Adele M. Stan

How Doug Jones’ Alabama Surprise Win Could Change Everything

Hell hath no fury like a predator scorned. And so it was that Roy Moore, the far-right Republican U.S. Senate candidate who Tuesday night lost a special election in Alabama to Democrat Doug Jones, refused to concede to his rival that evening, even after all the major news outlets called the outcome. On the same day, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to insult a high-profile woman senator with sexual innuendo. As Paul Waldman noted, Trump all but shouted, “Whore!”

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Guys Like Matt Lauer Are Why We Have President Trump

Until this morning, Today show anchor Matt Lauer was one of the highest-paid people in television, with an estimated annual salary north of $20 million. Today, he’s out of a job because of, in the words of NBC News Chairman Andrew Lackinappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.

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This Is What Patriarchy Looks Like

There’s an alleged ass-grabber in the Senate and a self-described pussy-grabber in the White House. In Alabama, an alleged ephebophile who stands accused of assaulting young women—including one as young as 14—is running for a seat in the Senate. He enjoys support of the pussy-grabber in the Oval Office.

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Roy Moore Proves the Moral Bankruptcy of the Religious Right

He is a judge who was suspended from his position as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court for failing to uphold the Constitution of the United States. But that wasn’t enough to keep Roy Moore from winning the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. If anything, it was Moore’s defiance in the face of a federal court decision mandating that government officials issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples that won him the love of the Alabamians who turned out to vote for him.

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As Senator Flake Goes Down in Flames, White Nationalism Is Infecting Major Segments of the Body Politic

For progressives and liberals, it is tempting to eye the current discord and disarray in the Republican Party with a sense of amusement, if not outright glee. But the current trend of divisive loyalty tests for national political candidates poses a grave danger to the nation, especially when imposed by an ally of an authoritarian administration that regularly demonstrates contempt for the institutions and norms of representative democracy.

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The Allure of the Far Right Demands Immediate Action

It is always tempting to dismiss the importance of America’s far right to the nation’s political trajectory, given the torrent of absurd and frankly false claims of its proponents, whether regarding the birth certificate of a president or the meaning of the Constitution. But around the world, the far right is on the rise, infecting nearly every Western democracy, and ours is hardly immune. Witness the election of Donald J. Trump, which most progressives and liberals had deemed impossible. After spending a weekend at the Values Voter Summit, an annual conference hosted by the political arm of the Family Research Council, I fear that same denial remains strong, even in the Age of Trump.

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How the NRA Made the Gun a Symbol of Tribal Identity

A version of this essay, updated for AlterNet, originally appeared at the website of The American Prospect.

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Bannon’s Oligarch Cage Match Worries GOP

Stephen K. Bannon, current Breitbart News CEO and former White House strategist, is everywhere these days, it seems—on your TV, college campuses, and smack in the middle of the midterm congressional elections.

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Donald Trump Is Our National Emergency

President Donald J. Trump really likes fire engines. They’re big. They’re red. They’re shiny. And because he’s president, he can get in one whenever he wants to.

On Tuesday in Corpus Christi, Texas, as Houston lay drowning, Trump admired an adoring, pre-screened crowd from atop the bumper of a firetruck parked at a rural firehouse. “What a crowd,” the president said, as if he were addressing a campaign rally. “What a turnout!”

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Why Trump Keeps White Supremacists Close to Him, And What it Means For the Future

The current president of the United States has his own little army of men who play by no rules, many armed to the teeth with assault rifles, all who chant racist slurs, usually bearing some implement that can be used as a weapon—a lit torch, a flagpole, a stick, a club, a homemade shield deliberately crafted with sharp edges. And he means to keep them in his service.

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I Was in Charlottesville When the Nazis Moved In - They're Coming for You Next

I arrived at the edge of Emancipation Park, where the rally was supposed to have taken place, to find skirmishes already underway between right-wing extremists and members of the loose alliance known as Antifa (for anti-fascist). Smoke billowed near the Antifa contingent, perhaps from one of its own canisters, or maybe a so-called flash-bang hurled by police. It was all so chaotic, that it was difficult to understand what was taking place.

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Nuke Threats Prove Trump's Unfitness to Govern

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.

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

In Washington these days, a simple question once regarded as a mere pleasantry has become quite loaded: “How are you?”

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The Republican Party Proves It Loves Power More Than Truth Itself

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.

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Very Dangerous Times: The Media Is Under Attack by an Authoritarian White House

If there were ever a doubt that a traitor now occupies the Oval Office, Tuesday’s assault on the exercise of a free press, guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States, should dispel it.

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Trump Brings out the Bible for Faith and Freedom

As Washington sat transfixed before the image of former FBI Director James Comey spilling some beans on the president of the United States, Donald J. Trump went to work. An expert in creating crises, Trump is not the kind to let his handiwork go to waste.

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Sorry, There Are No 'Grown-Ups' to Protect Us, As Trump Makes the World Even Worse of a Mess

Americans awoke Wednesday 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.

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Trey Gowdy Is the Perfect Trump Stooge in House Russia Probe

Representative 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.

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Ivanka, the Fairytale Princess of False Feminism

When I think about Ivanka Trump, I think a lot about the 53 percent of white women in the electorate who voted for her father.

