Adele M. Stan

Adele M. Stan is senior editor, digital at The American Prospect.

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REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES WAGE EPIC STRUGGLE FOR CIVILIZATION -- AND NOMINATION.

As Brother Tom noted here , the presidential candidates spent yesterday, after news broke of the assassination of Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto , falling over themselves in an effort to show that they would know better than the current occupant of the White House how to deal with the troubled South Asian nation. The response of Republican candidates was predictable: the assassination was obviously the work of al Qaeda, showing why we need to fight all the harder against the purveyors of "terror". Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson said Bhutto's killing revealed a contest between "the forces of civilization and the forces of anarchy." Thompson concluded, "It's us against them." Arizona Sen. John McCain used the event to sell his experience in foreign policy, according to the Associated Press : "My theme has been throughout this campaign that I'm the one with the experience, the knowledge and the judgment," [McCain said.] So perhaps it may serve to enhance those...

BUSH: "MURDEROUS EXTREMISTS" KILLED BHUTTO

President George W. Bush , in his statement on the assassination of Pakistan's former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto , pinned her killing on "murderous extremists." News reports say that the administration does not yet know who ordered or executed the attack on Bhutto. If that is the case, it would appear that Bush is seeking to deflect attention from Pakistani dictator Pres. Pervez Musharraf and the Pakistani military as potential suspects. The phrase "murderous extremists" immediately brings to the Western mind the image of an Islamist terrorist, but of course an extremist is anyone who is extreme in his or her views. It's an artful use of language. Hard to argue that anyone who would assassinate a politician is neither murderous nor extreme. So, it's accurate on its face. But the face that comes to mind, that's another thing. Overshadowed by the story of Bhutto's killing is today's attack on Musharraf's other rival for power, former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif , whose rally in...

BENAZIR BHUTTO DONE IN. NOW WHAT?

She was the first democratically elected woman to become the prime minister of a Muslim country, and was poised to come roaring back to power in Pakistan's upcoming January 8 parliamentary elections. To the foreign policy establishment of the United States, she represented the last, best hope for a Pakistani leader with whom the U.S. could do business. Today, in Rawalpindi, Benazir Bhutto was assassinated. The Bush administration had, you'll recall, courted Bhutto to cut a power-sharing deal with dictator Gen. Pervez Musharraf , one in which he would "take off his uniform" -- give up his military post. The two had been reported to have come to such an agreement -- a short-lived rapprochement that ended for good with the imposition of the recently-lifted state of emergency. (Musharraf did indeed "take off the uniform" after he lifted the state of emergency several weeks ago, but since he remains a dictator, it's hard to see that as a particularly meaningful gesture.) The assassination...

The Real Race Card

The Clinton campaign's discussion of Barack Obama's admitted drug use is having an effect, all right. An effect on the black community's acceptance of Hillary Clinton.

Rep. Helen Miller, an assistant majority leader in the Iowa House of Representatives, is simmering on low. On Saturday, I reached her on her cell phone in the lobby of the Clinton Library in Little Rock, Arkansas, where she was meeting several other women state legislators who were in town for the annual conference of the National Caucus of Black Legislators. According to Miller, one of only four African Americans in the Iowa House, a lot of the offline conversations she had during the three-day conference centered on the comments of two Clinton campaign advisers -- one of whom has since resigned -- about Barack Obama's admitted past drug use. To many observers who are not African American, the comments by New Hampshire's Billy Shaheen -- then a national co-chair of the Clinton campaign -- about Barack Obama's admitted past drug use were simply hardball politics, playing on an opponent's perceived weakness. But to some African Americans, Shaheen's suggestion that if Obama won the...

SENATE: YOU'RE IN CONTEMPT. BUSH: SO WHAT?

As Brian Beutler reports today at TAP Online, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted yesterday to put before the full Senate the matter of contempt citations for White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten and former Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove for their refusal to comply with subpoenas for information on the controversial firings of eight U.S. attorneys. In Big Media, this is playing as no big deal, perhaps because President Bush has said that should any such citations head for the courts, he will not permit the Justice Department to prosecute them. Presto-change-o, just like that -- instant coup ! No biggie, apparently. Whether the Senate ultimately issues these criminal contempt citations or the Justice Department stonewalls on behalf of Napolean Bonehead (a.k.a., the president), there's a more efficient route the Senate could take. It's one that former Clinton Administration Chief of Staff John Podesta told me back in September: the Senate has the option of using the Capitol Police...

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