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Ben Geman

National Journal Ben Geman is a National Journal Energy and Environment Correspondent, and has nearly a decade of experience on the beat. Before joining National Journal he spent four years as an energy correspondent for The Hill, where he helped launch the paper's energy blog. From 2004-2009, Ben was a reporter for Environment & Energy Publishing, writing for Greenwire and other E&E newsletters. Ben also worked at the newsletter Inside EPA, and before moving to Washington, D.C. in 2002 he wrote for several Boston-area newspapers, including the Boston Phoenix.
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Trump’s Agenda Quickly Collides With Reality on the Hill

January 10, 2017 Re­pub­lic­ans who fully con­trol Wash­ing­ton for the first time in a dec­ade are fa­cing a rocky path in their quest to undo Pres­id­ent Obama’s policies and en­act Don­ald Trump’s. Nearly every item on the list of pri­or­it­ies and pledges that Pres­id­ent-elect Trump and the GOP Con­gress cam­paigned on has en­countered...

Senate Democrats Plan to Pick Their Battles With Trump

November 17, 2016 Demo­crats are treat­ing Don­ald Trump’s up­set win like they’re trapped in a cafet­er­ia with bad food. They can’t stand the place, but hope to find a few pal­at­able items non­ethe­less. Sen­ate Demo­crats are sim­ul­tan­eously sound­ing com­bat­ive notes about the in­com­ing ad­min­is­tra­tion and in­sist­ing that they’re open to col­lab­or­a­tion when war­ran­ted....

How Will House Republicans Go After Hillary Clinton?

November 1, 2016 The end is fi­nally in sight for the House Se­lect Com­mit­tee on Benghazi. The pan­el’s Re­pub­lic­ans still haven’t form­ally sub­mit­ted their long-fin­ished re­port to the full House, which sets a 30-day clock tick­ing on the group that the GOP cre­ated in mid-2014. But GOP lead­er­ship and com­mit­tee aides con­firm that...

Hillary Clinton’s Potential Senate GOP Partners

October 25, 2016 Set aside, for a mo­ment, the last sev­er­al years of Wash­ing­ton his­tory, and en­vi­sion a Demo­crat­ic pres­id­ent and Re­pub­lic­ans in the Sen­ate who can ac­tu­ally forge a halfway de­cent re­la­tion­ship. The case for why Hil­lary Clin­ton might be able to make pro­gress on Cap­it­ol Hill is that she has a...

Meet the Head of Hillary Clinton's Transition Team

October 24, 2016 Ken Salaz­ar, hardly a house­hold name, will soon be mak­ing some big de­cisions—and fa­cing fresh scru­tiny with­in his own party. If Hil­lary Clin­ton wins as ex­pec­ted, the former sen­at­or from Col­or­ado and In­teri­or sec­ret­ary run­ning her trans­ition team will be key to en­sur­ing that the policy she’s run on can...

Combat, Not Honeymoon, Would Await Clinton on Capitol Hill

September 29, 2016 Rep. Eli­jah Cum­mings is ready for war. Or, rather, Eli­jah Cum­mings is ready for more war. The Mary­land law­maker, as top Demo­crat on the GOP-led com­mit­tees on Benghazi and Over­sight, spends lots of time par­ry­ing ag­gress­ive Re­pub­lic­an probes that are fo­cused dir­ectly or in­dir­ectly on Hil­lary Clin­ton. If Clin­ton pre­vails...

Congress' Next Fights Will Include a Battle Over Avoiding a Shutdown

September 2, 2016 Call it pre-gaming, preseason, the quasi-calm before the storm, whatever you like. Congress returns after Labor Day for roughly a month before bailing again until, probably, a lame duck session, when things could get really frenzied and unpredictable. Here’s a few questions heading into the work period sandwiched between long...

Nearing the Exit, Obama Escapes Defining Scandal

July 18, 2016 House Re­pub­lic­ans’ long-awaited re­port on Benghazi re­veals why it was a clas­sic Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion scan­dal. The 800-page re­port al­leges nu­mer­ous fail­ures that, to­geth­er, fatally com­prom­ised the se­cur­ity of Amer­ic­ans in Benghazi and pre­ven­ted their res­cue in the 2012 at­tack. But the House GOP’s latest Benghazi probe, which stretched more than...

GOP’s Clinton Email Strategy: Big Demands with Long Odds

July 8, 2016 Re­pub­lic­ans are go­ing big in their push to gain polit­ic­al trac­tion from the Justice De­part­ment’s de­cision not to pro­sec­ute Hil­lary Clin­ton for her email prac­tices. A suite of new GOP pro­pos­als on both sides of Cap­it­ol Hill are un­likely to bring con­crete con­sequences for Clin­ton. But they will provide op­por­tun­it­ies...

What’s Next in the Clinton Email Scandal

July 6, 2016 FBI Dir­ect­or James Comey made clear Tues­day why he doesn’t think Hil­lary Clin­ton should face form­al charges over her email prac­tices. But—as far as Re­pub­lic­ans are con­cerned—the con­tro­versy is far from settled. Comey’s find­ings amount to harsh cri­ti­cisms of Clin­ton and her cava­lier at­ti­tude to­ward clas­si­fied in­form­a­tion, which will provide...

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