Adele M. Stan

Adele M. Stan is a columnist at The American Prospect, and editor of Clarion, the newspaper of Professional Staff Congress-CUNY, a New York City labor union. The views expressed here are her own.

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PELOSI: IF THINGS WERE DIFFERENT, I'D WANT TO IMPEACH.

PELOSI: IF THINGS WERE DIFFERENT, I'D WANT TO IMPEACH. At a meeting between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and some dozen-and-a-half journalists, the speaker reiterated her reluctance to embark on impeachment hearings. (The meeting was convened in honor of the late, great progressive activist Maria Leavey .) First, in answer to a question by Michael Tomasky about the planned introduction of an impeachment measure targeting Attorney General Alberto Gonzales , the speaker said, "I would prefer to stay focused on our agenda." She had outlined a long list of legislative priorities, the latest being the children's health insurance bill (S-CHIP), which is scheduled this week for a vote. Later I asked about the tension between the pressure to pass an ambitious legislative agenda and simultaneously protect the Constitution, which I personally fear will be a pile of ashes by the time Bush & Co. finally leave town. At first I got the answer I expected, all about the need to conduct the people's...

The Original Theology of Elizabeth Edwards

John Edwards's campaign left me cold. But now that I've met his wife and her Higher Power, things are warming up.

Of the three top Democratic candidates, John Edwards, I admit, is the one who has left me the most cold. First there was the Sojourners Presidential Forum , where Edwards gamely avoided Soledad O'Brien's obnoxious request (5:51) to name the worst sin he had ever committed, but nonetheless spoke of sin and "my Lord" in the language of his Baptist upbringing -- of which, by my lights, he's made a bit too much. Then, at last week's YouTube/CNN debate, he really lost me when, in response (1:22) to a question about his position on gay marriage, he said that, because of his Baptist upbringing he was against it -- but " mah wahf , Elizabeth, spoke out a few weeks ago, and she actually supports gay marriage; I do not, but this is an enormously difficult issue for me." My major problem was not that he only supports civil unions -- I supported Howard Dean, and that's where he came down -- but that he seemed to be hiding behind his wife. Which made me feel like there was this playing-to-the-base...

IMPEACH CHENEY FIRST.

IMPEACH CHENEY FIRST. With the Democratic Party-controlled Congress unable to even bring a Senate a measure to a vote on the war , I have been loath to call for impeachment. It would take so much time and energy that would be better spent elsewhere. The Dems would never get enough Republicans to go along with them. And, heck, the Dems are poised to win the White House, anyway; let's just tough it out. Problem is, the Constitution can't tough it out. Somebody has to defend it. If Bush and Cheney are allowed to walk out of office with out the stain of impeachment on them, the Constitution will still exist, but it will be gravely wounded -- perhaps mortally. A recent poll by the American Research Group shows that 54 percent of the American people support impeachment of the vice president; 45 percent would like to see Bush impeached. And that's without a whit of organized marketing of the impeachment product (see the Bush administration's "show of force" brand , as described by the Rand...

WOMEN'S HEALTH CLINIC DIRECTOR ARRESTED FOR CURSING. OPERATION RESCUE ALLOWED TO TRESPASS WITHOUT ARREST.

WOMEN'S HEALTH CLINIC DIRECTOR ARRESTED FOR CURSING. OPERATION RESCUE ALLOWED TO TRESPASS WITHOUT ARREST. When is it against the law to curse on your own private property? When you're the director of a woman's health clinic in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and Operation Rescue protesters have invaded your parking lot, that's when. At least that's what clinic staff say happened on Tuesday, July 17, to Gloria Gray , director of the Western Alabama Women's Center, when she confronted antiabortion protester David Lackey in the clinic parking lot, and defied a policeman's order to go back inside the clinic. Rachel Joy Larris at Real Women, Real Voices has the poop, including an exclusive interview with Lorrie Foss-McGaha , a registered nurse at the Western Alabama Women's Center who gives her first-person account of Gray's arrest. (Full disclosure: Larris is my colleague at the National Women's Editorial Forum , where I serve as research director.) The protest at the Tuscaloosa clinic came as a bit...

Goin' Medieval -- A Morass

With his restatement that Catholicism is the "one true church," Pope Benedict deals a blow to progressive Catholics and their ecumenical friends.

I can remember a time when the sound of chanted Latin could soothe my addled soul, before the ancient tongue became the calling card of the most regressive forces in the One True Church, as the Vatican has once again declared the Roman Catholic Church to be, with a bit of curious timing, on the ecumenical Feast of Saints Peter and Paul. The pronouncement, delivered in a document called " Reponses to Some Questions Regarding Certain Aspects of the Doctrine on the Church ," came on the heels of the return of the Latin Tridentine Mass to the status of liturgical legitimacy (after some 40 years in liturgical Limbo ). If you're not Catholic, the controversy over the Latin Mass is doubtless a bit of inside baseball, but to those who lived through the change from the Latin liturgy to one effectively marked "your language here," the somewhat befuddling linguistic transition became the most obvious legacy of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), from which the church's efforts to modernize...

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