US Politics

Trump, Democrats clash over investigations

By Patrick Martin, 23 May 2019

Trump has issued an unprecedented ultimatum: Halt investigations or no political business will be done in Washington.

Washington threatens new attack on Syria amid US war buildup in Persian Gulf

By Bill Van Auken, 22 May 2019

With the Trump administration threatening a new attack on Syria on the pretext of chemical weapons, Democrats signed a letter urging an even more aggressive policy.

As more Democrats call for impeachment inquiry

Former White House counsel refuses to testify before House committee

By Barry Grey, 22 May 2019

The Democrats are warning about a “constitutional crisis” and the threat of dictatorship, but their own fecklessness is bound up with the reactionary basis of their opposition to Trump.

Kicking off his presidential campaign

Biden makes right-wing plea for “unity” with Republicans

By Patrick Martin, 20 May 2019

At the kickoff rally for his campaign, the Democratic frontrunner avoided any mention of the growth of social inequality or the domination of a financial aristocracy over America.

Democrats back trade war with China

By Patrick Martin, 18 May 2019

The main criticism of Trump’s trade policy by congressional Democrats and most presidential candidates is that the president should focus exclusively on China and enlist Canada, Mexico and the European Union in an anti-China coalition.

Alabama abortion ban: Back to barbarism

By Patrick Martin, 16 May 2019

The purpose of the law is to give the new right-wing majority on the US Supreme Court the opportunity to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Trump says he reported $1.17 billion in losses over 10 years to evade paying taxes

By E.P. Milligan, 14 May 2019

Trump’s statement that he claimed losses in order to evade taxes is tantamount to an admission of tax fraud.

The working class and the threat of dictatorship in the US

By Patrick Martin, 13 May 2019

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats admit that there is a “constitutional crisis” but refuse to conduct a serious struggle against Trump’s authoritarian actions.

Trump rally roars approval for call to “shoot” immigrants

By Eric London, 10 May 2019

When an audience member at a Trump rally Wednesday yelled that the US should “shoot” immigrants, Trump laughed. Meanwhile, the government is arresting record numbers of families at the border.

US tariff hike against China goes ahead

By Nick Beams, 10 May 2019

Trump said talks with Chinese representatives would proceed, but “I have no idea what’s going to happen.”

Changing poverty formula, Trump administration to make millions ineligible for social programs

By Alex González, 10 May 2019

The “chained CPI” plan is based on a previous attack on the poor and elderly proposed by the Obama administration.

Chelsea Manning released, faces new imprisonment for refusing to testify against Assange

By Niles Niemuth, 10 May 2019

Even before she was released on Thursday, Manning was served with a new subpoena to demand testimony before a different grand jury. She could be returned to jail as early as next week.

House committee votes contempt charge against Trump’s attorney general William Barr

By Patrick Martin, 9 May 2019

The conflict between Congress and the White House represents the breakdown of the institutional framework through which American capitalist politics has operated for more than two centuries.

Trump floats proposal to cancel 2020 elections

By Eric London, 8 May 2019

Bourgeois politics has degenerated to such a degree that political and legal norms considered fundamental since the American Revolution are now challenged by presidential tweet.

Former Trump chief of staff John Kelly joins board of migrant detention firm

By Genevieve Leigh, 8 May 2019

The retired general and anti-immigrant demagogue is profiting from the draconian policies he helped implement while working in the Trump administration.

Georgia governor signs “heartbeat” anti-abortion legislation

By Kate Randall, 8 May 2019

The “Living Infants Fairness and Equality Act” marks a new stage in an orchestrated campaign to outlaw abortion.

Conflicts flare between Trump and House Democrats

By Patrick Martin, 7 May 2019

On a range of issues, the Trump administration is refusing to provide documents and witnesses subpoenaed by the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives.

The nationalist “socialism” of Bernie Sanders

By Patrick Martin, 6 May 2019

Sanders presents Chinese workers, the largest single contingent of the international working class, as the enemy of American workers.

Washington political warfare intensifies with lawsuits, looming contempt charges

By Patrick Martin, 4 May 2019

The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, which would handle impeachment proceedings, warned that “the system of not having a president as a dictator is very much at stake.”

Bernie Sanders attacks Biden from the right on China trade

By Ben McGrath, 4 May 2019

In criticizing the former vice president, Sanders echoed Trump's anti-China demagogy and economic nationalism.

US-China trade talks enter final phase

By Nick Beams, 4 May 2019

One of the main sticking points is agreement on the procedure by which US tariffs imposed on $250 billion worth of Chinese goods would be lifted if a trade agreement is reached.

