US Elections & Politics
By Khara Sikhan, 29 July 2016
The Democratic Party, working in collusion with the unions, changed the wording of its party platform to hide Clinton’s record of promoting for-profit charter schools and anti-teacher measures.
The New York Times, the state and the making of an amalgam
By Tom Hall, 29 July 2016
Bennet's family exemplifies the politically incestuous relationship between the media and the political establishment and state apparatus.
By Barry Grey, 27 July 2016
The official nomination of Clinton was part of a carefully-scripted spectacle designed to portray a corrupt and reactionary capitalist party as a vehicle of progress.
By Andre Damon, 27 July 2016
The great unmentionable in the 2016 election is the far-advanced US preparation for military conflict against Russia and China.
By Isaac Finn, 27 July 2016
Internal Democratic National Committee emails detail the funneling of donations to the DNC and Clinton campaign, as well as perks to large contributors.
By Jerry White—SEP (US) candidate for president, 27 July 2016
From the beginning the Sanders campaign was a political trap to corral social opposition and contain it within the Democratic Party.
By Barry Grey, 26 July 2016
Bernie Sanders sought to turn reality on its head by presenting Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party as fighters for the interests of the common people.
By Tom Hall, 25 July 2016
The selection of a figure with Kaine’s political resume is a clear indication of the right-wing administration that Clinton intends to form if she is elected president.
By Barry Grey, 18 July 2016
The central issue in the struggle against police violence and all attacks on democratic rights is the unification of the working class in a common struggle against capitalism.
By Jerry White, 12 July 2016
The political theatre in Orlando was aimed at convincing Sanders supporters that the Vermont senator’s “political revolution” had shifted the Democrats and Clinton to the left.
By Patrick Martin, 4 July 2016
The Democratic presidential candidate was accompanied by five lawyers for her three-hour interview.
By Patrick Martin, 21 June 2016
A workshop on “democratic socialism” at the People’s Summit turned into a discussion of how far to go in supporting Hillary Clinton.
By Tom Hall, 18 June 2016
Sanders’ speech exposes the real character of his “political revolution,” which has always been about channeling opposition behind the Democrats and Clinton.
By Niles Niemuth—SEP candidate for vice president, 17 June 2016
Clinton has seized on the tragedy in Orlando to distract the population from questions of economic inequality and steamroll opposition to the attack on democratic rights and the expansion of war.
By Jerry White—SEP presidential candidate, 11 June 2016
The American people are presented with a “choice” between two right-wing candidates of war and reaction.
With frontrunner’s poll numbers falling in California
By Barry Grey, 7 June 2016
The rush to declare Clinton the presumptive nominee is a measure not of political strength on the part of the Clinton campaign, but rather immense weakness and crisis.
By David Walsh, 6 June 2016
The former heavyweight boxing champion, who died June 3, made his chief mark on history and popular consciousness by his courageous opposition to the Vietnam War.
By E.P. Bannon and Eric London, 4 June 2016
On the eve of the California primaries, Hillary Clinton made the case to the military-intelligence apparatus that she is best-suited to defend the interests of the ruling class abroad.
By David Brown, 31 May 2016
Leading Democrats in California are nervous that Sanders cannot control the social unrest that he is trying to channel into the Democratic Party.
By Patrick Martin, 30 May 2016
With eight days to go before the final round of presidential primaries, Sanders reiterated his pledge to support Clinton if she prevails in the campaign for the Democratic nomination.
30 May 2016
Science fiction and fantasy author Steven Brust wrote the following letter in reply to a petition being circulated among writers opposed to Trump’s candidacy for US president.
By WSWS reporting team, 27 May 2016
Many autoworkers expressed anger that the United Auto Workers is endorsing Democrat Hillary Clinton for US president.
By our reporters, 23 May 2016
Sanders stopped in San Diego, California, for a two-day campaign swing, including a rally Saturday night in National City, near the US-Mexico border, where he addressed a crowd of some 10,000.
By Patrick Martin, 20 May 2016
The bogus claims of violence and harassment have now reached the front page of the New York Times and the editorial page of the Washington Post.
By Patrick Martin, 16 May 2016
The meeting erupted in fistfights and catcalls after dozens of Sanders delegates were disqualified by the party leadership.
