US Politics

Why is the New York Times still trying to sweep the Epstein case under the rug?

By Patrick Martin, 23 August 2019

Amid reports of “stunning” violations of protocol by prison officials in the death of America’s most famous prisoner, the Times claims that questions regarding the well-connected sex trafficker are “conspiracy theories.”

Trump denounces Jews for “disloyalty” if they do not vote for him

By Patrick Martin, 22 August 2019

First voiced Tuesday, and repeated Wednesday, Trump’s remark is a thinly veiled appeal to his fascist and white supremacist supporters.

American media shuts down the Epstein story

By Patrick Martin, 19 August 2019

Despite many unanswered questions, virtually all reporting on the death of multi-millionaire sex-trafficker Jeffrey Epstein has halted following the verdict of suicide by the medical examiner.

Amy Klobuchar: The favorite Democrat of Senate Republicans

By George Gallanis, 19 August 2019

Underneath the banality of Klobuchar’s presidential campaign are pro-war, right-wing politics.

Tlaib agrees to Israeli terms, then reverses herself on West Bank visit

By Barry Grey, 17 August 2019

The events of the past two days have provided a fresh demonstration of the cowardice of the Democratic Party and the absence within it of any principled opposition to Donald Trump’s authoritarian agenda.

A dictatorial move: Trump blocks travel to Israel by two congresswomen

By Patrick Martin, 16 August 2019

The intervention by the president to block travel by representatives Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar is another blow against the US constitutional framework.

Autopsy indicates death of Jeffrey Epstein likely due to strangulation

By Matthew Taylor, 16 August 2019

The report based on the autopsy explodes the ongoing efforts by the media, led by the New York Times, to dismiss all questions about the death of Epstein as “conspiracy theories.”

Still no explanation for death of Epstein in prison

By a reporter, 15 August 2019

No information has been made public to explain who made the decisions that left the multi-millionaire alleged sex-trafficker alone in his cell the day he died.

DSA candidate concedes Queens District Attorney race

By Josh Varlin, 15 August 2019

Despite the rhetoric of Democratic Socialists of America member Tiffany Cabán, the Queens election was a conflict between two factions of the right-wing Democratic Party.

Trump again “jokes” about extending his presidency

By Patrick Martin, 15 August 2019

There is nothing funny about an American president publicly mulling over the prospects for becoming dictator-for-life.

US media continues to downplay suspicions about Jeffrey Epstein’s death

By David Walsh, 14 August 2019

After days of breathless coverage, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal both removed the Epstein story from the front pages of their print editions on Tuesday.

Who wanted Jeffrey Epstein dead?

By Patrick Martin, 12 August 2019

The circumstances of Jeffrey Epstein’s death fully justify the widespread suspicions that he was murdered.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand: #MeToo, McCarthyism and machine politics

By Josh Varlin, 12 August 2019

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s campaign, combining feminism and anti-Russia witch-hunting, has yet to mobilize significant support.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Wall Street financial vultures: Please be nice to Puerto Rico

By Genevieve Leigh, 10 August 2019

Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a member of the Democratic Socialists of America, has intervened to attempt to contain growing social unrest and anger.

Bowing to House Democratic leadership, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez purges staff

By Genevieve Leigh, 7 August 2019

The purge came after staff members criticized Democratic Party leaders over the passage of a bill funding Trump’s war on immigrants.

US House retirements signal deepening crisis for Republican Party

By Tom Carter, 6 August 2019

Kenny Marchant of Texas is the twelfth on the “casualty list” of Republicans leaving office this term and the fourth from Texas to announce his retirement in recent weeks.

The Democratic presidential candidates: A socialist assessment

Beto O’Rourke: The incredible shrinking empty suit

By Ed Hightower, 6 August 2019

After rocketing into prominence in a failed 2018 campaign for US Senate, the former Texas congressman has plummeted from “co-frontrunner” status to near-invisibility.

Rashida Tlaib defends Democratic Party collaboration with Trump on immigration

By Nick Barrickman, 3 August 2019

The Democratic congresswoman, a member of the DSA, demands “more training” for agents inflicting gross human rights violations.

Trump escalates trade war against China

By Nick Beams, 2 August 2019

The decision to impose a 10 percent tariff on $300 billion worth of Chinese goods, covering a wide range of consumer products, represents the most significant intensification of the more than year-long trade war to date.