The imperialist “lie in the soul”

Politicians celebrate “World Press Freedom Day” as Julian Assange languishes in prison

By David Walsh, 4 May 2019

No one associated with UNESCO or World Press Freedom Day made mention of the persecution of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange during this week’s events.

US attorney general refuses to testify before House Judiciary Committee

By Patrick Martin, 2 May 2019

Barr’s decision came after a contentious day-long hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee where he took questions on his handling of the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Biden holds first campaign rally in Pittsburgh-area union hall

By Patrick Martin, 30 April 2019

The former vice president appealed for support from working-class voters while embracing the organizations that have betrayed them.

New York Times column falsifies legacy of Eugene Debs

By Tom Mackaman, 30 April 2019

Isserman portrays the early American socialist as a moralistic reformer.

Trump orders officials to refuse congressional subpoenas

By Eric London, 29 April 2019

The Democrats have responded by threatening to withhold funds from noncomplying agencies and to jail administration officials who are in contempt of Congress.

Fascist gunman attacks California synagogue

By Patrick Martin, 29 April 2019

President Trump is the moral author of this latest expression of fascistic violence in America and internationally.

Former Vice President Biden officially enters Democratic presidential race

By Tom Hall, 26 April 2019

Biden’s announcement video focuses on the danger of Trump while concealing the role of the Obama-Biden administration in paving the way for Trump’s authoritarian politics.

Hillary Clinton’s McCarthyite rant

By Joseph Kishore, 26 April 2019

In a column published Wednesday in the Washington Post, the former Democratic Party presidential candidate resurrects the conspiracy theories that were the staple of Cold War anticommunism.

Conflict mounts between White House and Congress over subpoenas

By Patrick Martin, 25 April 2019

President Trump has ordered lower-ranking officials to refuse to testify or supply documents to any investigation by the House of Representatives into his business and political activities.

CIA Democrats enter the race: Seth Moulton announces bid for presidential nomination

By Tom Eley, 24 April 2019

The congressman is virtually unknown to voters, but he is a leading figure among the CIA Democrats.

What the Supreme Court is repudiating

The Enlightenment, the American Revolution and the ban on cruel and unusual punishment

By Ed Hightower, 24 April 2019

Recent US Supreme Court rulings in death penalty cases represent a vast, anti-democratic cultural, legal and political retrogression.

In wake of Mueller report: Democrats, media push anti-Russian hysteria

By Patrick Martin, 23 April 2019

In the wake of the release of the report of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the Democratic Party and the bulk of the corporate media have decided to intensify their campaign of anti-Russian slander and provocation.

The Mueller report and the campaign against Russia

By Joseph Kishore, 20 April 2019

An editorial in the New York Times makes clear that the central purpose of the Democrats’ campaign against Trump has been to demand more aggressive action against Russia.

Armed militia detaining asylum seekers at gunpoint along US-Mexico border

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan and Niles Niemuth, 20 April 2019

An armed militia calling itself the United Constitutional Patriots posted videos of its members detaining hundreds of migrants at the New Mexico border, in actions seemingly coordinated with the Border Patrol.

CIA director called out for complicity in torture

By Trévon Austin, 20 April 2019

US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Gina Haspel was delivering a recruiting pitch to students at Auburn University on Thursday where she was called out by an audience member for her participation in torture and other crimes.

US education secretary to gut regulations, seek a “major shift” in higher education—Part 1

By Nancy Hanover, 20 April 2019

A crude assault on educational standards, which hardens the class divide in educational access and spurs the plundering of the “education market,” is being enacted under the cover of “rule-making” by the US Department of Education.

Trump administration escalates threats against Cuba

By Alexander Fangmann, 20 April 2019

The Trump administration is imposing unilateral sanctions aimed at punishing foreign corporations, particularly European and Canadian, with investments in Cuba.

Mueller report re-ignites political warfare in Washington

By Patrick Martin, 19 April 2019

Congressional Democrats and their media backers are seeking to use the findings of the investigation to boost their right-wing anti-Russia campaign.

US preparing more charges against Julian Assange

By Kristina Betinis, 19 April 2019

A report by CNN confirms the warnings made by the WSWS that if the journalist is extradited to the United States, additional, possibly capital, charges would be brought against him.

Bernie Sanders silent on Assange, vocal in promoting nationalism at Michigan rally

By Tom Hall, 15 April 2019

Sanders’ silence on Assange signals his support for the persecution of the former WikiLeaks editor.

