Adele M. Stan

Adele M. Stan is a columnist for The American Prospect, and AlterNet's Washington editor. 

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Does Ryan’s Endorsement of Trump Signal a Koch Change of Heart?

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(Photo: AP/Andy Manis) House Speaker Paul Ryan speaks during an interview with the Associated Press on Thursday, June 2, in Janesville, Wisconsin. Ryan endorsed Donald Trump for president on Thursday. S o much for Paul Ryan’s moral high ground. For all the House speaker’s past tsk-tsking of Donald J. Trump for being a foul-mouthed meanie, on Thursday he fell into the fetid moat surrounding Trump Castle, after planting a flag of surrender with his endorsement of the Republican Party’s presumptive presidential nominee. That’s if you believe there was ever much of a battle to begin with. For Ryan, the endorsement means the Koch wing of GOP will get to maintain some measure of control over the Republican Party. For Trump, the endorsement could signal an alliance with the formidable political machine built by the billionaire Koch brothers, which comprises operations Trump most desperately needs for voter turnout and voter data. There may, nonetheless, still be some tsk-tsking in the future...

Yes, Donald Trump Could Win the Presidency

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AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters and bikers at a Rolling Thunder rally at the National Mall in Washington, Sunday, May 29, 2016. D espite what you may be hearing from some very smart liberals, Donald J. Trump could win the presidency. But no, you say; haven’t you looked at the electoral map, Addie Stan? And how can he possibly win without the votes of blacks and Latinos? The math does not add up ! Math, schmath. You know what else does not add up? The denial of the ways in which the system can be gamed or hacked , a rack of new voting laws , and the possibility that pollsters are not able to account for all of the people who actually intend to vote for Trump (because some voters are said to be loath to admit their intention). Bottom line? While the polls and the maps and the data points that predict trends, and all the speculation about the composition of the 2016 electorate, may still augur in Hillary Clinton’s favor,...

Will Trump’s ‘Man Card’ Play to Women?

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(Photo: AP/Ted S. Warren) A supporter of Donald Trump holds a sign during a campaign rally in Spokane, Washington, on May 7. A s the presidential election of 2016 unfolds, presumptive Republican nominee Donald J. Trump seems bent on proving a simple aphorism: No one ever went broke overestimating the misogyny of the American people. Trump continues to spew rhetoric seemingly designed to alienate women voters, prompting pundits and analysts to search for the strategic significance of such utterances. “Donald Trump has been playing the man card,” Kelly Dittmar of the the Rutgers Center for American Women and Politics told NPR’s Asma Khalid in an interview that aired on Tuesday. And lately, he seems to be micro-targeting the key domestic-violence constituency. At a campaign stop in Spokane over the weekend, Trump renewed his complaint against Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton for playing the so-called “woman’s card.” “She's going, ‘Did you hear that Donald Trump raised his voice...

White Supremacy and Trump's Battle for the 'Soul of America'

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(Photo: AP/Jon Elswick) GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Hagerstown, Maryland, on April 24. D onald J. Trump and Patrick J. Buchanan have a few things in common: Both are foreign-policy isolationists. Both oppose free-trade deals. Both want to shut the southern border. Both have shown contempt for women. Both advance a white nationalist view of their ideal America. And each has wreaked havoc on the Republican Party. In fact, you could say that Trump’s new status as the GOP’s presumptive nominee owes much to Buchanan’s attempts in the 1990s to achieve just the same. Buchanan, who has endorsed Trump, certainly thinks so. “Yeah, we were a little bit ahead of our time,” Buchanan told NPR’s Rachel Martin on Thursday. Speaking on Morning Edition , Buchanan, the former White House communications director for President Ronald Reagan, explained his endorsement of Trump, which he made despite Trump’s many right-wing apostasies. It boiled down to this: The United...

How Winning the Nomination Could Be Trump’s Worst Nightmare

The blustery billionaire could lose the biggest game of his life—to a woman.

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(Photo: AP/Julie Jacobson) GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a news conference Tuesday, April 26. W e had been promised something of a new candidate, one more “presidential” in demeanor than we’re accustomed to seeing in the ostentatious settings at which he stages his post-primary speeches. But when Donald J. Trump, the Republican presidential frontrunner, stepped up to the mic in Manhattan’s Trump Tower to celebrate his epic sweep of Tuesday night’s GOP nominating contests in all five of the states in play, what we saw was a Trump more subdued in tone but as misogynist in substance as ever. After declaring himself to be “like, a very smart person,” Trump made an astonishing claim: If Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton—who won four of Tuesday’s five Democratic primaries—were a man, he said, “she’d be at 5 percent” in the polls. As if being a woman granted the female politician some great advantage. Were that the case, each chamber of Congress, one might assume,...