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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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Could Amazon's HQ2 Flip a State?

February 15, 2018 Could Amazon flip a state? Amid all the public chatter over the company’s search for a second North American headquarters, there’s been strikingly little discussion about the potential political impact. But the choice’s electoral implications could be substantial. Just as Democrats are becoming increasingly reliant on younger, better-educated, and urbanized...

A New Group Wants to Elect More Veterans—From Both Parties

January 25, 2018 Even the most optimistic interpretation of this week’s government shutdown quickly slides into the abyss of the bottomless distrust between Republicans and Democrats in the House. The brief standoff over immigration and funding the government mostly dramatized Washington’s dysfunction. But it offered one glimmer of the hope when about two...

Can Seattle Handle Its Own Growth?

November 16, 2017 SEATTLE—If it didn’t rain here so much, the city might consider adopting a new motto: The future’s so bright we have to wear shades. Seattle exemplifies the powerful current of economic vitality that is transforming many of the nation’s largest cities as they connect more deeply to the digital economy...

Trump's Trade Agenda Divides the Nation's Cities

August 24, 2017 Shifting patterns in how American companies sell to the world are opening a new line of conflict between the Trump administration and the nation’s largest metropolitan areas. An important study released last week by the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program found that the nation’s 100 largest metropolitan areas are diverging...

Lawsuit Captures Warfare Over Regulatory Rollback

August 3, 2017 In the few hours on Monday between the installation of John Kelly as President Trump’s new chief of staff and the dismissal of Anthony Scaramucci as his communications director, the Natural Resources Defense Council and two other environmental groups filed a lawsuit against the Federal Highway Administration. The suit, concerning...

Why Some Cities and States Are Footing the Bill for Community College

April 20, 2017 CHICAGO—A surge of innovation in states and cities is building momentum for what could become a seismic shift in American education. Just as the country came to expect in the decades around World War II that young people would finish at least 12 years of school, more local governments are...

Why California Is a Trump Card for Environmentalists

March 2, 2017 With Scott Pruitt, a close ally of the oil and gas industry, now confirmed as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, environmentalists are bracing for a broad assault on former President Obama’s green legacy, particularly his efforts to reduce the carbon emissions linked to global climate change. In most of...

Trump's Budget Proposal Threatens Democratic and Republican Ambitions

February 28, 2017 President Trump reportedly wants to exclude Social Security and Medicare from budget cuts while severely retrenching other domestic federal functions. That represents a frontal challenge not only to congressional Democrats but also to Republican budget hawks led by House Speaker Paul Ryan. From one direction, the administration’s emerging budget blueprint...

The Formidable Checks and Balances Imposing on President Trump

February 16, 2017 Donald Trump wanted to start his presidency with the shock and awe of rapid change. Instead, almost everywhere he looks, he’s stuck in the mud of grinding trench warfare. Trump’s tumultuous first month has been an extended lesson in the limits of a president’s power—as well as the limits of...

How Putin is Using Populist Movements Against the West

January 6, 2017 Donald Trump is practically alone in mainstream American politics in his consistent praise of Vladimir Putin and insistence that the United States would benefit from warmer relations with Russia. But that inclination to view Putin more as ally than adversary places Trump squarely in line with the racially infused, conservative-populist...