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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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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...

Americans Remain Split Over Obama

June 18, 2015 Stuck in second gear. That might be the best description of American attitudes toward President Obama’s performance and the economy’s direction in the latest Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor Poll. Compared with earlier in Obama’s second term, more Americans now approve of his job performance. More also expect their personal financial...

Rahm Emanuel and the Tale of Two Cities

April 9, 2015 Rahm Emanuel, the pugnacious Chicago mayor reelected this week after a grueling runoff, created plenty of his own problems with a prickly personality. But Emanuel's tortured path to a second term also crystallizes the larger challenge of governing cities amid widening income inequality and growing racial diversity. Though America's big...

Why Americans Are as Divided About ISIS as They Are About Everything

March 6, 2015 Over its history, the United States has only rarely faced a foreign threat that persisted for a generation or longer. Conflict with Great Britain flared for roughly four decades after the Revolutionary War. The Cold War with the Soviet Union lasted nearly 45 years. All evidence indicates that the struggle...

Is Netanyahu Forging a New Normal in US-Israeli Relations?

February 3, 2015 It's no exaggeration to say that British Prime Minister Winston Churchill believed his country's survival was at stake in 1940 and 1941, as isolationists in the U.S. Congress fought Franklin Roosevelt's efforts to prepare America for its eventual entry into World War II. In early 1941, as the Battle of...

Obama's Recent Bold Actions Shape the Contest for 2016

December 23, 2014 So there he was. The President Obama on display the past few weeks has been the one many of his supporters have been expecting since he took office. In a flurry of decisions—executive action providing legal status for millions of undocumented immigrants, a climate deal with China, the move toward...

Amid Stagnant Incomes, Work and Family Are Increasingly at Odds

November 14, 2014 It's a question that has fixated philosophers for generations: what are the ingredients of a successful life? It's also a question that Patrice H. wrestles with in far grittier terms every day in the small Alabama town where she lives. Patrice, 42, works for an auto parts dealer building headlamps,...