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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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Why College Students Make Better Decisions Than Intelligence Agents

July 9, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Who would you trust with the lives of hundreds of people: federal intelligence agents or a bunch of college students? At Cornell University, psychologist Valerie Reyna wanted to test whether intelligence agents were susceptible to a type of decision-making bias people accrue as they get older. It's called fuzzy thinking. ...

This Is Your Brain on Power

July 8, 2013 The powerful people of the world look down upon the powerless. While at Columbia University, Andy J. Yap set up a simple experiment. After manipulating his subjects into powerful or weak states (in the lab, psychologists are the most powerful ones of all), Yap asked them to guess the height ...

Happy Birthday Constitution! Americans Still Don't Get You

June 21, 2013 Just 225 years ago today, New Hampshire ratified the Constitution of the United States. In doing so, the total number of ratifying states rose to nine, which made the document the law of the land. (Yes, we know, "Constitution Day," is generally accepted to be September 17, the date on ...

Kerry Wanted to Bomb Syria

June 19, 2013 On Thursday, President Obama confirmed what reports had been speculating for a few weeks: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had used chemical weapons, notably sarin gas, on his own people, and tripping the president's "red line" that would rouse the United States to greater action. The response includes arming and training ...

Analysis: President Obama's Uphill Defense of the NSA Surveillance

June 18, 2013 President Obama is having a hard time defending the gushing leaks from the NSA's surveillance programs. It's not because he finds them indefensible; he seems emphatic that although he was worried about these programs as a senator and candidate, seeing them in action and seeing the oversights in place put ...

Is 16 Minutes the Best We Can Do for Tornado Warnings?

May 29, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For those caught in the path of the EF 4 tornado in Oklahoma last week, 16 minutes were all they had to prepare themselves for the 200 mph winds that would flip cars, twist steel, and all but completely destroy a 1.3 mile-wide swath of the town of Moore. Sixty ...

It's the 150th Anniversary of Black Troops Serving in the Military

May 22, 2013 Crowds packed the streets of Boston to watch the newly minted soldiers march toward the Statehouse for inspection. The throng roared as the regiment passed by, many of them cheering "more enthusiastically than ever they had done before," according to one Boston Journal reporter. This first all-black troop was heading ...

Two Civil War Vets Finally Laid to Rest, 100 Years Later

May 13, 2013 Unseen, drum taps start their slow, strict cadence, announcing the sound of regimented footsteps and shouted marching orders. The sky is slate, marking no shadows for the casket that leads the full-honors funeral procession. An escort platoon a few dozen deep and a horse-drawn caisson round the corner, coming to ...

Is There Such Thing as Too Much Evidence?

April 25, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It's possible that every inch of Copley Square was captured on camera in the moments after the Boston Marathon bombing. But it wasn't due to some Big Brother network of municipal cameras. It was the camera phones. In the hours and moments after the attacks, perhaps the largest crowd-sourced investigation ...

The Boston Marathon Bombers Were Probably Caught on Camera

April 16, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The perpetrators of the Boston Marathon blast were caught on camera. OK, we don’t know that for sure, yet. But in a world where cameras are found in everyone's pockets, it seems impossible for their movements and actions not to have been recorded. For one, there were thousands of people ...