patrick Martin, 11 June 2020

Voters described waits as long as four hours, a lack of machines and precincts running out of ballots.

Trump, Barr continue threat to deploy military against nationwide protests

By Barry Grey, 8 June 2020

The political situation in the US remains on a knife edge as Trump’s fascistic cabal continues to plot against the Constitution.

New York Times in crisis over op-ed backing military takeover

By Patrick Martin, 6 June 2020

In publishing a fascistic diatribe by Senator Tom Cotton, headlined, “Send in the troops,” the Times editorial page tacitly sided with a military takeover of the United States.

Video: Police on nationwide rampage

1 June 2020

Throughout the country, police attacked nonviolent protestors and journalists with batons, tear gas, rubber bullets, and even vehicles.

Trump incites violent police rampage against protesters

Statement of the Political Committee of the Socialist Equality Party (US), 1 June 2020

Trump’s calls for police violence and repression have been a common theme throughout his administration. Trump views the police as a potential power base for a dictatorial and fascistic regime.

Trump escalates anti-China campaign

By Peter Symonds, 30 May 2020

US President Trump dramatically escalated his reckless anti-China campaign yesterday, making clear that a dangerous confrontation between the two countries is all but inevitable.

US Justice Department drops insider trading investigation of three senators

By Jacob Crosse, 30 May 2020

The three senators, along with a fourth who remains under investigation, dumped large stock holdings based on classified briefings in January about the impending coronavirus disaster.

Memorial Day in America: 100,000 COVID-19 deaths surpass combined US combat fatalities in Korea and Vietnam

By Barry Grey, 25 May 2020

A false narrative dominates the entire coverage of the expanding pandemic—that human life must be balanced against the “economy,” by which is meant the economy of the rich.

Biden’s “gaffe” and the black vote

By Patrick Martin, 25 May 2020

The verbal outburst against host Charlamagne Tha God gave a glimpse of the cynical calculations that underlie the Democratic presidential campaign.

Coronavirus pandemic spreads across the US South

Hospitals overwhelmed in California and Alabama as national death toll approaches 100,000

By Bryan Dyne, 23 May 2020

The spike in cases in such divergent areas of the country is another indication that, contrary to official policy, the spread of the coronavirus pandemic is not slowing but increasing.

Hydroxychloroquine: New scientific study refutes the quack-in-chief

By Benjamin Mateus, 23 May 2020

President Trump claimed this week he had been taking hydroxychloroquine as a preventive measure. His statements demonstrate both ignorance and hostility to science.

US Agriculture Department outlines program to aid farmers hit by pandemic

By Alex Findijs, 23 May 2020

The design of the program will inevitably lead to a disproportionate share of funding flowing to large firms.

Oppose the Trump administration’s deportation of 1,000 immigrant children!

By Norissa Santa Cruz—SEP candidate for US vice president, 23 May 2020

International laws and statutes that once offered special protections for immigrant youth seeking asylum have been made a dead letter by the Trump administration.

Bernie Sanders threatens delegates with removal if they criticize Biden

By Genevieve Leigh, 23 May 2020

Since ending his second bid for the presidency, Sanders has worked to browbeat his supporters into backing Joe Biden.

Trump official blames high US coronavirus death toll on the diversity that “unfortunately” exists in the population

By Jacob Crosse, 19 May 2020

The fascistic comment is the latest attempt by the Trump administration to find an excuse for its catastrophic performance in the COVID-19 pandemic.

As death toll mounts, White House steps up efforts to scapegoat China for pandemic

By Peter Symonds, 18 May 2020

Blaming China not only deflects attention from the Trump administration’s responsibility for the horrific US death toll, but feeds into its anti-China trade war measures.

Purge of government watchdogs escalates drive for authoritarian rule

Trump fires State Department inspector general

By Barry Grey, 18 May 2020

Over the past six weeks, Trump also has removed the inspectors general of the Intelligence Community, Defense and Health and Human Services.

On “This Week” news show, Sanders urges supporters to vote for Biden

By Jacob Crosse, 18 May 2020

Sanders used the national platform afforded him to once again urge his supporters to vote for the right-wing Democratic candidate.

Trump threatens to cut all ties with China

By Peter Symonds, 16 May 2020

The US president’s phony allegations—that China failed to prevent COVID-19 becoming a global pandemic—have been integrated into Washington’s trade war measures.

US House passes $3 trillion coronavirus “relief” bill

By Jacob Crosse, 16 May 2020

In a near party-line vote, the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives passed a fourth stimulus bill that has no chance of being approved by the Republican-controlled Senate.