The Democratic Party politics of the “Democratic Socialists of America”

By Joseph Kishore, 2 August 2019

Under conditions of a growing political radicalization of workers and youth, the DSA serves as a principal block to the development of a genuine socialist movement.

The Democratic debate: A right-wing party unmasked

By Patrick Martin, 1 August 2019

In the course of two nights of debate, and particularly the second one, the Democratic presidential candidates took turns exposing each others’ right-wing and anti-working-class records.

The Democrats and Detroit

By Jerry White, 1 August 2019

The bitter experience of Detroit workers exposes the claims by Sanders, Warren and others that the Democrats represent a genuine alternative to Trump’s reactionary policies.

Judge dismisses DNC lawsuit

US federal court exposes Democratic Party conspiracy against Assange and WikiLeaks

By Eric London, 31 July 2019

The decision exposes the Democratic Party in a conspiracy to attack free speech and cover up the crimes of US imperialism and the two parties of Wall Street.

Trump continues racist diatribes

By Tom Hall, 30 July 2019

Trump’s aim is to stoke up a civil war atmosphere to justify dictatorial measures.

Trump names ultra-right congressman as intelligence chief

By Patrick Martin, 30 July 2019

Trump named Representative John Ratcliffe to replace Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, who resigned effective August 15.

The political strategy behind Trump’s racist diatribe against Baltimore

By Joseph Kishore, 29 July 2019

Trump’s diatribes mark a calculated escalation of his efforts to base his reelection campaign on the incitement of an openly fascistic movement

Supreme Court approves construction of Trump’s border wall

By Eric London, 27 July 2019

The ruling is a political victory for Trump and a blow to the separation of powers, dramatically strengthening the power of the executive branch.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joins House Democrats in vote for Trump war budget

By Patrick Martin, 27 July 2019

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib, both members of the Democratic Socialists of America, voted for a bill that includes a record $738 billion for the military.

Mueller testimony: Another debacle for the Democrats’ anti-Russia campaign

By Tom Hall, 25 July 2019

The Democrats staged two House committee hearings with the former FBI head and special counsel in an attempt to revive their discredited claim that Putin stole the 2016 election for Trump.

Puerto Rico governor resigns after popular protests

By Jerry White, 25 July 2019

After 12 days of protests, Governor Ricardo Rosselló announced his resignation late Wednesday night.

Democrats reach deal with Trump on budget and debt ceiling

By Patrick Martin, 24 July 2019

The plan will boost military spending to record levels and reassure Wall Street.

Senator Warren warns of US economic “crash”

By Nick Beams, 24 July 2019

The bogus character of the agenda advanced by Warren, who has described herself as “capitalist to the bone,” is underscored by the measures she advances to meet the signs of a deepening crisis.

Mass protests shake Puerto Rican and US political establishment

By Jerry White, 23 July 2019

In what has been described as the largest demonstration in Puerto Rican history, an estimated half a million people marched Monday to demand the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rosselló.

Reports expose Trump administration’s “Border Patrol to emergency room” pipeline

By Patrick Martin, 22 July 2019

Immigrant detainees are deliberately being subjected to conditions that spread disease in detention centers along the southern border.

Iran seizes UK tanker in Strait of Hormuz as danger of Middle East war mounts

By Jordan Shilton, 20 July 2019

Chief responsibility for the growing war danger in the Persian Gulf rests squarely with US imperialism, which has relentlessly escalated its provocations against Iran.

Canada’s Trudeau postures as opponent of Trump following US president’s fascist outburst

By Roger Jordan, 20 July 2019

Trudeau’s theatrics notwithstanding, his government is an enthusiastic accomplice of Trump in implementing some of his administration’s most reactionary and belligerent policies.

US investigators identify 70 current and former immigration agents in far-right, racist Facebook groups

By Kevin Martinez, 19 July 2019

The announcement came after several Facebook groups connected to Customs and Border Protection agents were discovered to contain vulgar and sexually explicit posts.

Trump appeals to Democratic establishment and attacks the left

By Eric London, 19 July 2019

Trump’s praise for Democrats voting against impeachment was not mere bluster; he is operating according to a deliberate political strategy.

The Democratic presidential candidates: A socialist appraisal

Kamala Harris: Law-and-order with a dose of identity politics

By Dan Conway, 19 July 2019

At heart, Harris is a ruthless servant of US imperialism who seeks to conceal her right-wing politics with hollow social demagogy and references to her gender and racial identity.

