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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WE LIKE TO LOOK LIKE WE CARE ABOUT THE CONSTITUTION.

WE LIKE TO LOOK LIKE WE CARE ABOUT THE CONSTITUTION. In a mind-bendingly frustrating appearance yesterday on Fox News Sunday (transcript not yet available), the two leading figures of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Chairman Patrick Leahy (Vt.) and ranking member Arlen Specter (Penn.), laid out the many constitutional transgressions of President George W. Bush , but promised no greater action than the investigation under way, at Leahy's request, by the inspector general of the Department of Justice (DoJ). A mere two weeks ago, Leahy was rattling his saber, announcing that the White House was in contempt of Congress for not having complied with the subpoena issued by his committee in June, which demands that the White House turn over documents related to the illegal spy program the administration has conducted, without warrants, against Americans for the last several years. (Depending on how you defend legality, an illegal domestic spying program may be ongoing.) During Sunday's...

CRAIG CONSIDERING RESIGNING.

CRAIG CONSIDERING RESIGNING. So reports the Associated Press this morning. Most amusing bit from this report comes from Sen. John Ensign , the Republican Senate campaign committee chair, who offered his take on revelations of the arrest of self-avowedly heterosexual Idaho Sen. Larry Craig in a Minneapolis men's room for apparent invasion of an undercover police officer's personal space: "'I wouldn't put myself hopefully in that kind of position, but if I was in a position like that, that's what I would do,'' Ensign told The Associated Press in his home state. ''He's going to have to answer that for himself.'' Hopefully? Sen. Ensign doesn't know that he wouldn't put himself in that position? What's with these straight guys? On the other hand, the cop who arrested Craig proves himself to be a bit of a philosopher. Responding to Craig's denials, in the AP's words, "that [Craig] had used foot and hand gestures to signal interest in a sexual encounter," Sgt. Dave Karsnia told the AP, "'...

VIGUERIE'S PICKS FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL.

VIGUERIE'S PICKS FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL. With Karl Rove now banished from the White House Office of Strategery , Richard Viguerie , an architect of the religious right, is stepping up to offer advice on a replacement for soon-to-be-former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales . First, Viguerie advises playing clearly to the base, nominating a hard-core "conservative" (read: right-winger), and promises the president outstanding personal gain for his trouble: Confronting the Democrats and rallying the conservative base is also a way for you to raise your approval ratings from the 30s, perhaps even into the 50s. Not to mention the boon to the party: A Democratic refusal to confirm a conservative as Attorney General is an issue that the Republican presidential candidate-- whoever he is--can carry all the way into the White House in 2008. Here are some of the names offered by Viguerie that amount to fightin' words : Rick "Man on Dog" Santorum , Edith "School Discipline" Jones , William "Cuff 'em...

TRIANGULATION, PAKISTAN-STYLE.

TRIANGULATION, PAKISTAN-STYLE. The Associated Press is reporting that Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf and former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto have reached a power-sharing deal that, should their respective parties together retain a plurality of votes in the coming parliamentary elections, would allow Musharraf to hold on to his position as president and permit Bhutto to return to Pakistan from her exile to stand for prime minister. At least that's how I'm understanding this , thanks to Griff Witte and Imtiaz Ali of the Washington Post . South Asian politics are always a bit baffling to at least this Western mind. The fly in the ointment here is the Pakistan Supreme Court's decision to allow former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to return from his exile. Sharif has sworn to end the rule of Musharraf, the army chief who unseated Sharif in a 1999 coup d'etat . In the deal with Bhutto, Musharraf has said to agreed to "taking off his uniform," as the saying goes. But this is Pakistan,...

Defending the Constitution After Gonzales

Alberto Gonzales was deeply involved in the scandals that may yield contempt of Congress citations for members of the executive branch. But will Congress step up and issue those citations?

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales announces his resignation at a press conference at the Department of Justice yesterday. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Look at any of the myriad ways in which the Bush Administration has compromised, trampled on and otherwise twisted the text of the U.S. Constitution, and you will find the fingerprints of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales somewhere in the margins. There's Fredo (as his commander-in-chief calls Gonzales), who was then White House counsel, making the case for torture and trying to strong-arm his incapacitated predecessor at the Justice Department into signing off, from his hospital bed, on a plan for spying on Americans without obtaining search warrants. And later, after replacing John Ashcroft as attorney general, we find Fredo firing U.S. attorneys and fibbing to Congress about the reasons that he did so. Despite a litany of iniquities, we're all quite surprised by Gonzales's sudden departure. By "we" I mean both political journalists and Hill staffers. As one well-placed staffer explained it to me, Gonzales was so completely discredited that there was really nothing you could do to...

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