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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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Obama Prepares a 'Non­tra­di­tion­al' State of the Union Address

January 11, 2016 The House will flex its muscles this week to­ward North Korea and Ir­an this week with bills that will provide Re­pub­lic­ans a polit­ic­al plat­form to at­tack Pres­id­ent Obama’s for­eign policy. The House ac­tion comes ad­ja­cent to Obama’s fi­nal State of the Uni­on ad­dress on Tues­day night. And the next day,...

Obama Prepares a 'Non­tra­di­tion­al' State of the Union Address

January 11, 2016 The House will flex its muscles this week to­ward North Korea and Ir­an this week with bills that will provide Re­pub­lic­ans a polit­ic­al plat­form to at­tack Pres­id­ent Obama’s for­eign policy. The House ac­tion comes ad­ja­cent to Obama’s fi­nal State of the Uni­on ad­dress on Tues­day night. And the next day,...

Malheur Standoff Boosts Momentum for Federal Criminal-Justice Reform

January 7, 2016 The bi­par­tis­an push to ease harsh, un­bend­ing sen­ten­cing laws is sud­denly draw­ing en­ergy from an un­likely source: The saga of Ore­gon ranch­ers whose pris­on sen­tences helped spark the armed oc­cu­pa­tion of a na­tion­al wild­life refuge in that state. Greg Walden, the GOP law­maker who rep­res­ents the rur­al Ore­gon dis­trict at...

How D.C. Politicians are Downplaying the Oregon Standoff

January 5, 2016 Lots of GOP politi­cians dis­like the In­teri­or De­part­ment—the fed­er­al agency that owns vast swaths of land in west­ern states and reg­u­lates ac­cess for graz­ing, min­ing, drilling, and more—and want to hand more con­trol to states and loc­al gov­ern­ments. House Nat­ur­al Re­sources Com­mit­tee Chair­man Rob Bish­op and GOP col­league Chris Stew­art...

The Questions That Will Define Congress in the Coming Year

January 4, 2016 In the weeks after Paul Ry­an took the House speak­er’s gavel, re­port­ers began cast­ing vari­ous bills and de­cisions as his “first test.” That in­stant cliché has more than run its course. But 2016 will test the new speak­er many times over, even if it’s thank­fully way too soon for hot...

How a Misleading Story Is Changing Immigration Policy

December 24, 2015 On Sunday, The New York Times published a scorching story alleging that one of the killers in the San Bernardino attack had previously “talked openly on social media about her views on violent jihad.” But by Thursday, the Times admitted it had gotten parts of the story wrong. Tashfeen Malik...

How a Misleading Story Is Changing Immigration Policy

December 23, 2015 On Sunday, The New York Times published a scorching story alleging that one of the killers in the San Bernardino attack had previously “talked openly on social media about her views on violent jihad.” But by Thursday, the Times admitted it had gotten parts of the story wrong. Tashfeen Malik...

White House, Pelosi Sell Omnibus as a Climate Win, Despite Oil Concession

December 18, 2015 The White House and House Minor­ity Lead­er Nancy Pelosi are seek­ing to de­fuse charges that the year-end spend­ing agree­ment with Cap­it­ol Hill Re­pub­lic­ans is a raw deal for the plan­et. The ef­fort ar­rives a day be­fore House and Sen­ate votes on the om­ni­bus pack­age, which in­cludes a ma­jor win for...

Sea Turtles Get the Spotlight in U.S.-Cuba Thaw

December 17, 2015 Dip­lo­mats are learn­ing, as magazine ed­it­ors dis­covered years ago, that post­ing cute an­im­al pho­tos on the in­ter­net is a great way to pro­mote a con­tro­ver­sial for­eign policy de­cision. The State De­part­ment is test­ing the pro­pos­i­tion by high­light­ing one ef­fect of Pres­id­ent Obama’s year-old de­cision to re­store dip­lo­mat­ic ties with Cuba....

Talks to Avoid a Shutdown Will Drag on Another Week

December 9, 2015 The House will vote on a short-term fund­ing bill Fri­day morn­ing that will keep the gov­ern­ment open through Decem­ber 16, giv­ing ne­go­ti­at­ors time to strike a wide-ran­ging agree­ment on tax and spend­ing policy and avoid­ing a rare week­end ses­sion. “Votes are no longer ex­pec­ted in the House this week­end,” House...