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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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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 ...

Obama's Immigration Choices Will Define the Fate of Both Parties

July 22, 2014 Inflammatory as it's been, the debate over unaccompanied Central-American children crossing the U.S. border is only the warm-up for an approaching immigration confrontation with even greater stakes. Regardless of how Congress handles his request for more border resources, President Obama is moving toward a historic—and explosive—executive order that will provide ...

Why It's Increasingly Difficult for Anyone to Be President of the Entire United States

July 14, 2014 The unconstrained political warfare symbolized by House Speaker John Boehner's pledge to sue President Obama for allegedly abusing his executive authority pushes this presidency farther down a rocky road that Bill Clinton and George W. Bush would painfully recognize. In one key respect, each president's tenure has followed a similar ...

Why Democrats Are So Confident

July 7, 2014 It was a revealing convergence Monday when the five-member conservative Supreme Court majority delivered the Hobby Lobby contraception decision even as President Obama announced that House Republicans had officially shelved immigration reform. Both disputes reaffirmed the GOP's identity as the champion of the forces most resistant to the profound demographic ...

Here's How Obama Can Go It Alone

January 31, 2014 President Obama is right that through his remaining months he can leave his deepest imprint primarily through unilateral actions that don't require congressional cooperation. But they aren't the actions he highlighted the most in this week's State of the Union. In the speech, Obama offered a coherent vision of the ...

Why the Senate Will Only Get More Polarized

January 3, 2014 It's too early to confidently predict which party will hold the U.S. Senate after November's election. But it's a safe bet the next Senate will more closely reflect the nation's entrenched red-blue presidential divide. And that's a recipe for even more polarization and gridlock. This year's races will likely provide ...