Adele M. Stan

Adele M. Stan is a columnist for The American Prospect, and AlterNet's Washington editor. 

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GOP Debate: Fiorina Vanquishes Trump

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AP Photo/Chris Carlson Republican presidential candidate, businesswoman Carly Fiorina, right, leads fellow candidates Scott Walker, second from right, Jeb Bush, center, and Donald Trump as they take the stage prior to the CNN Republican presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum on Wednesday, September 16, 2015, in Simi Valley, California. I f there were anything to be learned from Wednesday night’s Republican presidential debate, it was that three hours is far too long for such a program—especially when the questions asked of the 11 candidates are as uninspired as those asked by CNN host Jake Tapper. While Tapper, with an occasional assist from his colleague Dana Bash and radio host Hugh Hewitt, did hit the hot buttons—Planned Parenthood funding, immigration, Iran, same-sex marriage, Donald Trump’s remarks about Carly Fiorina’s face—the questions read more like a greatest hits list of GOP bloviation points than prompts for serious discussions of issues...

A Nation of Sociopaths? What the Trump Phenomenon Says About America

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(Photo: AP/Rex Features) Donald Trump signed the Republican National Committee loyalty pledge on September 3 at Trump Tower in New York. T he Republican Party has a Donald Trump problem—and that has some Democrats thanking Lady Luck for apparently blowing on their dice. The casino mogul, after all, has thrown the GOP into a disarray even greater than that wrought by the Koch brothers and the Tea Party, dashing the hopes of Reince Priebus , chairman of the Republican National Committee, to launch a nominee who could reach out to racial and ethnic minorities, or one who at least would not say terrible things about women. With his continued antagonism of Spanish-speakers , his incendiary denouncement of the Black Lives Matter movement, and his base comments about actor Rosie O’Donnell and Fox News host Megyn Kelly, as Trump continues to surge in polls of Republican primary voters, he threatens to lay Priebus’s plans to waste. This is no way to win a general election, the thinking goes...

Carly Fiorina and the GOP Gender Card

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(Photo: AP/Jim Cole) Carly Fiorina speaks during an education summit in New Hampshire on August 19. H owever unlikely it is that Carly Fiorina, the fired Hewlett-Packard CEO and loser of a U.S. Senate race, will win the Republican presidential nomination, there’s a very good chance she could be the GOP running mate . The best card in the hand she has to play is that of gender, and she obviously knows it. Call it her anti-Trump card (if you can bear to). In presidential contests, the role of the vice presidential candidate is typically to attack whoever’s at the top of the other party’s ticket. That allows your presidential candidate to look like a nice person, while the running mate lobs some mud—or to use Fiorina’s parlance, “throws a punch,” which she promised the fancy-pants crowd at the Koch brothers’ confab last month that she knew how to do . And who might she be dreaming of throwing punches at? Why Hillary Clinton , of course. The problem with being an anti-woman male...

Still Missing New Orleans

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(Photo: AP/Gerald Herbert) A decade ago, Hurricane Katrina flooded this now-abandoned strip mall in New Orleans. T he first time I saw New Orleans, I entered an empty city. The streets were marked with chalky streaks of salt and toxins left behind by the waters that had filled them; the stench of rotten things filled the air. It was September 19, 2005, three weeks after Hurricane Katrina laid waste to New Orleans when the levees were breached by the sea and the canals, whose contents rushed into the roads and the yards and the living rooms of the city’s poorest residents. By the time I arrived, the only vehicles on the streets were the camouflage-painted Jeeps of the National Guard . After abetting mayhem with shoot-to-kill orders against the city’s most desperate citizens, many on the New Orleans police force simply fled the city. With colleagues from the labor union I worked for at the time, I visited the Greyhound bus depot, which was housing the inmates of the infamous Angola...

The Clinton Candidacy: What the Republican War on Planned Parenthood Is Really About

Abortion opponents know a pro-choice woman is likely to be the Democratic nominee. War on.

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(Photo: AP/Charlie Neibergall) Hillary Clinton speaks during a news conference at the Iowa State Fair on August 15, in Des Moines. I n the Republican war on Planned Parenthood , there are many casualties, most notably, poor women and the truth . But the real target is the Democratic Party and its frontrunner for the 2016 presidential nomination. It should not surprise us that in a campaign in which the Democrats are expected to select Hillary Clinton as their nominee, government funding of Planned Parenthood’s health-care services is again a big issue. In the right-wing mind, there is no woman more uppity than a liberal woman who would deign to run for president. The second-most uppity woman is the one in somebody else’s family (or your own) who claims control of her own fertility. When the first is emblematic of the second, a season of hate against both is a no-brainer. Poor women rely on the Planned Parenthood clinics for the most fundamental health care a woman of childbearing age...