Eliza Newlin Carney

Eliza Newlin Carney is a weekly columnist at The American Prospect. Her email is ecarney@prospect.org.

 

Recent Articles

Pain and Power: The LGBT Crucible

One year after the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage, the Orlando shootings capture the challenges facing the LGBT community as their political clout continues to grow.

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rules-logo-109.jpeg Was the mass shooting in an Orlando gay club by a self-proclaimed jihadist a hate crime or a terrorist act? The label affixed to the tragic violence that left 49 people dead Sunday matters greatly to politicians, lobbyists, and organizers all over the ideological map. To LGBT advocates, in particular, the notion that an anti-gay attack during Pride Week should trigger intensive debate over guns and homeland security, while sweeping hate crimes under the rug, adds insult to injury. “I think it’s incredibly distressing that LGBT people are being ignored,” said Sarah Warbelow, legal director of the Human Rights Campaign, on the Diane Rehm Show Monday. The Orlando shootings by gunman Omar Mateen, an American who had pledged loyalty to the Islamic State, captures the challenges facing the LGBT community as their political clout continues to grow. One year after the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage, the Obergefell v. Hodges ruling has triggered...

Clinton’s Real 'Woman Card': Money

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rules-logo-109.jpeg Notwithstanding Donald Trump’s assertion that playing “the woman card” will somehow benefit Hillary Clinton, gender politics are sure to undercut Clinton’s historic presidential bid on more than one front. Research shows that women are held to a higher standard than men when it comes to both honesty and likeability —two areas of particular weakness for Clinton. But in one area that’s traditionally hurt women seeking public office—political fundraising—Clinton has turned the tables. Clinton is one of her party’s most successful rainmakers, enjoying access to a business and finance-sector donor class long dominated by men. She has also raised more than half her money —$55 million so far—from women, the first presidential candidate ever with a campaign account powered principally by female contributors. Clinton’s female donor pool is expanding at a time when women political contributors in both...

Trumping the Media

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On Tuesday, a federal judge released records showing that workers at Trump University had called the for-profit institution a “lie” and a “scheme.” That same day, Donald Trump lashed out at journalists during a press conference to defend his hard-to-track donations to veterans’ groups. Both stories were newsworthy. One offered a live demonstration of how the presumptive GOP presidential nominee might handle a White House press briefing. The other shed light on Trump’s role in an institution that aggressively steered customers to the priciest courses, the new documents show, and that is being sued by students who claim they were defrauded. But news media expert Kathleen Hall Jamieson says media coverage of that day’s events, which in some cases played Trump’s attacks on reporters more prominently than the newly released university documents, demonstrates Trump’s master skills as a media manipulator. The insult-riddled news...

Clinton's Best Defense

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rules-logo-109.jpeg As a well-funded constellation of conservative groups swings into action to attack Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential front-runner is fighting fire with fire. From day one of her campaign, Clinton has made no bones about her need to raise big money, and lots of it. A big chunk of the $1 billion Clinton and her allies have set out to collect will go toward defending her against the scorched-earth assaults of what she once dubbed the “vast, right-wing conspiracy.” The pro-Clinton group Correct the Record, which has raised $5 million to date under the leadership of hard-charging political operative David Brock, has no purpose other than to defend Clinton “from baseless attacks,” as its website states. The pro-Clinton super PAC Priorities USA Action recently booked $96 million in TV ads attacking Donald Trump, a preemptive strike in a race Democrats expect to be brutal, negative, and costly. It should come as no surprise that Clinton...

Wall Street Gears Up Its Stealth Attack

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It’s appropriations season again on Capitol Hill, and that means the halls of Congress are crowded with Wall Street lobbyists looking for regulatory relief in the form of legislative “riders” attached to must-pass spending bills. “Once again, it’s like ringing the dinner gong for the lobbyists,” declared Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts in a conference call with reporters on Wednesday. “They are swarming this place. Because they have all kinds of goodies that they want to slip into the legislation.” Financial services industry lobbyists aren’t the only ones pressing lawmakers to attach policy riders to the fiscal 2017 appropriations bills now under consideration on Capitol Hill. Riders promoted by corporate or conservative interests would weaken a broad range of worker safety, environmental, and women’s health protections, say progressive activists who organized Wednesday’s call to urge Congress to pass a...

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