A blow to the #MeToo sexual witch-hunt: The ignominious collapse of the case against actor Kevin Spacey

By David Walsh, 19 July 2019

Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe in Massachusetts announced Wednesday that his office was dropping its sexual assault case against Spacey.

Socialism 2019: The ex-International Socialist Organization embraces the Democratic Party

By Alexander Fangmann, 19 July 2019

Amid Trump’s threats of war, unprecedented assaults on immigrants and attacks on democratic rights, Jacobin and the ex-leaders of the ISO hosted an event promoting the Democratic Party and American imperialism.

Campaign rally in North Carolina

Trump praises Democratic Party on impeachment, denounces congresswomen as a crowd howls, “Send her back!”

By Eric London, 18 July 2019

Continuing his fascistic campaign against socialism, Trump denounced “left-wing extremists who reject everything our nation stands for.”

Trump aide demands of Jewish reporter: “What’s your ethnicity?”

By Patrick Martin, 18 July 2019

Kellyanne Conway’s outburst, which has been hailed by neo-Nazi groups, gives a glimpse of the fascistic climate within Trump’s inner circle.

Donald Trump’s fascist strategy

By Eric London, 17 July 2019

Trump is proceeding according to a deliberate political strategy worked out with the White House’s fascist brain trust.

House Democrats ratify $733 billion for US military

By Patrick Martin, 15 July 2019

The bill was passed with more than a dozen amendments, all of which will eventually be removed, to ensure the support of Democratic “progressives.”

The Democratic presidential candidates: A socialist appraisal

Pete Buttigieg: The made-to-order political “outsider”

By Tom Hall, 15 July 2019

The sudden elevation of Buttigieg is an effort to shift the Democratic presidential campaign to the right, particularly on issues related to national security.

Trump’s nominee for top US military commander calls for nuclear buildup to confront China

By Bill Van Auken, 13 July 2019

General Milley, tapped as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, predicted that the US would be in confrontation with China for the next 100 years.

The phony war between Pelosi and Ocasio-Cortez

By Patrick Martin, 11 July 2019

The policy of the House Democrats is being set, not by the “lefts,” but by the most right-wing faction with close ties to the military-intelligence apparatus.

The Democratic presidential candidates: A socialist appraisal

Elizabeth Warren espouses economic nationalist policies aligned with Donald Trump

By Patrick Martin, 11 July 2019

Despite her public image as a representative of the “left” wing of the Democratic Party, Warren is a highly conscious and self-declared advocate of capitalism.

US-British relations hit bottom following ambassador’s leaked Trump criticism

By Chris Marsden, 10 July 2019

Trump’s attack on May over Brexit is the latest broadside supportive of her likely successor Boris Johnson and of the breakup of the European Union.

H. Ross Perot, billionaire third-party US presidential candidate, dead at 89

By Fred Mazelis, 10 July 2019

The Texas tycoon won the biggest support for a third-party candidate since Theodore Roosevelt in 1912.

Second quarter fundraising

Trump, Democratic presidential candidates raise more than $100 million

By Patrick Martin, 9 July 2019

The stage is being set for the most expensive campaign in US—and world—history, with estimates that ad spending could top $10 billion for the 2020 elections.

Trump’s Fourth of July: The militarist bombast of a crisis-ridden system

By Joseph Kishore, 6 July 2019

Intended as a demonstration of the eternal power and greatness of American capitalism, what was instead exposed in the grotesque spectacle is a beleaguered and isolated ruling class.

American injustice: Trump and cronies protect a murderous US Navy SEAL

By Jacob Crosse, 6 July 2019

In the months leading up to Edward Gallagher’s acquittal, several members of his defense team were revealed to have close ties to the White House.

Trump unleashes torrent of militarism in Fourth of July speech

By Tom Hall, 5 July 2019

Trump’s hour-long paean to the military was designed to further elevate the military as the supreme arbiter of American politics and buttress of his own personalist rule.

Fourth of July 2019: Militarism and the specter of dictatorship

By Patrick Martin, 4 July 2019

The official celebration of the Fourth of July holiday in Washington today will be marked by an unprecedented presence of the military.

"Socialism 2019" conference: A Democratic Party operation

By Alexander Fangmann, 4 July 2019

The featured speakers and panels at the Socialism Conference reveal an event devoted to channeling the leftward movement of workers and youth back into the confines of the Democratic Party.

Amid revelations of fascist network at Customs and Border Protection

Ocasio-Cortez, other Congress members threatened by border police

By Barry Grey, 3 July 2019

The promotion of fascist elements in the immigration agencies is being directed from the White House.

