US Politics

Biden pledges to continue Trump’s campaign to open schools and businesses

By Andre Damon, 19 January 2021

While Biden has claimed that he would “listen to the science” in the COVID-19 pandemic, he has in reality pledged to continue the Trump administration’s drive to prematurely open schools and businesses.

Paid aides to Trump campaign played key roles in organizing fascist assault on US Capitol

By Jacob Crosse, 19 January 2021

An analysis by the Associated Press reveals direct material connections between the White House and the fascist coup attempt.

International online meeting

Where is America going? Trump’s coup and the rise of fascism

18 January 2021

At this event, leading members of the SEP in the US, Germany and UK spoke on the national and global significance of the rise of fascism in America, its social and political origins, and the necessary strategy for the working class to fight back.

Free COVID-19 whistleblower Rebekah Jones!

By Bryan Dyne, 18 January 2021

Jones is being prosecuted by the state of Florida for exposing its effort to cover up cases of COVID-19 and opposing the state’s policy of prematurely reopening schools.

999 Biden and Democrats downplay coup attempt

18 January 2021

As proof of high-level conspiracy mounts

Justice Department proposes internal investigation to cover up state involvement in January 6 coup attempt

By Eric London, 16 January 2021

Although the January 6 attempt failed at seizing power, the entire political establishment is now lurching further to the right.

Biden “recovery” plan will fail to relieve social misery or stop pandemic death

By Jacob Crosse, 16 January 2021

The package, which falls woefully short in meeting the current crisis for millions of workers and their families, will be further watered down as the Democrats seek “bipartisan” support from Republicans.

999 Racialist narrative on coup

15 January 2021

Fascist Wisconsin shooter Rittenhouse posed with Proud Boys and waved “white power” sign

By Kevin Reed, 15 January 2021

Kyle Rittenhouse, the right-wing vigilante who shot three anti-police violence protesters in Kenosha on August 25—two of them to death—was photographed celebrating at a bar with members of the fascist Proud Boys shortly after his January 5 arraignment and not guilty plea.

999 Biden covid policy speech

15 January 2021

The pandemic and Trump’s coup attempt

By Andre Damon, 15 January 2021

To implement its homicidal policy of herd immunity, the ruling class is resorting to ever more violent and dictatorial forms of rule.

FBI reveals “dozens” of neo-Nazis and white supremacists on Terror Watch List traveled to D.C. for January 6 coup

By Jacob Crosse, 15 January 2021

In addition to active Republican politicians and off-duty military and police, many militiamen and fascists claiming membership in the Oath Keepers, Proud Boys and III Percenters marched on the Capitol

999 Racialist narrative on coup

14 January 2021

999 Exposure of NEU, teachers unions' "Day of Resistance"

14 January 2021

Democrats plead for bipartisanship as the Republicans call for blood

By Patrick Martin, 14 January 2021

All the talk of “unity” and “bipartisanship,” the Democrats’ eternal mantra, means in reality that there will be no settling of accounts with those who incited the January 6 insurrection.

Details emerge exposing high-level coordination between fascists, police and Republican politicians in lead-up January 6 coup attempt

By Jacob Crosse, 14 January 2021

New revelations confirm several Republican congressman conspired with fascistic elements in carrying out the attempted coup.

999 Detroit countersuing Black Lives Matter protest org over protests

14 January 2021

DSA-aligned teachers unions’ “Day of Resistance”: a pathetic appeal to Biden and the Democrats

By Evan Blake, 14 January 2021

Tuesday’s event, organized by an umbrella group of teacher unions led by pseudo-left officials, was a political stunt aimed at channeling opposition to in-person instruction behind dead-end appeals to the Democratic Party.

Growing threats of fascist violence as Democrats appeal for “unity” and “healing”

By Eric London, 13 January 2021

The Democratic Party’s appeals for compromise with Republican conspirators amid the ongoing coup threat makes clear the need for an independent working class intervention to stop the growth of fascism in America.

999 How the working class can intervene to stop Trump's coup plotting

13 January 2021

999 Racialist narrative on coup

13 January 2021

999 Exposure of NEU, teachers unions' "Day of Resistance"

12 January 2021

999 Jacobin covers up Trump coup

12 January 2021

Nurses speak on conditions in Arizona hospitals where COVID-cases reach national highs

By Katy Kinner, 12 January 2021

Arizona COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations rise to national highs as testing and vaccine administration continue to be inadequate.

