Robert Kuttner

Robert Kuttner is co-founder and co-editor of The American Prospect, and professor at Brandeis University's Heller School. His latest book is Debtors' Prison: The Politics of Austerity Versus Possibility. He writes columns for The Huffington Post, The Boston Globe and the New York Times international edition. 

Recent Articles

Time Out to Appreciate President Obama

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mpi04/MediaPunch/IPX/AP President Barack Obama campaigns for Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton at Florida Memorial University Multi Purpose & Wellness Center on October 20, 2016, in Miami Gardens, Florida. An earlier version of this story appeared at The Huffington Post . C ould we pause from the misery of the campaign for a tip of the hat to President Obama? His approval ratings are now soaring . And not surprisingly: Against the sheer thuggery of Donald Trump and the somewhat blemished history of the Clintons, Barack and Michelle Obama have been models of dignity and probity. Barack Obama is possessed not just of idealism and intelligence, but a certain grace. That’s what a president is supposed to look like. Not the faintest whiff of scandal—no rumors of infidelity, no financial conflicts of interest—the Obamas are serious people, exemplary parents, upstanding citizens, nothing cheap or tawdry about them. In case we forgot, the birthers and the haters have not...

Why the Election Isn’t Quite Locked

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AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a fundraiser at the Civic Center Auditorium in San Francisco, Thursday, October 13, 2016. An earlier version of this article appeared at The Huffington Post. T hree weeks to go. Does Donald Trump’s escalating weirdness give Hillary Clinton a lock on the race? Not quite yet. Large numbers of voters still don’t like either candidate. The polls do show a small, steady movement to Clinton. But depending on which poll you believe, the campaign seems to be about a six or seven point race. And in some key states like Ohio and New Hampshire, it’s a lot closer. Nate Silver, noticing that the race has actually tightened a bit in New Hampshire since the disclosures of the Trump tapes, pointed out that New Hampshire has lots of swing voters, who haven’t made their minds up yet. The New York Times found the same thing interviewing voters in a Columbus, Ohio, diner. Kathy Pappas, who owns the diner with her...

Six Things I Wish Clinton Had Said to Trump

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Jim Bourg/Pool via AP Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton watches as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Sunday, October 9, 2016. A ccording to post-debate instant polls and based on the continuing defection of other leading Republicans, Hillary Clinton evidently did well enough in Sunday night’s debate. But had she been a little more alert and less scripted, she might have demolished Donald Trump, once and for all. Trump came into the debate on the verge of a total meltdown, with Republican elected officials deserting his candidacy by the dozen, his own running mate distancing himself from the candidate, and the nation in a state of disgust over Trump’s bragging over his gross sexual exploits. Yet when the debate was over, the consensus that Trump has done well enough to survive, even to halt the slide. What might Hillary have said? Here are six examples: Trump (from the...

Notes for Next Time

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(Photo: AP/David Goldman) Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are introduced during the presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, on September 26. T he consensus is that Hillary Clinton won the first debate handily. Yet despite Donald Trump’s bizarre behavior during and after the debate, the polls show only a modest bounce in Clinton’s favor. We have been here before. Trump has a bad week, Clinton takes the lead—only to have the race fall back to a near tie. What might she do better in the next debate on October 9, which is a town hall format with spontaneous questions posed by an audience of undecided voters? Seemingly, this format favors Clinton, who seems to think better on her feet than Trump when confronted with questions her advisers might not have anticipated. At the same time, the town hall leaves a little less room for the sort of direct give and take that was at the Hofstra debate, in which Clinton was able to bait Trump into losing his initial cool and...

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