US Senate reauthorizes domestic surveillance, allows access to internet histories

By Kevin Reed, 16 May 2020

The Senate voted 80 to 16 to reauthorize the domestic surveillance provisions of the USA Freedom Act, including rejection of an amendment that would have barred law enforcement from accessing the internet browsing and search histories of citizens.

Washington places Cuba and Venezuela on “terror” list

By Bill Van Auken, 16 May 2020

After fostering an abortive mercenary invasion aimed at overthrowing Venezuela’s government and murdering its president, the US placed Caracas on a list of governments deemed uncooperative in the “war on terrorism.”

Budget shortfalls and planned cuts threaten higher education across the US

By Alexander Fangmann, 16 May 2020

Colleges and universities across the US are announcing layoffs and eliminating programs in response to declines in state revenue and financial pressures from dormitory refunds and other costs incurred as they moved classes online.

The murderous pseudoscience of “herd immunity”

By Andre Damon, 16 May 2020

Proponents of “herd immunity” argue that measures to contain COVID-19 should be abandoned, allowing the disease to infect billions of people and kill countless millions.

Democrats release fraudulent “relief” bill

By Barry Grey, 14 May 2020

The political charade and partisan grandstanding now under way serve to mask the bipartisan unity when it comes to protecting the basic class interests of the ruling elite.

Republicans win two US House special elections

By our reporter, 14 May 2020

The results were a blow to the Democrats, who lost a seat in California they had first captured in 2018.

Biden embraces Trump’s effort to blame China for COVID-19

By Andre Damon, 14 May 2020

The campaign of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has produced a TV ad echoing the Trump administration’s false claims that China misled the world about COVID-19.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joins Biden-Sanders “unity task force” ahead of 2020 elections

By Genevieve Leigh, 14 May 2020

The announcement of the membership of the task forces is an effort on the part of Sanders to provide the right-wing Biden campaign with a “progressive” gloss amidst growing social unrest.

Biden attacks Trump for “hampering” the reopening of business

By Barry Grey, 12 May 2020

In a Washington Post column Joe Biden criticizes Trump’s handling of the pandemic from the standpoint of disaffected sections of business.

Bernie Sanders’ interview with the Washington Post: The thin gruel of Democratic Party politics

By Genevieve Leigh, 12 May 2020

Sanders glossed over the reality of the health and economic catastrophe facing millions of workers and made no mention of the corporate bailouts for which he has voted in the Senate.

At Trump’s urging: US Justice Department quashes Flynn prosecution

By Patrick Martin, 9 May 2020

The dropping of perjury charges against retired General Flynn—to which he had already pled guilty—is a further step toward the consolidation of an authoritarian regime in Washington.

A video sermon from war criminal George W. Bush on compassion, empathy and kindness

By Jacob Crosse, 7 May 2020

Bush’s call for national unity in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic received a hostile reaction from thousands of social media users.

Trump escalates attacks on China over COVID-19

By Peter Symonds, 2 May 2020

US President Trump has stepped up his propaganda war and threats against China, blaming it for the deadly COVID-19 pandemic that has cost the lives of more than 230,000 people internationally.

Trump tweets support for armed right-wing protesters in Michigan

By Kevin Reed, 2 May 2020

The right-wing demonstration in the Michigan state Capitol is part of a high-level campaign to force a return to work in the midst of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.

Trump blocks federal funeral aid to families of COVID-19 victims

By Jacob Crosse, 2 May 2020

While $45 billion has been allocated to the Federal Emergency Management Agency through the CARES Act, a memo from Trump bans the agency giving burial funds to thousands of victims.

Biden denies sexual assault allegation, but Democrats’ nervousness about his candidacy grows

By David Walsh, 2 May 2020

The deaths of 65,000 people and the collapse of jobs and incomes have not shaken the Democrats, who are as callous as Donald Trump, but a sex scandal is another matter.

Former top officials in Bernie Sanders campaign form super PAC to back Joe Biden

By Genevieve Leigh, 2 May 2020

Despite his long record of opposition to super PACs, Sanders has remained silent on the creation of the “Future to Believe In” political action committee.

Hillary Clinton endorses Joe Biden

By Barry Grey, 30 April 2020

Coming one day after the endorsement of Biden by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the event signaled the alignment of all factions of the Democratic Party behind the most right-wing of the major contestants in this year's Democratic primaries.

New York state cancels Democratic presidential primary

By Shuvu Batta, 30 April 2020

The action is an effort to block the election of a sizeable delegation pledged to Bernie Sanders.

Amid simmering crisis over sexual assault charges

Nancy Pelosi endorses Biden

By Barry Grey, 28 April 2020

The unity at the top has not resolved the Democratic Party’s deep crisis.

