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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Paul Ryan Doth Protest Too Much

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(Photo: AP/Andrew Harnik) Representative Paul Ryan speaks at a news conference on October 20. I t’s said that one should never look a gift-horse in the mouth. But on Tuesday, Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, poised to take up the gavel of House speaker, deigned to inspect the teeth of his, claiming to find them not to his liking. Now in what is likely his last week as speaker of the House, John Boehner announced a budget deal that, should it pass, will save the United States from defaulting on its debt. Almost immediately, Ryan expressed his consternation. “I think the process stinks,” Ryan told reporters . He continued, according to this report by Politico ’s Jake Sherman: “This is not the way to do the people’s business,” Ryan said. “And under new management we are not going to do the people’s business this way. We are up against a deadline—that’s unfortunate. But going forward we can't do the people's business (this way). As a conference we should've been meeting months ago...

Why Hillary Makes Right-Wingers So Crazy

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(Photo: Olivier Douliery/Sipa via AP Images) Hillary Clinton testifies before the House Select Committee on Benghazi on Thursday, October 22. W hen sizing up a politician’s potential for filling the role of commander-in-chief, there are a number of things the average voter might assess. For instance, you might want someone who can keep her cool under fire. On Thursday, appearing before the House Select Committee on Benghazi, Hillary Clinton proved that she had that stuff. Even if she offered the occasionally sharp rejoinder to questions from Republicans on the committee—a committee that the Republican House majority leader all but admitted was convened to harm her presidential bid—her demeanor remained remarkably consistent throughout. In assessing a prospective president, you might also want to consider a candidate’s stamina, seeing as he or she is angling for perhaps the most demanding job on earth. After at least nine hours of testimony in an 11-hour stretch, Clinton proved she’s...

Sorry, Paul Ryan is Far From 'Reasonable'

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AP Photo/Andrew Harnik Representative Paul Ryan speaks at a news conference following a House Republican meeting, Tuesday, October 20, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington. A s House Republicans huddled Tuesday with Representative Paul Ryan, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid gave the Wisconsinite something of a thumbs-up. Reid made the calculation that in the GOP’s current chaotic contest for Speaker of the House, Ryan was the best that Democrats could hope for. “He appears to me to be reasonable,” Reid said to reporters. “I mean, look at some of the other people.” Indeed, some of the “other people”—such as Representative “Taliban Dan” Webster of Florida, an acolyte of the disgraced, misogynist religious leader Bill Gothard —are pretty horrifying. But if Ryan’s the most “reasonable” the Republicans have to offer, they really do have an extremism problem. Because Paul Ryan, chairman of the Ways and Means Committee and former vice presidential candidate, is no moderate. In fact, were...

Yearning for Biden Reveals Gender Bias Against Clinton

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AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais Vice President Joe Biden waves and smiles to the crowd before speaking at the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities' (HBCU) National HBCU Week annual conference, Tuesday, September 22, 2015, in Washington. Y ou’d think we’d be past this by now—the endless discussion of whether Hillary Clinton has the stuff it will take to win the presidential election, whether she has the stuff to govern, whether she has the stuff to make you like her. But we’re not. And it has little to do with her ties to Wall Street, or her email server or marriage to a certain former president. It’s because she’s a woman. How else to explain the yearning in some quarters for Vice President Joe Biden to enter the race? In his last two attempts to win the Democratic presidential nomination, he proved himself to be a pretty terrible candidate. In fact, he withdrew from the 2008 nomination race after tanking in the Iowa caucuses, some six months before...

Pope Decries Fundamentalism, Insulting Church’s Own Allies

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Ron Sachs / CNP Pope Francis delivers an address to a Joint Session of the United States Congress in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, September 24, 2015. I t’s a word so chic, so common now, that it’s become cliché. But it so perfectly suits Pope Francis, that I must deploy it. The pontiff, you see, is a disruptor. He disrupts, with his ostentatious humbleness (oh, that adorable Fiat!), your notion of what a pope should be. He speaks harsh truths in a lovingly pastoral tone, and harsh judgments in a voice of equanimity. Deeply conservative on matters of gender equality and sexual orientation , he’s been know to serve up words on those topics that lead the world to see him as liberal. (As I’ve written here , he is not.) With all this talk, though, he mashes up labels and categories that once seemed so clear, perhaps busting up old alliances as a consequence. Speaking yesterday in the U.S. Capitol Building before a joint session of Congress—the first pope ever to do so—...