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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 29, 2012
The Low-wage, No-raise Economy Record CEO pay & profits is a direct result of the looting of workers around the world. Their dimensionless greed degrades everything from a college education to wages & what we think of as a good job.It will continue until the working classes at all levels fully comprehend the extraordinary depths of the exploitation & find the courage & will to change it.
Donald Trump - Caricature, From FlickrPhotos
(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 14, 2017
Mounting political crisis in Washington amidst talk of removal of Trump Trump's opponents are openly discussing how to remove him from office, while he suggests that his media critics should be silenced.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 17, 2011
US House of Representatives votes to abolish Medicare The real attitude of the Democrats towards deficit reduction was demonstrated Thursday in the passage of the fiscal year 2011 budget resolution negotiated by the congressional Republicans and the White House. The bill cuts domestic social spending by $38.5 billion, the largest one-year cut ever enacted by Congress.
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 20, 2010
Nearly One Million US Workers Cut Off Unemployment Benefits A Congress that rushed through a $700 billion bailout of Wall Street in October 2008 in a matter of days, and authorized a further financial windfall to the banks and speculators five months later, cannot bring itself to support even the most meager subsistence for the unemployed workers who are the victims, not the perpetrators, of the economic crisis.
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 9, 2011
Obama hails deal to impose record cuts in social spending As is invariably the case in such political confrontations in recent US history, the Democratic Party cowers before the demands of the ultra-right and ultimately offers agreements on their terms. Both President Obama and Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid acceded again and again to additional demands from the House Republicans.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 1, 2012
US House of Representatives approves plan to destroy Medicare, Medicaid and food stamps The US House of Representatives has adopted a budget resolution that calls for privatization of Medicare and the elimination of Medicaid, food stamps and many other federal entitlement benefits. The resolution is part of a bipartisan campaign to slash spending on social programs.
World War III Might Start, From YouTubeVideos
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 5, 2015
Washington prepares for World War III The US military-intelligence complex is engaged in systematic preparations for World War III. As far as the Pentagon is concerned, a military conflict with China and/or Russia is inevitable, and this prospect has become the driving force of its tactical and strategic planning.
From youtube.com: Robert Mueller, From Images
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 5, 2018
Judge says special counsel Mueller seeks to oust Trump A federal judge with deep, longstanding connections to the national security apparatus assailed Special Counsel Robert Mueller during a court hearing Friday, declaring that the real purpose of the anti-Russia investigation was to generate material that would lead to Trump's "prosecution or impeachment."
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 13, 2010
One in seven Americans now living in poverty Neither big business party proposes any policies to directly create jobs for the unemployed, such as a major expansion of public works, to provide emergency relief for the growing numbers of poor and unemployed, or to alleviate the mounting scourges of utility shutoffs, homelessness and hunger.
From flickr.com/photos/22007612@N05/25982302985/: Hillary Clinton, From Images
(19 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 6, 2016
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.
Infrastructure, From ImagesAttr
(27 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 6, 2014
US Threats Mount Against Journalists, Snowden At a hearing of the House Intelligence Committee, Chairman Mike Rogers (R,Mich) repeatedly suggested that journalists who received leaked NSA documents from Snowden and wrote articles about them were guilty of criminal acts. These statements follow published death threats against Snowden from unnamed military and intelligence officials and demands from the Obama administration that he plead guilty and turn himself in.
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 14, 2011
Obama in Tucson: Providing an amnesty for the right wing Under conditions of a capitalist social order that deals with the unemployed--and the mentally ill--in cold and inhuman fashion, and a ruling class that glorifies violence and practices it more widely and brutally than any other on the planet, events such as those which took place January 8 in Tucson are inevitable.
Trump touts 'very special' military boost in budget plan, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Trump war budget calls for sweeping cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps In contrast to the bonanza for the US military machine, the world's largest by far, the Trump budget calls for slashing more than $1 trillion from entitlement programs over the next 10 years: $554 billion from Medicare, $250 billion from Medicaid, and $214 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the formal name of the food stamp benefit.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 22, 2011
Democrats, Republicans agree to four-year extension of Patriot Act powers The American Civil Liberties Union denounced the "backroom deal" between Reid, McConnell and Boehner that insures a four-year extension with no congressional hearings and no public examination of the abuses of individual rights perpetrated over the past decade under the auspices of the Patriot Act.
Democrats win Louisiana governor's race in fresh blow to Donald Trump, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 18, 2019
Louisiana governor wins re-election in blow to Trump Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, the only Democratic governor in the Deep South, won reelection Saturday in a runoff contest, despite campaign rallies by President Trump and a last-minute infusion of $1 million from the Republican National Committee.
AT&T, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 23, 2017
Corporate America begins campaign to sell Trump tax bonanza Among the provisions tailored to favor Trump, his children, and the family of his son-in-law Jared Kushner, themselves real estate billionaires, were: a 20 percent deduction for pass-through income, initially limited to companies with large payrolls, later expanded to include shell companies like those operated by the Trump Organization. The reduction in the estate tax helps Trump and Kushner families preserve their fortunes.
Jeffrey Epstein Dead - Did he do it?, From YouTubeVideos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 12, 2019
Who wanted Jeffrey Epstein dead? Jeffrey Epstein's violent death in a Manhattan jail cell prevents a trial or a plea deal that threatened to expose business associates and political enablers who made use of the services provided by his alleged sex-trafficking activities, or who profited from this and other sordid operations of the multimillionaire money manager.
Hunter Biden and Joe Biden, From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Hunter Biden made $850,000 on board of Ukraine gas company The Hunter Biden-Ukraine connection has become the trigger for the opening of impeachment proceedings against President Trump, but the connection itself is worth examining in its own right. The younger Biden's career sheds light on the decay of American democracy and the vast social gulf that has opened up between the ruling elite and the vast majority of the population.
When Edward Snowden revealed the extent of the NSA's spying program, senators Dianne Feinstein and Lindsey Graham rose to the agency's defense., From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 12, 2014
Obama administration drops investigation into CIA spying on US Senate The way the Justice Department announced its decision underscores the supremacy of the intelligence apparatus over the elected institutions that nominally hold sway in Washington. The department informed the CIA Wednesday that it would not investigate either criminal referral, but it waited to tell the Senate committee until Thursday.
Are Conservative And Liberal Brains Different?, From YouTubeVideos
(17 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Death by Officer: American Epidemic of Police Shootings and Brutality, From ImagesAttr
(15 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 1, 2015
US police kill more than two people a day Since the eruption of popular protest last August over the unpunished police murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and the massive, military-style repression of the protests by police and National Guard troops, press reports, and especially social media, have given the world's population a far different -- and far more accurate -- understanding of the brutal reality of social relations in the United States.
From flickr.com/photos/22007612@N05/5440392565/: Donald Trump, From Images
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 13, 2016
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.
Hillary Clinton, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 28, 2016
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.
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(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Obama To Approve Drone Assassination Manual The US government is so deeply engaged in assassinations all over the world that top officials believe a manual is required to regularize the process. The demand for "signature" strikes amounts to a license for the CIA to murder people who appear to be engaged in resistance against US occupations or military actions in the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Obama administration pushes ahead with drone killings The Obama administration's promotion of drone warfare has inevitable consequences. There is no doubt that every country which is potentially a target of American military action -- a category that includes most of the world -- is working on techniques for defeating or replicating drone missile attacks.
Jeffrey Epstein, From YouTubeVideos
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 23, 2019
Why is the New York Times still trying to sweep the Epstein case under the rug? Numerous prison officials, including some in authority, were aware that Epstein -- on suicide watch from July 23 to July 29 -- was alone in a cell, in violation of rules governing at-risk prisoners. (Other press accounts claim that his cellmate was granted bail on Friday, August 9, and released from custody, leaving Epstein by himself.)
New York Times Building, NYC, From FlickrPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 30, 2016
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.
Coalition Of Major Powers Gather To Battle ISIS, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 7, 2014
US forms ten-nation coalition to escalate war in Iraq, Syria The United States is already engaged in large-scale military action against ISIS, conducting nearly 150 bombing raids since President Obama first ordered the attacks in early August. The US, Britain, Canada, France, Italy and Australia have begun supplying weapons to the Peshmerga, the militia of the Kurdish regional government in northern Iraq, as well as to the Shiite-dominated government in Baghdad.
Obama, From PixabayPhotos
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 2, 2019
Obama spearheads campaign against Sanders' nomination as Democratic presidential candidate The first votes for the Democratic presidential nomination will be cast in two months' time, in the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary. With former President Barack Obama taking the lead, the Democratic Party is moving to ensure that issues of social inequality and wealth distribution are excluded from the elections.
From youtube.com: Schumer, Pelosi speak after tax bill passed House, From Images
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 23, 2018
US House of Representatives approves record military budget Five of the Democrats unexpectedly abstained, allowing the procedural motion to pass narrowly, 211-207. Then all five voted against the final passage of the budget, an empty gesture, since they could have defeated it in the procedural vote. There is little doubt that this maneuver was choreographed by Pelosi so that the Democrats could posture as defenders of the DACA youth.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 2, 2012
Bipartisan group in US Congress promotes drone killings A large bipartisan group in Congress is promoting the building and use of drones. It was not so long ago, in the 1970s, that leading Democrat Henry Jackson became notorious as the "senator from Boeing." Now an entire caucus has been formed of promoters of weapons of mass murder. What is next: The napalm caucus? The poison gas caucus?
From wtkr.com/2016/03/13/hillary-clinton-and-bernie-sanders-ready-to-rumble/: Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders ready t, From Images
(25 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 3, 2016
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.
9 Million Children Could Lose Healthcare As Congress Lets Funding For Program Expire, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Health care threatened for nine million low-income US children State health officials throughout the United States are preparing for major cutbacks or outright shutdown of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The plans are going forward despite stopgap legislation enacted by Congress December 21 and signed into law by President Trump that supposedly averted an immediate collapse of CHIP, which provides health care coverage for nine million low-income children.
GOP Disaster tax bill, From YouTubeVideos
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 2, 2017
The US Senate tax bill: The financial oligarchy on the rampage The actual text of the legislation was not available to senators preparing to vote on it, let alone the American people. Handwritten pages were being pasted into the bill after they had been reviewed and approved by corporate lobbyists. Entire chapters accounting for hundreds of billions of dollars in revenue were being rewritten behind closed doors to satisfy the demands of the last few Republican holdouts.
Donald Trump President for the 1%, From GoogleImages
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 29, 2015
Republican budget plan slashes Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps The cuts proposed by Republicans are far beyond anything ever enacted by an American government: $5.5 trillion over 10 years in the House budget, $5.1 trillion over 10 years in the Senate budget. Pell grants, job training and housing programs are all targeted. But the biggest cuts come in so-called entitlement programs, including Medicare, Medicaid and food stamps.
