Robert Kuttner is co-founder and co-editor of The American Prospect magazine, as well as a Demos Distinguished Senior Fellow. He was a longtime columnist for BusinessWeek, and continues to write columns in the Boston Globe.
Submitted by Robert Kuttner on Mon, 03/03/2014 - 02:27
Governor Jan Brewer's veto of a bill that would have allowed discrimination against gays on religious grounds is only the latest example of the tension between the corporate and fundamentalist right. She acted because business elites feared that the measure would be bad for the state's economy.
Submitted by Robert Kuttner on Mon, 02/24/2014 - 02:47
The globalization agenda of American financial elites that has dominated both parties' trade policy for three decades is on the verge of crashing and burning. There is escalating, perhaps fatal, opposition to the proposed Pacific and Atlantic deals in both the U.S. Congress and among partner nations.
Submitted by Robert Kuttner on Mon, 02/17/2014 - 03:00
It is a staple of American history that the president's party loses seats six years into his term. Voters are weary of the incumbent and receptive to change. In the past century, even the beloved Franklin Roosevelt lost seats in his sixth year, 1938, before going in to win two more terms.
Submitted by Robert Kuttner on Mon, 02/10/2014 - 02:31
The Oscar favorite (10 nominations), American Hustle, begins with the words "Some of this actually happened." And it did.
What actually happened, beginning in 1978 with an FBI sting operation, is that the mayor of Camden, New Jersey, six U.S. congressmen and one senator, took bribes from agents posing as Arab investors, and ultimately went to prison. The senator was Harrison ("Pete") Williams. One of the congressmen, Frank Thompson, was also from New Jersey. All of the bribe conversations were videotaped.
Submitted by Robert Kuttner on Mon, 02/03/2014 - 02:42
Though President Obama's State of the Union said the right things about the disgrace of growing inequality in America, his remedial measures are mainly gestures. Yes, they are gestures in the right direction, but not an effective politics.
Submitted by Robert Kuttner on Mon, 01/27/2014 - 03:38
President Obama's State of the Union Address, according to briefings and leaks, will emphasize the president's use of executive power to get the public's business done despite a divided and severely deadlocked Congress.
Submitted by Robert Kuttner on Wed, 01/22/2014 - 14:56
To honor Martin Luther King, Jr., the White House declared a “day of service” in Dr. King’s memory, and President Obama spent a few minutes on Monday helping to serve meals in a soup kitchen near the White House. Talk about a tin ear, or a timid one.