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

Racism Hidden in Plain View

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(Photo: AP/Stephen B. Morton) Cal Morrison of Charleston sits outside the Charleston Courthouse on September 10, awaiting the verdict of a bond hearing for Michael Slager, the former North Charleston police officer who fatally shot Walter Scott after a traffic stop. O ne of the odd things about our era is that 50 years after the great civil rights era, ugly realities that the black community knows all too intimately are finally being recognized by the broader society. The question is whether constructive change will result. This Sunday, The New York Times , based on its own exhaustive study of tens of thousands of traffic stops, reported that blacks are far more likely to be stopped, and then arrested and sometimes brutalized, for minor traffic infractions than are whites. The piece, focusing on the relatively moderate city of Greensboro, North Carolina, provides more detail than has ever been reported in a major press account. This was no surprise to the black community, which lives...

Hillary: Not Out of the Woods Yet

Clinton's real vulnerabilities have less to with her positioning on the issues than with the unexploded bomblets that may or may not go blow up her candidacy.

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AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a community forum, Tuesday, October 6, 2015, in Davenport, Iowa. This article originally appeared at The Huffington Post . W henever it appears that frontrunner Hillary Clinton has finally caught a break, along come reminders of the unexploded time-bombs that still lie waiting, just up the campaign trail. Take the email scandal (please). As Bernie Sanders pointed out during the CNN debate, in an uncharacteristic moment of courtliness, people are sick of it. The Republican use of it becomes more blatantly political by the day. So it's over, right? Well, not quite—because it's still not clear what exactly was legal or illegal, and who is vulnerable to prosecution for what. We do know, however, that this question is being actively pursued by the FBI. As The New York Times reported Saturday, when President Obama went on CBS's 60 Minutes last Sunday and sought to downplay the email affair—...

What to Watch for in Tuesday's Debate

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AP Photo/Steven Senne Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton listens during a forum on substance abuse, Thursday, October 1, 2015, in Boston. This article originally appeared at The Huffington Post . T uesday's Democratic debate is a very big deal, especially for frontrunner Hillary Clinton. Bernie Sanders will probably exceed expectations because many viewers will be seeing him for the first time, certainly for the first time against Clinton. The other three candidates will likely find themselves far back—this is narrowing to a two-person contest. Clinton needs to get out of a self-infecting cycle of bad publicity, in which everything she does is dismissed as calculating and contrived, even when it represents creative movement on issues. Sanders merely needs to take care to come across as fighting for the forgotten American on the issues, as he nearly always does, but not too radical in his personal style. In the past few weeks, Clinton has made several dramatic...

Bernie Sanders Is About as Radical as Harry Truman

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AP Photo/Cliff Owen Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders walks on stage to speak to supporters during a campaign rally at Prince William Fairground in Manassas, Virginia, Monday, September 14, 2015. This article originally appeared on The Huffington Post . T he mainstream media continues to be shocked that Bernie Sanders keeps gaining traction against frontrunner Hillary Clinton. However, if you look at what Sanders actually stands for, it is well within the mainstream of what used to be the Democratic Party. Ever since Jimmy Carter, it has been evident that much of the Democratic electorate, and for that matter much of the country, is more progressive in its core values than what Democratic presidents have been offering. As big money has crowded out grassroots democracy, the policies that people crave are simply not on offer. There is also the historical accident of which leaders arise at what moments. We have not had a large number of plausible progressives with...

Et Tu, Janet Yellen?

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(Photo: AP/Jessica Hill) Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaks at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Thursday, September 24, a week after the Fed decided to not raise interest rates. This article originally appeared on The Huffington Post . B arely a week after Fed Chair Janet Yellen cheered her many admirers by fending off pressures to raise interest rates in a weak recovery, Yellen reversed course. In a long, dense, technical lecture at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst on Thursday, Yellen concluded by indicating that the Fed is likely to raise rates by the end of 2015 after all. So what's at work here? Obviously, economic conditions did not change between September 17 and September 24. Workers' wages continue to be flat, despite a gradual reduction in the official unemployment rate. The inflation rate continues to be well below the Fed's official target of 2 percent, with indications that it will go lower. Economic conditions outside the United States continued...