Donald Trump and Robert Mueller, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 12, 2017
Trump sends mixed signals as conflict over Russia investigation intensifies President Donald Trump told a press briefing Thursday that he was not considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller, who heads the Justice Department investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 elections and possible collusion with Moscow by the Trump campaign.
Corporate Threat to Liberty (Painting), From FlickrPhotos
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 7, 2017
Senate witch-hunters expand on their anti-Russia horror story The contemporary American electoral process is systematically manipulated by powerful corporate interests, which finance and control the Democratic and Republican parties and the US government at every level, federal, state and local.
How Big Money Contributions Cripple our Politics., From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Democrats join Trump in fundraising from the moneyed elite It's August in the Hamptons, Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard in the year before a US presidential election. That means it's time for the moneyed elite of New York and Boston to throw open their palatial summer residences to fundraisers for the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates.
From flickr.com: Global Warming, From Images
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 15, 2017
Climate change and the struggle against capitalism The reactionary pig-headedness of the Trump administration and the Republican right can lead those genuinely concerned about the dangers of global warming to view more favorably the supposed rationalism of the Obama administration, the Democratic Party, and their allies in Europe like Germany's Angela Merkel. This would be a catastrophic mistake.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Obama Signs Police State Legislation The legislation defines the entire world to be part of the battlefield against Al Qaeda, including the territory of the United States itself, making every human being on the planet, including every American citizen, a potential prisoner of the American military.
From flickr.com: Wall Street Wins!  Again..., From Images
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 26, 2017
US Senate votes to protect financial giants from consumer lawsuits The Trump White House issued a press release hailing the Senate action in terms that can only be called Orwellian, declaring, "Congress is standing up for everyday consumers," when the direct opposite is the case: Congress is standing up for those who profit from the fleecing of everyday consumers.
Rep. Schiff's full closing statement in Gordon Sondland hearing, From YouTubeVideos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 21, 2019
The impeachment crisis and American imperialism Weaker nations whose rulers get in the way of American imperialism will pay the price, and in some cases, as in Iraq, Venezuela, Syria and Libya -- all countries where oil wealth is a major consideration -- the result can be invasion, occupation, military coup or a combination of all three.
Vietnam War Photo, From GoogleImages
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 2, 2017
The contradictions of Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's The Vietnam War Based on this documentary, one is compelled to conclude that this layer of opinion makers has never come to grips with the reality of Vietnam, that is still lying to the world and to itself, and attempting to relativize and justify policies and actions that rank among the most criminal in the 20th century.
John Kerry, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 12, 2015
Obama administration seeks wider war powers Secretary of State Kerry emphasized the administration's opposition to any limitation on the geographic scope of the war. "What a mistake it would be," he declared, "to send a message to [ISIS] that there are safe havens, that there is somehow just a two-country limitation..." No senator in either party is opposed to another imperialist war.
Trump Jokes About Ending Presidential Term Limits And Being President For Life, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 15, 2019
Trump again "jokes" about extending his presidency President Trump retweeted the suggestion of an ultra-right supporter, evangelical preacher and Liberty University boss Jerry Falwell Jr., that his term in office be extended by two years to compensate for the two years allegedly stolen from his presidency by the Democratic-inspired investigation into supposed connections between the Trump campaign and Russia.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Omar Suleiman -- longtime collaborator with Israel and US Egyptian vice president Omar Suleiman, the former head of security services and chief torturer, was the official identified by Israel more than two years ago as its favored candidate to succeed President Hosni Mubarak. Suleiman has been heading the negotiations with opposition groups on behalf of the Mubarak regime, and has the backing of the Obama administration to lead a "transition" regime.
(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 11, 2011
White House begins new push for social spending cuts For decades, the Democratic Party identified itself politically with the basic social programs established by Franklin Roosevelt and the New Deal of the 1930s. Now, for the first time, a Democratic president has taken the initiative to attack Social Security, going beyond even what the Republican right is prepared to undertake at this juncture.
US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, From FlickrPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 10, 2015
US defense secretary threatens Russia and China US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter delivered a pointed warning of future wars Saturday in an address to a forum at the Reagan Library in southern California. The reckless and provocative character of the Pentagon chief's speech is underscored by the targets of his saber-rattling: Russia, with the world's second largest stockpile of nuclear weapons, and China with the third.
From ImagesAttr
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 8, 2013
US Budget And Debt Talks To Focus On Cutting Social Security, Medicare Despite the right-wing populist demagogy of the Tea Party, the real enemy of the Republicans is not Obama, but American working people as a whole, and particularly the tens of millions of retired workers who rely on Social Security for their income and Medicare for their health care. Neither party proposes even the slightest incursion into the wealth of the financial aristocracy.
The Washington Post, From FlickrPhotos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Washington Post and New York Times urge pullback on calls for Trump impeachment In editorials published simultaneously for their Sunday editions, the New York Times and the Washington Post called for caution in the anti-Trump campaign they have been spearheading with claims of nefarious connections between the Trump presidential campaign and the Russian government.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 27, 2013
US Supreme Court guts Voting Rights Act By a 5-4 majority, the Supreme Court has effectively abrogated one of the most important pieces of civil rights legislation in US history. The Voting Rights Act remains on the books, but its enforcement mechanism has been declared unconstitutional and struck down.
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 11, 2017
In wake of Brazile revelations, Sanders intensifies call for reviving the Democratic Party In an open letter to political supporters, Bernie Sanders has renewed his pledge of eternal fealty to the second-oldest capitalist party in the world. He wrote, "What the recently released book excerpt from former interim DNC Chair Donna Brazile made clear is that unless we get our act together, we are not going to be effective in either taking on Donald Trump or in stopping the extremist right-wing Republican agenda.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 26, 2011
Assad regime guns down protesters in Syria Syrian police and troops shot down dozens of anti-government protesters Friday, as a wave of demonstrations against the regime of President Bashir Assad swept through more than a dozen cities. The movement has been sparked by revulsion over the massacre of protesters Wednesday in the southwestern city of Daraa, in which as many as 100 people may have died.
USS John S. Mccain Collided With Merchant Vessel In South China Sea., From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 26, 2017
Fourth collision this year shows stress on US Pacific fleet The August 21 collision between the Navy destroyer USS John S. McCain and an oil tanker in the Strait of Malacca, near Singapore, is the fourth such collision this year involving a major vessel of the US Seventh Fleet, which conducts operations in the Pacific and Indian oceans. The collision had a devastating impact on the destroyer, only one-third the size of the tanker that struck it in the predawn hours Monday.
Joe Biden, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Minimum Wage stagnation, From ImagesAttr
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 6, 2014
The state of world capitalism: Labor productivity up, real wages down The Global Wage Report 2014/15, released Friday by the International Labor Organization, documents the stagnation of wages for workers in most of the advanced industrialized countries, even as productivity continues to rise. The result is an ever-rising share of income raked in by the capitalist class, while the share that workers receive from what they produce continues to shrink.
From flickr.com/photos/22007612@N05/19825096471/: Bernie Sanders, From Images
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 13, 2016
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.
Elizabeth Warren, proponent of economic nationalism, campaigning in Las Vegas, From InText
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 31, 2020
Elizabeth Warren issues call for internet censorship In a statement issued January 29, Senator Elizabeth Warren, a leading candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, called for a massive effort to impose internet censorship during the 2020 presidential election.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 26, 2015
Obama's drone warfare: Assassination made routine There is no challenge to the basic premise of the drone missile program: that the CIA and Pentagon have the right to kill any individual, in any country, on the mere say-so of the president. Drone murder by the US government has become routine and is accepted as normal and legitimate by the official shapers of public opinion.
Betsy DeVos is now free to destroy public Education, From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Trump tax cut plan will devastate public education The tax cut legislation backed by the Trump White House is more than just a trillion-dollar windfall for the super-rich. The bills passed by the House and Senate in different forms will now be reconciled in a special conference, but both versions contain provisions that will devastate public education while promoting the growth of private and religious schools.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 16, 2016
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).
US Leads Major War Drill -- Eager Lion. -- in Jordan, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 6, 2015
US-Jordan war games prepare wider Mideast conflict the US military will dominate Eager Lion, supplying 5,000 of the 10,000 troops, including headquarters, air, land, sea and special operations forces. During the two-week-long exercise, May 5-19, there will be more US troops in Jordan than in neighboring Iraq, where President Obama has dispatched some 3,000 troops to train Iraqi forces and conduct special operations warfare and airstrikes against ISIS.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 29, 2010
The 2010 elections, the working class and the Democratic Party The corporate-controlled two-party system is a blind alley. The only way to fight the mounting attacks on jobs, living standards and social programs, and to oppose a foreign policy based on militarism and war, is to break with the Democrats and Republicans and build an independent political movement of the working class, based on a socialist and internationalist program.
Bowe Bergdahl, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 31, 2015
The vendetta against Bowe Bergdahl The military brass is determined to make an example of the former POW because, in addition to popular opposition to the wars in the Middle East and Central Asia, there is increasing turmoil within the ranks of the military itself, as the Afghanistan War approaches its fifteenth year and the war in Iraq is resumed twelve years after the US invasion of that country.
GOP, Dems face off on Iran, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 5, 2015
Congressional Republicans, Democrats seek vote on Iran deal Obama has threatened to veto any bill requiring a congressional vote, arguing that the deal is an executive agreement by the leaders of seven countries, not a treaty between the United States and Iran, and therefore not subject to Senate ratification. Supporters of the bill claim they are just short of gaining the 67 votes required to overturn a veto.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 1, 2011
Obama fundraising drive targets the wealthy Dozens of contributors interviewed by the Times over the past two weeks complained of Obama's "overly conciliatory approach to Congressional Republicans," and said they would not make phone calls, knock on doors or otherwise participate personally in the Democratic presidential campaign.
Left to Right: Cal Cunningham, Amy McGrath, MJ Hegar., From InText
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 23, 2020
The CIA Democrats in the 2020 elections In the course of the 2018 elections, a large group of former military-intelligence operatives entered capitalist politics as candidates seeking the Democratic Party nomination in 50 congressional seats.
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SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 22, 2015
Israeli settlers, soldiers attack Palestinians in East Jerusalem and Nablus Armed Israeli settlers staged attacks on Palestinians Wednesday in East Jerusalem and on Thursday in the West Bank city of Nablus. The actions signal a new offensive by settlers and other ultra-rightists encouraged by the election victory March 17 of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing coalition.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 13, 2010
Ten years since Bush v. Gore: The stolen election of 2000 The silence of the nominally "liberal" press is a guilty one. They do not wish to revisit the history, not so long ago, in which the Democratic Party and the liberal media surrendered to a right-wing judicial coup d'état, whose effect was to install the most right-wing government in American history.
