Trump comments deepen conflict with Department of Justice
Senior congressional Republicans, alarmed that Trump might touch off a new political firestorm, have warned him against firing Mueller. These included House Speaker Paul Ryan, and Republican senators John Thune, John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Susan Collins.
Trump budget to fund wider wars by slashing domestic spending
This is a budget that promotes death and destroys life. It pours billions into the Pentagon killing machine, at the cost of programs that provide food, shelter, heating, health care and other vital services for the population of the United States.The biggest percentage cut, 31 percent, is in the Environmental Protection Agency, where 3,200 jobs and 50 programs would be eliminated, including all pollution cleanup operations.
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Wall Street, media celebrate Trump's address to Congress
Trump's address to a joint session of Congress Tuesday night garnered general enthusiasm from Republicans, near-universal praise from the media and significant backing from congressional Democrats. Trump also pledged to wage war against public education, intensify the brutal assault on immigrant workers, slash social programs and otherwise further redistribute wealth to the financial aristocracy.
Monday, February 20, 2017(5 comments)
Trump White House under mounting pressure from anti-Russia campaign
The Trump White House is under increasing pressure from the anti-Russian campaign instigated by the intelligence agencies and spearheaded by the bulk of the corporate-controlled media, the Democratic Party and a section of the Republicans. Over the past several days, the first official action has been carried out by a congressional committee investigating claims of Russian involvement in the 2016 election campaign.
Trump's fascistic diatribe: On the road to World War III
Any conception that once he actually assumed office a "presidential" Trump would emerge was quickly dispelled by the tenor of his remarks. He glared, he ranted. He had only one tone of voice: an angry shout. The speech gave a jolt, signaling to the world that the new American president is an out-of-control megalomaniac.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017(2 comments)
New US Congress to launch assault on social programs
The incoming Congress, working with the Trump administration, is preparing an assault on whatever remains of social programs implemented under the New Deal and the Great Society. The true content of Trump's call to "Make America Great Again" is to roll back social conditions for the working class to those that existed at the end of the 19th century.
Friday, December 30, 2016
Obama escalates anti-Russian campaign with new sanctions and threats
Obama has imposed sanctions on top Russian government officials, blacklisted several Russian IT companies and expelled 35 Russian diplomats stationed in the US, giving them only 72 hours to leave the country. Two Russian-owned facilities, in San Francisco and Maryland, are being shut down with less than 24 hours' notice.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Israel presses settlement expansion, defies UN resolution
Flatly defying last week's United Nations Security Council resolution, the Israeli government has announced that it will move ahead with thousands of new homes in East Jerusalem and elsewhere in the occupied West Bank territories seized by force nearly 50 years ago in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.
Friday, December 23, 2016(3 comments)
Trump names billionaire corporate raider Icahn to slash regulations on business
In appointing billionaire corporate raider Carl Icahn to a high-profile advisory role -- in charge of slashing government regulations on Wall Street, the oil monopolies and other giant corporations -- Donald Trump has once again underscored the radically right-wing character of his administration's domestic economic and social policy.
Tuesday, December 20, 2016(3 comments)
Trump adds another billionaire to his administration
Viola worked with Gary Cohn at the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) in the 1980s. Cohn went on to become president and chief operating officer of Goldman Sachs, and earlier this month was named by Trump to be chairman of his National Economic Council. Viola would be the sixth billionaire to take a prominent role in the Trump administration.
Friday, December 9, 2016(1 comments)
Courts halt presidential election recount in Michigan
The recount of the presidential election in the state of Michigan halted Wednesday, after three days of ballot-counting, when a federal judge announced he would defer to a state court ruling against it. The Michigan Court of Appeals decided Tuesday that Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein did not have standing to seek a recount.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016(5 comments)
Trump forms a Wall Street government to attack health care and workers' rights
Trump's cabinet selections demonstrate the absurdity of all attempts by the Democrats to paint Trump in positive colors. This is to be a government of reaction all down the line, from extreme militarism in foreign policy to vicious attacks on jobs, living standards, social programs and democratic rights at home.
Friday, November 25, 2016(2 comments)
Hillary Clinton leads by two million in US popular vote
Clinton's lead of 2 million votes is far greater than the margin in any previous US presidential contest in which the popular vote loser was installed as president by the Electoral College. Her margin of victory in the popular vote, approaching 2 percent, is greater than that of seven candidates who actually won the presidency.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016(1 comments)
King Donald meets his media courtiers
The very fact that the media heads agreed to such an "off the record" meeting is an abomination. The president of the United States is not "commander-in-chief" of the media. But Trump summoned highly paid television anchormen and women, and their even more highly paid corporate bosses, who cravenly submitted to a tongue-lashing at Trump Tower.
