November 2, 2016

Political tensions mount in final week of US election campaign

With only six days remaining in the US election campaign, both of the major capitalist parties are preparing for a situation where the November 8 vote fails to resolve the bitter struggle over control of the White House. With polls showing a tightening contest following the unprecedented intervention of the FBI, whose announcement of a renewed probe of Clinton emails …

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November 2, 2016

Black Lives Matter’s DeRay Mckesson endorses Hillary Clinton

Black Lives Matter spokesman DeRay Mckesson published an op-ed piece in the Washington Post last week headlined “Why I’m voting for Hillary Clinton.” Mckesson’s endorsement came several days after he and his Black Lives Matter colleague Brittany Packnett met privately with Clinton in Cleveland. Packnett endorsed Clinton following the meeting in an interview published inElle. The two had previously met …

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November 1, 2016

The 2016 US election and the crisis of the two-party system

One week before Election Day, with the polls tightening and the outcome uncertain, the entire US political system has been thrown into turmoil by the unprecedented intervention of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The letter sent Friday to Congress by FBI Director James Comey, informing it of a new avenue of investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private …

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October 31, 2016

Political warfare explodes in Washington

Just a week before Election Day, the crisis gripping the American ruling class and its state, marked by intractable and bitter internal conflicts, has erupted into open political warfare. Last Friday’s letter from Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey to Congress announcing new “investigative steps” in the probe of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, itself a manifestation of the …

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October 29, 2016

The FBI intervenes in the 2016 election

In an extraordinary and unprecedented action, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has stepped into the 2016 presidential campaign only 11 days before Election Day, sending a letter to Congress announcing new “investigative steps” related to Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. The three-paragraph letter by FBI Director James Comey to eight congressional committees on Friday is remarkably vague. …

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October 26, 2016

Obamacare: The reality hits home

On Monday, the US Department of Health and Human Services announced that premiums for health insurance plans sold under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will increase on average by 25 percent in 2017, raising health care costs of millions of working people by thousands of dollars. Coming on top of extremely high deductibles and co-pays and severe restrictions on doctors …

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October 24, 2016

The 2016 elections and the dead-end of “lesser evil” politics

The final two weeks of the US presidential election campaign will be dominated by appeals to working people and young people from unions and liberal publications and organizations to vote for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Given that Clinton is widely despised as a creature of Wall Street and the political establishment and an advocate of a more aggressive and …

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October 15, 2016

The great diversion: Democrats focus on sex scandal as conflict with Russia escalates

With media coverage in America dominated by allegations of sexual assault against the Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, one would never know that the United States is on the verge of a massive escalation of operations against Syria and is preparing for a military conflict with Russia. Friday’s wall-to-wall coverage of Trump’s alleged sexual transgressions featured a speech full of …

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October 12, 2016

The November 5 conference, “Socialism vs. Capitalism and War,” and the building of a new movement against imperialist war

On November 5 at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, the Socialist Equality Party and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality are holding an antiwar conference, “Socialism vs. Capitalism and War.” The purpose of this conference is to examine the growing danger of war and lay the political foundations for a movement against imperialist war in the United …

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October 8, 2016

The class issues exposed by Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew continues to move from the Caribbean up the southeastern seaboard of the United States, bringing flooding and high winds that have wreaked havoc over a stretch of more than a thousand miles from Haiti, Cuba and the Bahamas up to the South Carolina Sea Islands. The full devastation wrought by the hurricane on the impoverished country of Haiti …

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