Harvard awards fellowship to Rick Snyder, Flint’s poisoner-in-chief

By Sheila Brehm, 3 July 2019

The former Michigan governor, who presided over the lead poisoning of Flint’s water supply, has been awarded a prestigious senior research fellowship at Harvard University.

Democrats back Trump’s massive “World War III” military budget

By Andre Damon, 1 July 2019

Senate Democrats voted overwhelmingly for the largest US military budget ever in a bill that gives Trump a green light for war with Iran and backs his “state of emergency” on the border.

First Democratic debate: Demagogy on social issues, silence on war

By Patrick Martin, 29 June 2019

The stage-managed spectacle marked the formal beginning of an electoral process dominated by big money and thoroughly manipulated by the corporate-controlled media.

DSA-endorsed “progressive” wins Democratic primary for Queens District Attorney

By Isaac Finn, 29 June 2019

Cabán had the backing of Representative Ocasio-Cortez, presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, and the New York Times, voice of the Democratic Party establishment.

As Democrats give Trump billions more for border war

Image of drowned father and daughter sparks global outrage against US anti-immigrant rampage

By Barry Grey, 27 June 2019

The Democratic Party has voted overwhelmingly to grant another $4.5 billion dollars for Trump’s Gestapo-like anti-immigrant agencies.

Democratic debate begins the 2020 election campaign with a blast of demagogy

By Patrick Martin, 27 June 2019

All of the Democratic candidates, like President Trump, defend the profit system and the worldwide interests of American imperialism.

The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation, by Brenda Wineapple

The failed removal of Andrew Johnson and the emergence of the American working class

By Eric London, 26 June 2019

Brenda Wineapple’s The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation is a factual and easy-to-read account of one of the most overlooked and poorly understood turning points in American history.

Pete Buttigieg’s town hall debacle: A Democratic Party “golden boy” unmasked

By Jessica Goldstein, 25 June 2019

Working class residents of South Bend, Indiana, heckled Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg, the city’s mayor, as he stammered through empty promises to address police brutality.

Oregon legislature shut down by right-wing militia threats

By Kayla Costa, 25 June 2019

The Oregon State Capitol building in Salem was shut down after right-wing militias made violent threats in defense of 11 Republican senators who fled the state to prevent a vote on a carbon-emissions bill.

Trump, Democrats seek anti-immigrant deal

By Patrick Martin, 24 June 2019

The postponement of mass raids set for Sunday morning sets the stage for the passage of bipartisan legislation to provide billions more to arrest and imprison immigrants.

Trump kicks off 2020 presidential campaign with fascistic rally

While Biden pledges to protect billionaires

By Patrick Martin, 20 June 2019

Trump has one political advantage: that his nominal opposition is the Democratic Party, just as committed to the defense of big business as the Republicans.

Obama paid $600,000 for a single speech

By Trévon Austin, 20 June 2019

The former president’s post-White House career as a friend of the corporate elite epitomizes the revolving door relationship between the US government and the private sector.

New York Times reports secret US cyberattacks on Russia

By Patrick Martin, 18 June 2019

The activities described are incredibly reckless, threatening to escalate into open warfare with a nuclear-armed power.

Bernie Sanders and the myth of Franklin Roosevelt

By Tom Hall, 18 June 2019

Sanders’ speech last week at George Washington University exposed his effort to combine populist and “socialist” rhetoric with a defense of American capitalism and the Democratic Party.

Democrats seize on Trump comment to push their anti-Russia campaign

By Fred Mazelis, 15 June 2019

The reaction of the Democrats to Trump’s latest comments underscores the entirely right-wing, pro-war basis of their opposition to the most reactionary president in US history.

Democratic candidates demand the US prepare to fight the “wars of the future”

By Andre Damon, 12 June 2019

As former Vice President Joe Biden called for a “united front” against the “threat” of China, Pete Buttigieg declared that “our military capabilities exist for a reason… we stand ready to use force.”

Democrats bring back John Dean of Watergate fame for first hearing on Mueller report

By Barry Grey, 11 June 2019

Rather than seriously challenging Trump’s authoritarian actions, the Democrats have decided to proceed with hearings that have the character of political theater.

Democrats, Mexican president collaborate with Trump’s anti-immigrant crackdown

By Eric London, 10 June 2019

The US also announced it will house 3,000 to 4,000 immigrant children at army base internment camps.