Saturday, November 19, 2016(5 comments)
Trump begins selecting ultra-right cabinet
The three appointments -- Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama for attorney general, retired General Michael Flynn for national security adviser, and Representative Mike Pompeo for CIA director -- underscore the ultra-right, militaristic and anti-democratic character of the new Republican administration.
Sunday, November 6, 2016
US election campaign reveals mass alienation from two-party system
Trump appeals to raw anger, denouncing his opponent as a criminal who should be put in jail. Clinton and the Democrats alternate between portraying Trump as a sexual predator and smearing him as a tool of Moscow. Neither offers any serious program for improving the living standards and social conditions of the working class, the vast majority of the American people.
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Political tensions mount in final week of US election campaign
Comey's public declaration to Congress only 11 days before the election was an unprecedented political intervention by one of the principal agencies of the military-intelligence apparatus. Its only foreseeable consequence -- and its purpose -- was to damage the Clinton campaign and bolster Trump, who had been trailing in most polls.
Sunday, October 30, 2016(8 comments)
The FBI intervenes in the 2016 election
Why, since the FBI has no idea whether these additional emails contain any significant information relative to the Clinton email case, the agency should make them a public issue within days of the election. As far as the capitalist two-party system is concerned, the American people are merely an object of manipulation, to be stampeded by demagogy and scandal.
Sunday, October 16, 2016
Donald Trump's campaign takes a fascistic turn
Trump's claim to oppose the establishment on behalf of the working people is pure demagogy. He owes his own career as a billionaire real estate and casino mogul, media celebrity and presidential candidate to the very forces -- the financial elite, the corporate media and the political establishment -- that he now falsely claims to oppose.
Wednesday, October 12, 2016(3 comments)
Trump escalates conflict with congressional Republicans
Tensions within the Republican Party exploded into public recriminations Tuesday, with presidential candidate Donald Trump issuing a series of strident statements denouncing House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senator John McCain, two leading congressional Republicans, for their refusal to support his campaign.
Monday, October 10, 2016(1 comments)
The Trump scandal and the US gutter election
The exposure of Trump's backwardness is obviously revealing, but it points to the illegitimate and fraudulent character of the two-party system and the electoral process as a whole. The Democratic Party, with its nomination of a corrupt political hack and warmonger, is no alternative. Out of a country of 325 million people, the two candidates are the most hated in modern US history, and deservedly so.
Tuesday, October 4, 2016(6 comments)
Trump's taxes: Capitalist corruption and class privilege
Trump epitomizes the social, political and moral squalor of the capitalist financial elite, which represents a criminal underworld raised to the heights in 21st century America. One of his fellow real estate billionaires, hotel magnate Leona Helmsley, became notorious for the declaration, overheard by a housekeeper: "We don't pay taxes. Only the little people pay taxes." Trump shares the same contempt for working people.
Friday, September 23, 2016(1 comments)
The police murder in Charlotte, North Carolina
the shooting in Charlotte is the third highly publicized police killing in the past week alone. First came the killing of 13-year-old Tyre King in Columbus, Ohio on September 13, followed by the killing of 45-year-old Terrence Crutcher in Tulsa, Oklahoma on September 16, and then Scott on September 20.
Saturday, September 10, 2016(5 comments)
Clinton steps up appeals to Republicans, military
Putin's offenses against international law are small potatoes compared to the worldwide depredations of American imperialism. Trump, of course, is not really opposed to such methods and, if elected, would pursue them just as aggressively as Obama and Clinton.
As Clinton escalates war threats, Sanders begins campaigning for Democratic nominee
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders will carry out his first official activity as a drum major in the Hillary Clinton marching band Monday, when he takes part in Labor Day events in Lebanon, New Hampshire in support of the Democratic presidential nominee. It will be Sanders' first campaign appearance on behalf of Clinton since his dismal "unity rally," also in New Hampshire, on July 12.
Tuesday, August 30, 2016(1 comments)
US pressures Turkey to curb attacks on Syrian Kurds
After 13 years of warfare, beginning in Iraq and now extending into the civil wars in Syria, Yemen and Libya, the United States has devastated a vast region. Washington bears the main responsibility for the deaths of several million people, the creation of tens of millions of refugees, and destruction on a scale not seen since World War II.
