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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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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 ...

Tired of Fighting, Americans Give Obama Space On Iran

November 29, 2013 The top domestic and foreign policy priorities likely to dominate the remainder of President Obama's term underscore how much the choices of even the world's most powerful person are shaped by the conditions he inherits. The political environment Obama inherited on foreign policy is expanding his running room as he ...

Obama Still Faces Plenty of Risks on Syria

September 13, 2013 The sudden swerve toward international diplomacy offers President Obama the opportunity of a better outcome in Syria—at the risk of creating an enervating standoff that weakens him in all the other struggles barreling his way this fall. When Obama agreed this week to pursue the unexpected Russian initiative to place ...

Americans Staunchly Opposed to Military Intervention in Syria

September 10, 2013 President Obama continues to face broad public opposition to military intervention in Syria and an overwhelming consensus that he should not launch attacks if Congress denies him authorization, the latest United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll has found. As the president prepares to make his case in a nationally televised ...

Why Isolationism Is Back in America

September 6, 2013 For nearly a decade, from Bill Clinton’s first-term moves into Haiti and Bosnia through George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq in 2003, the current of American foreign policy moved steadily toward greater tolerance of military intervention abroad. The division, ambivalence, and hesitation in both parties about intervening in Syria culminate ...

How the FCC Could Revolutionize Education and Put Computers in More Students' Hands

July 19, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Few, if any, of the confrontations captivating Washington this summer will affect daily life in America more than a subdued regulatory process that will begin Friday in an office building far from the capital's downtown power centers. On Friday, the Federal Communications Commission will start restructuring the "E-rate" under which ...