By Patrick Martin, 13 May 2016
The Republican presidential nominee ensured a love-fest in his meeting with congressional Republican leaders after dropping his professed opposition to cuts in Social Security and Medicare.
By Patrick Martin, 9 May 2016
Those refusing to support the presumptive Republican nominee include both former presidents Bush, the 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney and various congressmen, senators and governors.
By Alexander Fangmann, 7 May 2016
A recent piece in the New York Times by Gary Gutting, a Notre Dame philosophy professor, indicates the readiness of a layer of intellectuals to support the imposition of dictatorial methods of rule.
By Andre Damon, 6 May 2016
President Obama’s callous declaration that poisoned children in Flint, Michigan “will be fine” expresses the contempt felt by America’s financial oligarchy for the great mass of society.
By Tom Hall, 6 May 2016
The Democratic front runner is hailing opposition to Trump from leading Republicans, including some who will support her as a more reliable foreign policy hawk.
The reality of poverty in America: SEP candidate replies to Obama’s “frustration” over social discontent
By Niles Niemuth, 30 April 2016
The policies of the Obama administration have produced the predictable and desired outcome of soaring wealth for a small minority and poverty, unemployment and low-wage jobs for the vast majority.
The Great Unmentionable: War and the 2016 US elections
23 April 2016
White will speak at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Tuesday, April 26 on the conspiracy of silence in the elections on the war plans of the American ruling class.
By our reporters, 23 April 2016
In his first campaign stop, SEP presidential candidate Jerry White spoke with Verizon workers about their strike and the need for the international unity of the working class.
By Patrick Martin, 20 April 2016
The Democratic and Republican presidential frontrunners each won by double-digit margins and increased their lead in convention delegates pledged to their nomination.
By Sandy English and Patrick Martin, 19 April 2016
Clinton’s once double-digit lead in the state has been cut to as little as six percentage points.
By Sandy English, 18 April 2016
Sawant’s remarks on Saturday underscored the integration of Socialist Alternative into the Sanders campaign and the Democratic Party.
By Shannon Jones, 15 April 2016
Investment banker and New York Times columnist Rattner, former head of Obama’s Auto Task force, cynically portrays Obama as a tireless advocate of the working man.
By Patrick Martin, 14 April 2016
Billionaire Donald Trump, the frontrunner for the presidential nomination, has denounced the Republican National Committee and RNC Chairman Reince Priebus.
By Steve Filips, 13 April 2016
In upstate New York, relatively good-paying jobs have been replaced by low-wage employment.
By Barry Grey, 12 April 2016
Sanders’ advocacy of “breaking up the big banks” while retaining the framework of private ownership of the financial system and upholding the profit system reflects the position of a definite faction within the ruling elite itself.
By Patrick Martin, 2 April 2016
The Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton has an increasingly precarious lead over her self-proclaimed “socialist” challenger, Bernie Sanders.
By Joseph Kishore, 25 March 2016
A huge proportion of this money has come from 108 super-wealthy donors, who have contributed more than half of all donations to Super PACs and nearly a quarter of financing for the election as a whole.
By Patrick Martin, 19 March 2016
Leaked remarks by President Obama suggested that it was time for the Democratic Party to unite behind a presidential nominee, presumably Hillary Clinton.
By David Brown, 18 March 2016
Popular anger over efforts to cover up police violence has resulted in county prosecutors for Chicago and Cleveland being defeated in Democratic primaries.
By Patrick Martin, 16 March 2016
The Democratic and Republican frontrunners nearly swept the states holding primaries Tuesday, and each passed the halfway mark in terms of delegates needed for nomination.
By Jerry White and Zac Corrigan, 16 March 2016
Comments by workers supporting various candidates in the Republican and Democratic primary elections Tuesday reflected the widespread social discontent that exists throughout the country.
By Patrick Martin, 7 March 2016
The fascistic character of the Trump campaign was underscored over the past several days by the candidate’s repeated calls for the use of torture methods such as waterboarding “and much more.”
By Jerry White, 17 February 2016
Just months after the UAW rammed pro-company deals past the opposition of rank-and-file autoworkers, the self-described “democratic socialist” praised the discredited organization.
By Patrick Martin, 2 February 2016
Clinton’s margin over Bernie Sanders was razor-thin, while Cruz held a significant lead over Donald Trump and Marco Rubio.
