Ronald Brownstein

Ronald Brownstein

Ronald Brownstein is a senior editor at The Atlantic.

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.

Where Gun-Control Advocates Could Win in 2018

There’s a clear path to rebuilding a House majority that supports restrictive measures. It runs through America’s suburbs.

Could Amazon Flip a State?

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

Can Seattle Handle Its Own Growth?

A new survey finds Seattle residents are ambivalent about the dramatic economic expansion in their city.

A painted mural of a steelworker surrounded by colorful graffiti

The Rust Belt Needs Legal Immigration

A new study finds that the Midwest is heavily dependent on this “demographic lifeline.”

A farmers' market in Maine advertises a SNAP-related program.

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.

'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.”

The United States of Unease

The most important lesson from our State of the City poll may be how much urban, suburban, and rural Americans are concerned about the same things.

The War on Coal Is a Culture War

There's a sharp divide between liberal coastal states leading the charge against fossil fuels and the conservative, inland states that still depend on them.