Adele M. Stan

Adele M. Stan is a columnist for The American Prospect. She is research director of People for the American Way, and a winner of the Hillman Prize for Opinion & Analysis Journalism.

Recent Articles

How Jeff Sessions Is Laying the Groundwork for Authoritarian Action

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(Photo: AP/Jeff Roberson) Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks to local, state, and federal law enforcement officials in St. Louis on March 31. W ith Donald Trump appearing to be on the verge of blowing up the world, it stands to reason that people might not be paying attention to his attorney general’s attempt to consolidate support for the administration among local law enforcement by selling off the rights of the American people. Add to that White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s suggestion on Thursday that Hitler never used chemical weapons “on his own people,” or revelations of the FBI’s investigation of a former Trump foreign policy adviser as a possible Russian espionage asset, and your brain may have just absorbed all it can process about the present political moment. But while you weren’t looking, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been courting local and federal law enforcement with the promise of lax oversight of police abuses against citizens, punishment for cities...

Trump & Friends’ War on African American Women

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(Photo: AP/Carolyn Kaster) Susan Rice in April 2016 I t’s no secret that a toxic combination of misogyny and racism helped Donald J. Trump win the presidency. Never mind dog whistles and code—Trump proudly displayed his contempt for women and non-white people throughout his campaign. But another likely helper to that victory was one whose involvement Trump and his allies would prefer to have kept under wraps: the government of Russia, a U.S. adversary. Bubbling for months, the story of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign on Trump’s behalf caught fire when, on March 20, FBI Director James Comey announced in his open-session appearance before the House Intelligence Committee that members of the Trump campaign and other Trump associates were under investigation in the matter. Apparent collusion between the Trump administration and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes to concoct a counter-story that alleges spying by the Obama administration on Trump campaign...

Uppity Women Vex Trump Administration Efforts to Quiet Russia Scandal

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AP Photo/J. David Ake, File Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates speaks during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington. W hen then-National Security Adviser Mike Flynn was found to have had a discussion with the Russian ambassador that he shouldn’t have had, it fell to former acting Attorney General Sally Yates to inform White House Counsel Donald McGahn of the intercepted communication. Yates was scheduled to appear before the House Intelligence Committee on March 28 when the hearing was abruptly canceled by committee chairman Devin Nunes, Republican of California, with no notice given to ranking Democrat Adam Schiff, also of California. In recent days, Nunes has appeared before reporters as an unvarnished lackey for the Trump administration, which every day becomes more mired in revelations of questionable ties with Russian nationals—including mobsters and oligarchs —even as Congress is supposed to be investigating Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential...

Congress Must Act: Trump’s Russia Ties a Full-Blown Crisis for U.S. Democracy

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Olivier Douliery/Sipa USA via AP Images Paul Manafort, former senior aid to Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump, attends an event on foreign policy in Washington. I f the United States Congress were doing its job, right now nearly all business before the House and Senate would grind to a halt as leaders addressed a rapidly-unfolding crisis: whether the current administration is acting in the interests of the nation whose Constitution its members have sworn to defend. The nomination hearings of a new Supreme Court justice would be forestalled while national law enforcement and intelligence agencies investigated the current administration’s ties to a foreign government that attempted to sway the 2016 presidential election in favor of the president who appointed that nominee. An independent select committee would be quickly convened. A congressional leadership with a shred of patriotism would take a break from trying to revoke health care from everyday Americans to take up an...

Trump’s Race-Baiting Bromance with Andrew Jackson

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(Photo: AP/David Goldman) People arrive at the Oceti Sakowin camp on December 2, 2016, to protest the Dakota Access oil pipeline. T o commemorate the 250th birthday of Andrew Jackson, President Donald J. Trump, never a subtle man, arranged to travel to Tennessee to lay a wreath on Old Hickory’s grave in Nashville, Tennessee. Applauded by history for having broadened the scope of the electorate and the politically engaged to include the ordinary white men who had heretofore been locked out of the democratic process, Jackson is often seen as the great leveler, a hero in the myth of American meritocracy. He is also the president who signed the 1830 Indian Removal Act, which led to the Trail of Tears march of Choctaw Indians off their land in the Southeastern states, on foot and often in chains, to Oklahoma. Thousands died along the way. During his presidency, a host of tribes were decimated in similar ways. Even before he was president, Jackson was an eager participant in the “removal”...