Monthly Archives: March 2019

Expect Trump To Be Back on the Defensive Soon

Some commentators contend that Mueller’s non-finding of criminal wrongdoing on Trump’s part paradoxically “did Democrats a favor.” In this view, the door is now closed on further investigations of Trump’s misdeeds, and Dems can now focus on the 2020 election, the surest way of removing Trump. This theory is nonsense. Trump’s misuse of office has to be a major issue in 2020. And the aftermath of Mueller’s report is far from over. Attorney General Bill Barr’s summary is a [...]

By |2019-03-29T14:47:12-05:00March 29th, 2019|Kuttner on TAP|0 Comments

Connecting the Dots in the Catastrophe that is Europe

There is a direct connection between the three core elements of Europe’s deepening calamity. Those would be (a) the failure of the EU leadership to prevent the Greek financial crisis from crippling the EU economy as a whole; (b) the popular backlash in a worsening economy against refugees; and (c) the rise of the far right - not to mention, in the case of Britain, the interminable mess that is Brexit. What connects all three is the utter failure [...]

By |2019-03-27T22:50:08-05:00March 27th, 2019|Kuttner on TAP|0 Comments

Mueller Punts to Congress

By leaving open the question of whether Donald Trump obstructed justice, Robert Mueller fairly begs Congress to pursue it. We may or may not learn from the full text of Mueller’s report why he chose neither to charge Trump nor to exonerate him. It would be useful to know, but either way the duty now falls to Congress. The Constitution states that a president can prosecuted for crimes after he leaves office, but uses impeachment as the sole remedy [...]

By |2019-03-25T16:09:16-05:00March 25th, 2019|Kuttner on TAP|0 Comments

Will Democrats Snatch Defeat Out of the Jaws of Victory?

So let’s see. We have two old white guys, one of them still the darling of the party’s young left and the other standing for what remains of the party’s center. Elizabeth Warren, meanwhile, is in many ways a far more creative radical than Sanders, but if he has a lock on the hearts of the lefties, Warren will have trouble gaining traction. Call me an ageist, but in my view 78 is just too old to run for president. This [...]

By |2019-03-21T22:00:44-05:00March 21st, 2019|Kuttner on TAP|1 Comment

Truth Time for Trump’s Turtle

Senate Majority Mitch McConnell has been the most loyal of the Trump loyalists. But in his home state of Kentucky, where he is up for re-election in 2020, McConnell is running behind in the polls. About 33 percent of Kentucky voters approve of the job McConnell is doing, while some 56 percent disapprove. Lately, McConnell has had trouble holding his Senate troops. Twelve Republicans defected on the resolution to overturn Trump’s emergency wall declaration, while six voted with Democrats [...]

By |2019-03-18T19:17:22-05:00March 18th, 2019|Kuttner on TAP|0 Comments

Trump’s Very, Extremely, Seriously Bad Week

This was the week that Trump’s Senate supporters began deserting him big time, on the Wall (12 Republican Senate defections), on support for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen (7 defections) and most ominously, on Special Counsel Mueller’s report, which both parties want made public. This is how it works. Support is solid, until it starts to crumble, and then it can crumble fast. Nancy Pelosi would be wise not to throw more cold water on impeachment. Let the facts [...]

By |2019-03-15T23:22:23-05:00March 15th, 2019|Kuttner on TAP|0 Comments

This Just In: Rich People Game College Admissions for Their Kids (Stop the Presses!)

So 50 very wealthy people did everything from pay test takers to bribe coaches to fake athletic records to get their kids into college. Are we shocked—shocked? Anyone who has been paying attention knows that this scandal is just a grotesque extreme of business as usual. Rich kids get to attend better high schools, get all kinds of test prep help, have helicopter parents who edit college essays, are able to cut in line because their parents can pay [...]

By |2019-03-14T00:09:24-05:00March 14th, 2019|Kuttner on TAP|0 Comments

Wanted: A Few Great Young Journalists

Since 1997, the Prospect has sponsored what’s been called “the best starter job in journalism.” It’s called The American Prospect Writing Fellows program—and we have two openings for the fall. Fellows get to spend two years with the magazine, work closely with our editors, and publish a wide range of articles, from print feature pieces to web commentaries. Most of our fellows are straight out of college. A few have a little more experience. As a matter of principle, we [...]

By |2019-03-08T19:50:58-05:00March 8th, 2019|Kuttner on TAP|0 Comments

Can This Party Be Saved?

Okay, Dems: In one ring of the circus we have a major internal war over anti-Semitism. Absolute defenders of Israel-right-or-wrong will have to get used to the fact that there are legitimate criticisms to be made. And at the same time, critics of Israel need to take more care to avoid triggering stereotypes. Is that logical? Yes. Is it easy? No. And AIPAC should please get down off its high horse and stop pretending that it doesn’t play into [...]

By |2019-03-06T21:48:28-05:00March 6th, 2019|Kuttner on TAP|0 Comments

In Praise of Thinking Too Big

The censorious centrists have been berating progressives for thinking too big. Medicare for All is impractical. Taxing the rich seems too socialistic. A drastically higher minimum wage might cost some jobs. Free higher education could help some affluent kids. A Green New Deal is over the top. Basically, an ideological preference is masquerading as tactical advice. Most of these centrist souls, by coincidence, don’t support Medicare for All, or other expansive public programs. But are they wrong on the [...]

By |2019-03-05T15:47:00-05:00March 5th, 2019|Kuttner on TAP|1 Comment