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Brian Resnick

Brian Resnick Brian Resnick is a staff correspondent at National Journal. Before joining, Brian spent a year at The Atlantic as a fellow, where he produced content and wrote for TheAtlantic.com. In addition to The Atlantic, his writing has been featured in Popular Mechanics and The News Journal, Delaware's main daily newspaper. Brian graduated cum laude from the University of Delaware in 2011 with a B.A. in psychology. In college, he served as a managing editor for the student newspaper, The Review, and received the E.A Nickerson award for excellence in journalism. He comes from Long Island, New York.
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White House Sheep, a History

October 18, 2014 President Woodrow Wilson wanted sheep. It was 1918, and "while riding in one of the White House automobiles through the country with Dr. Grayson [a personal friend] the president remarked that he would like to see some sheep at the White House, and that Mrs. Wilson would like to see ...

Can California Make It Rain With Drones?

October 7, 2014 Billowy and filled with life-sustaining water vapor, the cloud passes overhead without emitting a drop of rain. In times of severe drought, that cloud is a frustrating, lumbering tease. That cloud is tantalizing. Delicious even. What that cloud needs is a kick start, a catalyst to squeeze the water out ...

The ISIS Conflict Has Saturated the American Mind

October 3, 2014 In a recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, 94 percent of Americans said they were following the news of the horrendous and tragic beheadings of American journalists at the hands of ISIS. That number is astounding, seeing how public knowledge of the news can often be lacking. The widening conflict in ...

Is the White House Door Locked Yet?

September 22, 2014 After Omar Gonzalez, a troubled veteran of Iraq, successfully scaled White House fences Friday and gained entry into the mansion with a knife in hand, the first question most asked was, "How did it happen?" This is the White House, after all. How could the center of American executive power ...

Who Is Saying What About American Troops 'On the Ground' in Iraq?

September 18, 2014 It's the fog of war rhetoric. The Obama administration is calling on Congress to approve its plan to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels in the hopes of defeating the Islamic State, the terrorist organization that has come to occupy broad tracts of Iraq and Syria. The House approved the ...

This Is Literally the Formula for Happiness

August 6, 2014 What is an instance of happiness? That's a squishy question philosophers have discussed for millennia. According to Sparknotes, Aristotle said happiness is an end to itself. The poet Kahlil Galbraith wrote that happiness "is your sorrow unmasked," whatever that means. Rhetoric aside, researchers at the University College London say happiness ...

Obama: America ‘Does Not Control Everything Around the World’

August 4, 2014 Lately, the president has been struggling to turn his visions for foreign and domestic affairs into reality. Two salient examples: A U.S.-brokered cease-fire for the Gaza conflict fell through within hours (though for reasons beyond the control of the U.S.), and it's unlikely he'll get anywhere near the amount of ...

FAA Warns Airlines of Rocket Threat at Israeli Airport

July 22, 2014 The Federal Aviation Administration has suspended all U.S. flights to Israel for at least 24 hours. The official advisory Thursday came not long after two major U.S. airlines—Delta and American—decided to suspend their flights to Israel independent of FAA instructions. Earlier Tuesday, a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed ...

FAA Suspends all U.S. Flights to Israel for 24 Hours

July 22, 2014 The Federal Aviation Administration has suspended all U.S. flights to Israel for at least 24 hours. The official advisory on Thursday came not long after two major U.S. airlines—Delta and American—decided to suspend their flights to Israel independent of FAA instructions. Earlier Tuesday, a rocket fired from the Gaza strip ...

Obama on Ukraine's Pro-Russia Separatists: 'What Are They Trying to Hide?'

July 21, 2014 Echoing frustrations felt across the world, President Obama called for "immediate and full access to the crash site" of Malaysian Airlines flight 17 from the White House Monday. "We have to make sure that the truth is out," he said. Four days after the crash, the bodies of victims have ...