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

Congress Must Act: Trump’s Russia Ties a Full-Blown Crisis for U.S. Democracy

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Olivier Douliery/Sipa USA via AP Images Paul Manafort, former senior aid to Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump, attends an event on foreign policy in Washington. I f the United States Congress were doing its job, right now nearly all business before the House and Senate would grind to a halt as leaders addressed a rapidly-unfolding crisis: whether the current administration is acting in the interests of the nation whose Constitution its members have sworn to defend. The nomination hearings of a new Supreme Court justice would be forestalled while national law enforcement and intelligence agencies investigated the current administration’s ties to a foreign government that attempted to sway the 2016 presidential election in favor of the president who appointed that nominee. An independent select committee would be quickly convened. A congressional leadership with a shred of patriotism would take a break from trying to revoke health care from everyday Americans to take up an...

Trump’s Race-Baiting Bromance with Andrew Jackson

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(Photo: AP/David Goldman) People arrive at the Oceti Sakowin camp on December 2, 2016, to protest the Dakota Access oil pipeline. T o commemorate the 250th birthday of Andrew Jackson, President Donald J. Trump, never a subtle man, arranged to travel to Tennessee to lay a wreath on Old Hickory’s grave in Nashville, Tennessee. Applauded by history for having broadened the scope of the electorate and the politically engaged to include the ordinary white men who had heretofore been locked out of the democratic process, Jackson is often seen as the great leveler, a hero in the myth of American meritocracy. He is also the president who signed the 1830 Indian Removal Act, which led to the Trail of Tears march of Choctaw Indians off their land in the Southeastern states, on foot and often in chains, to Oklahoma. Thousands died along the way. During his presidency, a host of tribes were decimated in similar ways. Even before he was president, Jackson was an eager participant in the “removal”...

James Comey’s Very Sad Day Without a Woman

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AP Photo/Elise Amendola FBI Director James Comey leaves after speaking at a ceremony in Chelsea, Massachusetts, to mark the opening of new offices of the FBI's Boston division. P oor James Comey. Having helped install Donald Trump in the White House, the FBI director should have been celebrating this International Women’s Day lionized for having shown women who’s boss. The president should be rewarding him for having helped prevent women all over the nation from celebrating the historical breakthrough represented by the nation’s first woman president. But instead of enjoying a power seat in the White House, Comey finds himself in the dog house, while workers across the nation stage something of a strike titled A Day Without a Woman . There is little doubt that Comey’s October 28 letter to Congress —less than two weeks before Election Day—had a significant impact on the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. In that letter, absent any findings, Comey stated that the FBI was...

No, Trump’s Address to Congress Wasn’t ‘Presidential’

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(Photo: Jim Loscalzo/picture-alliance/dpa/AP) President Trump delivers his first address to a joint session of Congress on February 28, 2017. O n Tuesday night, President Trump defied critics by proving he could read a teleprompter. In Trump’s hands, any evolution toward mastery of that skill could prove as dangerous as the improvisational oratorical bullying for which he is better known, for Trump’s reading style renders the articulation of evil into a banal-sounding sing-song celebration of resentment, greed, grief, and death. The consensus forming among political observers on Donald J. Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress is that the president seemed “presidential.” Well, sure, if your idea of presidential is an authoritarian maniac who can read a teleprompter. When speaking in his more customary off-the-cuff style, Trump’s “prime rhetorical instrument is percussion,” writes media critic Todd Gitlin . So true. All those short phrases and mini-sentences that follow...

Milo and the Moral Corruption of the Conservative Movement

He may not be an ideological conservative, but the movement created him. Now it must own him and the hatred he spews.

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AP Photo/Mary Altaffer Milo Yiannopoulos speaks during a news conference, Tuesday, February 21, 2017, in New York. S ince the early days of its ascendance in the Republican Party, the conservative movement’s leaders have advanced their cause on two major claims that have shaped conservatism’s identity: moral rectitude and love of the Constitution. As it turns out, that was quite a sell job. The hatred espoused by Trump and the cretins he’s defended, such as Breitbart News phenomenon Milo Yiannopoulos, initially found its voice, often in more polite language, in the conservative movement. Milo and the Donald may not be ideological conservatives, but they are nonetheless creations of the conservative movement. As I’ve noted before , these are players savvy enough to understand that conservatism never was fueled by ideology; it was always fueled by contempt for everyone other than non-Jewish white men. Take the recent flap over the scheduled appearance of Breitbart News editor Milo...