US brands Yemen’s Houthi rebels “terrorists,” paving way for mass starvation

By Bill Van Auken, 12 January 2021

The vindictive designation announced by Secretary of State Pompeo is part of the continuing drive by the Trump administration to provoke a war with Iran.

999 New Zealand: Ardern’s response to attempted coup in Washington

12 January 2021

Mobilize the working class against Trump’s conspiracy! Prepare for a political general strike!

By Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, 12 January 2021

The ongoing threats of far-right violence throughout the United States, focused on Inauguration Day, January 20, must be taken seriously and counteracted by the organization of working class opposition.

Ford “Finish Strong” ad campaign invokes nationalist mythology as cover for company’s “herd immunity” policies

By Tim Rivers and Tom Hall, 12 January 2021

Ford’s advertising blitz is aimed at covering up its own crimes, and those of the capitalist ruling class as a whole, with patriotic, militaristic bluster, portraying the virus as a common external enemy for the country to unite against.

999 Effort to blame coup on racism

12 January 2021

Biden taps William Burns to head Central Intelligence Agency

By Jacob Crosse, 12 January 2021

With four decades as a diplomatic point man for US imperialism, Burns has been pivotal in regime-change operations and the consolidation of pro-US dictatorships.

Anxiety in South Asia over US president’s attempted coup

By K. Ratnayake, 12 January 2021

The South Asian ruling elites are heavily dependent economically and strategically on US imperialism and the political instability in Washington directly impacts on them all.

999 More info emerges about Trump coup attempt

11 January 2021

New details about January 6 riot reveal need for full-scale investigation

By Eric London, 11 January 2021

Trump’s January 6 fascistic insurrection had high level support from within the Republican Party and critical sections of the police and military-intelligence apparatus.

999 Trump's coup and the pandemic disaster

9 January 2021

Details emerge of high-level state involvement in Wednesday’s coup attempt

By Eric London, 9 January 2021

New revelations show the fascist putsch was prepared with the involvement of sections of the military, police and Republican Party and that the danger has not passed.

Biden defends Republican Party coup conspirators

By Joseph Kishore, 9 January 2021

Less than 48 hours after hundreds of people, incited by President Trump and backed by top officials in the Republican Party, stormed the US Capitol, Biden called for “unity” with his “Republican colleagues.”

Biden names conservative appeals court judge Merrick Garland as attorney general

By Jacob Crosse, 9 January 2021

Freezing out Bernie Sanders and Sanders’ fellow “progressives,” President-elect Joe Biden rounded out his right-wing cabinet by selecting Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo as secretary of commerce and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh as labor secretary.

Working group of US intelligence agencies asserts Russia is “likely” behind SolarWinds hack

By Kevin Reed, 8 January 2021

The Trump administration’s Cyber Unified Coordinating Group (UCG) published a press release on Tuesday stating that the Russian government was responsible for the hacking of the SolarWinds Orion platform.

“It’s going to take the working class to stop them”

Workers denounce Trump’s coup

By our reporters, 8 January 2021

Autoworkers, teachers, retirees and other sections of the working class reacted with outrage as fascist supporters of President Trump stormed the US Capitol Wednesday afternoon, forcibly disrupting the certification of Biden’s presidential victory.

For a full, public investigation of Trump’s January 6 coup!

By Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, 8 January 2021

The Democratic Party is joining with the Republicans and the Trump administration to cover up for those politically responsible for fascist violence at the US Capitol.

Jacobin’s Bhaskar Sunkara on Trump’s January 6 coup: “Nothing to see here!”

By Genevieve Leigh, 8 January 2021

In response to the unprecedented events in the nation's capital, leading members of Jacobin magazine responded by downplaying the seriousness of the attack and opposing those calling it a “coup.”

Republican state senators in Pennsylvania refuse to seat reelected Democrat

By Our reporter, 7 January 2021

Democratic state senators, after scattered protests, allowed the anti-democratic farce to proceed.