Larry Summers and the Biden campaign

By Nick Beams, 27 April 2020

Summers has a long history of supporting all the measures leading to the financialization of the American economy and the siphoning off of wealth and income to its upper layers.

Senate Majority Leader McConnell calls for states to declare bankruptcy and gut pensions

By Barry Grey, 25 April 2020

Declaring bankruptcy would allow state governments to override laws and state constitutional provisions that guarantee the pension benefits of retired public workers.

Los Angeles mayor releases plan for massive budget cutting and city worker furloughs

By Dan Conway, 25 April 2020

The cuts announced by the Democratic mayor herald an onslaught of similar measures in other US cities and states.

As coronavirus cases climb, Chicago city council expands mayor’s emergency powers

By Kristina Betinis, 25 April 2020

After a procedural delay, a vote to approve the measure that gives Lightfoot substantial sway over the city budget took place Friday.

Rasputin in the White House

By Eric London and David North, 25 April 2020

Ignorance, cronyism and gangsterism at the pinnacle of the American state.

Former leaders of Students for a Democratic Society try to drum up support for Biden

By Genevieve Leigh, 25 April 2020

Last week the Nation magazine published an open letter, signed by 60 former leaders of the Students for a Democratic Society, which calls on Bernie Sanders supporters to vote for Joe Biden.

Trump threatens to adjourn Congress

By Tom Carter, 21 April 2020

As strikes and walkouts break out with increasing frequency, the political establishments around the world stumble further and further to the right.

How the Obama administration ignored the pandemic threat

By Jacob Crosse, 21 April 2020

The inadequate response of the Obama-Biden administration to previous viral outbreaks demonstrates the responsibility of both big-business parties for the horrific toll being wrought by the coronavirus pandemic.

As states plan unprecedented budget cuts

Trump administration escalates war against public education through Wall Street bailout

By Phyllis Steele and Evan Blake, 21 April 2020

Betsy DeVos and the Trump administration are utilizing the crisis to push through their right-wing agenda of block grants, defunding public education and promoting charter, religious and private schools.

Biden ads against Trump: Blame China for impact of coronavirus, not the ruling class

By Barry Grey, 20 April 2020

With his new ads, Biden lines up behind Trump's anti-China witch hunt, seeking merely to turn the chauvinist and war-mongering agitation against Trump himself.

Sanders tells supporters: It is “irresponsible” not to campaign for Biden

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 17 April 2020

As in 2016, but now under much more explosive social and political conditions, Sanders is exchanging his “political revolution against the establishment” for the thin gruel of “lesser evil” politics.

Ocasio-Cortez offers her services to the Biden campaign

By Genevieve Leigh, 16 April 2020

In an interview with the New York Times, Ocasio-Cortez did not articulate a single demand as a condition for her support for the Biden campaign.

Republican Supreme Court justice defeated in Wisconsin vote

By Patrick Martin, 14 April 2020

Appointed incumbent Daniel Kelly lost to Democrat Jill Karofsky despite Republican Party efforts to rig the voting in last week’s election, whose results were released April 13.

Sanders endorses Biden: The “political revolution” that never was!

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 14 April 2020

Sanders’ endorsement of Biden is the shabby outcome of his campaign, the entire purpose of which was to prevent social and political opposition from breaking free of the Democratic Party.

Biden joins the “back-to-work” bandwagon

By Patrick Martin, 13 April 2020

Biden's main concern is “how we get our economy back on track,” in other words, how the American capitalist class can resume the process of extracting profit from the labor of workers.

Trump’s campaign to reopen businesses risks hundreds of thousands of lives

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, 11 April 2020

By the US government’s own calculations, a premature return to work could lead to 140,000 additional deaths.

The end of Sanders’ campaign deepens crisis in Democratic Socialists of America

By Eric London, 11 April 2020

The main purpose of a recent forum hosted by Jacobin magazine was to answer the question “Where to go next?” with a definitive: “Nowhere, stay in the Democratic Party.”

Wolves guard the hen house: Who is overseeing the $2 trillion stimulus package?

By Genevieve Leigh, 11 April 2020

The mechanisms established to manage stimulus money primarily exist to bail out the major corporations, further enrich the banks, and to secure Wall Street.

A modest proposal from Thomas Friedman

New York Times columnist urges Biden “national unity” cabinet

By Patrick Martin, 10 April 2020

Friedman's proposal for a Biden “national unity cabinet” is only the crudest expression of the right-wing embrace of the Democratic nominee.

As social struggles mount over coronavirus pandemic

Bernie Sanders ends campaign, calls on supporters to back Biden

By Joseph Kishore—Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 9 April 2020

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders formally ended his campaign for president on Wednesday and called on his supporters to back former Vice President Joe Biden.