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 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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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...

Obama: We Know At Least One American Was Killed on Downed Malaysian Flight

July 18, 2014 President Obama confirmed in a news conference Friday that at least one American was killed aboard Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17. The citizen, who had dual Dutch-American citizenship, is Quinn Lucas Schansman. "At this point, the individual that I mentioned is the sole person that we can definitively say was a...

Additional Sanctions 'Tighten Noose' Around Russia

July 17, 2014 President Obama has increased sanctions intended to hurt selected segments of the Russian economy, he announced Wednesday night. The new sanctions will prevent some Russian companies—including oil and gas producers—from obtaining long-term loans from American debt markets. "I've repeatedly made it clear that Russia must halt the flow of weapons...

FAA Has Issued Advisories Against Region Where Plane Crashed in Ukraine

July 17, 2014 A Malaysian passenger plane carrying 295 on board has crashed in Ukraine near the border with Russia. Few details have been confirmed right now and this story continues to develop. The plane was traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and was found burning on the ground in Ukraine....

4 Times the Federal Government Held State Highway Funding Hostage

July 16, 2014 The federal government can't force states to comply with all of its whims. But it certainly has the means to put the pressure on. Congress is debating how to extend funding for the Highway Trust Fund, the money that has in the past acted as the federal government's muscle in...

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