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

No Common Ground with Trump

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AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster President-elect Donald Trump waves as he arrives at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse, Sunday, November 20, 2016, in Bedminster, New Jersey. This article originally appeared at The Huffington Post. Subscribe here . A fter not quite two weeks, this is what we know about President-elect Donald Trump. He is treating the American presidency as an opportunity both for nepotism and for personal enrichment. His first appointments signal that the far-right tenor of his campaign will continue into his presidency, as well as the fact that he is way out of his depth. Against this background, some Democrats are hoping that at least there are a few points of convergence. This is a huge mistake. President Obama seems to be in what some have called “ horse-whisperer ” mode, hoping that he may yet tutor Trump on the realities of the presidency. This will be the final episode of the most disappointing aspect of Obama’s administration and of this otherwise...

The Vulnerability of Trump’s Fake Populism

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AP Photo/Chris O'Meara Campaign signs before a speech by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump Saturday, November 5, 2016, in Tampa, Florida. This article originally appeared at The Huffington Post. Subscribe here . W hat sort of president will Donald Trump be? We have good reason to be alarmed about his running roughshod over the Constitution and blundering into foreign policy disasters. But let’s put that aside for a moment and look at his supposed populism on economic issues. After just a week, despite a campaign based on faux-populism, the evidence is that Trump will be a fairly conventional right-wing Republican, one possible exception being trade, another being infrastructure. A key question is not whether his base will notice the contradictions, but when they will notice. In the short run, he could keep fooling them, for two reasons. While he sides with financial elites on tax and regulatory and spending issues, he can throw his base the cultural raw meat they craved,...

Nine Concerns for November 9

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AP Photo/ Evan Vucci Supporters of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump listen as he speaks during a campaign rally, Monday, November 7, 2016, in Sarasota, Florida. An earlier version of this story appeared at The Huffington Post . Subscribe here . E ver since World War II, the executive branch has steadily gained power at the expense of Congress. But despite a variety of incursions, especially in the name of national security, even the worst of our presidents have had some basic respect for our institutions. When the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the press in the Pentagon Papers case, or when Richard Nixon was ordered to turn over the Watergate tapes, he complied. When Congress finally turned against the Vietnam War, the escalations ceased. Ronald Reagan complied with congressional investigations of the Iran-Contra affair. But the idea that separation of powers would somehow restrain a President Trump is a fantasy. After some early defections, the Republic Party has...

Will Anthony Weiner Elect Donald Trump?

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AP Photo/Richard Drew, File Former Representative Anthony Weiner leaves his apartment building in New York on July 24, 2013. An earlier version of this article appeared at The Huffington Post . Subscribe here . I n one week, this nightmare election will be over. If Hillary Clinton does manage to win, Democrats and progressives will experience a complex set of feelings. First, of course, sheer relief that American democracy was spared Donald Trump. Second, some hope and good wishes—that Clinton can somehow break through the toxic Republican cynicism that has blocked progress on serious national problems; that she can begin to repair the damage to American democracy. But third, there will be barely repressed fury that Clinton came so close to blowing it because of her own questionable judgment on so many fronts. A less blemished candidate would be leading the bizarre Donald Trump by double digits, and pulling along a Democratic Senate majority with her. A narrow Clinton win will be a...

Time Out to Appreciate President Obama

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...