A camp for thousands of residents of the embattled city of Ramadi has been established in Abu Ghraib, outside the capital of Baghdad. Iraq is facing a massive refugee crisis as at least 100,000 people have attempted to flee the fighting the last week., From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 19, 2015
Fighting rages in Iraqi provincial capital Reports described Ramadi as a ghost town, with streets empty. Anbar's deputy governor, Faleh al-Issawi, called the situation "catastrophic" and issued a plea for help. He told the Associated Press in a telephone interview, "We urge the Baghdad government to supply us immediately with troops and weapons in order to help us prevent the city from falling into the hands of the IS group."
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 14, 2011
US Deficit Panel Focuses on Cuts to Medicare, Social Security Press reports of the negotiations being conducted between the six Democrats and six Republicans on the bipartisan committee, and between the committee members and the party leaders in both houses of Congress, suggest that the Democrats are prepared to adopt devastating cuts in Medicare and Social Security if the Republicans shift their position even marginally on taxes.
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The New York Times and freedom of the press A government that asserts the right to assassinate citizens without due process and to spy on the population without any legal constraint also assumes for itself the right to decide what the population can and should know. Bourgeois democracy in America cannot survive the colossal growth of social inequality that permeates all aspects of life in the United States.
2nd whistleblower comes forward on Trump's dealings with Ukraine, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 7, 2019
Impeachment campaign escalates with a second CIA stooge posing as "whistleblower" The additional witness or witnesses were said to be intelligence officials. At least one has been interviewed by Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson, who declared the initial complaint against Trump, over his efforts to get the president of Ukraine to provide derogatory material on former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, to be "credible" and "urgent."
President Trump says Texas mass shooting is about mental health, not guns, From YouTubeVideos
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Trump: the political facilitator of fascist violence In the last eight days, there have been three mass shootings in the United States, two of them in less than 12 hours this weekend. Such events as the massacres in Gilroy, California (4 dead, including the attacker and 15 wounded), El Paso, Texas (20 dead and 26 wounded), and Dayton Ohio (10 dead including the attacker and 16 wounded), have become part of daily life in the country.
America Revealed: Challenging America's Plutocracy, From GoogleImages
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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.
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Bannon attack on Trump White House fuels Washington political warfare The response of the White House to the publication of Fire and Fury was full-on hysteria. Trump personally denounced Bannon as having "lost his mind," while declaring that his former campaign chairman and White House counselor had rarely even been in one-on-one meetings with him.
Trump is arguing that the cruel conditions they keep migrant children are perfectly fine., From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 22, 2019
Reports expose Trump administration's "Border Patrol to emergency room" pipeline Besides imprisonment, neglect, and infliction of what amounts to deliberate infection of detainees with disease, the Border Patrol continues to engage in outright violence against migrants. The Trump administration is pressing for far more drastic and aggressive action by the Mexican government against migrants.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 14, 2012
What is the "fiscal cliff"? The American media has seized on the term "fiscal cliff" and promoted it, in part, to suggest that measures which would otherwise be enormously popular--ending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy or cutting military spending--are threatening, even dangerous.
Torture - America's Shame, From ImagesAttr
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UN Report Documents Torture, Police Violence in US That such a document, with thousands of lines blacked out and vital information withheld, cannot be made public, speaks volumes about the decay and collapse of American democracy. The US ruling elite is incapable of coming clean about the period when, as Obama admitted, "We tortured some folks."
Hillary Clinton, From WikimediaPhotos
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Clinton denounces Russian "interference" in US elections, calls for escalation in Syria As in previous reports by the Post and the New York Times about alleged Russian hacking of the DNC, no evidence of any kind is cited, only the unsupported claims of intelligence officials, who even the Post reporters admit lack "definitive proof" of either cyberattacks or even plans for cyberattacks.
Former Sen. Graham on Saudi involvement with 9/11 hijackers, From YouTubeVideos
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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.
From kdvr.com/2016/09/21/charlotte-police-shooting-man-who-died-had-gun-not-a-book-chief-says/: Charlotte police shootin, From Images
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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.
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Obama proposes Social Security cuts The White House decision to propose cuts in future Social Security benefits is of enormous political significance. Social Security has long been characterized as the "third rail" of American politics -- touch it and you die. Obama and Boehner are seeking to break this taboo and create a new political framework for imposing brutal austerity measures on working people.
Donald Trump GETS BOOED LOUDLY At World Series 'LOCK HIM UP'!!!, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Trump booed at World Series game Most of the audience booing Trump were not living in poverty or affected by his food stamp cuts or persecution of immigrants. But the widespread hostility toward Trump, expressed in unmistakable terms, gave a glimpse of the real feelings of millions of ordinary Americans.
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(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 30, 2016
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.
Ukraine Crisis, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 18, 2014
Obama, NATO escalate anti-Russian campaign over Ukraine Claims by US, NATO and Ukrainian officials of "Russian involvement" in Ukraine are both completely hypocritical -- given the record of US-EU subversion in Kiev -- and deeply cynical. With the assistance of the compliant media in both the US and Europe, the imperialist powers are manufacturing a red herring to divert attention from their own operations and maneuvers.
What Do Democrats Believe?, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 7, 2019
Democrats' gains in Tuesday's elections reflect shifts within the upper-middle class As for a referendum on impeachment, there is no evidence that the issue played any role in the elections in any state, either to help Trump or his Democratic opponents.
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Trump chairman Paul Manafort resigns amidst campaign shift to the right The Trump campaign initially claimed that Manafort was not being displaced, but in barely 24 hours he had submitted his resignation and Trump had accepted it. The shake-up puts the Trump campaign under its third leadership in three months.
Democratic Candidates Spar on Issues, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 21, 2020
Las Vegas debate reveals deepening Democratic Party crisis Perhaps more strongly than any previous debate, nearly all significant issues of foreign and domestic policy were excluded. There were only a handful of references to the deepening social crisis in America, the harrowing conditions of life facing tens of millions of workers and youth, and the turn to police-state methods by the Trump administration.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 20, 2012
"HUMANITARIAN TERRORISM": CIA to Expand "Remote Control Assassinations" in Yemen CIA Director David Petraeus is seeking permission to engage in "signature strikes," using drone-fired missiles to attack targets identified "solely on intelligence indicating patterns of suspicious behavior," the Post reported, without knowing exactly who was being targeted for extermination.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 11, 2012
Democrats propose cut in extended unemployment benefits For somewhat different electoral reasons, both big business parties seem prepared to allow the extended unemployment benefits to expire March 1, as they did on several occasions last year, only to be restored later. Aside from their electoral differences, both parties are committed to the reduction of unemployment benefits, as part of an overall attack on the working class.
Nancy Pelosi In Balancing Act With House Democrats, From YouTubeVideos
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House Democrats ratify $733 billion for US military By a near-party-line vote Friday, the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives approved the National Defense Authorization Act, providing $733 billion for the Pentagon, with the bulk of the spending directed toward preparing the US military for future wars with China and Russia. Not a single Republican House member voted for the bill, which passed 220-197.
Sony Pictures hacked by North Korea over Seth Rogen movie, U.S. says., From ImagesAttr
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US escalates campaign against North Korea Obama made it clear that the US government would retaliate against North Korea for the alleged hacking attack on Sony. "They caused a lot of damage, and we will respond," he said. "We will respond proportionally, and we'll respond in a place and time and manner that we choose."
From flickr.com: Democratic Donkey Down, From Images
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 30, 2018
Democratic leadership backs right-wing military-intelligence primary candidates Interventions have been reported in Democratic primary campaigns in Texas, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, Nebraska, Minnesota, California and other states. In virtually every case, the party leadership has favored the more right-wing candidate against those who described themselves as "progressives" or hailed from the Bernie Sanders wing of the party.
.The president has betrayed his oath of office,. says Adam Schiff, From YouTubeVideos
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Democrats begin impeachment hearings with denunciations of Russia The first day of public, televised hearings on the possible impeachment of President Trump was dominated by denunciations of Russia by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff and the first two witnesses, current State Department officials George Kent and William Taylor.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 27, 2018
Conflict in Washington escalates with report Trump sought to fire special prosecutor The main significance of the Times report is that it amounts to a further warning to Trump not to attempt to remove Mueller, under conditions where the White House is currently negotiating the terms under which Trump himself is to give testimony in the Russia investigation.
The third Democratic presidential debate, From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 14, 2019
The Democratic presidential debate: A million miles from American social reality The presidential debate held in Houston Thursday night was a three-hour demonstration of the vast distance between the Democratic Party and the American working class.
Donna Brazile EXPOSES Hillary Clinton/DNC Money Laundering, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 5, 2017
Former Democratic chairman reveals Clinton rigging of 2016 nomination campaign The Hillary Clinton campaign used its financial resources to take control of the Democratic National Committee more than six months before the first primary vote, using the party machinery to insure Clinton won the presidential nomination, according to a new book by a top Democratic insider, Donna Brazile.
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AFL-CIO shrugs off Detroit bankruptcy Obama, Congress and the political leadership of Michigan are all agreed on using the bankruptcy courts to rob workers, first in Detroit and then in other cities, of their pensions and health benefits. Obama's treasury secretary, Jacob Lew, flatly rejected any bailout of Detroit when asked on several network television programs broadcast Sunday.
Joe Biden, From InText
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Biden joins the "back-to-work" bandwagon Presumptive Democratic Party presidential nominee Joe Biden aligns himself with the campaign by big business and the Trump administration to force workers to go back to work, regardless of the dangers from the coronavirus epidemic.
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US orders 7,700 children deported without court hearings The fact that deportations of unaccompanied children take place at all is outrageous. That the numbers are in the thousands, if not higher, demonstrates the brutality of the crackdown on Central American migrants conducted by the US government, in direct contradiction to the public pretense of sympathy adopted by President Obama.
Occupy Wall Street on Trial: Cecily McMillan Convicted of Assaulting Cop, Faces Up to Seven Years, From ImagesAttr
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The criminalization of political opposition in America Severe penalties are being imposed on individuals who are not criminals, but political opponents of the policies of the Obama administration and corporate America, for which they have become victims of police violence and provocation. The cases involve people who took part in peaceful, legal protests in New York City and Chicago, only to be framed up and convicted on felony charges.
Democratic Presidential Candidates Speak as Iowa Caucus Results are Delayed, From YouTubeVideos
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With Sanders headed to victory, Iowa Democratic Party blocks release of caucus results The Iowa Democratic Party has refused to release results of the caucuses held throughout the state on Monday night to determine the allocation of delegates for the party's presidential nomination. Officials are now saying that they hope to have results "some time Tuesday."
