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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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The Government's Surprising History of Squirrel Population Engineering

November 7, 2013 The National Mall needed squirrels. The year was 1899, and with the Civil War fading with the memory of an older generation, the state of Virginia offered a great gift to the nation's capital—a pair of squirrels. But not just any squirrels. These woodland creatures were poised to become the ...

FAA (Finally) Eases Restrictions on Gadgets

October 31, 2013 Responding to a federal advisory committee report issued last month, the Federal Aviation Administration announced Thursday that it "can safely expand passenger use of Portable Electronic Devices (PEDs) during all phases of flight." FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said the agency is already working with airlines to implement the long-standing policy ...

Meet Jeh Johnson: Drone Lawyer and Obama's Secretary of Homeland Security Nominee

October 17, 2013 President Obama plans to nominate former Department of Defense lawyer Jeh (pronounced "Jay") Johnson to Homeland Security secretary on Friday, The Daily Beast's Daniel Klaidman reports. Johnson will replace acting secretary Rand Beers, who has been filling in since Janet Napolitano left to be president of the University of California ...

Reopen the Government or a Pandemic Could Kill Us All

October 15, 2013 When Republicans were talking about reopening the government piece by piece, certain very visible or emotionally charged programs rose to the top. Especially emotional was a discussion about reopening the national parks and memorials. Many conservatives, who came out in full force this last weekend, said that the metal barricades ...

Obama: 'We Can't Make Extortion Routine As Part of Our Democracy'

October 8, 2013 At a Tuesday afternoon press conference, the president pushed against the Republican strategy on the government shutdown and the debt-ceiling, saying that he and his party are the ones who have been trying to negotiate, not Republicans. The president pointed to the 19 times that Republicans rejected a conference committee ...

More Than 1/4 of Americans Really Don't Like Their Government Right Now

September 30, 2013 Twenty-six percent of Americans recently reported that they feel "angry" with the federal government. Half, 51 percent, say they are frustrated. And just 17 percent report that they are "basically content." The Pew Research Center, which conducted the survey, says this is the highest level of anger they have reported, ...

Red Tape and Bureaucracy Bungled Hurricane Sandy Warnings

September 26, 2013 A few hours before slamming into the East Coast, flooding basements, splintering boardwalks, and destroying whole communities, Hurricane Sandy did something that crucially changed the national response to the storm—it stopped being a hurricane. It didn't matter that Sandy was a gigantic (expletive) storm. It had combined into something more ...

Army Set to Ban Tattoos Below the Elbow or Knees

September 23, 2013 The U.S. military and tattoos have an entangled history. The rise of the tattoo in popular culture started with floods of inked veterans -- especially from World War II -- returning home with them. The first tattoo parlor in New York City, established in 1846, served to mark up Civil ...

What to Know About the Drug-Resistant Superbugs That Killed 23,000 Last Year

September 23, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow We created the nightmare bacteria. It wasn't on purpose. We could not have invented antibiotics without spurring bacterial evolution. As long as there were some bugs out there immune to the drugs, the population would adapt. Just a few years after antibiotics came into mass use in the 1940s, scientists ...

How to Explain the Continuing Resolution to Your Friends at Happy Hour

September 19, 2013 Congress's ongoing feuds over funding the government and raising the debt ceiling are confusing. So don't let anyone mock you at the bar later when you are asked, "What's not to get about a bill to keep funding the government that has been turned into a Republican vessel for an ...