Trump and Democrats compete on militarism and war
The bulk of Trump's speech was the mixture of militaristic threats, chest-thumping self-praise, brazen lies and non sequiturs that have become familiar in the course of his campaign. Among the lies were Trump's claim to have "always" opposed the war in Iraq (he supported the Bush administration's decision to go to war in 2002-2003) and to have opposed the US-NATO bombing of Libya (he supported it publicly).
Sunday, August 14, 2016(1 comments)
Tax return places Clintons in the top 0.02 percent of Americans
The Clinton campaign released the family's tax return as part of a political effort to put more pressure on the Trump campaign to do likewise. This was coordinated with a prominent article in the New York Times suggesting that Trump was unwilling to release his tax return because he had used many lucrative deductions available to real estate speculators, cutting his tax liability to zero.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Trump speech in Detroit: Tax cuts for the wealthy combined with nationalist demagogy
The Trump's speech was a travesty of analysis, as he simply did not address the overriding economic issue confronting world capitalism: the deep economic slump triggered by the 2008 Wall Street crash, from which the world economy has yet to emerge. He said nothing about the financial collapse, or the trillion-dollar bailout of the banks that followed.
Monday, August 8, 2016(1 comments)
Obama's drone-missile machinery of murder
The Obama administration released a previously secret policy document that gives general instructions to those engaged in preparing, approving and carrying out the drone-missile assassinations that have become the hallmark of Obama's eight years in the White House. Literally any individual on the planet can be targeted for assassination by a Hellfire missile fired from a US Reaper drone.
Saturday, August 6, 2016(19 comments)
Why the CIA is for Hillary Clinton
The Democratic Party does not oppose Trump on the basis of his militarism or his authoritarian contempt for democratic rights. Instead, the Clinton campaign is presenting itself as the authoritative party of the military-intelligence complex and the political establishment, appealing to billionaires, the military brass and the intelligence agencies.
Saturday, July 30, 2016(3 comments)
US media celebrates Democratic Party warmongering
These commentaries, published within hours of the close of the Democratic convention, demonstrate the real constituency of the Clinton campaign and the Democratic Party. Far from representing the interests of working people, as Clinton claimed in her convention speech, the former secretary of state seeks to be the consensus choice of the military-intelligence apparatus, and tailored her campaign explicitly to its dictates.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016(1 comments)
Republican Party officially nominates Donald Trump
The younger Trump declared that what will "Make America Great Again" will be the mere fact of his father's election and entry into the White House. In other words, it is not that Trump will improve the conditions of life for the American people, but that the American people will make themselves great by electing Trump.
Monday, July 18, 2016(2 comments)
Ex-Marine guns down three police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
As in the case of the July 7 killing of five police officers in Dallas, Texas, the Baton Rouge gunman was a former soldier and veteran of US wars in the Middle East. Gavin Long, who turned 29 on the day of the shootings, was in the Marines from 2005 to 2010 and served a tour of duty in Iraq. He reportedly engaged in counter-terrorist operations, for which he was awarded a medal and rose to the rank of sergeant.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016(7 comments)
The predictable and pathetic end of Sanders' "political revolution"
In his tribute to Clinton, Sanders never referred to her four-year tenure as secretary of state, where she was consistently the most hawkish member of the Obama cabinet, instigating the US-NATO war with Libya and advocating even greater US intervention in the Syrian civil war. Sanders declared that his campaign would continue, in an all-out effort to elect Clinton president and elect Democratic majorities in Congress.
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
FBI rejects criminal charges against Clinton in email investigation
A decision to prosecute would have thrown the Clinton campaign and the Democratic Party as a whole into deep crisis. For this reason, it is reasonable to conclude that the US military-intelligence apparatus has decided to throw its considerable weight behind Clinton, or at the very least, to avoid placing a major obstacle in her path to the White House.
Race, gender and the US presidential campaign
Working people instinctively, and for good reason, regard both Trump and Clinton with distaste. These are the two most unpopular politicians ever to contest the presidency. It is a measure of the isolation and bankruptcy of the US financial aristocracy that such is the "choice" its political system offers to the American people.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016(1 comments)
Clinton claims Democratic nomination after winning four of six final states
The size of Clinton's victory in California far exceeded the two percentage point margin shown in polls leading up to the vote. This suggested that the intensive media campaign declaring Clinton the presumptive nominee, launched 24 hours before the polls opened, may have had the desired effect of depressing the Sanders vote.
