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Ronald Brownstein

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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A New Age of Conflict Between Washington and the States

Kamala Harris wants to use federal oversight as a check on local anti-abortion laws—the latest example in a bipartisan pattern.

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

Governor Jerry Brown is pushing the boundaries of what a single state can do to combat the threat, which grows more tangible with each record wildfire and hurricane.

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American Higher Education Hits a Dangerous Milestone

As younger generations become more racially diverse, many states are allocating fewer tax dollars to public colleges and universities.

Health & Human Services

The Health-Care Gap Between Red and Blue America

States have a surprising degree of autonomy to block President Trump’s changes to Obamacare—and liberal-leaning states are already making their move.

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Could Amazon's HQ2 Flip a State?

Democrats could gain politically if the company chooses a city in a battleground state for its second North American headquarters.

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Can Seattle Handle Its Own Growth?

The city is confronting multiple challenges that come with economic success.

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Trump's Trade Agenda Divides the Nation's Cities

The administration has inserted a wedge between the large metropolitan areas known for top-notch services and the small and mid-sized metros focused on manufacturing.

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

Americans are often expected to have some level of higher education before they enter the workforce. These political leaders are asking: Shouldn’t government help them along?

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Why California Is a Trump Card for Environmentalists

Unique authority granted to the golden state allows it to have a profound impact on emissions regulations.

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The Mayor of Phoenix Prepares to Take On Trump

Big cities are economically ascendant, but politically isolated—and ready to fight to maintain economic growth and cultural diversity.

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How the Election Revealed the Divide Between City and Country

The 2016 election exposed a chasm between urban and non-urban America that will likely widen under a Trump administration.

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'Just Let Charlotte Be Charlotte'

Mayor Jennifer Roberts on urban growth, tolerance, poverty, and why rural areas and cities need different rules: America isn’t “one-size-fits-all.”

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Free Trade Defended by Mayors

Municipal leaders are offering the most cogent vision of global engagement, while presidential candidates from both parties attack the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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46 States Saw Young White Population Decline

This shift will ripple through the working-age population.

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States That Are Failing Their Children

The states adding the largest number of young people tend to produce the worst outcomes for kids. And they're clustered in the Sun Belt and Appalachia.

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The Sanctuary City Impasse

Will carrots or sticks convince reluctant cities to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement?

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Austin's Problems of Success

In the dynamic Texas capital, residents expect more growth—and wonder whether it will improve their quality of life.

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Rahm Emanuel and the Tale of Two Cities

Growing urban inequality has made mayors' jobs harder across the country.

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Even as Sun Belt Cities Grow, Many Are Left Behind

Houston has seen both an explosion of jobs and a persistence of poverty.

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America's Coal-Fired Divide

Step by step, the three West Coast states are systematically unplugging from the coal economy.