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

Fox News Functionally Subsidizing White House Communications

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(Zach D Roberts/NurPhoto/Sipa via AP Images) Sean Hannity during the Conservative Political Action Conference on February 23, 2017, in National Harbor, Maryland S ean 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...

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

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(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Representative Devin Nunes walks with Representative Peter King at the Capitol in Washington on February 6, 2018. P oor 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...

Trump’s Authoritarian Grip Tightens

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(AP Photo/Evan Vucci) President Trump waves as he arrives for the National Peace Officers Memorial Service on Capitol Hill on May 15, 2018. O n every issue where America has made progress over the course of the last decade, the Trump administration is rolling back those gains with alarming speed. While it’s tempting to think of this regression as a return to an earlier time—a dirtier, more racist, more sexist, less compassionate America—it’s far worse than that. This is what authoritarianism looks like in its nascent stages. And we’re letting it happen. In the course of the last two weeks, President Donald J. Trump and members of his administration made a series of announcements that the news media necessarily address individually: the separation of parents seeking asylum from their children in detention centers, the order to cut federal funding from reproductive health clinics that even dare to utter the word “abortion,” the president’s demand that the Justice Department investigate...

The Trump Presidency: Oligarchs, Billionaires, Corporations, and Porn Stars

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(Cheriss May/Sipa USA via AP Images) Donald Trump on April 3, 2018, at the White House I f you think the point of the Trump presidency is hatred of women and people who are not white, I couldn’t blame you. The evidence appears to be ample. Just this week we heard Attorney General Jeff Sessions promise to take away the children of refugees fleeing violence in Central America who cross into the United States to seek asylum. Put mothers in detention and take away their babies. Hard to find a case more demonstrative of performative hatred. But the hate is not the point of this presidency. It’s a tool for protecting the massive looting of the public commons currently under way, and most importantly, the shady network of Russian oligarchs , U.S. billionaires , Kremlin cronies , hapless lawyers , and privately held corporations that brought Donald J. Trump to power. The U.S. billionaires and privately held corporations are in it for the looting. Some publicly traded Fortune 500 companies are...

Trump, Congress, and the Politics of Constitutional Crisis

Cheriss May/Sipa USA)(Sipa via AP Images President Donald Trump speaks in the East Room of the White House W hen a principal of the Justice Department of the United States suggests that a gaggle of congressmen is trying to extort him, you might conclude that things are a bit unstable here in the republic. Even dangerously so. But so accustomed have we become to the teetering, it all seems to be just another shade of normal. I’m speaking, of course, of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s stern, public warning to members of the House Freedom Caucus yesterday that he would not yield to their threat to impeach him . “I can tell you that there have been people who have been making threats privately and publicly against me for quite some time,” Rosenstein said during a speaking appearance at the Newseum, in response to an audience member’s question. “I think they should understand by now that the Department of Justice is not going to get extorted. We’re going to do what’s required by...

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