999 Anti-Russia campaign escalating in leadup to Biden inauguration

7 January 2021

The fascist coup of January 6

By David North, 7 January 2021

The fascist insurrection in Washington DC is a turning point in the political history of the United States.

999 Anti-Russia campaign escalating in leadup to Biden inauguration

6 January 2021

Democrats claim victory in Georgia Senate races

By Jacob Crosse, 6 January 2021

In two razor-thin races in the state of Georgia, Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff defeated incumbent Republicans Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue.

Remove coup plotter Trump immediately!

By Patrick Martin and David North, 6 January 2021

Thousands of Trump supporters have stormed the Capitol and halted the congressional certification of Trump’s defeat in the presidential election.

Trump intensifies coup plot as Congress meets to certify election results

By Andre Damon, 6 January 2021

The events of this week have made clear that US President Donald Trump is actively engaged in a conspiracy to reject the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, overthrow the Constitution, and establish a dictatorship in the United States.

999 Georgia election

6 January 2021

999 Anti-Russia campaign escalating in lead up to Biden inauguration

5 January 2021

In Georgia speech, Trump pledges to overturn election result

By Patrick Martin, 5 January 2021

US President Donald Trump doubled down on his efforts to overturn the outcome of the 2020 presidential election in a speech in Georgia Tuesday, pledging, “They are not taking this White House, we are going to fight like hell.”

Ocasio-Cortez and fellow “progressives” supply votes to reelect Nancy Pelosi as speaker of the House

By Jacob Crosse, 5 January 2021

The reelection of Pelosi thanks to the votes of Democratic “progressives” has once again demonstrated the bankruptcy of all claims that the Democratic Party can be transformed into an instrument of progressive change.

Tape reveals Trump gangster methods in pursuing election coup

By Patrick Martin, 4 January 2021

The US president demanded Georgia state officials “find” the votes required to overturn the result of the November 3 election, threatening retaliation if they refused.

999 Election of Pelosi/ForcetheVote

4 January 2021

Sanders’ political stunt over $2,000 stimulus checks fails

By Patrick Martin, 31 December 2020

The Vermont senator has watered down his supposed “political revolution” to a slightly larger pittance for working people.

In “major speech” on the coronavirus pandemic

Biden predicts surge in deaths, proposes no measures to stop it, and pledges to reopen the schools

By Barry Grey, 30 December 2020

The Biden administration will continue to force workers into unsafe factories and workplaces and double down on Trump’s efforts to reopen the schools, so as to free working class parents to resume pumping out profits for the corporations.

Washington state judge blocks release of public records in the police killing of Michael Reinoehl

By Kevin Reed, 30 December 2020

Thurston County Superior Court Judge Carol Murphy ruled in favor of a motion by the sheriff’s office to stop the release of police records about the execution of Portland protester Michael Reinoehl on September 3.

House overrides Trump veto of military spending bill

By Patrick Martin, 29 December 2020

The veto override, which has the effect of approving a record outlay for the US military machine, had the support of the entire Democratic leadership, from Speaker Nancy Pelosi on down.

As Wall Street hits record high

Millions in US face weeks without income due to delay in paltry “relief” bill

By Jacob Crosse, 29 December 2020

The bipartisan measure signed into law by Trump Sunday night provides a mere pittance for the unemployed and millions of others devastated by the pandemic.

Unanswered questions in the SolarWinds Orion hack

By Kevin Reed, 29 December 2020

As more details about the unprecedented hack of SolarWinds become available, questions continue to mount about the nature of the “supply chain attack” and how it is being presented by the corporate media and the US political establishment.

Armed fascists storm Oregon state Capitol building

By Jacob Crosse, 23 December 2020

Several hundred far-right anti-lockdown protesters, led by the fascist patriot Prayer group, attempted to occupy the Oregon Capitol on Monday, where a closed session of the legislature was discussing measures related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Biden picks Education Secretary committed to opening schools as pandemic rages

By Evan Blake, 23 December 2020

While education commissioner in Connecticut, Miguel Cardona has been a forceful advocate of reopening schools, which Biden has stated will be a top “national priority” upon taking office.

