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. Opinions expressed here are her own.

Recent Articles

Liar, Racist, Cheat: This is Your President, America -- With the CPAC Seal of Approval

Until his arrival at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday, President Donald J. Trump was having a pretty crummy week. Presumably low on sleep, after pulling something of an all-nighter in Hanoi on Wednesday/Thursday to watch his former fixer break some shit before the House Oversight Committee, and then dealing with the jet lag of his return from a failed summit in Vietnam with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, Trump must’ve chug-a-lugged a six-pack of Diet Cokes before his appearance at the Gaylord Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. There he delivered the longest speech of his presidency—perhaps of any U.S. presidency so far. For longer than two hours, the leader of the United States of America unleashed a relentless stream of lies, hate speech, insults, and violent imagery, all to the delight of those in attendance. “Four more years!” they chanted. (That is, when they weren’t chanting “Lock her up!” at the...

Stacey Abrams and Nancy Pelosi Just May Save America

Fear not, America—the women are coming to save you. If there was any one message that was coherent and all-encompassing to take from the spectacle of Tuesday night’s State of the Union address, it was that. The Resistance is real and meaningful, and it’s being led by women. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi performed with mastery from her seat behind and above the presidential podium, most notably with an epic clap-back that landed practically in the face of President Donald J. Trump, our pussy-grabber-in-chief. From her perch, she conducted her chorus of exuberant white-clad congresswomen like a maestro. All while saying nary a word. Trump had apparently bet that in silence, the speaker would be robbed of her power. He couldn’t even bear to have her gavel him in, couldn’t stand to hear his introduction come out of the mouth of the woman who controls the largest federal legislative body. So as she stood with the gavel, poised to announce her honor and privilege...

War for Constitution Becomes a Battle of the Sexes

If the U.S. Constitution survives the Age of Trump, it will have been a woman who saved it. Were there ever a more able, more shrewd and more psychologically adept opponent for President Donald J. Trump than House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, I’ve yet to meet that person. The speaker refused the president use of the House chamber for his scheduled State of the Union address—an event full of the sort of ceremonial spectacle Trump so loves when he is at the center of it. Not until the government shutdown is over, she said. After issuing threats of maybe showing up anyway at the House chamber or moving ahead with the speech in a different venue (a rally, perhaps, in Johnstown, Pennsylvania?), the president backed down. No speech before the shutdown is over, he conceded today. The president conceded. Uncharacteristic behavior, one might say. The president conceded—to a woman. This is the same president whose misogyny played no small role in his winning the White House. (Pussy-...

Taking Cues From 'Fox & Friends' and Snubbing Hannity, Trump Backs Down on Emergency Declaration

It’s been a week of sitting on the edge of our seats, wondering if President Donald J. Trump was about to declare a state of national emergency so that he could re-open the government on his own in order to loot its coffers to fund his border wall in defiance of Congress’s power of the purse. But after Brian Kilmeade, one of the hosts of the Fox & Friends morning program urged the president not to go there, the president decided not to go there. Perhaps I’m being unfair. Of course, while we know that the president’s judgment is heavily colored by what his friendly foxes say about him, the hard-right Freedom Caucus in the House of Representatives also urged him to back down. It seems that once Kilmeade and Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows had a moment to think about things, they realized that if Trump set the precedent for invoking emergency powers in order to execute a non-emergency operation, it would actually be the Congress whose power he was robbing...

Shutdown Antics Obscure Big Moment in Russia Investigation

Given the headlines, you might think that the partial shutdown of the federal government was about President Donald J. Trump’s need to satisfy his base and the message-crafters at Fox News, but that’s only a partial truth. Were it not for the manufactured drama you might call Wall Quest, think of what the headlines would be: Trump’s emissary snubbed by Turkey’s president; Trump retreats on his get-out-of-Syria-now policy; Yemen catastrophe continues with U.S. aid to Saudi Arabia; Mueller investigation grows ever closer to the president. Shutting down the government as a means of extorting Congress offers a noisy, newsy diversion from all of that—with the added bonus of stage-setting for a potential declaration of a national state of emergency for the exercise of authoritarian power. With Wall Quest coverage sucking up the majority of minutes on newscasts and cable talk shows, you’d be forgiven for missing the extraordinary developments this week in...

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