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: The president will have to own the economic effects of the coronavirus Read more


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Today on TAP: The road to the Democratic nomination Read more


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Her demolition of Bloomberg in the Nevada debates was just a warm-up. Read more


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Today on TAP: The practical challenge of UNITE HERE’s health plan Read more



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It’s one of the best. Which means Medicare for All advocates have a genuine policy challenge, not just a political one. Read more

Working in America

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Today on TAP: This fragmentation well into the primary season is unprecedented Read more


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Today on TAP: The complex deal that put McClatchy into bankruptcy Read more


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Today on TAP: What’s going on at the FTC? Read more



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A Sanders-Trump election would not be a face-off between left and right, but between democracy and incipient fascism. Read more


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Today on TAP: Fed nominee Judy Shelton wants a return to the gold standard Read more


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Today on TAP: Many Iowa caucus-goers had Warren as second choice Read more


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Today on TAP: Billionaire vs. billionaire is not the contest we want Read more


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Republican devotion to the Great Dictator held. Now Trump is gloating. Was impeachment always a fool’s errand? Read more


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Today on TAP: The distractions of mass culture Read more


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How policy blunders under Bill Clinton and George W. Bush helped bring about a post-communist Russia hostile to democracy, free markets, and the West Read more

America and the World

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Today on TAP: The good billionaire? Michael Bloomberg pledges to help the Dems’ nominee Read more


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It could be bad for Trump, and even worse for Biden. Read more


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Today on TAP: Will Chief Justice Roberts save the Republic? Read more


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Today on TAP: FICO scores unfairly cost consumers Read more


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Today on TAP: The DCCC shouldn’t have the last word Read more


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



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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

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