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 The Stakes: 2020 and the Survival of American Democracy. In addition to writing for the Prospect, he writes for HuffPost, The Boston Globe, and The New York Review of Books.

Follow Bob at his site,, and on Twitter.

Follow @kuttnerwrites

Kuttner on Tap 012020 Biden.jpg

Susan Walsh/AP Photo

Today on TAP: The candidate’s new ad is misleading at best Read more


Kuttner on Tap 011720 Iowa.jpg

Patrick Semansky/AP Photo

Today on TAP: A few thousand voters in tiny, unrepresentative states hold outsize power Read more


Kuttner on Tap 011520 Trade.jpg

Evan Vucci/AP Photo

Today on TAP: Democrats, not Trump, should be winning on trade Read more


Kuttner 011420 Senate trial.jpg

J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo

How the impeachment trial might play out among Republicans and Democrats in the Senate Read more


Kuttner on Tap 011320 Mossack Fonseca.jpg

Arnulfo Franco/AP Photo

Today on TAP: How the U.S. government uses its financial weapons depends on who you are Read more


Kuttner on Tap 010820 Iran.jpg

Vahid Salemi/AP Photo

Today on TAP: Iran’s restrained response to the killing of Soleimani Read more


Kuttner-USMCA 010720.jpg

Sean Rayford/AP Photo

The Trump administration’s efforts on behalf of Mexican labor belie an aggressive anti-worker project at home. Read more

Working in America

Kuttner on Tap 010620 Putin.jpg

Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP Photo

Today on TAP: Vladimir Putin turns to damage control after Trump’s strike against Iran Read more


Kuttner on Tap 010320 Romney.jpg

Susan Walsh/AP Photo

Today on TAP: Will Romney vote with Dems on Senate impeachment rules? Read more



Luis M. Alvarez/AP Photo

Today on TAP: Warning signs ahead for the U.S. economy Read more


Kuttner on Tap 122719 Sifton.jpg

Arne Dedert/Picture-Alliance/DPA/AP

Today on TAP: Remembering two much-admired friends Read more



Jason Schneider

The Prospect’s founding co-editor reflects on his favorite work in the magazine in 2019. Read more

Economic Policy

Kuttner on Tap 122319 Ohio State.jpg

Terry Gilliam/AP Photo

Today on TAP: Health care and free college are not radical ideas Read more


Kuttner on TAP 122019 Sackler.jpg

Steven Senne/AP Photo

Today on TAP: Tufts removes the Sackler name from its campus Read more


Kuttner on Tap 121819 Biden.jpg

Charlie Neibergall/AP Photo

Today on TAP: The former VP’s campaign is about one thing Read more


Kuttner 121719 Corbyn.jpg

Mary Schwalm/AP Photo

The lesson is not that Democrats need to be centrists—but that they’d better get serious about trade, or right-wing populists like Trump will keep eating their lunch. Read more

America and the World

Kuttner on TAP 121619 Jesus Seade.jpg

AP Photo/Susan Walsh

Today on TAP: The NAFTA deal hits a last-minute snag Read more


Kuttner on Tap 121319 China deal.jpg

Richard Drew/AP Photo

Today on TAP: Trump’s China deal is a fraud but possibly a political winner Read more


Kuttner on TAP 121019 USMCA.jpg

Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call via AP Images

Today on TAP: Even the AFL-CIO is on board with Trump’s USMCA Read more


Kuttner 121019 Volcker.jpg

Seth Wenig/AP Photo

The Paul Volcker who tanked the economy in 1979 did massive and needless damage. The penitent Volcker of the Obama era had far more progressive views—and no influence. Read more

Economic Policy

Today on TAP: The Prospect celebrates its 30th anniversary Read more



John Middlebrook/Cal Sport Media/AP Images

“A progressive appeal and a progressive candidate are needed, both to beat Trump and to reclaim America.”  Read more



Andrew Harnik/AP Photo

Needed: less public relations blather and more pitchforks Read more

Economic Policy


Eugene Hoshiko/AP Photo

The winner: China. The loser: blue-collar workers who voted for Trump. Read more

Money, Politics and Power


Hoang 'Leon' Nguyen/The Republican via AP

Is the threat to senior House incumbents a risky distraction or a long overdue exercise of grassroots progressive power—or both? Read more

Money, Politics and Power


Science Photo Library via AP Images

The authors of a new book, The Public Option, explain why Americans should embrace government-provided services as plain good policy. Read more

Health and Social Policy


Carolyn Kaster/AP Image

Mueller's lackluster performance actually increased Democratic support for a full investigation of Trump. Read more

Law and Justice


Paul Sancya/AP Photo

Critics have largely missed its major reliance on expanded commercial insurance falsely branded as Medicare. Read more

Health and Social Policy


Paul Sancya/AP Photo

Time for journalists and corporate Democrats to stop distorting the real policy choices Read more

Health and Social Policy


Charles Krupa/AP Photo

Finally, a comprehensive strategy for a progressive approach that is creative policy and winning politics. Read more

Economic Policy


Susan Walsh/AP Image

Contrary to the media narrative, Mueller's testimony may have moved the House closer to impeachment.  Read more

Law and Justice


Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Photo

That defeatism is premature. There are many ways for Democrats to win—if they can avoid defeating each other. Read more

Money, Politics and Power


Kristoffer Tripplaar/Sipa via AP Images

Ousting Dr. Leana Wen as president brings the organization's focus back to where it should be: abortion rights.  Read more

Health and Social Policy


Alex Edelman/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images

The bill to break the back of the worst thieves on Wall Street is sponsored by—no surprise—Elizabeth Warren. Read more

Economic Policy


Paul Bersebach/The Orange County Register via AP

Beware of zealots pushing their own views posing as friendly strategic advisers. Read more

Health and Social Policy


Alex Brandon/AP Images

A declaration by the attorney general makes it just a little harder for Trump to pretend that he is above the law. Read more

Money, Politics and Power


Eric Gay/AP Images

Despite Trump's disgusting policies, the right approach to economic refugees is far from obvious. Read more

Civil Rights in America


Ben Margot/AP Photo

Stranger things have happened, but Trump needs something close to a miracle as well as restraint and compromise that would be highly out of character. Read more

Money, Politics and Power


AP Photo

Instead of taking $600,000 to destroy it, spend the money commissioning an equally prominent mural depicting resilience and survival.  Read more

Civil Rights in America


Jennifer King/Miami Herald/AP

Will the Democratic field speak to broad class interests—or act out Steve Bannon's fantasy? Read more

Civil Rights in America