Mexico to deploy 6,000 troops to southern border as Trump postpones tariffs

By Alex González, 8 June 2019

No faction of the American or Mexican ruling class offers any genuine opposition to the assault on immigrants and democratic rights.

Trump ends federal funding of fetal tissue research

By Matthew Taylor, 8 June 2019

The ban is the Trump administration’s latest attack on science and reproductive rights.

Trump administration cuts education and recreation funding for immigrant children in detention centers

By Shelley Connor, 7 June 2019

The Office of Refugee Settlement has halted the flow of funding for any activities they consider “not directly necessary for the protection of life and safety,” including legal aid and recreation.

Biden drops support for abortion-funding restriction after political firestorm

By Patrick Martin, 7 June 2019

The leading candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination had sought to stake out a right-wing position on access to abortion.

IMF warns of growing trade war

By Nick Beams, 7 June 2019

Trump’s threat to use tariffs against Mexico over immigration has sent a shock wave through the international trading system because it makes clear the US is prepared to use economic and trade warfare measures to pursue all of its policy objectives.

Michigan governor announces closure of Benton Harbor High School

By Joseph Lorenz and JT Asher, 7 June 2019

Students, parents and community members denounced Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s unilateral decision to close Benton Harbor High School at a school board meeting this week.

Responding to attacks on socialism

Bernie Sanders uses NY Times op-ed to reassure big business

By Tom Hall, 7 June 2019

In response to attacks on socialism from within the Democratic Party as well as by Trump and the Republicans, Sanders has made clear he has no intention of challenging the profit system or the property of the ruling class.

A gathering of warmongers marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day in Portsmouth, England

By Robert Stevens, 6 June 2019

Nothing could obscure the fact that the commemoration was held against the backdrop of a historic breakdown in relations between the major powers.

Bernie Sanders answers attacks on socialism with defense of capitalist “democracy”

By Tom Hall, 6 June 2019

In response to attacks on socialism from within the Democratic Party as well as by Trump and the Republicans, Bernie Sanders has published a cowardly op-ed piece in the New York Times that omits the “S” word and makes clear he was no intention of challenging the profit system or the property of the ruling class.

Trump escalates his pro-Brexit agenda during UK state visit

By Robert Stevens, 5 June 2019

Trump envisions any trade deal with the UK as one entirely to the advantage of the US corporations, as he steps up trade war measures against America’s competitors everywhere.

Mass protests as Trump visits the UK

The fight against Trump must become the struggle for socialism

By Chris Marsden, 4 June 2019

Workers and young people wanting to fight against the growing danger of war and dictatorship, spearheaded by Trump’s threats against China and Russia, must reject all calls for an alliance with rival capitalist powers and parties.

Fourteen Democratic presidential hopefuls campaign at California convention

By Dan Conway, 3 June 2019

The presidential candidates who spoke at the convention offered various types of vague reformist pabulum that will be rapidly abandoned once the party’s nominee is chosen.

Trump’s Mexican tariff threat hits global markets

By Nick Beams, 1 June 2019

In pursuit of his political agenda, Trump has made clear he is prepared to resort to the unprecedented use of economic measures, with far-reaching international ramifications.

Jacobin editor Bhaskar Sunkara makes a fool of himself

By Joseph Kishore, 31 May 2019

Anyone under the impression that Bhaskar Sunkara, Jacobin or the Democratic Socialists of America have anything to do with socialism should listen to an interview with Sunkara published by the New York Times on Thursday.

After the Mueller statement

Trump to impose tariff on Mexico in attack on immigrants as Democrats denounce Russia

By Eric London, 31 May 2019

The working class has no ally in the faction fight between reactionary partisans of US imperialism.

Mueller encourages drive to remove Trump

By Barry Grey, 30 May 2019

In a surprise statement Wednesday, Special Counsel Robert Mueller provided ammunition to the sections of the American ruling class that have concluded it is necessary to remove Trump from office prior to the 2020 elections.

The class issues in the fight to free Julian Assange

By Joseph Kishore, 25 May 2019

Assange is the victim of one of the most massive political frame-ups in modern history, which has received the active support of the entire political establishment and the media.

Knock Down the House and the Democratic Party politics of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

By Genevieve Leigh, 25 May 2019

Knock Down the House reviews the election campaigns of several Democratic Party primary candidates in the 2018 congressional elections, focused on Ocasio-Cortez in New York City.

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.