Ronald Brownstein
Ronald Brownstein
Ronald Brownstein is Atlantic Media's editorial director for strategic partnerships. More +
  • Robert F. Bukaty / AP

    Trump's Cuts to SNAP and Social Security Would Hit the Rust Belt Hard

    The president’s full budget includes reductions in income-support programs that core Republican voters rely on—more so than other groups do.

  • Carlos Barria / Reuters

    Trump Is Testing the GOP's Limits

    After a week of controversies, and with midterms not too far away, it’s no longer impossible to envision congressional Republicans turning against the president.

  • AP

    Will Republicans Check Trump's Presidential Power?

    Richard Nixon’s dismissal of the Watergate special prosecutor was met with bipartisan outrage. It’s less clear whether the public, and its political leaders, will respond in kind to the firing of FBI director James Comey.

  • Evan Vucci / AP

    What the GOP's Health-Care Gamble Means for 2018

    Most of the House Republicans whose districts have recently voted for Democratic presidential candidates supported the Obamacare-replacement bill. That might have been a risky move.

  • Lucas Jackson / Reuters

    Can the Democrats Convince Millennials to Vote in 2018?

    The party has a boom-and-bust coalition: Some of its most reliable voters during presidential elections—young people and minorities—don’t turn out as enthusiastically for midterms.

  • J. Scott Applewhite / AP

    Older Voters Are Complicating the GOP's Plans for Health Care

    Republican members of Congress who oppose the Obamacare replacement have something in common: Their constituents—who tend to be older—fear losing benefits.

  • Bryan Woolston / Reuters

    Can the Democratic Party Reconcile Two Divergent Economic Visions?

    In the party’s bid to regain power, centrists and Bernie Sanders’s allies offer seemingly incompatible strategies—that target wildly different voters.

  • Andrew Burton / Getty

    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?

  • Joe Raedle / Getty Images

    The Districts Where Democrats Might Find the Next Georgia 6

    There are dozens of congressional seats nationwide that share similarities with this conservative area near Atlanta—where a special election scheduled for Tuesday has been unusually competitive.

  • Evan Vucci / AP

    Donald Trump's Tilt Toward Convention

    There aren’t many institutions in Washington and beyond championing the president’s nationalistic policies. But there are plenty trying to pull his agenda in a more traditional Republican direction.

  • Economic and Social Development by Design

    Recently I spoke with Chelina Odbert, co-founder and executive director of Kounkuey Design Initiative, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that applies design, architectural, and planning solutions to the needs of communities in the U.S. and around the world. Last week, Kounkuey (a Thai word that means “to know intimately”) was chosen as one of five winners in the second annual Renewal Awards, a project of The Atlantic and Allstate. Founded by Odbert and five other friends at the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 2006, the group has completed projects in Kenya, Haiti, Ghana, Morocco, and low-income neighborhoods in and around Los Angeles.

    I spoke with Odbert about the history of the group and her views about what it takes to drive social change. The interview has been edited for length and clarity.

  • Books Behind Bars

    As part of our conversations with winners of The Atlantic’s Renewal Awards, I spoke with Kelli Taylor and Tara Libert, co-founders of the Free Minds Book Club and Writing Workshop.

    Inspired initially by a connection with Glen McGinnis, a young man on death row in Texas for a murder committed under difficult circumstances while he was a teenager, the two women have built an innovative organization that provides prisoners with opportunities to express themselves and build community through reading and poetry writing. Starting in 2002 with youth convicted as adults in D.C. jails, the group now works with hundreds of incarcerated men and women as well as former prisoners reentering society. In 2015, the group published a book of their members’ poetry, The Untold Story of the Real Me.

    Here’s a transcript of our exchange, lightly edited for length and clarity.

  • Carlos Barria / Reuters

    How GOP Voters Are Getting in the Way of a Medicaid Rollback

    Lawmakers are finding that their desire to shrink the program doesn’t jibe with the interests of their base.

  • Jim Lo Scalzo/ AP

    Will Trump Triangulate?

    Former President Bill Clinton strategically positioned himself between dueling Republicans and Democrats in Congress—and got deals out of it. Could Donald Trump do the same?

  • Lost Boyz Inc.

    Building Social Change From the Bottom Up

    In an era of polarization and distrust, these local innovators—from a team of urban planners to a kids’ baseball coach—show that individuals can still better their communities.

  • Alex Brandon / AP

    The Trouble With Killing Obamacare's 'Essential Health Benefits'

    Comprehensive insurance, with benefits like maternity or mental-health coverage, could become unaffordable—if not unavailable—under the GOP’s replacement plan.

  • Carlos Barria / Reuters

    Can Trumpism Last Without Minority Voters?

    The president wants to convert the GOP into a “worker’s party” for voters of all races. But it may be too late.

  • Reuters

    Can Trump Support the GOP Health-Care Plan and Still Hold On to His Voters?

    The administration’s early weeks have seen the president pulled between his own nationalist agenda and the libertarian-infused economic policies of House Speaker Paul Ryan.

  • Scott Audette / Reuters

    Will Trump Succeed in Dividing Organized Labor?

    Diversity among union members—particularly in race and occupation—translates to splintering political allegiances.

  • Jason Redmond / Getty Images

    Can Millennials Save the Democratic Party?

    The 2020 election is projected to mark the first time in more than 40 years that baby boomers aren’t the largest generation of eligible voters.