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

If You Think This Week Was Bad, Just Wait Till Next Week

Even before four journalists and one publishing staffer were murdered yesterday afternoon in Maryland, it was a terrible week in America—all because of the noxious and corrupt Trump regime, which includes the majority of people in the United States Congress. It was only a couple of nights ago that Donald J. Trump, the likely illegitimate president of the United States, described the media for the umpteenth time as “ the enemy of the people ,” so you’d be forgiven for wondering if the grudge-carrying, violent misogynist charged with murdering employees of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis was inspired by the grudge-carrying, violence-inciting misogynist who occupies the Oval Office. The truth is, we’ll probably never know. But the fact that so many of us leapt to that conclusion tells you just how toxic our political environment has become, yet how inured we are to its poison. It’s just what is. What we do know now, beyond the shadow of a doubt, is...

Trump's Dominance Display: Traumatizing Children

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As Americans grow increasingly accustomed to life under an authoritarian regime, the temptation is to examine every action by the regime through its designated prism. President Donald J. Trump’s summit with the dictator Kim Jong-Un is viewed through the foreign-policy lens; his horrific “ zero tolerance ” policy toward people seeking asylum is viewed through the windows of immigration policy and human rights. But you really have to zoom out to see the larger pattern of the authoritarian actions consistently taken by the Trump administration. The administration’s current policy of taking children from their asylum-seeking parents as they arrive at the U.S. border after an arduous journey through Central America and Mexico is no doubt animated by the animus of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has apparently never met a non-white person deemed worthy of basic human dignity. And those general sentiments find sustenance among the Trump base . But there’s a...

Trump Is Executing a Major Geopolitical Realignment. Does Anybody Care?

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If there’s any lesson to be taken from the events of the past week, it’s that there’s a major geopolitical realignment taking place, thanks in part to President Donald Trump’s love of dictators—and likely helped along by whatever Russia’s strongman President Vladimir Putin is holding over Trump’s head . Trump’s head-snapping behavior during and immediately following the G-7 summit in Canada is a big part of the story, as is his praise for North Korea’s despot boy king, Kim Jong-Un. Putin—whose minions interfered in the 2016 presidential election to Trump’s benefit, and whose oligarchs apparently hold sway in Trump World—has long sought to crack the Western alliance of the European Union with the United States, a project that appears to be coming along nicely. Note Trump’s praise for Italy’s new, anti-EU Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, whose anti-establishment Five Star Party has taken power in coalition...

Fox News Functionally Subsidizing White House Communications

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Sean Hannity, host of an eponymous Fox News prime-time show, is said to be one of President Donald Trump’s closest advisers. In fact, he’s known around the White House as “the ‘shadow’ chief of staff,” according to Washington Post reporters Robert Costa, Sarah Ellison, and Josh Dawsey. He’s also a client of Trump’s tarnished personal attorney , Michael D. Cohen, now subject of an investigation by the U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York. After Fox was caught by surprise by that fact, which was revealed in a Manhattan court room, the network’s executives issued a statement saying that Hannity “continues to have our full support”— despite the fact that Cohen had been a guest on Hannity’s show with no full disclosure offered of their attorney-client relationship. Every night, Hannity reaches an average audience of 3.2 million viewers , most of them Trump supporters. But his advertisers are fleeing...

Trump’s Corruption: Thanks to Koch Brothers, GOP Congress Is in on the Take

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Poor Paul Ryan, caught between a rock and a hard place. His caucus divided between the belligerent and the merely unreasonable, Ryan’s very tenure as speaker of the House is threatened . Even though he promised to step down in January, there are maneuverings among his colleagues to oust him before then. Ryan’s political career is largely the creation of Charles and David Koch , the billionaire brothers who have built the political infrastructure on which most Republicans in Congress now depend when seeking election. However, with the tax bill now passed and the deregulatory regime well under way in the executive branch, Ryan may have served out his usefulness to the Kochs. Ever concerned about his reputation, Ryan—unlike Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell—likes to occasionally serve up the pretense of judging a cause on its merits. So when the far-right Republican Freedom Caucus tanked a vote on the Farm Bill over the demand for a more draconian immigration...

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