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Ben Terris

Ben Terris is a staff writer for National Journal. Prior to National Journal, Terris worked with Patch.com, AOL's family of community news sites. He has also interned at The New Yorker, served as a correspondent for the Huffington Post, worked as a hyperlocal reporter for the Boston Globe, and written off-beat and technology stories for the Chronicle of Higher Education. Terris is a graduate of Brandeis University where he was an American Studies major.
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Invisibility Could Become a Reality Very Soon

November 18, 2013 The greatest hypothetical question of all time may be one step closer to being answerable. No, no one has yet invented a horse-sized duck or a thousand duck-sized horses. I'm talking about the greatest hypothetical question: flight or invisibility? Experiencing something approaching human flight has long been possible. For a ...

Kirsten Gillibrand's Fight to Change the Pentagon

October 28, 2013 SYRACUSE, N.Y.—It's closer to breakfast than lunch, but Kirsten Gillibrand—wedged between five bulky men at a red-and-white-checkered table—nevertheless smiles until her eyes crinkle as a hamburger smothered in blue cheese and spinach is placed in front of her. She digs in, first with her fingers, then with a knife and ...

Analysis: Government Shutdown? Not This Time

September 16, 2013 The drumbeat has already started. "GOP split over health care law boosts threat of a government shutdown," says the Los Angeles Times. "A Government Shutdown Just Got More Likely," BusinessWeek said on Sept. 11. "No Clear Path in Congress Avoiding a Shutdown," NBC said on their website the next day. ...

Can Drones Be Known for More Than Causing Death?

August 14, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow "Whatever you write, please don't call it a drone," Steen Mogensen says, gently touching the tail of a 19-foot orange-and-white helicopter. Mogensen, the CEO of Scion UAS, didn't mean to say that this vehicle can't fly without a pilot—of course it can. This is the unmanned-vehicles convention in Washington. It's ...

China’s Quest for World Pork Domination

July 15, 2013 Bacon has become an issue of national security. The transition from delicious domestic product to topic of a Congressional hearing last week began in May when China's largest meat producer purchased the United States' biggest pork company, Smithfield Foods (a company most-famous for its former-spokeswoman and racist ham magnate Paula ...

From a Bloody Battle in Afghanistan to the Pitchers Mound at Nationals Park

April 1, 2013 Most people who recover from this injury never get to take the mound on Opening Day of a professional baseball game. Back in 2009, with Taliban insurgents attacking his unit, the soldier looked down at his bloodied arm. A rocket-propelled grenade had exploded nearby, and the shrapnel had torn up ...

Think women haven't been in combat situations already? The history of crossdressing soldiers

January 24, 2013 The military ban on women in combat is coming to an end. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced the overturning of a 1994 Pentagon rule that restricts women from artillery, armor, and infantry jobs. This country has had a storied history of women fighting for the country, despite various forces dissuading ...

The Blog Commenter Who Invented the Trillion-Dollar Coin

January 11, 2013 The Atlantic has already dubbed it “the single most important comment in the history of Internet comments. Probably.” In the midst of the debt-ceiling negotiations in the summer of 2011, a commenter on the blogPragmatic Capitalism offered a simple suggestion to end the debate over the debt ceiling once and ...

Conservatives may concede to avoid government shutdown

July 19, 2012 Conservatives hate the idea of the lame duck session so much that many of them are willing to support a six-month continuing budget resolution at a higher spending-level than called for in their sacrosanct Ryan Budget. "This is conservatives saying that we're willing to vote for the 1047 number," said ...

Balanced-budget amendment fails in House

November 18, 2011 The GOP-controlled House failed by 23 votes on Friday to muster the required two-thirds majority to pass a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution, a legislative exercise agreed upon by both parties this summer in the deal that raised the nation's debt ceiling and created the deficit super committee. Bipartisan support ...