Trump, ultra-right media target Representative Ilhan Omar

By Patrick Martin, 15 April 2019

The ongoing campaign of anti-Muslim vilification is an incitement to violence.

Who funded the ISO? An analysis of the financial basis of pseudo-left politics

By Eric London, 15 April 2019

The now defunct International Socialist Organization was funded by government-linked think tanks, wealthy Democrats and right-wing conservative groups.

Trump officials discussed using troops to run migrant detention camps

By Barry Grey, 13 April 2019

Trump has been able to carry through his anti-immigrant program, despite popular opposition, because the Democrats have done nothing to seriously oppose it.

In 3 A.M. ruling, Supreme Court allows Alabama execution to proceed

By Dan Conway, 13 April 2019

For the second time in as many weeks, the US Supreme Court has ruled that the execution of a death row inmate can proceed despite claims that the method of execution, lethal injection, will cause intense pain and suffering.

Julian Assange’s life is in danger

By Eric London, 13 April 2019

The official indictment by the US government against Assange is a transparent lie, aimed at providing the UK with a legal cover to extradite the WikiLeaks founder.

In meeting with Egyptian dictator, Trump rails against immigrants

By Niles Niemuth, 10 April 2019

Trump launched into a fascistic rant against asylum seekers and other immigrants on Tuesday while sitting side by side in the Oval Office with the butcher of Cairo.

The dictatorial impulse behind Trump’s political purge

By Patrick Martin, 9 April 2019

The abrupt firing of the DHS secretary and Secret Service chief are part of an effort to surround Trump with a loyal praetorian guard.

Bernie Sanders joins Trump’s attack on “open borders”

By Tom Hall, 9 April 2019

Sanders echoed the right-wing fraud that a nation with nearly 600 billionaires, whose net worth totals over $3 trillion, cannot afford to welcome people emigrating to the US to work.

Socialism haunts the American ruling class

By Andre Damon, 8 April 2019

Since Donald Trump vowed in his State of the Union address that “America will never be a socialist country,” the president has embraced anti-socialism as the defining theme of his 2020 reelection campaign.

Obama, Pelosi push Democrats further to the right

By Patrick Martin, 8 April 2019

Obama, who headed a thoroughly right-wing imperialist government, and House speaker Pelosi, who is married to a multi-millionaire real estate developer, have been working together in a joint effort to curb the activities of the “lefts” in the House Democratic caucus.

Baltimore, Maryland Mayor Catherine Pugh caught in widespread corruption scandal

By E.P. Milligan, 8 April 2019

It is now abundantly clear that Pugh accepted thinly-veiled bribes from health insurance giants and other corporate interests in exchange for kickbacks from the city budget.

Trump visits border to step up attack on immigrants

By Dan Conway, 6 April 2019

Trump’s visit took place two days after Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested 280 immigrant workers in a raid on an electronics plant in Texas.

At Detroit panel discussion

DSA Democrat Rashida Tlaib opposes fight against GM plant shutdowns

By Shannon Jones, 4 April 2019

Democratic Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib spoke at a panel discussion Saturday at Wayne State University in Detroit, touting the Green New Deal while rejecting any fight to defend the jobs of GM workers facing layoff.

Democrat election meeting in Georgia bars “non-black” press

By Kranti Kumara, 3 April 2019

The Democratic Party in the US is taking racial politics to its logical conclusion by enforcing racial segregation at a campaign activity.

Beloit College students protest speech by Blackwater founder Erik Prince, prompting cancellation

By Jacob Crosse, 2 April 2019

The founder of the notorious mercenary group had been invited to speak at the private liberal arts school in Wisconsin by the local chapter of Young Americans for Freedom.

Factional provocation, middle-class hysteria, and the collapse of the International Socialist Organization

By the Political Committee of the Socialist Equality Party (US), 2 April 2019

Factionally motivated denunciations of an alleged cover-up of sexual assault in 2013 were revived to instigate a leadership purge and liquidate the ISO.

Trump administration ordered jails to hold thousands of US citizens for deportation

By Norisa Diaz, 30 March 2019

ICE sent the Miami-Dade County jails 420 detainer requests for US citizens over a two-year period, but across the country the numbers are in the unknown thousands.

Trump rants against socialism, but his administration’s crisis deepens

By Barry Grey, 30 March 2019

Behind Trump’s fascistic tirades and his gloating at the expense of the Democrats lie desperation and fear at the growth of social opposition in the working class.

Chicago mayoral run-off: The cost-cutter or the cop?

By Kristina Betinis, 29 March 2019

Two Democratic candidates, Toni Preckwinkle and Lori Lightfoot, are locked in a bitter fight for the mayor’s office.

