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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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Why Some Cities and States Are Footing the Bill for Community College

April 20, 2017 CHICAGO—A surge of innovation in states and cities is building momentum for what could become a seismic shift in American education. Just as the country came to expect in the decades around World War II that young people would finish at least 12 years of school, more local governments are...

Why California Is a Trump Card for Environmentalists

March 2, 2017 With Scott Pruitt, a close ally of the oil and gas industry, now confirmed as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, environmentalists are bracing for a broad assault on former President Obama’s green legacy, particularly his efforts to reduce the carbon emissions linked to global climate change. In most of...

Trump's Budget Proposal Threatens Democratic and Republican Ambitions

February 28, 2017 President Trump reportedly wants to exclude Social Security and Medicare from budget cuts while severely retrenching other domestic federal functions. That represents a frontal challenge not only to congressional Democrats but also to Republican budget hawks led by House Speaker Paul Ryan. From one direction, the administration’s emerging budget blueprint...

The Formidable Checks and Balances Imposing on President Trump

February 16, 2017 Donald Trump wanted to start his presidency with the shock and awe of rapid change. Instead, almost everywhere he looks, he’s stuck in the mud of grinding trench warfare. Trump’s tumultuous first month has been an extended lesson in the limits of a president’s power—as well as the limits of...

How Putin is Using Populist Movements Against the West

January 6, 2017 Donald Trump is practically alone in mainstream American politics in his consistent praise of Vladimir Putin and insistence that the United States would benefit from warmer relations with Russia. But that inclination to view Putin more as ally than adversary places Trump squarely in line with the racially infused, conservative-populist...

The Mayor of Phoenix Prepares to Take On Trump

December 1, 2016 Forgive Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton if he feels caught in a crossfire. For years, Phoenix has been at the center of the escalating nationwide struggle between progressive cities and conservative Republican state legislatures, usually dominated by voices from suburban and rural areas. Now, Phoenix is on the front line of...

How the Election Revealed the Divide Between City and Country

November 18, 2016 The earthquake that elected Donald Trump has left the United States approaching 2020 with a political landscape reminiscent of 1920. Not since then has the cultural chasm between urban and non-urban America shaped the struggle over the country’s direction as much as today. Of all the overlapping generational, racial, and...

What Hillary Clinton Could Learn From Her Husband's 1997 Budget Deal

October 20, 2016 LAS VEGAS—Hillary Clinton’s rejection of cuts to Social Security and Medicare ranks high on the list of issues on which she’s moved to Bill Clinton’s left. But learning from her husband’s willingness to challenge Democrats on entitlement reform may be the key to advancing her own agenda if she wins...

Clinton and Trump Are Shuffling the Electoral Map

October 4, 2016 In the campaign’s final weeks, Hillary Clinton’s position now looks stronger in Florida than in Ohio; in Virginia than in Wisconsin; and in Colorado and even North Carolina than in Iowa. In other news, the sun today rose in the West. With Trump advancing in Rustbelt states dominated by older...

Hillary Clinton's Millennial Challenge

August 5, 2016 The Millennial Generation is poised to exert more influence in the 2016 election than ever before. And yet paradoxically, the generation today stands as one of the knottiest challenges facing Hillary Clinton in her race against Donald Trump, a candidate who, polls show, most of them disdain. Though the Democratic...

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