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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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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,...

Should America Protect Itself Through Bridges or Barricades?

October 19, 2014 From the Ebola virus to the ISIS extremists to the flow of undocumented immigrants across the Mexican border, many of the new security challenges vexing the U.S. pose the same underlying choice: In an intimately interconnected world, can America best protect itself through barricades or bridges? The barricade strategy looks...

Even as Sun Belt Cities Grow, Many Are Left Behind

September 25, 2014 HOUSTON—Fueled by the energy boom, this sprawling and steamy city has added significantly more jobs since 2000 than any other U.S. metropolitan area. Yet about one-sixth of its people remain mired in poverty—higher than the average for the nation's largest cities. And in a city where minority students now fill...

America's Coal-Fired Divide

September 8, 2014 When Oregon state officials last month denied a key permit to a huge proposed facility for exporting coal to Asia, they deepened a geographic divide that is increasingly shaping the U.S. energy debate. The Oregon decision blocked an ambitious export plan from Australia-based Ambre Energy. Ambre wanted to send coal...

What Comes After the Parallel Failures of Bush and Obama?

July 31, 2014 The iron fist failed. Then the velvet glove failed. That's undoubtedly a simplistic verdict on the foreign policy records of the past two presidents, George W. ("iron fist") Bush and Barack ("velvet glove") Obama. But it now appears inevitable that the 2016 foreign policy debate will unfold against a widespread...