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Once again: Why Obama won't--and can't--be Roosevelt Obama chose to continue the bailout of the banks begun by Geithner, Bernanke and Bush's treasury secretary, Henry Paulson, and then to greatly expand it. Every aspect of the new administration's financial and economic policy was driven by the determination to restore solvency to the investment banks, stock traders and hedge funds, at the expense of the working class.
Robert Mueller, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 5, 2018
Ruling class conflicts in the US target inner circle of Trump White House There is mounting concern that Trump is too erratic a figure to be relied on as the "commander-in-chief" of American imperialism, particularly under conditions of a growing movement from below, from the American working class, to oppose the policies of big business and both of the political parties that represent and defend corporate America.
Corporate raider Carl Icahn, From ImagesAttr
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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.
Trump and Military, From FlickrPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 21, 2017
Big business, military tighten their grip on Washington Trump has increased the grip of the military and corporate America over the government to an extent unprecedented in US history. It is 56 years since President Dwight D. Eisenhower, in his 1961 farewell address, warned of the dangers to democracy posed by the rise of the "military-industrial complex."
First Democratic Debate, From YouTubeVideos
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First Democratic debate: Demagogy on social issues, silence on war Four hours of nationally televised debates Wednesday and Thursday among 20 Democratic presidential candidates demonstrated the gigantic disconnect between the claims of this pro-war, pro-corporate party to be driven by concerns for the well-being of working people and the reality of poverty and oppression in America, for which the Democratic Party is no less responsible than the Republicans.
Marie L. Yovanovitch, From InText
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US impeachment inquiry: State Department official testifies in defiance of Trump ban State Department official Marie L. Yovanovitch, the former US ambassador to Ukraine, testified for 10 hours Friday before the House Intelligence Committee, which is heading up the House impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 7, 2011
US Postal Service demands right to slash jobs Donahoe said he was not seeking a congressional appropriation of funds to bail out the postal service, but rather legislative action to allow USPS to conduct its affairs like a private corporation -- in other words, the right to force postal workers to pay for the financial crisis through cuts in jobs and benefits.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Obama returns to the fraud of "equal sacrifice" The Democrats controlled the House and Senate during the first two years of Obama's presidency and refused to raise taxes on the wealthy. On the contrary, they expanded and extended the bailout of Wall Street begun under the Bush administration while refusing to take any serious action to create jobs for the millions thrown out of work by the economic slump that followed the 2008 Wall Street crash.
9th Republican Presidential Debate in South Carolina, From YouTubeVideos
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Republican debate in South Carolina: Lies, mudslinging and an important truth The ninth Republican presidential debate of an already interminable primary campaign was another two-hour session of reactionary posturing and mutual mudslinging in which the four leading candidates denounced each other as liars -- and were telling the truth when they did so.
In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Barack Obama renewed his call to curb US carbon emissions and promised a shift toward cleaner energy production practices in the US., From ImagesAttr
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Obama’s plan for long-term jobless: A teaspoon to bail out the ocean So ludicrous is the contrast between Obama's pompous rhetoric and his minimalist proposals that even the usually compliant corporate-controlled media has been compelled to take note. Typical was a prominent article in the Washington Post, headlined, "Obama Once Disdained Clinton's Small Steps and Now Takes His Own."
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 21, 2011
US, France and Britain launch war of aggression against Libya What lies behind the war against Libya is not the common front of "civilization" against "barbarism," as Obama administration spokesmen claim, but the struggle of rival imperialist powers to dominate one of the world's major sources of oil and gain control of a key strategic location and base of operations against the mass movements erupting throughout North Africa and the Middle East.
John Bolton, From FlickrPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Democrats embrace war hawk Bolton in Trump impeachment trial Leaked excerpts from a forthcoming book by former national security advisor John Bolton have staggered the Trump White House and overshadowed the efforts by Trump's lawyers to mount a defense in the Senate impeachment trial,
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 29, 2011
Mass protests demand "second revolution" in Egypt There were banners declaring, "The Egyptian revolution is not over" and demanding "now, not later," a new constitution and the formation of a civilian presidential council to oversee elections, replacing the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, the military body that has ruled the country since Mubarak's resignation February 11.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Sanders' strong showing in Oregon, Kentucky extends Democratic presidential contest Sanders spoke before a packed arena in Carson, California, near Los Angeles. He told a crowd of some 10,000 people Tuesday night that he would continue his campaign through the June 7 contests in California, New Jersey, New Mexico, Montana and North and South Dakota, and the final primary on June 14 in the District of Columbia.
Nancy Pelosi Chuck Schumer, From GoogleImages
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 25, 2011
One-sided war in Wisconsin Workers must understand of the nature of the conflict they find themselves in. They face a ruling elite that has declared war. While the ruling class is politically mobilized, with two parties working consciously to achieve its ends, workers have yet to build mass organizations capable of countering this attack and advancing the interests of the vast majority of the population.
From youtube.com: Dangerous Donald Trump, From Images
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 12, 2018
Trump, Democrats race to the right The rally Saturday night near the Pittsburgh airport was nominally in support of the Republican candidate, state legislator Rick Saccone, but Trump barely mentioned the candidate, focusing, as usual, on himself, denouncing the media, and making a series of bigoted and fascistic remarks, particularly in supporting summary execution of alleged drug dealers.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 30, 2011
Obama backs trillions in "painful spending cuts" First Obama grovels before the investment bankers and hedge fund speculators, seeking -- and getting -- their cash. Then he postures as the protagonist of "equal sacrifice," demanding that billionaires fore-go a tax deduction, while school teachers lose their jobs, students their scholarships, and the elderly are forced to choose between paying for prescriptions and heating their homes.
How (And Why) Donald Trump Tweets, From YouTubeVideos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 17, 2017
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.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 30, 2012
White House, Congress extend police-state FISA law Unlike the massively publicized deadlock over tax increases and budget cuts slated to take effect New Year's Day (the "fiscal cliff"), the two parties had no difficulty working together to pass legislation to maintain the police-state powers of the American intelligence apparatus.
From flickr.com/photos/22007612@N05/5440392565/: Donald Trump, From Images
SHARE More Sharing        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.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 3, 2017
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.
TRUMP TOWER SHOWDOWN WITH MEDIA ELITE, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 23, 2016
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.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 31, 2012
Obama Spearheads Social Counterrevolution: Behind the "fiscal cliff" Debate The "fiscal cliff" is an artificially erected deadline, laid down as part of previous negotiations and aimed at creating the conditions for implementing unpopular measures that previously would have been considered politically impossible.
Hillary Clinton goes after Bernie Sanders, From YouTubeVideos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 23, 2020
Democratic Party establishment wages war on Sanders In an extraordinary interview published Tuesday, the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, denounced Sanders and refused to commit herself to support Sanders if he wins the Democratic presidential nomination this year.
Trump fires national security adviser John Bolton, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Trump Fires Bolton As National Security Adviser President Trump fired his national security adviser John Bolton Monday morning in an action revealing the deepening crisis of the administration and bitter conflicts within official Washington after a series of foreign policy debacles. Trump made the announcement on Twitter.
Donald Trump, From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Trump wages war against science and Dr. Fauci, not coronavirus President Donald Trump has stepped up his war of words against Dr. Anthony Fauci, the leading government expert on the coronavirus pandemic.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 26, 2012
The killing of Trayvon Martin The 911 transcripts clearly show that Zimmerman singled out Martin for attention because of his race and age. Cell phone conversations between Trayvon and his 16-year-old girlfriend in Miami show that, far from seeking a confrontation, the youth had become aware that he was being followed and was seeking to get away as fast as he could without drawing attention by running.
Michael Flynn resignation, From GoogleImages
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Behind the Flynn resignation and Trump crisis: A bitter conflict over imperialist policy Justice Department officials informed the White House several weeks ago that Flynn had discussed US sanctions on Russia with the ambassador, and that his repeated denials of that fact were false. A transcript of the Flynn-Kislyak conversation is reportedly circulating at the highest levels of official Washington.
(15 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 21, 2017
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.
Democrats target Sanders in South Carolina debate, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 27, 2020
Attacks against Sanders intensify ahead of South Carolina primary Bernie Sanders is likely to take an insurmountable lead in convention delegates in the March 3 "Super Tuesday" primaries, held in 14 states, including California, Texas, North Carolina and Virginia. Those contests take place just three days after the February 29 primary in South Carolina.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 4, 2016
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.
Opioids: The Alarming Data, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 16, 2017
Behind the opioid crisis: Republicans and Obama cleared the way for corporate murder The protection of the giant drug distribution companies -- amid a nationwide epidemic of drug overdose deaths caused by the products they were distributing -- was a bipartisan affair. Congressional Democrats cosponsored the legislation, and a former top Clinton administration official, Jamie Gorelick, was a lead attorney and lobbyist for the distributors.
From flickr.com/photos/58246681@N03/7952475570/: US Congress, From Images
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US Congress passes corporate-backed highway construction bill The US Congress passed a five-year, $305 billion highway construction bill Thursday, sending it to President Obama who will sign it into law. The final bill, after protracted bipartisan negotiations, cleared the House of Representatives by a 359-65 vote and passed the Senate by a margin of 83-16. Three Republican senators who are running for president, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, voted against the bill.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 14, 2012
Voting rights in America under attack Texas is only one of the states that have enacted voter ID requirements and other measures aimed at curbing voter registration and reducing the number of people able to vote, in the name of a fight against "vote fraud." There have been virtually no documented reports of voter impersonation, the type of fraud that could be prevented by a photo ID requirement.
Bernie Sanders Unite for America Rally in Wichita, Kansas with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez & James Thompson, From YouTubeVideos
(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Mike Pompeo ready to tackle Trump's agenda as new secretary of state, From YouTubeVideos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 27, 2018
The Democratic Party and the confirmation of Mike Pompeo Former Congressman and CIA Director Mike Pompeo was confirmed Thursday afternoon by the US Senate to be secretary of state. The former Army tank commander, a supporter of torture and unlimited domestic spying, will now hold the top position in the Trump cabinet, as well as being fourth in line of succession to the presidency.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Unanswered questions on US raid that killed bin Laden There are conflicting accounts of the role of the Pakistani security forces in the actual raid. Pakistani officials claimed Monday that their forces had actually assisted in the attack, but this was dismissed by Obama administration officials, who claimed that Islamabad was only told of the raid after bin Laden was dead.
New 'Real ID' driver's licenses, From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 31, 2015
Federal agency prepares new crackdown on US travelers The new driver's licenses would encode a considerable amount of personal information in an electronic form that would be shared among the states and with the federal government, assisting in the creation of vast new databases on the American population. These could be used to track people's movements, not only by air but also on the ground, using the chip in the card.
Hillary Clinton, From FlickrPhotos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 10, 2016
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.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 9, 2016
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.
