Adele M. Stan

Adele M. Stan is a columnist for The American Prospect. She is research director of People for the American Way, and a winner of the Hillman Prize for Opinion & Analysis Journalism.

Recent Articles

When Liars Start Telling the Truth: Michael Cohen Puts Trump in Peril

When your whole political career is built on a pack of lies, it is imperative that those who surround you be reading from the same page of the lie book. In this regard, President Donald J. Trump has often fared quite well, beginning with then-Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s defense of the president’s made-up figures for crowd attendance at his inauguration (the biggest ever), or White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway’s concoction of the phrase “ alternative facts .” That’s what Michael Cohen, who served for decades as Trump’s personal lawyer, said he was doing when he testified before Congress that, by January 2016, Trump had stopped pursuing a deal in Moscow to build a new Trump Tower there. In court yesterday, according to The New York Times , Cohen explained, “I made these statements to be consistent with” Trump’s “political messaging.” But now Cohen is singing a different tune for Special Counsel Robert Mueller...

Facebook Anti-Soros Campaign Treated Hate Like Just Another Political Position

On the evening before Thanksgiving, as reporters and senators and members of Congress were traveling to family gatherings, Facebook quietly issued a statement in which its executives admitted that the tech giant had hired Definers, LLP, described as a “dirty tricks” public-relations firm, to smear the philanthropist and financier George Soros. The statement was issued after weeks of denials by Facebook leaders, who had previously claimed that the blockbuster New York Times story that broke the news of the anti-Soros campaign was riddled with inaccuracies. The hiring of Definers was apparently prompted by a speech delivered by Soros at the 2018 Davos Economic Forum, in which he decried the monopolization of tech platforms—particularly Facebook and Google—as a threat to democracy. In a long critique of the structure and nature of social media and other internet platforms, Soros said : The internet monopolies have neither the will nor the inclination to protect...

Stacey Abrams Could Be Dems’ Best Hope for Winning in 2020

On November 16, one of the most extraordinary political speeches in American history was delivered, when Stacey Abrams, the Democratic nominee in Georgia’s gubernatorial race, acknowledged that her opponent would be the Peach State’s next governor, but refused to concede that she had lost the race. “To be clear,” she told supporters, “this is not a speech of concession.Concession means to acknowledge an action is right, true or proper. As a woman of conscience and faith, I cannot concede. But my assessment is that the law currently allows no further viable remedy.” For years, Abrams has been fighting the state’s systematic disenfranchisement of voters—most of them African American—at the hands of Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, the very man who was claiming victory over her in the race for governor. Nevertheless, that contest proved astonishingly close in a state handily won by Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election...

The Constitution Is on the Ballot

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President Donald J. Trump wants you to believe that this election is all about him. And in a sense, it is. If Democrats take back either or both chambers of Congress, they can thwart the president’s agenda. It’s an agenda that requires thwarting if the republic is to be preserved. This week, the president made clear his willingness to disregard the Constitution of the United States, claiming he can override any provisions he doesn’t care for with a simple stroke of the pen. At present issue is the 14th Amendment, which confers citizenship on all who are born in the United States. Pundits have labeled this latest Trumpian gambit as a campaign “stunt”—the kind of promise that will evaporate, as if it were never made, after Tuesday’s midterm elections. They note the requirement of yet another constitutional amendment—a rightfully heavy procedural lift—to legally make any such change. (I’d like to assume that the Supreme Court...

The Hate at the Heart of Power

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Things are very bad. They’re very bad in America, and even worse in much of the world , thanks to the global rise of hate-fueled politics. Yet nearly two years after the election that delivered a proud bigot and pathological liar to the Oval Office, supporters of the lying bigot defend their man, acting as if there’s a debate to be had over whether the liar-in-chief’s behavior had anything to do with a week soaked in the blood of bigotry, beginning with the murder of an African American Kentucky couple by an apparent white supremacist (after he failed to gain entry to a black church), and ending with the massacre of 11 Jews in their place of worship by an anti-Semite. In between, another act of domestic terrorism against the United States of America—the attempted pipe-bombing of a former president and top members of his administration, among others—failed only through the incompetence of the would-be bomber, and the package-scanning protections afforded...

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