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Ditching O’Reilly Is Not Enough

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly is reportedly soon to be on permanent holiday from his top-rated, prime-time talk show, thanks to an advertiser revolt over new allegations of sexual harassment on his part, and revelations of millions of dollars in settlements over the course of 13 years.

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How Jeff Sessions Is Laying the Groundwork for an Authoritarian State

With Donald Trump appearing to be on the verge of blowing up the world, it stands to reason that people might not be paying attention to his attorney general’s attempt to consolidate support for the administration among local law enforcement by selling off the rights of the American people. Add to that White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s suggestion Thursday that Hitler never used chemical weapons “on his own people,” or revelations of the FBI’s investigation of a former Trump foreign policy adviser as a possible Russian espionage asset, and your brain may have absorbed all it can about the present political moment.

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Trump & Friends’ War on African American Women

t’s no secret that a toxic combination of misogyny and racism helped Donald J. Trump win the presidency. Never mind dog whistles and code—Trump proudly displayed his contempt for women and non-white people throughout his campaign. But another likely helper to that victory was one whose involvement Trump and his allies would prefer to have kept under wraps: the government of Russia, a U.S. adversary.

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Pushback from Women Key to Vexing Trump Administration Efforts to Quiet Russia Scandal

When then-National Security Adviser Mike Flynn was found to have had a discussion with the Russian ambassador that he shouldn’t have had, it fell to former acting Attorney General Sally Yates to inform White House Counsel Donald McGahn of the intercepted communication. Yates was scheduled to appear before the House Intelligence Committee on March 28 when the hearing was abruptly canceled by committee chairman Devin Nunes, Republican of California, with no notice given to ranking Democrat Adam Schiff, also of California.

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Trump’s Russia Ties a Full-Blown Crisis for U.S. Democracy

If the United States Congress were doing its job, right now nearly all business before the House and Senate would grind to a halt as leaders addressed a rapidly-unfolding crisis: whether the current administration is acting in the interests of the nation whose Constitution its members have sworn to defend. The nomination hearings of a new Supreme Court justice would be forestalled while national law enforcement and intelligence agencies investigated the current administration’s ties to a foreign government that attempted to sway the 2016 presidential election in favor of the president who appointed that nominee. An independent select committee would be quickly convened.

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Trump’s Race-Baiting Bromance with Andrew Jackson

To commemorate the 250th birthday of Andrew Jackson, President Donald J. Trump, never a subtle man, arranged to travel to Tennessee to lay a wreath on Old Hickory’s grave in Nashville, Tennessee. Applauded by history for having broadened the scope of the electorate and the politically engaged to include the ordinary white men who had heretofore been locked out of the democratic process, Jackson is often seen as the great leveler, a hero in the myth of American meritocracy. He is also the president who signed the 1830 Indian Removal Act, which led to the Trail of Tears march of Choctaw Indians off their land in the Southeastern states, on foot and often in chains, to Oklahoma. Thousands died along the way. During his presidency, a host of tribes were decimated in similar ways.

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Nope, Trump’s Address Wasn’t Remotely ‘Presidential’

On Tuesday night, President Trump defied critics by proving he could read a teleprompter. In Trump’s hands, the mastery of that skill could prove as dangerous as the improvisational bullying for which he is better known, for Trump’s reading style renders the articulation of evil into a banal-sounding celebration of resentment, greed, grief, and death.

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Milo Scandal Lays Bare the Moral Corruption of the Conservative Movement

Since the early days of its ascendance in the Republican Party, the conservative movement’s leaders have advanced their cause on two major claims that have shaped conservatism’s identity: moral rectitude and love of the Constitution. As it turns out, that was quite a sell job.

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The Patriarchy Strikes Back: Warren's Strong Stand on Race Undermined by Senate Leader

There’s nothing the patriarchy hates more than a woman who’s got a point to make, especially a powerful point to make against the man the white patriarchy means to install in the highest law-enforcement office in the land. And the patriarchy really is not down with the fact that the point was originally made by a black woman, one of the most revered civil rights activists in modern history.

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What Progressives Need to Beat Trump - The Answer Isn't Copying What Right-Wingers Do

When you’re in the midst of multiple constitutional crises, it’s hard to focus on the future. But without that focus on the part of progressives and liberals, the fate of the republic looks bleak.

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The Feminist Movement Will Survive After Trump's Victory - But It Needs to Change

It was supposed to be the ultimate moment of the feminist project—that moment when the national media networks would call the 2016 election for the nation’s first woman president. That didn’t happen, of course; instead, a man, who has made a display of his contempt for women, won the White House. Since Donald Trump’s great Electoral College triumph, women dedicated to the cause of equal rights, whether they describe themselves as feminists or womanists, have been taking stock.

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Rex Tillerson: An Oligarch’s Dream at the State Department

If confirmed by the Senate, the next secretary of state will enter into the service of the second employer he has ever had in his life: the United States government. Since his graduation from the University of Texas in Austin, according to The New Yorker’s Steve Coll, Rex Tillerson has known only one boss (in aggregate): the shareholders of Exxon Mobil.

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