(1 comments) Friday, June 7, 2019 Biden drops support for abortion-funding restriction after political firestorm
Joe Biden, the current leader for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, abruptly reversed himself on Thursday evening, declaring that he would no longer maintain his longstanding support for the anti-abortion Hyde Amendment. This measure, authored by Republican Congressman Henry Hyde in 1976, remains in force more than four decades later because there has been no significant Democratic Party effort against it.
Thursday, May 9, 2019 House committee votes contempt charge against Trump's attorney general William Barr
The conflict between Congress and the White House is not merely partisan warfare in advance of the 2020 elections, but represents the breakdown of the institutional framework through which American capitalist politics has operated for more than two centuries. The structure of "checks and balances" has been undermined over a protracted period, with the president taking on virtually unchecked powers.
Sunday, April 21, 2019 Mueller report re-ignites political warfare in Washington
The report's categorical declaration that the Russian intelligence agencies were the source of the leaked emails published by WikiLeaks -- a claim that cannot be verified by any publicly-available evidence -- will set the stage for an escalation of the bipartisan efforts to criminalize WikiLeaks, jail its publisher Julian Assange, and drastically crack down on the freedom of expression on the internet.
Thursday, April 11, 2019 White House to intensify anti-immigrant rampage
The Trump administration was pushing for a series of harsh new measures, including some form of forcible separation of asylum seekers and their children, extending the length of time that children can be detained, and denying green cards to legal immigrants who have received public assistance (defined so loosely that it includes subsidized meals for school children).
(1 comments) Monday, April 1, 2019 Trump threatens to shut US-Mexico border, cuts aid to Central America
Trump's threat to shut the US-Mexico border next week has been generally dismissed by the media and congressional leaders as rhetorical bluster. There was no official statement, only a Twitter declaration: "If Mexico doesn't immediately stop ALL illegal immigration coming into the United States through our southern border, I will be closing the border, or large sections of the border, next week," Trump said.
(2 comments) Tuesday, January 1, 2019 Trump orders freeze in federal salaries as shutdown reaches 10 days
Trump spent the weekend issuing a stream of abusive tweets, blasting the Democrats for a shutdown that he had previously boasted of wanting and taking responsibility for. He combined his insults toward his political opponents within the ruling elite with real injury towards federal workers, signing an executive order to freeze the pay of all two million civilian workers for the US government for the rest of the fiscal year.
Sunday, December 16, 2018 The death of Jackeline Caal: A seven-year-old victim of Trump's war on immigrants
Seven-year-old Jackeline Caal died in the custody of the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) last week, the agency admitted Thursday. The child's death was a direct consequence of the savage repression of immigrants by the Trump administration, which has intensified to the point where such deaths cannot be considered accidents.
Friday, December 14, 2018 Time magazine honors journalists facing repression -- but snubs Julian Assange
It is most of all notable that the Time cover story on courageous journalists risking violence and repression to uncover the truth makes no mention of the most famous persecuted journalist on the planet, Julian Assange. The former editor of WikiLeaks has been effectively jailed in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for the past six years, seeking to avoid extradition to the United States.
(7 comments) Tuesday, November 13, 2018 Democrats seek agreements with Trump administration
None of the Democratic congressional leaders and House members who took to the airwaves on the Sunday television network interview programs said a word about the defense of immigrants or condemned Trump for his vicious, race-baiting attacks on the Central American refugees and his claim that he has the power to gut an amendment to the US Constitution by executive order.
Tuesday, November 6, 2018 Trump steps up anti-immigrant campaign on eve of US election
On the final day of campaigning before the midterm election, Trump continued his fascistic, immigrant-focused diatribes at rallies Monday in Ohio, Indiana and Missouri. His main target, as it has been for the last two weeks, is the several thousand Central American refugees who have formed a caravan that is now in central Mexico, about 800 miles from the US border.
(11 comments) Friday, November 2, 2018 What is to be done about the plutocrats?
The past 40 years have seen the consolidation of a plutocratic elite, which has subordinated every aspect of American society to a single goal: amassing ever more colossal amounts of personal wealth. The top one percent have captured all of the increase in national income over the past two decades, and all of the increase in national wealth since the 2008 crash.
(7 comments) Friday, August 3, 2018 Financial parasitism and the American oligarchy
This is an administration that demonizes millions of working people who come to the United States seeking safety and a better life, calling them "illegal aliens" because they are undocumented. But when it comes to the interests of the billionaires, there's no concern over what is legal, only over how best to fatten their portfolios.
(13 comments) Monday, July 23, 2018 Bernie Sanders embraces the anti-Russia campaign
The real thrust of the Democratic Party campaign is demonstrated by its recruitment as congressional candidates of dozens of former CIA and military intelligence agents, combat commanders from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and war planners from the Pentagon, State Department and White House.
(1 comments) Monday, July 2, 2018 Hundreds of thousands march against Trump's persecution of immigrants
The biggest demonstration was in Los Angeles, home to the largest immigrant population in the United States. More than 75,000 people surrounded City Hall in a crowd so dense it was difficult to move through it. By contrast, only 20 people showed for a miserable pro-Trump counter-protest that was given undue attention by the local news media.
(4 comments) Friday, June 22, 2018 Immigrant children tied down, hooded, beaten, stripped and drugged
the Trump administration awarded multiple contracts involving tens of millions of dollars earlier this year to build detention facilities for children. This confirms that the mass separation of children from their parents, which followed the announcement of the "zero tolerance" policy by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, was not an unexpected byproduct of the new policy, but was planned and deliberate.
(9 comments) Sunday, June 10, 2018 Trump EPA to shred rules on toxic pollution
On June 1, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced that the agency would no longer evaluate asbestos in homes and businesses as a health risk, even though the death toll from asbestos exposure is estimated at 12,000 to 15,000 people a year in the United States alone.
(17 comments) Thursday, June 7, 2018 US primary elections in eight states confirm rightward shift by Democratic Party
In the event the Democratic Party wins control of the House of Representatives, it will be depending on a group of two dozen or more former CIA and military intelligence officers, combat commanders and State Department and National Security Council officials to sustain it in power.
(3 comments) Tuesday, May 15, 2018 Two Senate Democrats assure Haspel's confirmation as CIA director
Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly announced Saturday that he would vote to confirm Gina Haspel as director of the CIA, virtually assuring that her nomination will be confirmed by the Senate. As far as the US ruling elite is concerned, all methods are moral that serve its class ends and maintain its wealth and global power.
Sunday, May 13, 2018 Amid political warfare in Washington, Trump steps up his fascistic appeal
Amid a ferocious conflict within the US ruling elite, with his political opponents in the military-intelligence apparatus and the Democratic Party seeking to demolish his administration with a series of criminal investigations and media leaks, Trump has turned to rallying his base of support on an increasingly open far-right basis.