Free Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning!

By Andre Damon, 28 March 2019

The fate of these political prisoners must be a focus of attention of the entire working class and all those who defend democratic rights.

Democrats abstain from voting on their own “Green New Deal”

By Genevieve Leigh, 28 March 2019

Despite the policy’s co-sponsorship by 100 Democrats, including 11 senators, not a single Democrat backed the Green New Deal in Tuesday’s Senate vote.

Washington’s political warfare intensifies following Mueller report

By Patrick Martin, 26 March 2019

Congressional Democrats and Trump traded accusations of treason in the wake of the Mueller report, which cleared the US president of collusion with Russia.

Democratic Socialists of America endorses Bernie Sanders presidential bid

By Genevieve Leigh, 23 March 2019

The predictable decision by the DSA, a faction of the Democratic Party, to back Sanders in the 2020 election was made official at Thursday’s meeting of the National Political Committee.

US Supreme Court rules government can indefinitely detain immigrants years after release from criminal custody

By Niles Niemuth, 20 March 2019

The ruling emboldens the Trump administration in its fascistic war on immigrants, giving Immigration and Customs Enforcement a free hand to detain any migrant who has served time for an offense.

Trump, Bolsonaro and the danger of fascism

By Patrick Martin, 20 March 2019

Trump hailed the “shared values” between his government and that of a former military officer, who praises the Brazilian military dictatorship that jailed, tortured and murdered tens of thousands of workers and students.

Trump administration expands leasing for oil, gas, coal extraction

By Patrick Martin, 19 March 2019

The latest assault on the environment took place on the day of worldwide protests over climate change.

California governor announces moratorium on death penalty

By Alan Gilman, 16 March 2019

The 737 condemned inmates in the nation’s largest death row will have their death sentences stayed for the duration of a moratorium issued by Governor Gavin Newsom.

In vetoing bill to overturn national emergency, Trump makes fascist appeal

By Barry Grey, 16 March 2019

Trump is seeking to establish an authoritarian regime outside of the normal constitutional and political channels and largely independent of both traditional big-business parties.

The Beto O’Rourke campaign for the Democratic Party presidential nomination: “Nothing will come of nothing”

By David Walsh, 16 March 2019

On Thursday, former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke became the 15th declared candidate for the 2020 Democratic Party presidential nomination. The 15th so far .

US Senate votes to overturn Trump emergency decree

By Patrick Martin, 15 March 2019

The resolution has no immediate practical effect, because Trump will veto it and there is little prospect of an override by Congress, which requires a two-thirds vote.

Pelosi dismisses efforts to impeach President Trump

By Patrick Martin, 14 March 2019

The top Democrat in the House is wary of the political upheaval that impeachment could spark under conditions of a growing movement of the American working class.

New poll shows American youth are increasingly supportive of socialism

By Trévon Austin, 13 March 2019

The leftward shift among youth is a direct consequence of the failure of the capitalist system, which offers only war, austerity, and social disaster.

New York Times lines up with anti-China hawks

By Nick Beams, 12 March 2019

The key US demand is that China must make “structural” changes to its economy, including abandoning state subsidies to major industries.

A US budget for worldwide war

By Patrick Martin, 12 March 2019

The Trump administration is seeking a record $750 billion in military spending, more than the next 14 countries combined.

Chelsea Manning jailed for refusal to testify against WikiLeaks

By Patrick Martin, 9 March 2019

The courageous whistleblower has already been imprisoned for seven years and subjected to solitary confinement and torture for exposing US war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Democrats push through resolution branding Rep. Omar’s criticism of Israel as “anti-Semitic”

By Barry Grey, 8 March 2019

With this vote, the Democratic Party has joined with the Republicans and right-wing forces internationally in prosecuting a witch-hunt against a fabricated growth of “left-wing anti-Semitism.”

Democratic leaders step up witchhunt against Congresswoman Omar on phony anti-Semitism charges

By Barry Grey, 6 March 2019

This intimidation and character assassination is part of a drive to criminalize all criticism of the Israeli state's oppression of Palestinians by equating it with anti-Semitism.

House Democrats issue wide-ranging subpoenas in Trump investigation

By Patrick Martin, 5 March 2019

The House Judiciary Committee sent document demands to 81 organizations and individuals associated with the Trump Organization, the Trump campaign and the White House.

Bernie Sanders adapts to racial politics at Chicago campaign rally

By George Gallanis, 5 March 2019

Sanders’ speech in Chicago used his experiences in the civil rights movement of the 1960s, while a student at the University of Chicago, to make an appeal to identity politics.

