US Politics

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.

Sixteen Democratic-led states file lawsuit against Trump’s national emergency

By Eric London, 21 February 2019

As the faction fight in the ruling class intensifies, the legal question the courts will answer is: can the president usurp the powers of the legislature?

Feds arrest fascist Coast Guard officer who plotted to kill socialists and Democrats

By Eric London, 21 February 2019

Court filings read, “The defendant intends to murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country.”

Trump regime targets “loser teachers” in red-baiting tirade

By Nancy Hanover, 21 February 2019

Speaking in El Paso last week, Donald Trump, Jr. launched into a vicious McCarthyite attack on public school teachers, one of a series of anti-socialist diatribes by the administration.

West Virginia educators remain defiant in second day of statewide strike

By Tom Eley, 20 February 2019

The unions’ attempts to declare “victory” have so far failed to convince teachers, who remember all too well similar claims after the betrayal of their statewide strike last year.

“They’ll tell you one thing and turn around and do another”

West Virginia teachers denounce attack on public education

By our reporters, 20 February 2019

Teachers and their allies condemned attacks on public education and expressed enthusiasm for the expansion of strikes.

Bernie Sanders announces 2020 presidential campaign

By Niles Niemuth, 20 February 2019

The senator from Vermont is reprising his role as a lightning rod to contain and defuse social opposition amid an upsurge of the international class struggle and growing interest in socialism.

US media passes over in silence Trump’s fascistic diatribe in Miami

By Bill Van Auken, 20 February 2019

To the extent that the corporate media reported the speech it was limited to foreign policy and electoral calculations, ignoring the echoes of 1930s fascism in Trump’s remarks.

"Precision Scheduled Railroading” brings layoffs and cuts to US railroads

By Jeff Lusanne, 19 February 2019

The fraudulent concept of Precision Scheduled Railroading, which has the real goal of pumping railroad stock prices, has spread to most major US railroads, bringing layoffs and cuts.

Trump adviser John Bolton to conduct pre-election visit to Australia

By Mike Head, 18 February 2019

One of Washington’s most vocal war hawks will arrive in the midst of a political crisis and on the eve of the federal election.

Former FBI deputy director confirms FBI, Justice officials discussed removing Trump

By Barry Grey, 16 February 2019

In his “60 Minutes” interview, McCabe confirms the existence of a plot within the FBI and Justice Department to overturn the results of the 2016 presidential election.

No agreement on US-China trade with talks to continue

By Nick Beams, 16 February 2019

The next round will be virtually the last chance to reach a formal agreement before March 1, after which the US will increase tariffs—from 10 to 25 percent—on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods.

No More Deaths volunteers prosecuted for providing humanitarian aid to migrants

By Anthony del Olmo, 16 February 2019

The targeting of humanitarian aid groups is a warning that no one will be spared in the administration’s fascistic attack on immigrants.

Trump’s state of emergency

A step towards presidential dictatorship

By Patrick Martin, 16 February 2019

No American president has so flagrantly usurped the constitutional prerogative of Congress to decide how public funds are to be spent.

Uncertainty hangs over US border deal as shutdown deadline nears

By Patrick Martin, 14 February 2019

President Trump has not yet guaranteed that he will sign the deal to provide $1.375 billion to fund his planned border wall.

Democratic leaders join attack on Democratic congresswoman

Bogus charges of anti-Semitism fuel right-wing campaign against Ilhan Omar

By Patrick Martin, 12 February 2019

The Democratic Party backlash only demonstrates the truth of Representative Omar’s comments about the influence of the Israeli lobby on Congress.

Oppose the Democrats’ #MeToo witch-hunt against Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax

By Barry Grey, 11 February 2019

Once again, unsubstantiated and dubious sexual allegations are being used in a #MeToo operation driven by a right-wing political agenda.

Brazil’s Workers Party praises imperialist officials and Brazilian military involved in Venezuela regime change operation

By Miguel Andrade, 9 February 2019

As it feigns opposition to regime change in Venezuela, the PT has sent representatives to meet EU leaders who have been at the forefront of the siege of the country.

The working class and socialism

By Andre Damon, 9 February 2019

Trump’s denunciation of socialism in his State of the Union speech reflects the ruling class’s fear over the growth of the class struggle within the United States.

State of Fear: Trump unleashes tirade against socialism

By Patrick Martin, 6 February 2019

The president’s claims of an economic “miracle” were belied by his denunciations of rising public support for socialism within the United States.