Sunday, June 5, 2016(4 comments)
The US elections and the criminalization of American politics
Clinton represents a more polished version of the same social processes that have created Trump. Trump and Clinton are both products of the same process: the criminalization of the American ruling elite, as the methods of the mafia have come to predominate in both the operations of Wall Street and the practice of imperialist "statecraft."
Saturday, May 28, 2016(1 comments)
Clinton campaign in crisis over email controversy, declining poll numbers
The presidential campaign of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was hit by twin blows this week: a harshly critical report by the State Department inspector general over her use of a private email server while in office, and polls showing that Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders had closed the gap in California, the most populous US state and one of six holding primaries or caucuses on June 7.
Sunday, May 22, 2016(3 comments)
Clinton calls Trump "unqualified" to be commander-in-chief
The axis of Clinton's criticism of Trump was that he was too erratic in his statements and views on foreign policy. "I know how hard this job is, and I know that we need steadiness as well as strength and smarts in it, and I have concluded he is not qualified to be president of the United States," Clinton said.
FBI holds 80,000 pages of secret documents on Saudi-9/11 links
There has long been evidence that sections of the US government were aware of the plot to hijack and suicide-crash airliners, but turned a blind eye because such an atrocity could be used to stampede American public opinion and provide a pretext for escalating US military interventions throughout the Middle East and Central Asia.
Friday, May 13, 2016(4 comments)
Trump signals backing for cuts to Social Security, Medicare
Ryan's declaration last week that he was "not there yet" in terms of an endorsement of Trump as the presumptive Republican nominee was aimed at securing assurances from Trump that his opposition to entitlement cuts was purely an electoral ploy, to be scrapped as soon as the votes are counted.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016(2 comments)
Trump backs end to the federal minimum wage
In suggesting that the federal minimum wage be dispensed with, and that the power to set a floor on wages be left to the states, which he pointed out "have to compete with each other," Trump is advocating a race to the bottom, in which governors and legislatures would offer minimum wage reductions and exemptions, just as they offer tax concessions, to entice companies to locate in their states.
Monday, May 2, 2016(1 comments)
White House correspondents dinner: A degrading spectacle of conformism
Saturday night was the eighth appearance by President Barack Obama at the annual White House correspondents dinner, which has become a staple of social life in the US capital. Politicians rub shoulders with figures from Hollywood and the news media at an event featuring two supposedly comic monologues--by the President and Larry Wilmore of Comedy Central.
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Life expectancy declines for white Americans
After more than a century of rising life expectancy, interrupted only briefly by World War II and the worst year of the AIDS epidemic, life expectancy for whites remained constant in 2012 and 2013, and then declined in 2014. Life expectancy for the entire US population remained unchanged because there was a slight improvement for African-Americans, Hispanics and other minorities.
Saturday, April 16, 2016
US corporate tax cheats hiding $1.4 trillion in profits in offshore accounts
The sums involved in corporate tax scams dwarf those hidden away by individuals. According to the Oxfam report, the offshore manipulations by the 50 largest US corporations cost the US taxpayer $111 billion each year, while robbing another $100 billion annually from countries overseas, many of them desperately poor.
Bowing to Democratic Party pressure, Sanders pledges to back Clinton
Sanders has not deviated from his pledge, made when he entered the race for the Democratic nomination a year ago, that he would support the nominee of the party convention, whoever it was. In a series of media interviews, Sanders reiterated his longstanding position that he would support Clinton if she won the Democratic presidential nomination.
Attacks on Marine firebase reveal secret US escalation in Iraq
The purpose of the official secrecy and lying is not military security. ISIS was well aware of the existence of the firebase, which it targeted with mortar shells. In any case, as one official admitted, it is hard to hide 200 heavily armed Marines stationed only 10 miles from enemy lines.
Sunday, March 20, 2016(7 comments)
Sanders under pressure to quit from Democratic leaders, media
In the wake of five losses in five contests Tuesday, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is coming under mounting pressure from Democratic Party leaders and the media to abandon his presidential campaign and concede the Democratic nomination to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Sunday, March 13, 2016(1 comments)
Violence, racism and the Trump campaign
The Trump campaign represents something new and dangerous in American political life. After decades of basing its political operations on appeals to racism, national chauvinism, militarism and Christian fundamentalism, the Republican Party is giving birth to a movement of a fascistic character.