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

Cecile Richards or Tom Perez for DNC Chair

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AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite President of Planned Parenthood Action Fund Cecile Richards waves after speaking during the second day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Tuesday, July 26, 2016. An earlier version of this article appeared at The Huffington Post . Subscribe here . T he Democrats desperately need a new national party leader, technically the chair of the Democratic National Committee. The current national committee, elected at the last Democratic convention based on the relative strengths of the Clinton and Sanders forces, is narrowly divided, and close to deadlock. Representative Keith Ellison of Minnesota, co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, an early favorite after Sanders endorsed him, now appears to be at risk. Though Senator Chuck Schumer, the Democrats’ Senate leader, quickly jumped in and backed Ellison as part of Schumer’s repositioning as a progressive, there is pressure on Schumer and other early supporters to back off. For now,...

The Democrats’ Circular Firing Squad

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AP Photo/Matt Rourke Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton walks off the stage after speaking in New York, Wednesday, November 9, 2016. This article originally appeared at The Huffington Post . Subscribe here . I f you are like me, you are probably very weary of debates about Who Lost America to Donald Trump. The debate goes something like this: Hillary blew it! What a terrible campaign. What a blemished candidate. What horrible judgment to take those speaking fees from Wall Street, to keep classified data on her personal server, to fail to ask her top aide Huma Abedin to leave her employ once the Anthony Weiner mess blew up, yet again. She handed her enemies a loaded gun. And now we’re stuck with Trump!! Hillary screwed up; we pay the price. Hold on, misogynist pig. Hillary won! She won the popular vote by more than two million. Even apart from the alleged hacking of election results, old-fashioned voter suppression—in the form of closed polling places, long lines,...

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...