FBI conducted surveillance of BAMN in the name of combating “domestic terrorism”

By Tom Carter, 5 February 2019

Newly released documents establish that the FBI launched a “full investigation” of By Any Means Necessary (BAMN) based on allegations that the group had conspired to violate the rights of neo-Nazis and the KKK.

US “border security”: Troops, torture, barbaric prisons

By Patrick Martin, 5 February 2019

While the Democrats claim to oppose Trump’s wall, they support all the other repressive actions carried out against defenseless immigrants and refugees.

The Governor Ralph Northam affair

By Patrick Martin, 4 February 2019

The Virginia governor is under mounting pressure to resign after a 35-year-old incident of his wearing blackface was made public.

Private contract workers left without pay following federal government shutdown

By Nick Barrickman, 4 February 2019

The plight of contract workers is a further exposure of the right-wing role of the federal employee unions.

As Trump threatens national emergency

Democrats offer increased spending for border policing

By Barry Grey, 2 February 2019

Even as Trump reiterated his threat to assume emergency powers, the Democrats made clear their support for the further militarization of the border.

No deal reached at US-China trade meeting

By Nick Beams, 2 February 2019

A statement issued by the White House at the conclusion of the discussions said Trump had reiterated that the US will increase tariffs unless an outcome is reached.

The US scraps the INF treaty: Another step toward nuclear war

By Andre Damon, 2 February 2019

The US withdrawal from the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty marks a major escalation of US efforts to prop up its hegemony through military means.

The fraud of "oversight" by Democrats

Pentagon officials provide few answers at House committee hearing on troops at the border

By Kevin Martinez, 31 January 2019

The new committee, staffed by many former military officials, failed to get any real answers from the Pentagon brass and instead gave them a platform to ask for more funds and troops.

The political role of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

By Genevieve Leigh, 31 January 2019

While attracting support based on her criticisms of social inequality, Ocasio-Cortez serves to provide a left cover for the Democratic Party, the better to block the development of a genuine movement against social inequality and capitalism.

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand: Another right-wing Democrat enters the 2020 race

By Leslie Murtagh and Philip Guelpa, 29 January 2019

With eight declared Democratic presidential candidates, and more expected to join, Gillibrand has distinguished herself by her opportunistic shifts in positions.

Trump aide threatens “national emergency” decree on border wall

By Patrick Martin, 28 January 2019

White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, a former congressman, said Trump will have his border wall “with or without Congress.”

Trump retreats on federal shutdown

By Patrick Martin, 26 January 2019

The political confrontation over White House demands for a border wall has only been postponed for three weeks, with Trump reiterating threats to declare a national emergency.

As air traffic controllers call in sick

Air traffic grinds to a halt in the Eastern US

By Dan de Vries and Sandy English, 26 January 2019

The US Federal Aviation Administration grounded all flights into New York’s LaGuardia Airport for a short time on Friday because some air traffic controllers called in sick.

Trump’s war on immigrants escalates

Thousands seeking asylum in US to be pushed back into Mexico

By Norisa Diaz, 26 January 2019

The Department of Homeland Security will force asylum seekers to remain in Mexico while their immigration cases are considered in the United States, forcing many to languish on the streets for months or years.

Long-time Trump adviser Roger Stone arrested in Mueller probe

By Patrick Martin, 26 January 2019

Stone has been indicted on charges of lying to Congress about his alleged communication, through intermediaries, with WikiLeaks.

As Senate votes down bills to end government shutdown

White House readies national emergency declaration

By Daniel de Vries, 25 January 2019

The Trump administration has prepared a draft national emergency declaration to bypass Congress and use the military to construct additional sections of the border wall with Mexico.

US government shutdown enters second month

By Daniel de Vries, 23 January 2019

As another missed payday approaches, the warring factions of the American ruling class are no closer to settling the partial government shutdown.

The way forward for US government workers in the fight against the shutdown

By Niles Niemuth, 23 January 2019

The anger of US government workers locked out or forced to work without pay is growing, but neither the AFL-CIO nor the government employee unions has called for independent action by workers to fight the shutdown.

Two years of the Trump administration

By Patrick Martin, 23 January 2019

The conflict in Washington is between different right-wing factions of the ruling class. The only progressive opposition to Trump comes from the working class.

New York City mayor de Blasio tries to burnish his “progressive” credentials

By Fred Mazelis, 22 January 2019

A series of pronouncements only highlight de Blasio’s bankrupt record and his role as the servant of the financial elite.