By Patrick Martin, 1 February 2016
Tonight’s Iowa caucuses mark the first primary contest in a presidential election campaign already characterized by political convulsions in both corporate-controlled parties.
By Andre Damon, 21 December 2015
The three Democratic candidates—Clinton, Sanders O'Malley—encouraged the hysterical fear of terrorism being whipped up by the American media.
By Patrick Martin, 16 November 2015
The Democratic presidential debate Saturday night began with all three candidates pledging support to imperialist military intervention in the Middle East in the name of fighting ISIS.
By Patrick Martin, 22 October 2015
Biden insisted that the Democratic presidential campaign be based on defending the record of the Obama administration.
By Joseph Kishore, 15 October 2015
Sanders proposes nothing that is genuinely socialist, combining a series of modest reform proposals with a defense of capitalism and support for imperialist war.
By Patrick Martin, 12 October 2015
The two leading candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, both support US military intervention in the Middle East.
By Patrick Martin, 24 September 2015
The Wisconsin governor attracted billionaire support through his 2011 attack on public workers, but finished as an asterisk in the polls.
By Patrick Martin, 7 September 2015
The open defense of anti-gay bigotry by the clerk of Rowan County, Kentucky, Kim Davis, is an indication of the drastic shift to the right in American capitalist politics.
By Patrick Martin, 31 August 2015
In a speech to the Democratic National Committee, Senator Bernie Sanders portrayed his presidential campaign as the only way to rebuild popular support for the Democratic Party.
By Patrick Martin, 27 August 2015
Four months into his campaign for the US presidency, the Vermont senator and self-styled “socialist” has said nothing about the ongoing wars of American imperialism.
By Patrick Martin, 26 August 2015
The increasing speculation about a possible Biden presidential campaign is driven by the crisis of the presumed frontrunner for the Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton.
By Eric London, 19 August 2015
By functioning as campaign staffers for Sanders, Sawant and Socialist Alternative are responding to a deepening crisis within the Democratic Party.
By Patrick Martin, 17 August 2015
Billionaire Donald Trump has called for deporting all 11 million undocumented workers, as well as their children born in the United States.
By Bill Van Auken, 13 August 2015
The reversal of her previous refusal to hand over the server came amid reports that emails stored on it contained “top secret” information.
By Tom Hall, 12 August 2015
The more than 100,000 people who attended Sanders’ recent rallies would not have found anything genuinely oppositional, let alone “socialist,” in the remarks of the senator from Vermont.
By E.P. Bannon, 11 August 2015
Jindal said he would prosecute mayors of so-called “sanctuary cities” as accomplices to any crimes committed by undocumented immigrants.
By Patrick Martin, 8 August 2015
The ten candidates assembled on the stage represented and appealed to everything rotten and backward in American society.
By Tom Eley, 5 August 2015
The rumors appear to be a trial balloon prompted by concerns over a series of crises affecting the Democratic frontrunner, Hillary Clinton.
By Patrick Martin, 3 August 2015
A few dozen super-rich contributors are bankrolling—and thereby controlling—the 2016 presidential election campaign.
By Patrick Martin, 29 July 2015
The New York Times has retracted its claim that the Justice Department has launched a criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton, without revealing which government officials made the false allegation.
By Josh Varlin, 25 July 2015
Two inspectors general have recommended that the Justice Department investigate Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton’s use of private email during her time as secretary of state.
By Tom Hall and Barry Grey, 16 July 2015
The groundswell of support for Sanders indicates a growing interest in socialism, but workers will not find in his campaign an alternative to capitalism.
By Andre Damon, 14 July 2015
Speaking at the New School in New York City, Clinton declared that her presidency would “empower” US businesses by cutting taxes and regulation.
By Philip Guelpa and Fred Mazelis, 14 July 2015
The two leading New York Democrats are governing at a time of growing crisis and disgust with capitalist politics.
By Patrick Martin, 11 July 2015
The difference in the 2016 campaign is that the billionaires have intervened earlier and more openly, and there are more of them.
By Patrick Martin, 3 July 2015
The growth of support for Sanders is a reflection of widespread opposition to social inequality, which the senator is seeking to channel back into the framework of the Democratic Party.