Senior ISIL leader 'killed by US special forces' in Syria raid, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 18, 2015
US special forces stage raid into Syria US-led airstrikes on ISIS targets across eastern Syria continue. In the 24 hours ending Sunday morning, the Pentagon reported eight bombing attacks, including six near the city of Hasakah, in the northeast, and two near Kobani, a Kurdish-populated town where a lengthy ISIS siege was broken by US saturation bombing.
Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders go head-to-head for Democratic nomination, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 13, 2020
Biden, Sanders appeal for joint action with Republicans over coronavirus pandemic The two top Democrats in the race for the party's presidential nomination, former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders, issued appeals Thursday to the Trump administration and congressional Republicans for joint action on the growing coronavirus crisi
Thousands of empty seats at Trump's comeback rally in Tulsa, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 22, 2020
Trump in Tulsa: Fascist ranting and political debacle The mounting threat to his reelection clearly preoccupied Trump in the course of his 107-minute address in Tulsa, which meandered even more than usual. He was clearly far more concerned with his own political survival than with the survival of hundreds of thousands of Americans whose lives are threatened by the worst epidemic in a century.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Washington Post details vast growth of US domestic spying The goal of a new Obama administration operation, called the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative, or SAR, is for every local police department in the United States to have its data files integrated with the FBI's, in a gigantic central database on a large proportion of the American population.
Palestinian firefighters try to extinguish a fire after an Israeli air strike on the building of Hamas' Ministry of Interior in Gaza City, From ImagesAttr
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Israel bombs Gaza Strip, masses army on border Tensions on the West Bank exploded Wednesday after the killing of a Palestinian youth, 16-year-old Muhammad Hussein Abu Khudair, who was abducted from the street outside his home in East Jerusalem, apparently by ultra-right Jewish settlers vowing "revenge" for the killing of the three Israeli youth. Khudair's body was found miles away, badly burned and bearing marks of violence.
Sierra Leone: the Ebola epicentre, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 28, 2014
Imperialism and the Ebola catastrophe It was the combined effect of decades of imperialist exploitation and intervention, exacerbated by the global economic crisis that erupted in 2008, which created the conditions for the present health catastrophe. When the Ebola virus made its way out of isolated jungle areas, the resistance of the social organism to the epidemic was too weak to resist the attack of the virus.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 21, 2011
Swiss banker jailed for supplying information to WikiLeaks Swiss authorities arrested a former banker and whistleblower after he made a public handover of information on wealthy tax evaders to the Internet web site WikiLeaks. Rudolf Elmer was taken into custody Wednesday evening, two days after a press conference in Zürich where he delivered data on offshore bank accounts to WikiLeaks.
Donald Trump Taps Panthers Owner Vincent Viola As Secretary Of The Army., From GoogleImages
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 20, 2016
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.
Fox News .Debate., From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 9, 2015
Republican presidential debate: The freak show at Quicken Loans Arena The audience in the arena, where the Republican nominating convention will be held next summer, was as foul as the candidates and the questioners. They cheered for torture, for war, for cuts in essential social services, for attacks on democratic rights. These are truly the dregs of American society. It was not a debate so much as a political freak show, with the bizarre vying with the reactionary.
From flickr.com/photos/22007612@N05/25353612023/: Hillary Clinton, From Images
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 25, 2016
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.
From flickr.com/photos/40936370@N00/5243713736/: Julian ASSANGE arrested, painted portrait - Wikileaks, From Images
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 5, 2015
French president rejects bid to assist WikiLeaks founder In rejecting Assange, Hollande sent a message of disapproval and condemnation to journalists who actually seek to report truthfully and inform the public, rather than take their marching orders from the propaganda offices of the intelligence agencies in Washington, London and Paris.
HURRICANE IRMA IS LARGER THAN HARVEY, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 10, 2017
Hurricanes Irma and Harvey: Natural disaster and political breakdown The Trump administration "prepared" for the one-two punch of Harvey and Irma by proposing to slash spending on FEMA and other relief and disaster management agencies, to say nothing of its war against climate science, waged on behalf of the oil, gas and coal producers and other big industrial polluters. Natural disasters have a way of exposing social and political reality.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Media whitewashes ultra-right in Arizona massacre By Monday, much of the media, including liberal and Democratic Party spokesmen, had repudiated Dupnik's comments. James Carville, a longtime Democratic campaign operative and media pundit, said on CNN, "It's unfair to smear an entire state," adding, "There's no evidence that links the Tea Party to this."
Florida school shooting, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 18, 2018
Funerals begin in Florida as details emerge of prior warnings about school shooter The media attention has already begun to shift away from Parkland to new sensations, such as the indictment of 13 Russians by the Mueller investigation, without a single effort to probe more deeply into the social reasons why the United States, with 4.4 percent of the world's population, has 31 percent of the mass shootings.
From theburningplatform.com/tag/predator-drones/: Predator drones, From Images
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 8, 2016
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.
From pinterest.com/freethewronged/bill-hillary-clinton/: Bill and Hillary Clinton, From Images
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 14, 2016
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.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 11, 2010
American media suppresses report on US military atrocities in Afghanistan The only national network coverage came on CNN, which broadcast a report by Pentagon correspondent Chris Lawrence, beginning with this apt summary: "The charges against 12 American soldiers sound like crimes terrorists would be accused of--murdering civilians, chopping off body parts to keep as trophies, and beating those who'd speak up against them."
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 8, 2014
Wealth report shows deepening social polarization in US While at least 25 million Americans are unemployed or working only part-time, when they want and need full-time work, corporate America is sitting on a cash hoard of more than $2 trillion, refusing to invest in new production or hiring new workers, and instead engaging in speculation and stock buybacks that are more profitable for the corporate CEOs.
Israeli Flag, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        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.
Government shutdown will last into new year, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 30, 2018
Impact on workers, services spreads as US shutdown enters second week The partial shutdown of the US federal government entered its second week on Saturday, with thousands of workers receiving short paychecks December 28 and 800,000 set to receive no pay at all when the next paycheck is due on January 11, 2019.
FBI Director James Comey, From GoogleImages
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 30, 2016
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.
Senator Richard Burr, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 25, 2015
New Senate Intelligence Committee chair moves to suppress CIA torture report The legislative branch is seeking to recall (and likely suppress) copies of a report which the new majority in the Senate regards as too critical of the CIA and too revealing of the methods employed by the intelligence agency in its brutal interrogations of prisoners at secret "black site" facilities in Europe and Asia, as well as at Guantanamo Bay.
President Trump delivers press conference, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Trump boasts holding US pandemic deaths to 200,000 would be "a good job" Trump expressed his satisfaction with as many as 200,000 American deaths. He amused himself with a series of childish photo ops, called on several of his own health officials to give servile statements thanking him for his leadership.
Nancy Pelosi, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 13, 2020
House Democrats to forward Trump impeachment articles, setting stage for Senate trial President Trump declared Friday that he would invoke executive privilege to block Bolton's testimony in the event the Senate decided to subpoena him. He claimed this was not because Bolton's testimony would be damaging, but to preserve confidentiality "for the sake of the office."
Devin Nunes, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 2, 2018
Trump in open clash with FBI over Russia probe The Republican majority on the House Intelligence Committee pushed through a vote to make the Nunes memo public in a party-line vote on Monday night, which started the clock on a five-day period for White House review before release of the document. At the same time, the committee voted to keep secret a minority report by the committee Democrats rebutting the memo.
Gavin Long, 29, was named as the man behind the shooting of three police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 18, 2016
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.
Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama for attorney general, retired General Michael Flynn for national security adviser, and Representative Mike Pompeo for CIA director., From GoogleImages
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 19, 2016
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.
CIA spying on Senate, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 13, 2014
The CIA, the Senate and the breakdown of American democracy There is a powerful element of hypocrisy, as NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden noted, "where an elected official does not care at all that the rights of millions of ordinary citizens are violated by our spies, but suddenly it's a scandal when a politician finds out the same thing happens to them." But there is a more fundamental issue at stake: the mounting threat to democratic rights and constitutional processes.
President Donald Trump says Twitter is a .very effective form of communication.., From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Hillary Clinton, From GoogleImages
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 27, 2016
Clinton seizes on Brexit vote to tout her credentials as defender of Washington's global interests The Clinton campaign offers nothing to the working class, white, black or Hispanic, because the Democratic Party long ago abandoned any policy of social reform to create jobs and improve the living standards and social conditions of working people, becoming instead a more and more open and direct instrument of Wall Street.
From commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Donald_Trump_and_Hillary_Clinton_during_United_States_presidential_election_2016.jp, From Images
SHARE More Sharing        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.
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Pentagon chief proposes $115 billion increase in military spending While the Hagel plan has been portrayed in the American media as a drastic scaling back of the US military--with headlines focusing on the cutback in total Army personnel to a level last seen before World War II--the real content of the budget is a shift in the military strategy of American imperialism.
You can vote -- but it won't count!, From YouTubeVideos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 5, 2016
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."
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 29, 2012
US slowdown intensifies global economic crisis Corporate America has deliberately created a massive army of unemployed so as to further depress wage rates. In a newsletter to major investors, JPMorgan Chase chief investment officer Michael Cembalest wrote, "US labor compensation is now at a 50-year low relative to both company sales and US GDP."
From santafenewmexican.com/news/trump-declares-war-on-the-republican-party-four-weeks-before/article_c7e85958-403b-5756-, From Images
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 12, 2016
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.
Democratic Donkey to Republican Elephant - You Win!, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 9, 2018
Democrats embrace major cut in corporate taxes When Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell brought the bank deregulation bill to the Senate floor Tuesday for a procedural vote, 17 Democrats joined with all the Republicans to support it. The vote was 67-32, the first time that a contested measure has received unanimous Republican support and significant Democratic support since Trump entered the White House.
Mike Huckabee is standing with Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, From ImagesAttr
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 7, 2015
Six Republican presidential candidates back defiance of gay marriage ruling Only a handful of the Republican candidates have adhered to a traditional constitutional position, that the Supreme Court interpretation of the law was binding, and that Davis, as a public official, had to carry out the law and not her personal religious beliefs. Others sought to square the circle, giving lip service to the separation of church and state while seeking to appease the Christian fundamentalist right.
Vladimir Putin, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 7, 2015
Russia halts flights to Egypt after air disaster US officials have been among the most insistent voices suggesting a terrorist connection to the Flight 9268 disaster, hoping that it will produce a political backlash in Russia against Putin's decision to intervene in Syria. In this, as in many other areas, there appears to be an overlap between the actions of ISIS and the political agenda of Washington.
The U.S. Capitol is seen at dusk Thursday. The House approved a massive spending bill just hours before a midnight deadline to fund the federal government., From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 13, 2014
US budget resolution funds war and repression The language permitting banks to use federally insured deposits to gamble in the swaps and derivative markets, was literally drafted by the banks. According to an analysis by the New York Times, 70 of the 85 lines in that section of the bill come directly from Citibank, which spearheaded the lobbying by Wall Street on this issue.