The fallacies and evasions of the Green New Deal

By Bryan Dyne and Barry Grey, 5 March 2019

Democratic no less than Republican administrations have imposed austerity policies and prosecuted the decades-long social counterrevolution that continues today.

Sanders launches his campaign with a blast of demagogy

By Patrick Martin, 4 March 2019

Bernie Sanders’ speech in Brooklyn was an exercise in demagogy, because there exists no relationship between the reforms he envisages and any realistic strategy for their implementation.

Trump White House leads fascistic attack on socialism at Conservative Political Action Conference

By Niles Niemuth, 2 March 2019

The event opened Thursday with a five-and-a-half-minute video collage presenting the Democratic Party as a looming socialist threat from which only Trump and his supporters can save America.

US Federal Court subpoenas whistleblower Chelsea Manning

By Matthew Brennan, 2 March 2019

The subpoena provides no information as to what prosecutors intend to ask Manning, but all indications are that it is part of an effort by the US Department of Justice to escalate its pursuit of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Canada gives go-ahead for Huawei executive’s extradition to US

By Nick Beams, 2 March 2019

A statement from Meng’s defence lawyers objected to the Canadian decision in the face of what it called “the political nature of the US charges.”

Near-record low turnout in first round of Chicago municipal election

By Alexander Fangmann, 2 March 2019

Former federal prosecutor Lori Lightfoot and Democratic Party boss Toni Preckwinkle will face each other in the April 2 run-off.

From the horse’s mouth

Bernie Sanders at CNN Town Hall: My purpose is to promote the Democratic Party

By Genevieve Leigh, 2 March 2019

Sanders’ aim, utilizing his reputation as an “independent,” is to convince disillusioned workers and young people not to seek an alternative to the right-wing Democratic Party.

On the Basis of Sex and Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The manufacturing of a “living legend”

By Ed Hightower, 2 March 2019

The two-hour biopic—a tedious cinematic effort—seeks to rally a core constituency of the Democratic Party: upper-middle-class women.

The Trump presidency: From the Manhattan underworld to the White House

By Patrick Martin, 1 March 2019

The day-long testimony by former Trump “fixer” Michael Cohen gave a glimpse of the gangsterism out of which the Trump presidency has emerged.

Reports document sexual abuse of immigrant children detained in US

By Eric London, 28 February 2019

The Trump administration’s assault on immigrants underscores the urgent need to oppose all attacks on democratic rights and due process.

Socialism and the case for expropriation

By Andre Damon, 27 February 2019

A growing movement of the working class confronts the entrenched power of a financial oligarchy intent on expanding its wealth and domination over society.

US House rejects Trump’s national emergency

By Barry Grey, 27 February 2019

Neither Pelosi nor any other leading Democrat has suggested that Trump’s subversion of the Constitution and move toward presidential dictatorship constitutes an impeachable offense.

Sanders throws his support behind US propaganda campaign over Venezuela

By Genevieve Leigh, 26 February 2019

Vermont senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has tweeted his support for the staged “humanitarian aid” provocation in Venezuela.

Widespread popular disgust with Chicago council elections

By Kristina Betinis, 25 February 2019

Fourteen candidates vie for mayor today, while as many as one-third of the city council may be ousted.

After arrest of fascist Coast Guard officer

Report documents rise of ultra-right hate groups since Trump’s election

By Adam Mclean and Patrick Martin, 25 February 2019

The Southern Poverty Law Center asserts that the overlap between the sharp increase in active far-right hate groups and the presidential campaign and tenure of Donald Trump is not an accident.

Further blows to US anti-Huawei campaign

By Nick Beams, 23 February 2019

The Wall Street Journal has reported that the German government is “leaning towards letting Huawei … participate in building the nation’s high-speech internet infrastructure.”

North Carolina election board orders new vote

By Shelley Connor, 23 February 2019

Following a hearing on election fraud by the campaign of Republican candidate Mark Harris, North Carolina’s Board of Elections ruled Thursday that the state’s Ninth Congressional District must conduct a new vote.

050 Illinois/NJ minimum wage

23 February 2019

House Education and Labor Committee: US schools are in shambles

By J. Cooper, 22 February 2019

A recent Congressional hearing exposed the disastrous state of public schools but offers no solutions.

The Jussie Smollett controversy: Must all accusations be believed?

By Eric London, 22 February 2019

Smollett has been arrested for filing a false police report after the Democratic Party adopted his story as proof that identity—not class—defines social relations.