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

Cheer Up, Democrats

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Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via AP Images House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi holds her weekly on camera press conference in the Capitol. This article originally appeared at The Huffington Post. Subscribe here . H ow discouraged should Democrats be after failing to win any of the four recent House special elections to fill vacancies? The losses, most recently of Jon Ossoff, in Georgia’s Sixth District, triggered a blame game, directed against House leader Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic National Committee, the tacticians of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and candidate Ossoff himself. For starters, consider the numbers. Every one of these races was a long shot, and in every case the Democrat did notably better than his counterpart in 2014 or 2016. Ossoff lost by 3.7 points. In 2016, the Democrat lost the seat by 16.2 points. In other words, Ossoff improved the Democratic performance by more than 12 points. Likewise in the Kansas Fourth District election of April 11, Democrat...

What Will It Take to Dump Trump?

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AP Photo/Susan Walsh President Donald Trump walks to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House. This article originally appeared at The Huffington Post. Subscribe here . T he general assumption in Washington has been that only one of two things could cause the Republican leadership to turn on President Trump and begin removal proceedings, either under the 25th Amendment or via articles of impeachment. One would be a smoking gun so dramatic that Republicans would be compelled to move. That could be some new revelation of direct collusion between Trump personally and the Russian government. Or it could be documented conflicts of interest where Trump explicitly used his office for personal enrichment. Or it might be Trump firing special counsel Robert Mueller, either before or after Mueller issued subpoenas compelling the White House to produce evidence. That, coupled with Trump’s ouster of FBI chief James Comey, would compound the president’s obstruction of justice. With each day...

An Open Letter to the Republican Leadership

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AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais From left, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Senior Adviser to President Donald Trump Jared Kushner as they wait for the President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence to begin their meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. This article originally appeared at The Huffington Post . Subscribe here . D ear Messrs. Ryan, McConnell, Pence, and Priebus, It’s now pretty clear that President Trump, one way or another, will be removed from office. Events and James Comey’s testimony have established an open-and-shut case of obstruction of justice. Trump tried to get Comey to drop the investigation of Michael Flynn; then when Comey refused, Trump fired him. It doesn’t get any clearer than that. Not even in Watergate. In addition, details of the Trump campaign’s collusion with the Russians’ successful efforts to undermine the 2016 election have yet...

Britain: The Triumph and the Muddle

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Rex Features via AP Images Jeremy Corbyn leaves the Labour Party Headquarters in London. T here are two main takeaways from the astounding British election. First, there is a hunger for a progressive leader and program that takes seriously just how badly the current economy is destroying ordinary people. Against all odds, Jeremy Corbyn proved to be a plausible version of that leader, just as Bernie Sanders did in the U.S. But second, the battle over British exit from the European Union has severely muddled the broader politics of left and right. The policy confusion will only be compounded by the muddle of a hung Parliament, in which neither major party has a governing majority. Much of the disaffected British working class vented their economic frustrations in the 2016 referendum on Brexit. Only a small part of this vote reflected a nuanced critique of the EU as an agent of market economics and job displacement. Most of the protest vote was pure nationalism—get those Bulgarians out...

Waiting for Lefty: the Deeper Meaning of Corbyn and Brexit

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(Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire via AP) Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn waves after taking part in the BBC Election Debate in Cambridge on May 31, 2017. L ondon, United Kingdom — In the aftermath of the latest terrorist attack on London Bridge, the Labour Party candidate, Jeremy Corbyn, once written off as a hopeless left-winger, was pitch-perfect in his response, while Theresa May, the hapless incumbent, spoke in platitudes. Many considered Corbyn’s the best speech of the campaign. Here is some of what Corbyn said : Our priority must be public safety and I will take whatever action is necessary and effective to protect the security of our people and our country. That includes full authority for the police to use whatever force is necessary to protect and save life as they did last night, as they did in Westminster in March. … You cannot protect the public on the cheap. The police and security services must get the resources they need, not 20,000 police cuts. Theresa May was warned...