Bipartisan US “relief” bill stiffs workers and unemployed, gives billions more to business

By Jacob Crosse, 21 December 2020

The miserably inadequate social assistance is arousing popular anger. A jobless worker posted a message to Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez declaring: “$600 stimulus. Thanks for not delivering on what you’ve promised for 8 months. Don’t tell us you care, you don’t.”

Trump held White House meeting on martial law plan to overturn election

By Patrick Martin, 21 December 2020

The president and his aides discussed the possibility of declaring martial law and rerunning the presidential election in key states during a meeting Friday in the Oval Office.

The frenzied anti-Russia campaign in anticipation of Biden presidency

By Bill Van Auken, 19 December 2020

The unfounded charges of Russian hacking dominating the media along with talk of war and retaliation by leading Democrats constitute a deadly warning of what is to come.

Congress dithers over token relief bill as 4.8 million more Americans face poverty in January

By Jacob Crosse, 19 December 2020

The bipartisan bill being thrashed out in Congress lacks any significant aid to highly indebted state, local and tribal governments, setting the stage for mass layoffs of educators, transit workers, firefighters and other public service workers, as well as school closures and cuts in social programs.

As ex-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn urges military intervention

Trump Defense Secretary Christopher Miller cancels meetings with Biden transition team

By Kevin Reed, 19 December 2020

The acting defense secretary, Christopher Miller, cancelled meetings with the Biden transition team late Thursday as President Trump and his fascistic supporters continued their efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

Corporate media, Democrats escalate claims of Russian hacking of US government agencies

By Kevin Reed, 18 December 2020

The CISA issued a warning on Thursday that the hacking of US agencies posed “a grave risk” to the federal government, but no evidence has been presented to support assertions that the breach was the work of Russian intelligence.

“We want them infected:” Emails show White House sought to promote spread of COVID-19

By Andre Damon, 18 December 2020

The massive spread of COVID-19 in the United States is the result of a deliberate policy of sacrificing lives to protect the profit interests of major corporations.

Xavier Becerra: Biden makes phony “left” gesture with Health and Human Services cabinet pick

By Dan Conway, 17 December 2020

The California Attorney General and former congressman has been selected to lead the federal department that will play an enormous role in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Republican state senators call on Trump to declare martial law to overturn Biden election victory

By Jacob Crosse, 17 December 2020

Despite Monday’s electoral college certification of Joe Biden’s victory, Trump continues to push forward with his efforts to subvert the election results, claiming his loss was fraudulent and inciting his supporters against those who claim otherwise.

Attorney General Barr resigns as Trump considers appointing special counsel to investigate Hunter Biden

By Jacob Crosse, 16 December 2020

Barr carried out some of Trump’s most notorious unconstitutional abuses, including the assault on protesters in Washington, D.C.’s Lafayette Square and the state assassination of Michael Reinoehl.

Biden calls for unity in Atlanta after McConnell acknowledges Democrats’ 2020 presidential victory

By Kevin Reed, 16 December 2020

Democratic Party President-elect Joseph Biden offered clichés at an Atlanta drive-in rally on Tuesday, proposed no actions to stem the escalation of deaths across the country from COVID-19 and said nothing about the dire condition of American democracy coming out of the 2020 elections.

999 Profile of Xavier Becerra, Biden choice for HHS

16 December 2020

After Electoral College confirms Democratic Party victory

Biden staggers toward the White House

By Patrick Martin and Joseph Kishore, 15 December 2020

In his remarks Monday night, Biden sought to cover over the collapse of American democracy with appeals for “unity.”

US Treasury and Commerce department email systems reportedly hacked

By Kevin Reed, 15 December 2020

Although no evidence or proof has been provided to substantiate the allegations, unnamed government officials and tech experts quickly concluded that the attack was “believed to be” the work of Russian intelligence.

Bipartisan congressional group reveals threadbare stimulus plan

By Jacob Crosse, 15 December 2020

The Democratic leadership previously endorsed the $908 billion framework released at the beginning of the month; the newest split package proposal leaves out stimulus checks and caps rental assistance, while refilling the Paycheck Protection Program

Biden’s choice for US trade representative signals anti-China stance

By Peter Symonds, 14 December 2020

President-elect Joe Biden has made clear that he will continue the aggressive confrontation with Beijing that was launched by the Obama administration a decade ago and stepped up under Trump.

