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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FIRST TO GO.

FIRST TO GO. Were there ever any doubt about the Bush administration's contempt for the U.S. Constitution in general, and the First Amendment in particular, two stories from the morning papers stick it right in the reader's face -- not that we'd be inclined to do anything about it. An extraordinary piece by the Washington Post 's Peter Baker tells of a White House manual for dealing with protesters at presidential appearances. The manual was released by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which got hold of it as evidence in a case brought against the federal government by a West Virginia couple who were arrested for wearing tee shirts bearing anti-Bush messages to a Bush event for which they had tickets. Among the tactics outlined in the manual is the creation of "rally squads" who will surround and obscure demonstrators from the cameras. While other attendees of presidential events are forbidden to carry any form of sign or banner, these form the rally squad's arsenal. "These...

PETRAEUS TO REPORT ON SEPTEMBER 11th.

PETRAEUS TO REPORT ON SEPTEMBER 11th. Today, listening to the radio, I heard reiterated what the National Review reported yesterday after a media conference call with Republican presidential kinda hopeful Sen. John McCain : that Gen. David Petraeus will testify before the Senate about the contents of his vaunted report (which, according to whom you believe, he may or may not write himself ) on September 11. A caller to the Diane Rehm Show today asked Rehm's panel of defense policy experts -- Michael O'Hanlon of the Brookings Institution, former Assistant Secretary of Defense Lawrence Korb of the Center for American Progress and Washington Post reporter Jonathan Weisman -- about the unseemliness of the timing, and all concurred that it was simply a matter of complications regarding the congressional schedule. Perhaps so (I'm not yet convinced), but I really think it should be rescheduled to any other day; I don't care if it's a Sunday. The administration has exploited the pain of that...

SEPARATION ANXIETY.

SEPARATION ANXIETY. Like my colleague Sam Boyd , I was quite entertained by yesterday's Rove -a-thon on the Sunday talk shows. While brother Sam duly noted perhaps the most amusing iteration of Rovian grandiosity ("I'm Beowulf; I'm Grendel), I found myself most riveted by the former deputy chief of staff's interpretation of the U.S. Constitution. For Rove, not only does the Constitution live, so do its founders, who apparently speak to him from the beyond, granting new powers to his favorite branch of government. On Meet the Press , he explained to David Gregory just why he would not testify before Congress: KARL ROVE: We have a constitutional separation of powers. The founders talk about this. They, they understood this issue, and they wanted to insulate the judicial, the executive and the legislative from each other in this respect. Wait; it gets better: KARL ROVE: It should not— -- the Constitution should not be weakened, and we should not weaken the prerogatives of the power of...

IS ROVE OFF THE HOOK?

IS ROVE OFF THE HOOK? He may have used the personnel and apparatus of taxpayer-funded government agencies for partisan political purposes, but even if that's proven beyond a reasonable doubt, and in violation of the law, Karl Rove 's imminent exit from the West Wing may just let him off the hook. As I reported earlier this week, among the many fingers pointing at Rove is one belonging to Scott J. Bloch , director of the Office of Special Counsel, which administers the provisions of the Hatch Act, a 1939 law that regulates the role of government employees in electoral politics. Detailed here by CQ's Shawn Zeller, Bloch's investigation has come as close as any to really nailing Rove, having turned Rove's special e-mail account with the Republican National Committee (RNC), which he apparently used to communicate with government employees at their "dot-gov" e-mail addresses. But that, even when leveraged by investigations by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (led by...

What Really Brought Rove Down?

When the Bush administration angered one of its most hard-right officials, he launched an investigation into Karl Rove's politicization of the federal government.

President Bush puts his arm around Karl Rove during a news conference announcing Rove's resignation yesterday. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)
Tick off your garden variety wing-nut, and the cork is swiftly pulled from that vial of vitriol soon to be dumped on your cornflakes. But tick off a hard-line religious rightie, and you just might come to intimate terms with his terrible swift sword. Just ask former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove, once the genius architect of invincible success -- before he became the architect of abysmal disaster. Ask him about a guy named Scott Bloch. Or another named David Kuo , the former Number 2 at the Bush administration's Office of Faith-Based Initiatives, who let the cat out of the bag last year when he detailed Rove's disdain for the religious Bush partisans whom Rove, according to Kuo, dubbed "the nuts." Bloch, one such "nut" and director of the Office of Special Counsel (OSC), may have been Rove's ultimate undoing. Sure, it could have been the long reach of the Jack Abramoff affair, or something completely new and yet to be revealed, that pushed Rove out the West Wing portico...

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