Adele M. Stan

Adele M. Stan is a columnist for The American Prospect. She is the winner of the 2017 Hillman Prize for Opinion & Analysis Journalism.

Recent Articles

In Russiagate, Keep Your Eye on Pence

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(Photo: AP/Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Vice President Mike Pence leaves the Senate chamber on May 10, 2017. I f Donald J. Trump loses his grip on the presidency, his logical replacement will be Vice President Mike Pence, the religious-right stalwart and favorite of the billionaire Koch brothers. Once in the White House, Pence may not be so easy to dislodge, given the propensity of the right-wing evangelical base of the Republican Party to turn out to the polls in large numbers. Yet the notion that Pence had no place inside the Trump administration’s burgeoning Russia scandal is too readily accepted by reporters and lawmakers alike, starting with the explanation for Pence’s January 15 denial on CBS’s Face the Nation that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia during several December conversations with Sergey Kislyak, Russia’s ambassador to the United States. Because the conversations, during which Flynn is reported to have discussed...

Did Misogyny Drive Comey’s Subversion of Presidential Campaign?

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(Photo: AP/Carolyn Kaster) FBI Director James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, May 3, before the Senate Judiciary Committee. A s James Comey, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, appears Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, he’ll do so on the heels of potentially narrative-shifting comments by Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic candidate for president, about his behavior during the campaign. Having lost Clinton the election thanks, in part, to his game-changing letter to members of Congress, Comey now gets to experience how a public appearance by Clinton, one day before the hearing, will affect the media narrative around his actions. In a May 1 interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour at an event staged by Women for Women International, an advocacy group, Clinton came out swinging when assessing the reasons for her Electoral College loss. “The reason why I believe we lost were the intervening events in the last ten days,” Clinton said. Referring...

Ivanka and the 53 Percent

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(Photo: AP) Ivanka Trump at the Women20 Summit in Berlin on April 25, 2017 W hen I think about Ivanka Trump, I think a lot about the 53 percent of white women in the electorate who voted for her father. The 53 percent who voted for Donald J. Trump in the presidential election cast a ballot for a man who said he’d punish women for having abortions (and then walked it back). He bragged about sexually assaulting women. He said that equal-pay laws were antithetical to capitalism , though he didn’t use the word “antithetical” because it has too many syllables. On April 14, he signed a law that allows states to withhold federal funding for general health services to Planned Parenthood and other clinics where abortions are performed, depriving neighborhood clinics, where women across America receive affordable health care, of resources. How did he get so many people to vote against their own freedom (such as it is)? Ivanka holds the key. And Ivanka carries the water for a regime branded “...

Ditching O’Reilly Is Not Enough

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(Photo: AP/Andy Kropa/Invision) Bill O'Reilly F ox News host Bill O’Reilly is reportedly soon to be on permanent holiday from his top-rated, prime-time talk show, thanks to an advertiser revolt over new allegations of sexual harassment on his part, and revelations of millions of dollars in settlements over the course of 13 years. It’s tempting to believe that America is having a moment of reckoning when it comes to sexual harassment and assault. I want to believe. A new Morning Consult poll reports that nearly a quarter of O’Reilly’s own viewers thought Fox should cancel his show as a result of the $13 million in settlements paid to five women reported by The New York Times on April 1. Meanwhile, presidential approval ratings for Donald Trump, the p*ssy-grabber-in-chief (PGOTUS), are at a not-so-great 41 percent, according to the latest Gallup poll . The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday that the Murdochs—the ruling family of 21st Century Fox, the parent company of Fox News—were...

How Jeff Sessions Is Laying the Groundwork for Authoritarian Action

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(Photo: AP/Jeff Roberson) Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks to local, state, and federal law enforcement officials in St. Louis on March 31. W ith Donald Trump appearing to be on the verge of blowing up the world, it stands to reason that people might not be paying attention to his attorney general’s attempt to consolidate support for the administration among local law enforcement by selling off the rights of the American people. Add to that White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s suggestion on Thursday that Hitler never used chemical weapons “on his own people,” or revelations of the FBI’s investigation of a former Trump foreign policy adviser as a possible Russian espionage asset, and your brain may have just absorbed all it can process about the present political moment. But while you weren’t looking, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been courting local and federal law enforcement with the promise of lax oversight of police abuses against citizens, punishment for cities...

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