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. Opinions expressed here are her own.

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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...


For what it's worth, Clinton campaign spokesperson Kathleen Strand says that Hillary Clinton personally apologized to Barack Obama for comments by Clinton advisor Bill Shaheen that Obama's past drug use impeded his electability. No further word on Shaheen's future with the Clinton campaign. --Adele M. Stan


Okay, so I'm no neophyte, thinking everybody should play nice with each other until we get this primary thing done with. But yesterday's comments by Billy Shaheen , a national co-chair of Hillary Clinton 's New Hampshire campaign (and husband of former New Hampshire Gov. Jeanne Shaheen ), on the past drug use of Clinton rival Barack Obama are really shameful. When soon-to-be also-ran Chris Dodd went after Hillary Clinton for alleged lack of "electability", I took issue with his transparent attempt to leverage any lingering sexism in the Democratic base to his own advantage. Here, we find Shaheen, as Clinton's surrogate, not simply mining a rival's past for unflattering information, but deploying that information in a way that he likely knows will evoke a racial stereotype of the black drug-thug in the minds of voters who have never known actual black people. From The Trail , the blog: Shaheen said Obama's candor on the subject would "open the door" to further...


Last week, TAP columnist Sarah Posner explained why GOP honchos have so far refused to get behind the surging candidacy of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee : he's soft on immigration and believes in taxes. When applied to the leaders of the religious right -- such as Phyllis Schlafly -- Sarah's exegesis casts a harsh light on their priorities, leading me to suspect that for some, that religion thing is just a cover for a doctrine of greed and scapegoating. (Ya think?) Today, Zev Chafets , in his engaging profile of Huckabee that will run this Sunday in the New York Times Magazine , offers a companion theory of why the top dogs in the religious right (with the exception of Tim LaHaye and Jerry Falwell, Jr. ), have refused to line up for the former Arkansas preacher: even a failed presidential run stands to vault him to the front of the religious-right-leader pack. ‘‘Mike Huckabee isn’t just another politician,’’ [Charles Dunn, dean of the school of...


Former Baptist minister and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has been on the defensive since it was revealed last week that he had, while governor of Arkansas, called for the "isolation" of AIDS patients from the general population. This weekend, on Fox News Sunday , Huckabee defended those remarks, here via Mark Silva writing for The Swamp : Huckabee acknowledged the prevailing scientific view then, and since, that the virus that causes AIDS is not spread through casual contact, but said that was not certain. "I still believe this today," Huckabee said Sunday, that "we were acting more out of political correctness" in responding to the AIDS crisis. "I don't run from it, I don't recant it," he said of his position in 1992. Yet he said he would state his view differently in retrospect. In response, today the Human Rights Campaign and the AIDS Institute sent a letter to Huckabee asking him to meet with Jeanne White-Ginder , the mother of the late Ryan White , the...