Who is Democratic Senator Kamala Harris?

By David Brown, 22 January 2019

The senator from California carries a legacy as a right-wing prosecutor into her presidential campaign.

Democrats reject Trump proposal to fund border wall and end US government shutdown

By Niles Niemuth, 21 January 2019

There are growing signs of financial distress among the 500,000 federal employees forced to work without pay and the 300,000 that have been furloughed for an entire month.

Head Start, school lunches and social programs targeted for elimination

The Congressional Budget Office points US spending priorities towards “great power” conflicts: Part Two

By Guillaume Garnier and Nancy Hanover, 21 January 2019

A recent CBO report insists that the vast majority of discretionary appropriations be allocated to the US military machine and its ever-expanding wars, while outlining “options” for eviscerating social services and public education.

Trump, announcing new missile defense program, ramps up nuclear arms race

By Andre Damon, 19 January 2019

Trump’s latest boondoggle for the military and defense contractors is part of the largest and most sustained military buildup since the Cold War.

US shutdown pits unpaid workers vs. political establishment and unions

By Daniel de Vries, 19 January 2019

There are growing fears in the ruling class that the prolonged shutdown could trigger strike action

“Made in China 2025” at centre of US-China economic war

By Gabriel Black, 19 January 2019

The US regards the “Made in China 2025” initiative as a major threat to its own global economic and strategic domination.

Growing signs of worker resistance to US government shutdown

By Philip Guelpa, 18 January 2019

A TSA representative reported Wednesday that increasing numbers are explicitly stating that their refusal to come into work is due to financial hardship.

Native American organizations denounce government shutdown as an abrogation of treaties

By Shelley Connor, 18 January 2019

Now in its fourth week, the partial government shutdown has had wide-ranging and devastating effects upon Native Americans.

The US political crisis reaches fever pitch

By Patrick Martin, 18 January 2019

Both feuding factions of the US ruling elite are right-wing, anti-democratic and militaristic.

US federal judge upholds compulsory unpaid labor during government shutdown

By Daniel de Vries, 17 January 2019

The court denied immediate relief for government workers forced to work during the shutdown.

US shutdown: Sickouts by screeners throw airports into crisis

By Rebecca Campbell, 15 January 2019

The sickouts are one reflection of growing anger and determination to take action against uncompensated, compulsory labor for 420,000 workers and the lockout of another 380,000.

The American media revives the methods of McCarthyism

By Patrick Martin, 15 January 2019

The campaign sparked by reports over the weekend by the New York Times and Washington Post harks back to the anti-communist witch-hunt of the 1950s.

The FBI’s police state operation against Trump

By Patrick Martin, 14 January 2019

A New York Times report aimed at reviving the anti-Russia campaign against Trump exposes a conspiracy by the political police of the FBI to negate the results of the 2016 election.

Sickouts spread, impact widens as US shutdown enters fourth week

By Rebecca Campbell, 14 January 2019

The longest government shutdown in US history continues to impact on the economy as federal workers and government contractors try to cope with missed paychecks.

Hypocritical outrage from media, politicians after latest racist outburst by Iowa Congressman Steve King

By Trévon Austin, 14 January 2019

The intimate ties between the Republican Party and far-right, segregationist forces have been systematically covered up by the media and the Democrats as well as the Republicans.

Amid threat of national emergency declaration

US government workers call in sick, demand strike action against lockout and payless paydays

By Barry Grey, 12 January 2019

The growing opposition of federal workers comes together with the preparations of Los Angeles teachers to strike, the mounting opposition of auto workers to plant closures, and a rising wave of class struggle internationally.

Pompeo in Cairo: The ugly face of US imperialism

By Bill Van Auken, 12 January 2019

Reflecting US imperialism’s priorities in the region, Pompeo mentioned Iran 25 times in his speech, compared to a mere dozen references to “terrorism.”

Trump at the Rubicon

By Patrick Martin and Andre Damon, 11 January 2019

A presidential declaration of a “national emergency” to override congressional opposition would mean a permanent and irreversible break with constitutional government in the United States.

“We are being treated like pawns”

As payless payday looms, federal unions stage protests in US cities

By our reporter, 11 January 2019

With hundreds of thousands of federal workers facing destitution due to the budget impasse, unions staged protests aimed at dissipating anger over the impact of the government shutdown.