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Robert Kuttner

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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, robertkuttner.com, and on Twitter.

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

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

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

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

Impeachment

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

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

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

Working in America

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

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

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

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

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

Economic Policy

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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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

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

Books

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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

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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

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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

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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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