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Ronald Brownstein

Ronald Brownstein is Atlantic Media's Editorial Director for Strategic Partnerships, in charge of long-term editorial strategy. He also writes a weekly column and regularly contributes other pieces for the National Journal, contributes to Quartz, and The Atlantic, and coordinates political coverage and activities across publications produced by Atlantic Media.
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Three Lanes to the Finish of the 2016 GOP Race

February 8, 2016 MANCHESTER, New Hampshire—The Republican presidential race was in the process of consolidating when it hit a jarring speed bump in a debate on Saturday night. After last week’s Iowa caucus, a growing number of Republican strategists had expressed hope that mainstream conservative voters would coalesce behind Florida Senator Marco Rubio...

What Exactly Do Americans Consider 'Success?'

February 1, 2016 Ben Britt of Atlanta measures the changes that have transformed the American economy over the past generation in the distance between his life in his late twenties and his father’s experiences at the same age. Britt, 28, feels as if he is still just getting started. After high school, he...

The Frustrations of Divided Government Play Out in Iowa Races

January 28, 2016 AMES, Iowa—It doesn’t take much time with voters in Iowa to re­cog­nize that the 2016 pres­id­en­tial race is be­ing fought in the chasm between the tower­ing chal­lenges fa­cing the coun­try and the crimped re­sponses that our po­lar­ized and para­lyzed polit­ic­al sys­tem can now pro­duce. Re­pub­lic­an and Demo­crat­ic audi­ences here di­verge...

The Gun-Control Rift Exposed by Obama

January 11, 2016 By re­new­ing his push to ex­pand back­ground checks on gun sales, Pres­id­ent Obama on Tues­day vastly in­creased the odds that gun con­trol will play a lar­ger role in the 2016 elec­tion than in any pres­id­en­tial con­test since 2000. With Hillary Clin­ton immediately em­bra­cing it, and the lead­ing Re­pub­lic­an presid­en­tial con­tenders...

Opposing Political Views Emerge in Face of Real, Imagined Threats

December 30, 2015 At home and abroad, polit­ics is in­creas­ingly re­volving around one fun­da­ment­al ques­tion: are na­tions more likely to achieve prosper­ity and se­cur­ity by build­ing bridges to the out­side world—or by erect­ing walls against it? The di­lemma is play­ing out in the U.S. with the rise of Don­ald Trump. In Europe, it’s...

Trump and Cruz's 'Protectionism' Reveal a GOP National Security Identity in Tatters

December 17, 2015 LAS VE­GAS—The ex­changes that drew the most at­ten­tion in this week’s crisp and re­veal­ing Re­pub­lic­an pres­id­en­tial de­bate fea­tured Marco Ru­bio against Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush against Don­ald Trump, and the en­tire Re­pub­lic­an field against Pres­id­ent Obama’s na­tion­al se­cur­ity re­cord. But none of those ex­changes may in­flu­ence the Re­pub­lic­an Party’s fu­ture...

46 States Saw Young White Population Decline

August 14, 2015 Our labor market is growing increasingly dependent on workers of color who now face persistent gaps in educational attainment and economic opportunity. That's evident in the demographic trends among the young people of today who will comprise the workforce of tomorrow. Demographer William Frey, a senior fellow at the Brookings...

States That Are Failing Their Children

August 9, 2015 America's nurseries are failing at their job. The states that are adding the largest number of young people tend to produce the worst outcomes for kids, judged by such measures as high school graduation, access to health insurance, and exposure to poverty. The states that produce the best outcomes for...

The Sanctuary City Impasse

August 2, 2015 The erupting debate over the role of "sanctuary cities" in enforcing federal immigration law has prompted the two parties to invert their usual positions in Washington. Typically, congressional Republicans defend local flexibility and resist federal mandates. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, for instance, recently wrote all 50 governors...

Austin's Problems of Success

July 28, 2015 Residents of Austin, Texas, one of the nation's most economically dynamic communities, are optimistic about the region's future growth—and uneasy about its implications, a new Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor Poll has found. Fully 3-in-5 residents of Austin and its surrounding area believe that the region's economy will be stronger in...