By Patrick Martin, 27 June 2015
Dr. Jill Stein declared her political solidarity with Bernie Sanders and similar “left” Democratic Party presidential hopefuls like Jesse Jackson, Dennis Kucinich and Al Sharpton.
By Patrick Martin, 22 June 2015
The Vermont senator offers no program for working people, but his attacks on economic inequality and the “billionaire class” have gained a hearing.
By Tom Hall, 6 June 2015
The various groups that comprise the American pseudo-left are engaged in a debate over the best tactical approach to Sanders' Democratic Party presidential campaign.
By Patrick Martin, 20 May 2015
Financial disclosure forms filed May 15 show that Bill and Hillary Clinton have made more than $125 million since Bill Clinton left the White House in 2001.
By Patrick Martin, 7 May 2015
None of the three, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina or Mike Huckabee, is likely to win the nomination, but their candidacy pushes the electoral process even further to the right.
By Patrick Martin, 1 May 2015
The senator from Vermont, despite his populist rhetoric, is neither a socialist nor an independent, but a liberal apologist for an increasingly right-wing Democratic Party.
By Patrick Martin, 15 April 2015
The proposals from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie are a political signal of the direction of social policy for the whole ruling elite in the United States.
By Kristina Betinis, 9 April 2015
The first-ever runoff election for mayor in the city of Chicago resulted in a second term for current mayor Rahm Emanuel, who is preparing major cuts to pensions and city services.
By Kristina Betinis, 2 April 2015
In the course of an hour-long debate, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia focused on how to resolve the fiscal problems of the city by cutting spending.
By John Marion, 9 February 2015
The recent spate of snowstorms in the Boston area have laid bare the effects of years of inadequate funding for public transportation in Boston.
2016 US presidential campaign
By Patrick Martin, 2 February 2015
Lack of support among Republican fundraisers pushed Romney out of the race, with many of them backing former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.
By Patrick Martin, 29 January 2015
Charles and David Koch plan to spend more money to elect right-wing candidates in 2016 than either the Democratic or Republican parties.
By Eric London, 29 January 2015
The Seattle City Council member's response to Obama’s State of the Union address is a defense of US imperialism and the Democratic Party.
By Joseph Kishore, 13 November 2014
The low voter turnout in last week’s US election reflects popular hostility toward the Obama administration, the political establishment and both big-business parties.
By Joseph Kishore, 10 November 2014
The Republican victory last Tuesday was not the result of a surge in popular support for the Republican Party or its right-wing policies. It was the result of the collapse of the Democrats.
By Bill Van Auken, 7 November 2014
The push for a new Authorization of the Use of Military Force is aimed at preparing a war that will be far wider and even more protracted than those launched over a decade ago.
By Fred Mazelis, 7 November 2014
The election reflected workers’ growing disgust with the Democrats, as well as the increasingly depraved character of big business politics.
By David Walsh, 7 November 2014
Various political forces combined in 2008, and again in 2012, to paint Barack Obama as an alternative to Bush and the Republicans, including the Nation magazine and the ISO.
By Patrick Martin, 5 November 2014
The result is a debacle for the Democratic Party and the Obama administration and presages a further shift to the right in official Washington.
By Barry Grey, 5 November 2014
Schanzer, the homeland security expert, wants an imperial presidency whose agenda is unimpeded by expensive distractions such as congressional elections.
By Patrick Martin, 4 November 2014
By agreement between the Democrats and Republicans, there has been no discussion in the election campaign of the stepped-up program of war, austerity and attacks on democratic rights that will unfold after November 4.
By Patrick Martin, 1 November 2014
Only one thing about the election is certain: whatever the division of power in the US Senate, House of Representatives, state governorships and state legislatures, the official two-party system will continue its inexorable shift to the right.
By our reporter, 1 November 2014
An investigative report by Al Jazeera America reveals that 27 state governments, most of them Republican-led, have joined in an effort to disqualify seven million registered voters.
By Bill Van Auken, 29 October 2014
There is a mounting drumbeat from Washington’s vast military and intelligence apparatus for stepped-up bombing and US “boots on the ground” in both Iraq and Syria.
By Patrick Martin, 24 October 2014
In a series of campaign debates last week, Democratic candidates for the US Senate vied with their Republican opponents in their support for militarism and budget-cutting.