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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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California’s Record on Climate Change Is a Stark Rebuttal to Trump

September 13, 2018 It’s just a coincidence that as another hurricane turbocharged by unusually warm waters slams into the East Coast, California Governor Jerry Brown is convening a global summit on fighting climate change on the West Coast. But it’s still revealing. On climate, Brown, a former Jesuit seminarian, has become America’s most...

Brett Kavanaugh Would Likely Be Reluctant to Support Federal Regulation of Big Business

July 12, 2018 For all the uncertainty about Brett Kavanaugh’s views on abortion, the real key to his legal—and political—impact on the Supreme Court could eventually be his demonstrated resistance to the federal regulation of business. Kavanaugh’s repeated votes as an appellate-court judge to overturn federal regulatory actions point toward a Court even...

Has Trump Irreversibly Altered the GOP's Foreign Policy?

June 17, 2018 In his sledgehammer assault against the cornerstone institutions of the Western alliance, Donald Trump is replaying one of the defining confrontations in the Republican Party’s history. Only this time, the outcome is being reversed—with potentially tumultuous implications for both the GOP and the future of American foreign policy. Trump is...

American Higher Education Hits a Dangerous Milestone

May 3, 2018 Drawing almost no attention, the nation crossed an ominous milestone last year that threatens more economic polarization and social division: For the first time, public colleges and universities in most states received most of their revenue from tuition rather than government appropriations. This historic shift away from tax dollars funding...

The Health-Care Gap Between Red and Blue America

March 8, 2018 The battle over health care is moving to the states. The most immediate effect of the recent steps taken by Donald Trump and congressional Republicans to unravel the Affordable Care Act will be to create an even deeper gulf between red and blue states in the availability and quality of...

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...