Black Lives Matter Minneapolis Protest, From WikimediaPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 30, 2020
Mass protests voice outrage over police murder of George Floyd There were reportedly large numbers of people in the streets both in south Minneapolis and in the downtown area, chanting slogans like "No justice, no peace, prosecute the police!" They ignored the curfew order and the patrolling military vehicles.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 16, 2011
Life expectancy declining in many parts of US Overall, the report on life expectancy underscores the catastrophic effects of economic slump and growing social inequality on the physical survival of large portions of the working class population in the United States. Capitalism is not only inflicting unemployment, poverty, homelessness and hunger, it is literally killing young people, the elderly and people of working age.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 29, 2011
Government of the rich, by rich and for the rich Working people are increasingly conscious that official Washington represents government of, by and for the rich. This political and social reality accounts for the dismal standing of Congress in the eyes of the public, with only 11 percent approving of the record of the current Congress according to one recent poll.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 1, 2010
US election campaign ends amid deepening economic crisis Pre-election polls have consistently shown that the Republican Party is even more despised than the Democrats, and that increasing numbers want an alternative to the existing political system. Nor is there any great upsurge of support for the Tea Party, an ersatz "movement" largely bankrolled by a handful of ultra-right billionaires.
Dick Cheney Breaks The Word 'Torture' With His Twisted, Evil Logic., From ImagesAttr
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Cheney on CIA torture: "I'd do it again in a minute" When asked about the CIA's own admission that at least one-quarter of the prisoners detained and abused at its secret "black sites" were innocent of any connection to terrorism, Cheney replied, "I have no problem as long as we achieve our objective." He reiterated, "I'd do it again in a minute."
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 11, 2013
Billionaires Gain As Living Standards Fall If the top 100 were a separate state, their combined wealth would outstrip the Gross Domestic Product of all but eight countries. They would rank behind Italy, but ahead of India and Russia. Of course, being billionaire capitalists, the top 100 don't actually produce anything. They own, and they reap the benefits of the labor of others.
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(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 20, 2017
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.
Federal Tax Paid vs Federal Loans, Bailouts, Loan Guarantees Received by 50 largest US companies 2008-2014, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        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.
Obama and Erdogan, From WikimediaPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 30, 2016
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.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 12, 2010
The New York Times defends assassinations In its main editorial Sunday, the New York Times, the major voice of what passes for liberalism in America, openly defends the right of the US government to assassinate anyone it pleases. It advances arguments that convince no one, and are not intended to convince, only to provide a screen of words for a policy of imperialist barbarism and reaction.
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SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 14, 2012
Three anti-NATO protesters brought to Chicago court in chains In addition to the shackling, prosecutors refused to engage in the informal lawyer-to-lawyer communication that is usual in the criminal justice system. They stuck to the letter of state legal procedure, refusing to make public the charges or release any details of the evidence until the actual indictment is unsealed on July 2.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 18, 2012
Obama Begins Bipartisan Talks on Spending Cuts The "fiscal cliff" metaphor has been seized on by both parties and the corporate-controlled media to give the impression that harsh measures must be taken to avoid "going over the cliff." These measures are likely to center on sweeping cuts in Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, as well as other domestic social spending.
SHARE More Sharing        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.
Democrats VS. Republicans - Who's Crazier?, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 30, 2015
The dark side of American politics The underlying social conflicts within the United States are beginning to overload a political system that is rotted through and through. The two officially recognized political parties, the Democrats and Republicans, are controlled by corporate interests and increasingly removed from the real concerns of the great mass of the American people.
FBI Director James Comey, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        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.
Healthcare workers hold vigil for colleagues who died from Covid-19, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 4, 2020
Nearly half a million health care workers worldwide infected with coronavirus The death toll among nurses is more than double the 260 reported on May 6 by the ICN, partly from more countries issuing reports but mainly from the ongoing impact of the pandemic, which has now hit 6.5 million people globally, with more than 380,000 dead.
White House Correspondents' Dinner, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 2, 2016
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.
Ebola nurse Kaci Hickox quarantined at University Hospital Newark despite testing negative for virus, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Ebola nurse treated "like a criminal" in New Jersey quarantine It is no accident that both Christie and Cuomo have presidential ambitions. Christie has said he will decide next year whether to seek the Republican nomination in 2016, while Cuomo is expected to run for the Democratic nomination if Hillary Clinton does not. Each governor was seeking to pander to the fear and panic being whipped up by the corporate-controlled media and sections of the ultra-right over Ebola.
CARAVAN 7 YEAR OLD GIRL DIES AFTER BEING TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AT MEXICO-US BORDER, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        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.
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SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Opposition to Trump's anti-Muslim travel ban mounts on eve of court deadline The main argument presented by the Trump administration was the claim that the states have no legal standing to challenge the executive order, and that the president's power to control immigration is conferred both by the Constitution and federal law and is absolute and unreviewable by any court.
James Comey compares Trump to mob boss in new book, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 14, 2018
Comey memoir ignites new round in anti-Russia campaign against Trump According to Comey, Trump was most concerned about the claim that while in Moscow on a business trip in 2013 he had hired prostitutes to urinate on themselves in the same hotel suite used by President Barack Obama "as a way of soiling the bed." He asked Comey to have the FBI disprove this claim, which he said was very painful to his wife Melania.
Autoworkers getting off a shift at the Fiat Chrysler stamping plant in Warren, Michigan, From InText
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 18, 2020
Back-to-work drive places countless thousands at risk This week marks a significant turning point in the global coronavirus pandemic. In the United States, the country with more infections and more deaths than any other, the Trump administration and the governments of nearly every state have authorized the reopening of major factories and other workplaces and a broader reopening of the economy.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 23, 2011
The Land of Unlimited Inequality Two academic economists, Jon Bakija of Williams College and Bradley Heim of Indiana University, together with Adam Cole of the Office of Tax Analysis at the US Department of Treasury have released a study indicating that inequality in the US has become extreme & explosive. reveals
Impact of Government Shutdown, From GoogleImages
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 22, 2018
The class issues in the US federal shutdown As a political event, the federal shutdown is a demonstration that the American ruling elite as a whole, and not just Trump personally, is "unfit" to run a large, complex society of more than 330 million people. Whatever the immediate result of the political deadlock in Washington, there will be no progressive outcome without the independent intervention of the working class against both the capitalist parties.
Nearly 2,000 children separated from their immigrant parents since new Trump administration policy, From YouTubeVideos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
The 6th GOP Debate, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 16, 2016
Republican debate: Deeper into the swamp of bigotry and militarism There was a sinister undertone to the incessant right-wing populist demagogy in the debate. The Republican candidates treated the Democratic Party not merely as a political rival, but as a treasonous and semi-criminal organization. There were clear suggestions that a Democratic victory in the presidential election would be not only undesirable, but illegitimate.
Donald Trump mocks Serge Kovaleski, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 28, 2015
Trump spews racism and anti-Muslim bigotry Billionaire Donald Trump has increased his lead in the polls among likely voters in Republican caucuses and primaries by making appeals to fears of terrorism and advocating a police-state crackdown on Muslim immigrants in the United States. The word that most accurately describes the politics peddled by the billionaire demagogue: fascist.
Jill Stein Green Party Presidential Candidate, From ImagesAttr
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 27, 2015
Green Party candidate launches US presidential campaign Stein is not a socialist, and the word "socialist" was never spoken in the interview or speech and appears nowhere in her campaign literature. She is running as a capitalist candidate seeking to reform American capitalism. She uses the language traditional to American populism, both right and left, contrasting Main Street to Wall Street.
William Barr, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        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.
Donald Trump's Budget, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 18, 2017
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.
Democrats Come Alive!, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 1, 2021
The Democratic Party and the fascist "enemy within" House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that Democratic members of Congress were in physical fear for their lives, afraid that the mob attack of January 6 would be the precursor to violence against them by Republican representatives.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 5, 2010
US war criminals threaten WikiLeaks, Private Manning The major concern of those targeting WikiLeaks and Private Manning is that the leaks of internal government documents provide evidence to justify war crimes prosecution of US government officials, past and present. To save their own skins, they want to criminalize the exposure of these atrocities, rather than the atrocities themselves.
Abu Zubaydah, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 13, 2015
Obama administration suppresses account of CIA torture The position of the Obama administration, and of the military-intelligence apparatus as a whole, is not just to cover up the criminality of the Bush administration, which authorized and supervised the systematic torture in the name of the "war on terror." What is involved is the protection of ongoing, continuing criminality, and of those who perpetrate it today.
General Motors to Pay $900M To Settle Charges Over Ignition Switch Issue, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 19, 2015
The GM ignition defect settlement and capitalist "justice" No senior executive of GM will go to jail for the deaths of at least 124 people, mainly young adults, due to defects in the compact and subcompact cars they purchased from the company. The company will set aside $900 million for compensating survivors, less than one month's pre-tax profits.
Second Presidential Debate 2016, From GoogleImages
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 10, 2016
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.
Ecuador Turns Off Julian Assange's Internet, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        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.
March in support of immigrants and refugees, From GoogleImages
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 12, 2012
Mitt Romney, Bain Capital and American Capitalism Obama is defending the same class interests as Romney, only with slightly different tactics. His aim is to use the purely verbal acknowledgement of social divisions to disarm working people politically and thus enable his administration, or its Republican successor, to continue and intensify the pro-corporate, anti-working class program which is the consensus of both parties.
Donald Trump wins the Republican presidential nomination, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 20, 2016
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.
Hillary Clinton and Black Lives Matter, From ImagesAttr
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Hillary Clinton and Black Lives Matter: A revealing confrontation Despite the purported militancy of Black Lives Matter, and its aggressive disruption of campaign appearances by Democratic presidential hopefuls Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley, the two who spoke with Clinton, Daunasia Yancey from Boston and Julius Jones from Worcester, were extremely deferential.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 29, 2010
The "Hitler" option in Afghanistan That is where American policy in Afghanistan is now headed: towards a dramatic escalation of violence in a war that has always been characterized by extreme brutality and disregard for the destruction of innocent lives.
Pure terror!, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 21, 2015
The US terrorism scare War abroad is inevitably accompanied by repression at home, with police-military mobilizations that are carried out in the name of fighting "terrorism," but whose real purpose is to suppress domestic antiwar sentiment and working class opposition to the austerity measures required by the deepening crisis of world capitalism.
