Adele M. Stan

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

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Everyone Should Celebrate Hillary Clinton’s Milestone

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AP Photo/Julie Jacobson Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a presidential primary election night rally, Tuesday, June 7, 2016, in New York. I guess you could call me a sentimental sap. My eyes welled as I sat riveted by the television image of Hillary Clinton claiming the Democratic presidential nomination on Tuesday night as the primary contests results rolled in—the first woman to win the presidential nomination of a major party in the United States of America. OK, so maybe even a sob happened. But sisters and brothers, this has been a long time comin’. My path to progressive politics came through feminism. In 1984, I was a junior editor on the staff of Ms. magazine as rumors abounded that Representative Geraldine Ferraro of Queens, New York, would be named the running mate of presidential nominee Walter Mondale, the former vice president. It would be a tough run against a popular incumbent, and it was clear that the pick of a woman for the number-two...

Senate Majority Leader Sanctions Racism as Strategy

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Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call via AP Images Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. S enate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell may not like the things that presumed Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump is saying about Mexicans and Muslims, but he’s apparently not willing to make a big fuss about it. In a stunning bit of punditry television, McConnell was confronted on Sunday by Chuck Todd of Meet the Press about Trump’s declaration that Gonzalo Curiel, the federal judge presiding over a case against the now-defunct Trump University, should be disqualified because of the judge’s Mexican heritage, seeing as how the Republican standard-bearer has called for the building of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Todd read McConnell words recently penned by the right-wing blogger and Red State website founder Erick Erickson, who on June 4 at The Resurgent wrote the following about Trump’s repeated claims regarding Judge Curiel: The attacks are racist. To claim someone is unable to...

Does Ryan’s Endorsement of Trump Signal a Koch Change of Heart?

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(Photo: AP/Andy Manis) House Speaker Paul Ryan speaks during an interview with the Associated Press on Thursday, June 2, in Janesville, Wisconsin. Ryan endorsed Donald Trump for president on Thursday. S o much for Paul Ryan’s moral high ground. For all the House speaker’s past tsk-tsking of Donald J. Trump for being a foul-mouthed meanie, on Thursday he fell into the fetid moat surrounding Trump Castle, after planting a flag of surrender with his endorsement of the Republican Party’s presumptive presidential nominee. That’s if you believe there was ever much of a battle to begin with. For Ryan, the endorsement means the Koch wing of GOP will get to maintain some measure of control over the Republican Party. For Trump, the endorsement could signal an alliance with the formidable political machine built by the billionaire Koch brothers, which comprises operations Trump most desperately needs for voter turnout and voter data. There may, nonetheless, still be some tsk-tsking in the future...

Yes, Donald Trump Could Win the Presidency

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AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters and bikers at a Rolling Thunder rally at the National Mall in Washington, Sunday, May 29, 2016. D espite what you may be hearing from some very smart liberals, Donald J. Trump could win the presidency. But no, you say; haven’t you looked at the electoral map, Addie Stan? And how can he possibly win without the votes of blacks and Latinos? The math does not add up ! Math, schmath. You know what else does not add up? The denial of the ways in which the system can be gamed or hacked , a rack of new voting laws , and the possibility that pollsters are not able to account for all of the people who actually intend to vote for Trump (because some voters are said to be loath to admit their intention). Bottom line? While the polls and the maps and the data points that predict trends, and all the speculation about the composition of the 2016 electorate, may still augur in Hillary Clinton’s favor,...

Will Trump’s ‘Man Card’ Play to Women?

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(Photo: AP/Ted S. Warren) A supporter of Donald Trump holds a sign during a campaign rally in Spokane, Washington, on May 7. A s the presidential election of 2016 unfolds, presumptive Republican nominee Donald J. Trump seems bent on proving a simple aphorism: No one ever went broke overestimating the misogyny of the American people. Trump continues to spew rhetoric seemingly designed to alienate women voters, prompting pundits and analysts to search for the strategic significance of such utterances. “Donald Trump has been playing the man card,” Kelly Dittmar of the the Rutgers Center for American Women and Politics told NPR’s Asma Khalid in an interview that aired on Tuesday. And lately, he seems to be micro-targeting the key domestic-violence constituency. At a campaign stop in Spokane over the weekend, Trump renewed his complaint against Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton for playing the so-called “woman’s card.” “She's going, ‘Did you hear that Donald Trump raised his voice...

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