Xavier Becerrra profile

14 December 2020

Jacobin complains of being frozen out of Biden administration while promoting illusions in the Democrats

By Barry Grey, 14 December 2020

The brazen indifference of Jacobin to the struggles and sufferings of the working class and the onslaught on democratic rights is a function of its class position and its right-wing, pro-capitalist politics.

As Trump denies electoral defeat, Democrats preach bipartisanship

By Patrick Martin, 14 December 2020

The New York Times, which serves as the main mouthpiece for the Democratic leadership, elaborated the case for bipartisanship in a lengthy editorial Sunday, under the headline, “Build on Common Ground.”

US recognizes Morocco’s annexation of Western Sahara

By Jean Shaoul, 14 December 2020

President Donald Trump’s recognition of Morocco’s sovereignty over Western Sahara was the quid pro quo for Morocco’s formal recognition of Israel.

New York Times smears COVID-19 whistleblower Rebekah Jones

By Genevieve Leigh, 14 December 2020

The Times is attempting to dig up completely irrelevant episodes from Jones’ past in order to discredit her work in exposing the state cover-up of COVID-19 cases.

Trump supporters rampage in DC after Supreme Court rejects Texas election challenge

14 December 2020

Supreme Court rejects Texas lawsuit seeking to overturn US presidential election

By Jacob Crosse, 12 December 2020

The court ruled that Texas had no standing to object to the election procedures in another state.

999 Jacobin ignores pandemic, Trump coup

12 December 2020

Eighteen state governments urge Supreme Court to overturn Biden victory

By Patrick Martin, 11 December 2020

While Texas and 17 other states are challenging the results of the election, four battleground states and 20 others are defending the legitimacy of the vote won by Democrat Joe Biden.

999 DELETE

11 December 2020

US Army punishes 14 senior officers at Fort Hood citing “leadership failures”

By Chase Lawrence, 11 December 2020

The disciplinary actions were one of the single largest taken by the Army in history, indicating that the Pentagon is well aware of deep disillusionment and anger within the ranks.

999 Pseudo-left teachers unions letter to Biden

11 December 2020

Tens of millions of Americans require aid as USDA food box program nears expiration

By Alex Findijs, 11 December 2020

Hunger in the US has risen considerably during the pandemic. In 2019, an estimated 34 million people suffered from food insecurity. That number is expected to rise to 54 million by the end of the year.

The Love Song of J. Robinette Biden

By Steven Brust, 10 December 2020

A satirical poem by the novelist Steven Brust on identity politics and the election of Democrat Joseph Robinette Biden.

In bipartisan vote: US House approves record $741 billion military spending bill

By Patrick Martin, 10 December 2020

In a country with “no money” for schools, the unemployed or the health care system being destroyed by COVID, there are effectively unlimited funds for the world’s largest military establishment.

999 14 senior officers punished after Fort Hood probe

10 December 2020

Stop government attack on COVID-19 whistleblower Rebekah Jones!

By Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, 10 December 2020

The SEP condemns the fascistic police raid on Jones’ home, meant to suppress her work exposing the spread of COVID-19 in Florida and in schools across the US.

Boise, Idaho health district meeting canceled by police after armed protesters threaten board members’ homes

By Jacob Crosse, 10 December 2020

Police, citing “public safety,” called for the meeting to be canceled before the health board could vote on an order instituting limited COVID-19 restrictions.

Trump, Republicans continue attempts to overturn election results

By Jacob Crosse, 9 December 2020

Trump continues to refuse to concede even as his increasingly unhinged lawsuits seeking to nullify the elections fail in the courts.

999 US Secretary of State Pompeo imposes sanctions on Chinese officials

9 December 2020

Biden selects recently retired general, ex-Mideast war commander to head Pentagon

By Bill Van Auken, 9 December 2020

The media and the Democrats have hailed the choice of Lloyd Austin as the first African American nominee for secretary of defense, glossing over the implications of another general being tapped for the Pentagon’s top civilian post.

Trump supporters stage armed protest at home of Michigan secretary of state

By Patrick Martin, 8 December 2020

Taking their cue from Trump, far-right supporters have threatened violence against officials in swing states where Trump is seeking to overturn the popular vote for Biden.