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

The Impeachment of Hillary Clinton

Republicans would never have reversed their views on Russia for Hillary Clinton.

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Win McNamee via AP, Pool Former Presidential Bill Clinton and wife Hillary Clinton arrive on the West Front of the Capitol in Washington, Friday, January 20, 2017, for the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump. An earlier version of this story appeared at The Huffington Post. Subscribe here . F EBRUARY 20—House Judiciary Chair Bob Goodlatte announced today that the impeachment proceeding against President Hillary Clinton would proceed directly to a vote of the full House. “We know everything we need to know,” said Goodlatte. “This woman belongs in prison, or worse, for the high crime of treason.” House Speaker Paul Ryan added, “We knew Hillary Clinton was incompetent and we knew she was corrupt. But trading favors with Vladimir Putin to throw the election, and to enrich the Clinton business interests, is a new low, even for the Clintons.” “I don’t want to prejudge this, since the Senate still needs to vote to convict,” added Senate leader Mitch McConnell, "but her behavior makes...

An Illegitimate Presidency

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(Photo: Michael Reynolds/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images) The Oval Office on February 1, 2017 T he latest news about ongoing contacts between senior Trump campaign officials and Russian intelligence during the campaign makes clear what was hidden in plain view: Trump and the Russians colluded to tip the election to Trump; and in return, Trump offered a much more docile set of U.S. policies towards Putin. As The New York Times reported, based on extensive interviews with former senior U.S. intelligence officials: [T]he intercepts alarmed American intelligence and law enforcement agencies, in part because of the amount of contact that was occurring while Mr. Trump was speaking glowingly about the Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin. At one point last summer, Mr. Trump said at a campaign event that he hoped Russian intelligence services had stolen Hillary Clinton’s emails and would make them public. So we now have something entirely unprecedented in American history—a coup d’état,...

Trump’s Tactical Retreats

If ever there were an impeachable offense, selling out national security for your business interests has to top the list.

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AP Photo/Alex Brandon President Donald Trump walks up the steps of Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base. T his was the week that Trump learned that there is a reality beyond what’s in his head, and that it can bite back. That’s both good news and bad news for the Trump resistance. If he starts behaving more like a normal person, he’s that much more dangerous. Monday night, Trump’s dumped his national security adviser, Michael Flynn. Even under a president who got famous for bellowing, “You’re fired!”, Flynn was allowed to follow the usual bogus Washington protocol, and “resigned.” It didn’t take Trump long to get with that program. This followed two days of total disarray around Flynn’s Russia connections, which reminded the public of Trump’s own footsie with Putin. Pushing out Flynn was doubly tricky, since Trump doesn’t know everything that the CIA has on Flynn—or what Flynn has on Trump, should Flynn feel wronged and decide to sing. Once again, the White House was in full...

The March To Impeachment

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AP Photo/Ted S. Warren Protesters call for the impeachment of President-elect Donald Trump as they march in Seattle on November 9, 2016. This article originally appeared at The Huffington Post . Subscribe here . T here are already plenty of grounds to impeach Donald Trump . The really interesting question is when key Republicans will decide that he’s more of a liability than an asset. If Trump keeps sucking up to Vladimir Putin, it could happen sooner than you think. The first potential count is Trump’s war with the courts. The Supreme Court is likely to give expedited review to the order by the 9th Circuit upholding Judge James Robart’s order that tossed out Trump’s bans on immigrants or refugees from seven countries, even permanent U.S. residents and others with valid green cards. It’s encouraging that the agencies of government, such as the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security, immediately deferred to the court order, not to a president who thinks he can govern...

Q&A: A Tale Told by an Idiot: Shakespeare and Trump

Allyn Burrows on mad kings, tragedy, and why Trump would fall short as a Shakespearean protagonist. 

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Cheriss May/NurPhoto/Sipa via AP Images President Donald Trump walks across the South Lawn of the White House to board Marine One. A llyn Burrows was recently named the artistic director of Shakespeare and Company, in Lenox, Massachusetts, one of the nation’s leading festivals of Shakespeare and other theatre. Burrows has directed or acted in dozens of Shakespeare productions. Previously, he served for seven years as artistic director of the Actors’ Shakespeare Project in Boston. He spoke with Prospect co-editor Robert Kuttner about Shakespearean themes in the Trump administration. Robert Kuttner: It seems to me that the Trump drama has just about everything in Shakespeare—a mad king, enablers, manipulators, people who are weak. We've got the whole cast of characters, not to mention the intrigue. What does Shakespeare have to teach us about Trump? Allyn Burrows: Well, the classic madman was Macbeth, or Richard III. But Trump is less interesting as a madman than either of those,...

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