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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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As America Celebrates Its Creation, Our Common Ground Is Disappearing

July 5, 2013 It seems entirely revealing, if dispiriting, that the days before the July Fourth holiday showed Red America and Blue America pulling apart at an accelerating rate. Of all of our national holidays, Independence Day is the one most intimately rooted in our common history and shared experience. Yet this year...

How USAID Is Making a Bigger Difference With Less Money

June 21, 2013 Not long ago, the industrialized world interacted with developing nations mostly through the decisions of heads of state like President Obama and others who gathered for the G-8 meeting of major economies in Northern Ireland this week. The choices those leaders make about foreign aid still have huge ramifications for...

Analysis: How the White House Scandals Could Hurt Republicans, Too

May 16, 2013 candals large and small are a remarkably common, if unwelcome, house guest for second-term presidents. But President Obama may not prove to be the only one hurt by the eruption of controversies around the Benghazi attack, the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups, and the Justice Department’s seizure of...

How Washington Ruined Governors

April 12, 2013 Even for longtime advocates on both sides of the emotional gun-control debate, the events of March 8 were enough to induce whiplash. On that day, South Dakota became the first state to explicitly authorize school employees to carry guns, when Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed legislation sent to him by...

The Internet is reshaping government and citizens

June 8, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow More information, more options, and more control over their personal choices as consumers. Most Americans believe that the rise of the Internet and the spread of social media has delivered all of those tangible benefits, according to a new Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor Poll exploring public attitudes toward the cascading...

Public favors gays in military, not weddings

May 22, 2012 Exactly half of Americans support the House-passed legislation to bar same-sex weddings on military facilities, but only a small minority would back further federal action to restrict gay rights, according to the latest United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll. By 50 percent to 40 percent, those surveyed endorsed the prohibition...

GOP's managerial wing picks its man -- Romney

January 18, 2012 David Goldman/AP COLUMBIA, S.C. -- In the crowd milling outside the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce's annual "Business Speaks" conference at a downtown hotel here on Tuesday, there were not many effusive declarations of support for Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney. But from the perspective of the candidates chasing Romney...

Bill Clinton urges Obama not to 'blink' in debt deal talks

July 5, 2011 ASPEN, Colo.-Former President Clinton on Saturday night urged President Obama not to "blink" at Republican demands to exclude revenue increases from any agreement to extend the government's debt ceiling. If Republicans maintain their opposition to revenue increases, Clinton said, Obama should pursue a short-term deal to extend the debt ceiling...

Ryan 'relatively optimistic' about debt-ceiling agreement before August

May 4, 2011 Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., chairman of the House Budget Committee, said on Wednesday he was "relatively optimistic" Congress and President Obama would reach agreement to raise the nation's debt ceiling before the August deadline for default. But, he added, any deal will likely turn more on establishing a process to...

One for the Books

January 4, 2011 Last month's final flurry of legislative successes for President Obama and the Democratic Congress underscores the difficulty of rendering a single verdict on their tumultuous two years in power. In November, Democrats forfeited control of the House after suffering the largest midterm losses for either party since 1938. They absorbed...