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.

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Today on TAP: Turning a blind eye to abuse of market power Read more


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The outrageous, contrived shortage of one of the most widely used generic cancer drugs, vincristine, reflects multiple policy failures. Read more

Health and Social Policy

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As Elizabeth Warren vectors in on the Democratic nomination, corporate Democrats are in full panic mode, revealing their true colors. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

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Today on TAP: The president’s latest head-scratcher Read more


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Today on TAP: Warren may have a clear path Read more


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The special envoy to Ukraine tried to have it both ways: Trump hatchet man and honorable public servant. He failed at both. Read more


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Today on TAP: Another day, another trade war Read more


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As Elizabeth Warren increasingly looks like the front-runner, who might be her running mate? Read more

Money, Politics and Power

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Today on TAP: The risk of impeachment was never political Read more


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The last thing the Democrats need is a nominee who reminds voters, even faintly, of Donald Trump. Read more

Money, Politics and Power


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We’re making progress on mental illness, as we go backwards on the proliferation of military weapons. Read more

Law and Justice


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



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Needed: less public relations blather and more pitchforks Read more

Economic Policy


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

Money, Politics and Power


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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


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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


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

Law and Justice


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

Health and Social Policy


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

Health and Social Policy


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

Economic Policy


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

Law and Justice


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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


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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


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

Economic Policy


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

Health and Social Policy


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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


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

Civil Rights in America


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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


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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


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

Civil Rights in America


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As the far right makes ever crazier demands, the mainstream press tries to be even-handed—and plays right into the hands of the Trumpies. Read more

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