Eliza Newlin Carney

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


Recent Articles

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...

Convention Floor Fight May Still Loom

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rules-logo-109.jpeg Republicans are running out of ways to reclaim their grip on a GOP that many party leaders regard as spinning out of control, now that Donald Trump is its presumptive presidential nominee. Some have thrown in the towel and reversed course to endorse Trump, having previously condemned him. Some still hold out hope that a third party Republican might at least carry the banner for traditional conservative values. Some plan to sit out both the party’s convention on Cleveland in July and possibly the entire election. But there is one way that anti-Trump Republicans may still yet wield substantial influence over the shape of their party’s presidential ticket: the billionaire businessman’s choice of a running mate. The Republican Party’s rules for nominating a vice presidential contender differ sharply from those that govern the top of the ticket, and give convention delegates considerable control over who ends up as Trump’s running mate. Now...

Trump Fallout Hurts GOP Campaign Coffers

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rules-logo-109_2.jpg Donald Trump’s emergence as the Republican Party’s all-but-inevitable presidential standard-bearer deepens a growing ideological rift between the GOP and its traditional allies in the business community, who have long been the party’s leading political donors. The damage incurred by Trump, whose inflammatory rhetoric has deeply alienated women, Latinos, and young voters, among others, will play out on many levels. But in the practical sphere of campaign financing, Republicans are already feeling the pinch . Having championed Supreme Court rulings and government regulations that permit corporate donors to spend freely on elections, Republicans in this election have been abandoned by a long list of big GOP contributors put off by Trump. The latest sign that the GOP is in trouble with some of its traditional corporate allies is the soul-searching now going on among business associations and trade groups, as well as among many major corporations,...