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, From YouTubeVideos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 22, 2016
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.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 26, 2011
US budget talks target $1 trillion in cuts As for the Washington mania for slashing Medicare and Medicaid, the American people are adamantly opposed. Medicaid is the principal underwriter of medical care for the poor and the disabled and of nursing home care for many elderly people. More than 40 percent of Medicaid recipients are disabled and cannot work.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 31, 2010
US foreclosures soar, housing prices slump At least one published estimate, from Moody's Analytics, said that total foreclosures would reach 1.8 million for this year, bringing the total number of foreclosures since the subprime mortgage crisis exploded in 2007 to more than 5.5 million. An additional 10.9 million families are "under water" on their homes, meaning that they owe more in mortgage debt than the home can be sold for in the current depressed market.
Donald Trump, From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 11, 2016
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.
Mitt Romney - Mr. 1%, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 5, 2016
US Republican Party in crisis as Romney denounces Trump Romney's speech dominated media coverage leading up to the debate Thursday night in Detroit, where the four remaining Republican candidates took the stage in the Fox Theatre. The first question posed to Trump was to respond to Romney's remarks, which he did in typical fashion, attacking Romney as a "failed candidate...who should have beaten President Obama" very easily.
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SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Australian government unveils budget "audit" to advance austerity agenda Treasurer Joe Hockey said, "We need not look any further than the recent events in the United States to realize how imperative for stability and certainty is for confidence." This continued "confidence," the financial markets and the credit ratings agencies have made clear, is dependent on the Abbott government quickly proceeding with a massive assault against working people's living standards.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 27, 2012
Wage Cuts Hit Millions of US Workers In the midst of extraordinary profits and CEO pay, the giant corporations have stepped up the assault on working-class.The Republican Party and the Mitt Romney campaign hope, of course, to profit politically from the catastrophic conditions for working people,
Goldman Sachs Profit Soars, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        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.
Stop sponsoring Donald Trump, From GoogleImages
SHARE More Sharing        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.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 24, 2011
Obama Announces Us Troop Withdrawal From Iraq The US forces are being pulled out of Iraq only to facilitate the deployment of troops in many other countries around the world. Since Obama succeeded George W. Bush in the White House, after running a cynically false campaign posing as an "antiwar" candidate, he has greatly expanded the scope of US military operations around the world.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 12, 2013
Dozens killed as Israel, Egypt strike targets in Sinai On Saturday night, Egyptian army Apache helicopters, supplied by the United States, targeted supposed "terrorist sites" in the town of Al-Thoma, south of Sheikh Zuweid. Several four-wheel-drive vehicles were destroyed and at least 15 people killed. An Egyptian military spokesman later gave the toll as 25 killed or wounded.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 12, 2011
Obama defends abuse of Private Bradley Manning Obama's endorsement of the torture of Manning follows his order Monday to resume the drum-head military tribunals at Guantanamo and hold 48 of the 172 remaining detainees under indefinite detention without any form of legal process. He is, no less than his predecessor, an accomplice in the sadistic abuse and torture of prisoners both at Guantanamo and on the US mainland.
Secret CIA prison site in northeast Poland, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 4, 2014
CIA Torture and the Threat of Dictatorship All these methods of state brutality and murder are illegal under international law and the Geneva Conventions, as well as in violation of the US Constitution and laws prohibiting torture and assassination. These are not blemishes on an otherwise healthy military-intelligence apparatus, but the products of a depraved and deeply criminal American ruling class.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 24, 2011
Obama steps up campaign for "tough choices" on Medicare, Social Security Obama declared, "I'm willing to sign a plan that includes tough choices I would not normally make, and there are a lot of Democrats and Republicans in Congress who I believe are willing to do the same thing." Obama claimed that combining a handful of minor tax increases on the wealthy with cuts that will devastate the elderly, the poor and the sick constituted a "balanced" approach.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Crisis deepens for US occupation in Afghanistan Both the US-NATO occupation and the stooge regime of President Hamid Karzai are widely hated by the Afghan population. Resistance to foreign intervention and occupation is at the heart of the guerrilla warfare that more than a decade of relentless military offensives, air strikes and assassinations have been unable to suppress.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 22, 2013
Obama, Race and Class Obama does not speak for Trayvon Martin. He speaks for a different social class whose interests are deeply antagonistic to those of the Martin family and the broad mass of working people and youth of all races and ethnicities. The same day Obama gave his remarks, the White House flatly rebuffed suggestions that the federal government should come to the assistance of the city of Detroit, forced into bankruptcy last week.
Bernie Sanders, From FlickrPhotos
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 20, 2016
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.
United We Fail: Citizens United and the Sale of Democracy, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 20, 2015
The US presidency for sale The vast sums being raised and spent by the Democratic and Republican candidates make a mockery of the claims that the United States is a democracy in which the people rule. It is big money that rules, dominating the entire process of selecting the candidates of the only two officially recognized parties and effectively determining the outcome of the vote on November 8, 2016.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Guantanamo documents reveal US brutality and lawlessness WikiLeaks made the material available to news organizations in the United States, Britain, France, Spain and Germany, as it has in the past. It excluded, however, the New York Times and the British Guardian, which were once its major outlets, because of the overt editorial hostility of both publications.
President Obama announces sweeping immigration reform, From ImagesAttr
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Obama's "reform" and the criminalization of immigrants The executive action on immigration issued by the White House Friday is reactionary and anti-democratic. The framework of Obama's plan is based on the premise, shared by the entire political establishment, that all undocumented immigrants are criminals.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 21, 2011
US House approves drastic social spending cuts Both Democrats and Republicans agree that spending cuts should be focused on domestic social spending programs, and their divisions are over which programs should be cut back or eliminated. Measures included cuts of $747 million from food assistance programs for the poor, and cutting Pell Grants for low-income college students.
Donald Trump, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 21, 2020
Trump held White House meeting on martial law plan to overturn election President Trump and his top aides reviewed a series of proposals for overturning his defeat in the presidential election at a meeting Friday night in the White House. This included discussion of a proposal that he declare martial law and order the seizure of voting machines in key battleground states.
Robert Mueller, From InText
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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.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 24, 2010
The stench of the police state at US airports The new measures, introduced by the TSA November 1, constitute an assault on core constitutional rights. The random full-body scans and/or patdowns are a systematic, across-the-board violation of the Fourth Amendment prohibition on unreasonable searches and seizures in which all those who are traveling are treated as potential terrorist threats.
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As tensions mount with China -- US to shift bulk of Navy ships to Asia-Pacific The United States will deploy the majority of its naval forces to the Asia-Pacific region over the next decade, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced Saturday in a speech to a security conference in Singapore. The move is part of a major shift in the global strategy of American imperialism that puts China at the top of the US target list.
Trump supporter punches black protester in the face., From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 13, 2016
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.
Food Line for jobless, homeless, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 22, 2020
As the oligarchs make trillions, Congress offers a pittance for the jobless The $900 billion coronavirus relief bill is grossly inadequate to meet the vast social needs exposed by the pandemic. Once again, the corporate-controlled two-party political system has revealed its indifference to mass suffering.
Trump fascist rally, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        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.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 1, 2011
Obama, Congress renew push for austerity measures Congressional Republicans have demanded binding measures to cut spending, focused on entitlement programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, as the price of agreeing to raise the debt ceiling. Several Senate Democrats announced this week that they were prepared to join the Republicans in demanding spending cuts as part of a bill to lift the debt ceiling.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 27, 2012
Afghanistan Rises in Revolt against US Occupation Neo-colonialist America's real face is showing in Afghanistan & it's getting uglier by the day.
From flickr.com/photos/22007612@N05/5440384453/: Donald Trump, From Images
SHARE More Sharing        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.
Republicans Vs Democrats, From GoogleImages
SHARE More Sharing        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.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 24, 2016
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.
Joe Biden, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Biden staggers toward the White House Trump, who was massively defeated in both the popular vote and the Electoral College, is engaged in an ongoing effort to nullify the election and overturn the results.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 21, 2014
Israeli airstrike kills wife and baby son of Hamas leader In an action that can only be described as a terrorist murder, Israeli warplanes killed the wife and baby son of Hamas military commander Mohammed Deif, in a targeted air strike Tuesday night. Hundreds attended the funerals, and Israeli drones hovered overhead as Widad Deif's father carried the body of his infant grandson wrapped in a white shroud.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 5, 2013
The US Terror Scare Top officials of the executive branch issue vague and ominous alerts. Congressional leaders, after closed-door briefings by the intelligence agencies, echo the warnings. The media amplifies the alarm uncritically, seeking to stampede the public. Not a single voice is raised to question the claims or essential premises of the scare campaign.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 8, 2016
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.
Donald Trump, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 3, 2020
Donald Trump's Mein Kampf Trump declared that the November election was "rigged" and demanded that the US Supreme Court intervene to overturn the results in all the battleground states, declare him the winner, and award him their electoral votes and thus a second term as president.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 15, 2011
Iowa debate, straw poll mark further rightward shift by Republicans The sole basis on which the Republicans can hope for popular support for their ultra-right campaign is the disillusionment of tens of millions of working people with the Democrats and Obama. The Democrats refuse to lift a finger to help the unemployed, the poor, the victims of the Wall Street crisis, giving the ultra-right the opportunity to posture as the advocates of "job creation" and economic growth.
President Trump bullies  Georgia secretary of state, From FlickrPhotos
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Tape reveals Trump gangster methods in pursuing election coup In an hour-long telephone conversation Saturday, leaked to the media and first made public Sunday by the Washington Post, President Donald Trump tried to bully the Georgia secretary of state into overturning the result of the presidential election in his state, which was won by Democrat Joe Biden.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 30, 2011
Obama and the debt ceiling More and more, the deadlock appears to be deliberately manufactured so as to create a crisis atmosphere, stampede public opinion, and disguise the dimensions of the assault on working people that both parties are undertaking.
Hillary Clinton's Official Campaign Launch Two months after announcing her presidential candidacy, From ImagesAttr
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Hillary Clinton launches her presidential campaign Clinton is a particularly dubious vehicle for the type of social demagogy that characterized her speech. The former first lady, senator and secretary of state has amassed, along with her husband, a fortune approaching $100 million from her decades of service to corporate interests. The Clintons rub shoulders with billionaires and CEOs every day.
Joe Biden speaks on his Made In America Plan., From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 10, 2020
Speaking before auto union bureaucrats in Michigan, Biden makes nationalist appeal Joe Biden made his first appearance in Michigan of the fall campaign, delivering a right-wing appeal based entirely on economic nationalism and a glorification of the corrupt union officialdom.
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SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 28, 2015
Behind the resignation of US House Speaker Boehner Boehner resigned Friday, giving almost no notice, rather than face a vote on a procedural resolution to declare the speakership vacant. With Republicans holding a 247-188 majority in the House, and 30 or more Republicans committed to voting against him, he would have been compelled to rely on Democratic votes to retain office.
Hillary Clinton is revving up her attack against Bernie Sanders., From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 13, 2016
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.
