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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.
Finance

America’s Cities Are Staggeringly Unequal

New data show how in every major metropolitan area, massive gaps still separate white people and people of color.

Management

America’s Cities Are Under Extraordinary Pressure

Their future is threatened not only by persistent inequality and discrimination, but by the president of the United States.

Health & Human Services

The Two States Where Trump’s COVID-19 Response Could Backfire in 2020

Voters in Michigan and Florida may be more likely than others to blame or credit him for how the outbreak unfolds.

Management

Reopening the Economy Is Pointless When Cities Are Under Siege

The outbreak’s urban epicenters are responsible for a disproportionate share of America’s GDP and jobs.

Health & Human Services

Red and Blue America Aren’t Experiencing the Same Pandemic

With a few prominent exceptions, states with Republican governors have been slower, or less likely, than those run by Democrats to impose restrictions on their residents.

Management

A Reckoning Over Iowa

The privileged status of the early-voting states could come under threat if they elevate a candidate next month who ultimately loses to Donald Trump.

Management

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.

Management

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.

Management

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.

Management

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.

Management

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.

Management

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.

Management

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.

Management

Rahm Emanuel and the Tale of Two Cities

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

Management

Even as Sun Belt Cities Grow, Many Are Left Behind

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

Management

America's Coal-Fired Divide

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