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

Nuke Threats Prove Trump’s Unfitness to Govern

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I recall being lined up with my classmates in the corridor of my elementary school, told to kneel with our heads to the wall as a test siren bellowed. The United States, I knew, was having what the grown-ups called a Cold War, which made little sense as a description for circumstances that could culminate in the incineration of New Jersey. The hallway exercise was absurd, of course. Sitting a stone’s throw from the tank farms of the Bayway oil refinery, a nuclear strike by the Soviet enemy anywhere in the vicinity would have left our little town in ashes. It was all quite tense and terrifying—even if the leaders with their fingers on the button were presumed to be reasonably level-headed. Today, two narcissists, concerned only with winning a competition for the World’s Most Dangerous Man, are trading promises of hellfire on the people of Asia and North America. Responding to the news, first reported on Tuesday by The Washington Post , of North Korea’s...

Trump’s Dump Gets a General -- And a Few New Scandals

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I was on the phone with my mother, reading an article to her from my laptop when a news alert darted onto my screen. Anthony Scaramucci, the just-appointed White House director of communications, had resigned. It was a rather meta moment, as the piece I was reading to my mother was Ryan Lizza’s write-up for The New Yorker of his extraordinary July 27 telephone conversation with the Mooch, which was quite a thing to share with one’s octogenarian mom, what with all the expletives and a description of a contortionist, onanistic sex act attributed to a less-than-fit fellow. But, hey, she’s a big girl, and besides, we’re from Jersey. “It’s like he swept up the weavings from the floor,” she said of President Donald J. Trump, “and put them in offices.” Initially, The New York Times reported , the president was pleased with Scaramucci’s performance in his big splash in The New Yorker , especially the part where the brash new comms...

On the Brink of a Constitutional Crisis, the Nation Goes Numb

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In Washington these days, a simple question once regarded as a mere pleasantry has become quite loaded: “How are you?” “Well, you know …” comes the answer, and it falls off right there, sometimes with a weary roll of the eyes or a downward glance. Yeah, I know. I know how it is to want to scream or cry as the republic slips away and you’re still trying to do your work, trying to stop some small part of it from happening while the nation seems oblivious to the consequences. I know. We have sunk so low that we must defend a racist, sexist, homophobic, lock-’em-up-and-throw-away-the-key attorney general from the president’s attempt to push him from power—apparently so that the president may find a new attorney general better situated to shut down an investigation by a special counsel into whether he colluded with a foreign adversary to rig the last presidential election. Because if that were to happen—if that special counsel...

America Glimpses the End Times in the Age of Trump

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In a speech delivered behind closed doors to an anti-LGBT hate group, the attorney general of the United States held forth with his philosophy of religious freedom. It wasn’t “the government’s job to immanentize the eschaton,” he said. The reason we know that is an actual thing that Jeff Sessions said—or at least planned to say—in his July 11 speech to the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is that Buzzfeed’s Dominic Holden prepared a Freedom of Information Act request to obtain the speech, which apparently prompted the Department of Justice to release the text, as prepared for delivery, to a right-wing website, The Federalist . The ADF earned is classification as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center for its work as “a legal advocacy and training group that specializes in supporting the recriminalization of homosexuality abroad, ending same-sex marriage, and generally making life as difficult as possible for LGBTQ communities in...

Snakes on a Plane -- And Under the Capitol Dome

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To call Donald Trump and his administration corrupt and mendacious is to make the most obvious of statements. Too easy, really. Because if Trump and his boys have tread the path toward treason, so too has the entire Republican Party. It was a busy Tuesday night. As the president’s son and capo bastone Donald Trump Jr. took to the airwaves to defend his meeting with a Kremlin-linked lawyer during the presidential campaign on the tantalizing possibility of gleaning opposition research on Hillary Clinton, word broke that the president and his team together crafted a false statement about the nature of that meeting, issued under Junior’s name and delivered to The New York Times . It was later revealed that the Rob Goldstone , the meeting’s broker, made clear in an email to Trump Jr., a prominent surrogate in the Trump campaign, that the oppo at hand was said to come from Russian intelligence services. The statement-drafting session took place aboard Air Force One, on the...

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