Adele M. Stan

Adele M. Stan is a columnist for The American Prospect. She is the winner of the 2017 Hillman Prize for Opinion & Analysis Journalism.

Recent Articles

This Is Your World on Trump

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(Photo: AP/Rahmat Gul) Security forces stand next to a crater from a massive explosion in front of the German Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, on May 31, 2017. A mericans awoke this morning to word of yet another act of lethal terrorism in a faraway part of the world. This time the carnage is in Afghanistan, where at least 80 people have died in a Wednesday-morning truck-bomb attack on the diplomatic compound in Kabul, the nation’s capital city. The attack appears to have targeted the embassy of Germany, the once-close ally of the United States with which our nation now has strained relations, thanks to verbal abuse unleashed on its leaders by President Donald J. Trump on Tuesday. For better or worse, a key player in the seemingly endless U.S. war in Afghanistan is NATO, the alliance of Western powers disparaged by Trump as “obsolete” (a remark he has since kind of walked back), and whose member nations were hectored as deadbeats by the president during the organization’s recent meeting...

In House Russia Probe, Trey Gowdy Is the Perfect Trump Stooge

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(Photo: AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) Representative Trey Gowdy questions former CIA Director John Brennan during a House Intelligence Committee hearing on May 23, 2017. R epresentative Trey Gowdy, Republican of South Carolina, has a very important job: preserving the presidency of a man whose campaign featured individuals who had contacts with likely agents of a foreign adversary that intelligence officials say interfered in the 2016 presidential election. That interference favored the election of Donald J. Trump—or, at the very least, was designed to damage his opponent, Hillary Clinton. Gowdy’s job of late has been getting tougher, what with The Washington Post ’s revelation on May 22 that Trump had called Dan Coats, director of national intelligence, and Michael Rogers, director of the National Security Agency, “urging them to publicly deny the existence of any evidence of collusion during the 2016 election,” according to the Post . Then there’s the Senate subpoena of documents...

In Russiagate, Keep Your Eye on Pence

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(Photo: AP/Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Vice President Mike Pence leaves the Senate chamber on May 10, 2017. On December 1, former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to one count of lying to the FBI regarding conversations with former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, and vowed to cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Mueller's indictment has also fueled speculation about the role played by other senior White House officials with regard to Russia, including Vice President Mike Pence, who on January 15 denied that Flynn's conversations with Kislyak had taken place. The Prospect reprises Stan’s prescient column suggesting that Democrats take a closer look at the vice president’s role during the presidential transition. I f Donald J. Trump loses his grip on the presidency, his logical replacement will be Vice President Mike Pence, the religious-right stalwart and favorite of the...

Did Misogyny Drive Comey’s Subversion of Presidential Campaign?

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(Photo: AP/Carolyn Kaster) FBI Director James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, May 3, before the Senate Judiciary Committee. A s James Comey, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, appears Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, he’ll do so on the heels of potentially narrative-shifting comments by Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic candidate for president, about his behavior during the campaign. Having lost Clinton the election thanks, in part, to his game-changing letter to members of Congress, Comey now gets to experience how a public appearance by Clinton, one day before the hearing, will affect the media narrative around his actions. In a May 1 interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour at an event staged by Women for Women International, an advocacy group, Clinton came out swinging when assessing the reasons for her Electoral College loss. “The reason why I believe we lost were the intervening events in the last ten days,” Clinton said. Referring...

Ivanka and the 53 Percent

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(Photo: AP) Ivanka Trump at the Women20 Summit in Berlin on April 25, 2017 W hen I think about Ivanka Trump, I think a lot about the 53 percent of white women in the electorate who voted for her father. The 53 percent who voted for Donald J. Trump in the presidential election cast a ballot for a man who said he’d punish women for having abortions (and then walked it back). He bragged about sexually assaulting women. He said that equal-pay laws were antithetical to capitalism , though he didn’t use the word “antithetical” because it has too many syllables. On April 14, he signed a law that allows states to withhold federal funding for general health services to Planned Parenthood and other clinics where abortions are performed, depriving neighborhood clinics, where women across America receive affordable health care, of resources. How did he get so many people to vote against their own freedom (such as it is)? Ivanka holds the key. And Ivanka carries the water for a regime branded “...

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