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A Presidency in Peril

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With support from: Lowell Institute
Date and time
Thursday, June 03, 2010

Robert Kuttner, co-founder and co-editor of *The American Prospect*, Demos Distinguished Senior Fellow, and columnist for *The Boston Globe*, joins Wendy Ballinger, founder of Ballinger Consulting, to discuss the dilemmas facing the Obama administration from trade to efficiency to the challenge of regulating global capitalism.

Robert Kuttner is a journalist, author, economist and eminent public intellectual. Mr. Kuttner is co-founder and co-editor of *The American Prospect* magazine, and senior fellow at the New York think-tank Demos. A longtime columnist for *BusinessWeek*, he continues to write for *Huffington Post* and the *Boston Globe*. He was a co-founder of the Economic Policy Institute and serves on its board. His magazine writing has appeared in *The New York Times Magazine* and *The New York Times Book Review*, *The Atlantic*, *The New Republic*, *The New Yorker*, *Dissent*, *Foreign Affairs*, *Columbia Journalism Review*, and *Harvard Business Review*. He has contributed major articles to *The New England Journal of Medicine* as a national policy correspondent. He contributes columns to *The New York Times international edition*. Mr. Kuttner has served as national staff writer on *The Washington Post*, chief investigator of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee, economics editor of *The New Republic*, and assistant to renowned journalist I.F. Stone. Educated at Oberlin College, The London School of Economics, and the University of California at Berkeley, he has taught at Brandeis, Boston University, the University of Massachusetts, and Harvard's Institute of Politics. He is the author of eight books, including the 2008 *New York Times* bestseller, *Obama's Challenge: American's Economic Crisis and the Power of a Transformative Presidency*. Bob's latest work is *A Presidency in Peril*, dealing with the financial crisis and the related political and regulatory battles of President Obama's first year. A fascinating and incisive look at both the promise that Barak Obama brought when assuming the mantle of the presidency and the factors that have served to tamp down that promise.
Wendy Ballinger is a principal of Ballinger Consulting, a non-profit development and organizational consulting firm. Her experience includes a decade of service as Executive Director of the Ford Hall Forum, as well as staff positions in both the Massachusetts State Senate and the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She is co-author of *How the press Affects Federal policymaking: Six Case Studies* with Martin Linsky, Jonathan Moore and David Whitman. Ms. Ballinger received her B.A. and M.A. from Tufts University.