Eliza Newlin Carney

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


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Improve Vote Counting? No Way, Says House GOP

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AP Photo/Lynne Sladky John Walker, 88, places his completed ballot into a machine after voting in the general election, Tuesday, November 8, 2016, in Miami Shores, Florida. rules-logo-109_2.jpg J ust in case President Donald Trump’s specious voter fraud claims haven’t done enough to diminish public confidence in American elections, House Republicans have set out to shutter the one federal agency that works to keep the nation’s polling places running smoothly. The mandate of that agency, the Election Assistance Commission, is to modernize and secure the nation’s voting machines, and to serve as an information clearinghouse for states on such best practices as how to avoid long lines at the polls, and make sure all votes are tallied. It’s the sort of thing that one might expect Trump, with his unsubstantiated claims that fraudulent ballots cost him the popular vote, might consider worth investing in. But this week the Republicans on the House Administration Committee voted to kill the...

Taking Corruption International

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AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite House Speaker Paul Ryan, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise meet with reporters on Capitol Hill. rules-logo-109_2.jpg U .S. foreign policy has long sought to advance democracy around the world, but Republicans on Capitol Hill this week placed the nation on the opposite course with a measure that will advance international corruption instead. In a little-noticed move that echoed the House GOP’s very first attempted vote in the 115th Congress—to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics—Republicans approved a resolution that throws out a regulation, enacted with bipartisan backing, that targets graft and extortion in countries where publicly traded fossil fuels and mining companies do business. When they first tried to weaken ethics oversight in early January, House Republicans backed down following a massive public outcry, and a couple of condemning tweets from then-president-elect Donald Trump. But this time, with...

What’s Next? A Massive Fight Over Women’s Reproductive Health

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AP Photo/Mary Altaffer Demonstrators across Madison Avenue during a women's march, Saturday, January 21, 2017, in New York. rules-logo-109_2.jpg P resident Donald Trump and his GOP congressional allies have come right out of the gate with a multi-pronged assault on abortion rights, a risky gambit that could complicate Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and install a new justice on the Supreme Court. Women were already riled up after Trump’s election, as evidenced by the millions of protesters who took to the streets in Washington, D.C., and around the globe in a woman-organized march that featured reproductive health as a leading theme. Adding to the sea of pink “pussy” hats sported by marchers were hundreds of pink T-Shirts, signs, and banners supporting Planned Parenthood, the event’s “ Exclusive Premiere Sponsor .” As if to demonstrate just how tone-deaf they are to women and to the majority of Americans who say abortion should be legal, Republicans within days of...

Who’s Behind the Women’s March?

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AP Photo/Mark Lennihan Tamika Mallory, right, co-chair of the Women's March on Washington, talks during an interview with fellow co-chairs Carmen Perez, left, and Linda Sarsour, January 9, 2017 in New York. rules-logo-109_2.jpg I n 1963, women helped organize the iconic civil rights demonstration officially known as the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, but not a single one of them made the roster of official speakers. By contrast, this Saturday’s Women’s March on Washington is organized principally by women of color, who can be expected to top the program. Though the march’s initial instigators were white women—a fact that will keep some leading African American women away—the event now reflects what veteran progressive organizer Heather Booth calls the new face of the women’s movement. Booth says that movement hasn’t disappeared, but that women are pouring their energy into vital campaigns to champion Dreamers, Black Lives Matter, and the Fight for $15. “Very often it is...

The Transition: From Democrat to Autocrat

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AP Photo/Evan Vucci President-elect Donald Trump gestures while speaking during a news conference in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, Wednesday, January 11, 2017. rules-logo-109_2.jpg D onald Trump’s capacity to unravel President Obama’s legacy is typically cast in terms of the president-elect’s plans to reverse his predecessor’s actions on health care, immigration, environmental protections, and worker rights, among other areas. But Trump is also poised to shred another equally important if less tangible of achievement of the Obama era: the outgoing president’s role as a champion of democracy and a democratic culture. Where Obama advanced voting rights, government ethics, civil discourse and efforts at bipartisan cooperation, Trump is careening to the opposite extreme. He’s trashing democratic norms across the board, and his presidency will almost certainly corrode voters’ faith in public officials, elections, and government institutions. To be sure, Obama was no hero to good...