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

Trump's Dominance Display: Traumatizing Children

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As Americans grow increasingly accustomed to life under an authoritarian regime, the temptation is to examine every action by the regime through its designated prism. President Donald J. Trump’s summit with the dictator Kim Jong-Un is viewed through the foreign-policy lens; his horrific “ zero tolerance ” policy toward people seeking asylum is viewed through the windows of immigration policy and human rights. But you really have to zoom out to see the larger pattern of the authoritarian actions consistently taken by the Trump administration. The administration’s current policy of taking children from their asylum-seeking parents as they arrive at the U.S. border after an arduous journey through Central America and Mexico is no doubt animated by the animus of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has apparently never met a non-white person deemed worthy of basic human dignity. And those general sentiments find sustenance among the Trump base . But there’s a...

Trump Is Executing a Major Geopolitical Realignment. Does Anybody Care?

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If there’s any lesson to be taken from the events of the past week, it’s that there’s a major geopolitical realignment taking place, thanks in part to President Donald Trump’s love of dictators—and likely helped along by whatever Russia’s strongman President Vladimir Putin is holding over Trump’s head . Trump’s head-snapping behavior during and immediately following the G-7 summit in Canada is a big part of the story, as is his praise for North Korea’s despot boy king, Kim Jong-Un. Putin—whose minions interfered in the 2016 presidential election to Trump’s benefit, and whose oligarchs apparently hold sway in Trump World—has long sought to crack the Western alliance of the European Union with the United States, a project that appears to be coming along nicely. Note Trump’s praise for Italy’s new, anti-EU Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, whose anti-establishment Five Star Party has taken power in coalition...

Fox News Functionally Subsidizing White House Communications

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Sean Hannity, host of an eponymous Fox News prime-time show, is said to be one of President Donald Trump’s closest advisers. In fact, he’s known around the White House as “the ‘shadow’ chief of staff,” according to Washington Post reporters Robert Costa, Sarah Ellison, and Josh Dawsey. He’s also a client of Trump’s tarnished personal attorney , Michael D. Cohen, now subject of an investigation by the U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York. After Fox was caught by surprise by that fact, which was revealed in a Manhattan court room, the network’s executives issued a statement saying that Hannity “continues to have our full support”— despite the fact that Cohen had been a guest on Hannity’s show with no full disclosure offered of their attorney-client relationship. Every night, Hannity reaches an average audience of 3.2 million viewers , most of them Trump supporters. But his advertisers are fleeing...

Trump’s Corruption: Thanks to Koch Brothers, GOP Congress Is in on the Take

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Poor Paul Ryan, caught between a rock and a hard place. His caucus divided between the belligerent and the merely unreasonable, Ryan’s very tenure as speaker of the House is threatened . Even though he promised to step down in January, there are maneuverings among his colleagues to oust him before then. Ryan’s political career is largely the creation of Charles and David Koch , the billionaire brothers who have built the political infrastructure on which most Republicans in Congress now depend when seeking election. However, with the tax bill now passed and the deregulatory regime well under way in the executive branch, Ryan may have served out his usefulness to the Kochs. Ever concerned about his reputation, Ryan—unlike Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell—likes to occasionally serve up the pretense of judging a cause on its merits. So when the far-right Republican Freedom Caucus tanked a vote on the Farm Bill over the demand for a more draconian immigration...

Trump’s Authoritarian Grip Tightens

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On every issue where America has made progress over the course of the last decade, the Trump administration is rolling back those gains with alarming speed. While it’s tempting to think of this regression as a return to an earlier time—a dirtier, more racist, more sexist, less compassionate America—it’s far worse than that. This is what authoritarianism looks like in its nascent stages. And we’re letting it happen. In the course of the last two weeks, President Donald J. Trump and members of his administration made a series of announcements that the news media necessarily address individually: the separation of parents seeking asylum from their children in detention centers, the order to cut federal funding from reproductive health clinics that even dare to utter the word “abortion,” the president’s demand that the Justice Department investigate the FBI for allegedly “infiltrating” his presidential campaign for ostensibly...

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