President Obama Speaks in Belgium about the importance of Europe staying united in the face of Russian aggression in Ukraine., From ImagesAttr
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Obama heads to Europe for week of meetings directed against Russia Obama's European trip will continue with a meeting of the Group of Seven, the heads of state from the US, Canada, Germany, Britain, France, Italy and Japan, to be held in Brussels Wednesday night and Thursday. The G-7 has been reconstituted to exclude Russia, which was to host a G-8 summit meeting in Sochi on the Black Sea this month.
Bernie Sanders, From FlickrPhotos
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 10, 2016
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.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Afghanistan's My Lai The stench of Vietnam, the greatest-ever defeat of American imperialism, now hangs over the whole US-NATO intervention in Afghanistan. The puppet regime in Kabul, like its predecessor in South Vietnam, is the creation of a vast influx of American troops and American dollars. Anyone familiar with the history of the Vietnam War will recognize the process of corruption and decay that is the prelude to collapse.
Donald Trump, From FlickrPhotos
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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.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 19, 2011
Republican right sets the tone for bipartisan assault on Medicare The dominance of the ultra-right in both congressional and presidential politics in no way reflects actual popular support. Poll after poll demonstrates the opposite: more than two-thirds of voters oppose cuts in Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security and believe that the best way to cut the federal deficit is to sharply increase taxes on the rich.
Problem?, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 4, 2014
US appeals court upholds suppression of legal memo approving collection of phone records The secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (FISA) Court renewed the authority of the NSA and other intelligence agencies to continue the collection of the telephone records of virtually every American and millions of people internationally for three more months. The extension, routinely granted by the FISA Court, was announced in a press release issued by the Office of Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 25, 2013
Detroit auto plant produces five-millionth Jeep The cumulative output of five million vehicles is staggering. The figure is particularly remarkable when the economic value of this output is calculated. Assuming the average value of a Jeep produced at the plant is $40,000, five million vehicles would be worth $200 billion.
Waterboarding? Torture? Absolutely!, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 11, 2016
Torture, murder and Donald Trump George Stephanopoulos asked directly, "As president, you would authorize torture?" Trump replied, "I would absolutely authorize something beyond waterboarding. And believe me, it will be effective. If we need information, George, you have our enemy cutting heads off of Christians and plenty of others, by the hundreds, by the thousands."
Bernie Sanders, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 10, 2016
Sanders' upset win in the Michigan primary Sanders' victory in Michigan reflects the intrusion of class issues into the elections. The Clinton campaign, like the media, was taken unawares by Sanders' win. At a campaign rally Tuesday night in Cleveland, Clinton made no reference to the close contest in the neighboring state and instead described the campaign for the Democratic nomination as in its final stages.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 17, 2011
Egyptian workers step up strike offensive Tens of the thousands of Egyptian workers ignored appeals by the military high command and spread their strike actions across the country Wednesday, demanding higher pay, better working conditions, and the purging of corrupt officials linked to ousted dictator Hosni Mubarak.
Internally Displaced Persons, From ImagesAttr
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More than 50 million displaced persons worldwide The total number of people displaced from their homes by war and political persecution now exceeds 50 million, the highest number since World War II, according to a report issued Friday. The report was released by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Half of all these displaced persons are children.
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SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 1, 2013
Massive NSA spying on European Union, Germany The US National Security Agency spied on officials of the European Union, infiltrated its computer network and bugged its headquarters in Brussels as well as diplomatic offices in Washington DC and New York City. This could have explosive consequences since NATO, a military alliance between the US, Canada and numerous European countries, has apparently been used as a screen for US surveillance of its supposed allies.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 3, 2010
Obama, Congress negotiate tax cuts for the wealthy The actual policy differences between the two parties are minimal. Both parties represent that social layer in America that will benefit most from the tax cuts--the super-rich and the most privileged layers of the upper middle class--but the Democrats are compelled to hide their position behind a pretense of concern for working people and the unemployed.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 6, 2011
US House leaders block resolution against Libya war Both parties are well aware of the overwhelming antiwar sentiment among the American people, who see trillions squandered on imperialist military adventures while federal, state and local governments all claim there is "no money" to maintain basic social services. These sentiments can find no genuine expression, however, within the existing two-party system.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 12, 2009
What is Behind the Opposition to the Obama Healthcare Plan? The lunatic fringe of the Republican party & the health insurance industry provoke violence over Obama's health care reforms. How far will they go?
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Obama, Congress Make New Austerity Plans The Republican Party, representing the most rapacious factions of the ruling elite, rejects even one dollar of additional taxes on the wealthy and seeks to impose the entire burden of deficit reduction on working people, through cuts in social spending, primarily the destruction of Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 21, 2011
As Obama reassures financial markets, public opposition grows to budget cuts There is overwhelming popular opposition to cuts in Medicare and Medicaid and overwhelming support for making the rich pay for the crisis of the federal budget. Yet in the precincts of official Washington, it is impossible to raise taxes on the 50,000 wealthiest Americans, but considered perfectly reasonable to slash medical benefits for 50 million people.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 4, 2011
Mounting evidence of CIA ties to Libyan rebels Whether these individuals are Al Qaeda operatives who were "turned" by their American captors or have simply changed allegiance under changed circumstances is unclear. But their role in the Libyan opposition further undermines the longstanding propaganda of the US government about the supposedly unbridgeable gulf between Al Qaeda and American imperialism.
Is Donald Trump destroying the Republican Party?, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 12, 2015
Republican Party crisis deepens over Trump anti-Muslim statements Both Trump and Carson have threatened to bolt the Republican Party and mount independent campaigns if the party establishment intervenes against them in the presidential campaign. Earlier this week, Trump touted a poll showing that 68 percent of his supporters would follow him out of the Republican Party if he decided to run as an independent.
Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 31, 2016
Republican Party crisis deepens as candidates renege on "loyalty" pledge All three remaining candidates for the Republican presidential nomination declined to renew their pledges to support the party's eventual standard-bearer, in back-to-back appearances Tuesday night at a town hall in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, televised over CNN.
Republican Crackpots - Bigot Donald Trump and Lying Ted Cruz, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 14, 2016
US elections: Republican crisis deepens over prospect of contested convention That the Republican nomination campaign has boiled down to a contest between a fascistic demagogue calling for torture and an advocate of theocracy and militarism only demonstrates how far to the right the official US two-party system has moved.
President Obama cries during gun violence speech, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Obama rejects pleas to halt deportations Raids and deportations are politically inexpedient at the onset of an election year in which the Democratic Party seeks to posture as more sympathetic to immigrants and Hispanics than the Republicans, despite the atrocious record of Obama, once dubbed the "deporter-in-chief" by immigrants' rights activists.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 8, 2010
Obama, Republicans embrace spending cuts and tax breaks for the wealthy There is no question that the cuts which the next Congress will impose--enabled by the capitulation of the Democratic Party and the Obama administration--will dwarf those imposed under the Reagan administration in the 1980s and under the Republican Congress led by Newt Gingrich in the 1990s.
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US Congress to debate and vote on Syria war President Obama's announcement Saturday that he would seek congressional authorization for military strikes against Syria sets the stage for a two-week campaign of media propaganda and political intimidation. Its goal is to browbeat the American people into accepting yet another imperialist war in the Middle East.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 2, 2011
King Abdullah replaces Jordanian cabinet In what appears to be preparation to confront, rather than appease, rising popular discontent, King Abdullah II of Jordan fired his current prime minister, Samir Rifai, 43, and replaced him Tuesday with a former prime minister, Maruf Bakhit, 64, who headed the government from 2005 to 2007.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 17, 2011
Obama presses case for "something big" on social spending cuts Obama's declaration that he is willing to go back to the Eisenhower years means that he is prepared to reduce domestic spending to pre-Medicare and pre-Medicaid levels, precisely at the point where tens of millions of the post-World War II "baby boom" generation are becoming eligible for these programs. As Obama said, "It would require us taking on healthcare spending."
Donald Trump TV AD, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Trump pushes racist attack on immigrants, Muslims A remarkable aspect of the campaign for the Republican presidential nomination is that there has been little criticism of Trump, the apparent frontrunner, from most of his rivals, and almost no effort to rebut his brazen appeals to racism and anti-Muslims bigotry.
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SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 8, 2016
In New Hampshire debate: Republican frontrunner backs torture Trump reiterated his statements about waterboarding and "worse than waterboarding" during several appearances on Sunday morning television talk shows. Again, neither the media pundits who interviewed him nor Republican rivals who appeared on the same programs made any serious objection to these comments.
Life Expectancy for White Americans Declined Slightly in 2014, Study Says., From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        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.
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SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 28, 2016
The Republican debate and the degradation of US politics Viewers were confronted with a repulsive display of the degraded state of official politics in the United States. The three leading candidates -- billionaire demagogue Donald Trump, Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, and Senator Ted Cruz of Texas -- engaged in a barrage of name-calling, mudslinging, insinuation and insult that marked a new low in an already dismal series of such political freak shows.
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SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 3, 2013
Kerry boosts Egyptian military dictatorship While in fact backing the military junta, the administration has sought to maintain an official posture of neutrality between it and the Muslim Brotherhood and Mursi, with whom it worked closely during the year that Mursi was in power. Washington fears the social consequences of an escalation of the military's crackdown against the Brotherhood.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Violent crackdown on Iraqi opposition The action against the ICP and Iraqi Nation Party is part of an ongoing wave of political repression in Iraq, conducted both by the Maliki government and its principal coalition partners, the two Kurdish parties who jointly control the regional government in Kurdistan. Journalists covering an anti-government protest March 4 in Basra, in southern Iraq, were seized and beaten by police.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 14, 2011
Wall Street demands action on debt ceiling, deficit As the budget "debate" demonstrates, the policies demanded by big business and embraced by both political parties, Democrats as much as Republicans, will mean the destruction of programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, even as mass unemployment continues at the highest levels since the Great Depression.
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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).
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Wall Street reinforcements for Obama White House The selection of Daley, which press reports described as "not imminent," would be the clearest signal yet of the Obama administration's shift to the right in the wake of the Republican victory in the 2010 congressional elections. Daley was one of the most right-wing figures in the Clinton administration, at least on domestic and economic issues.
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SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 13, 2012
Ryan Pick Marks Further Shift to the Right in US Presidential Campaign Ryan is best known for his role in drafting House Republican budgets that would privatize Medicare and devastate federal spending on all other social programs. Regardless of the outcome of the vote on November 6, the Ryan pick signals that the US ruling elite has decided on a frontal assault on key social programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 4, 2013
White House Zeros in on Medicare The claim that there is no money for medicare is a lie. The resources exist in abundance, but the wealth produced by the labor of working people must be taken out of the hands of the financial parasites and billionaires and the major banks and corporations placed under democratic control and public ownership.

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