Matt Berman

Matt Berman Matt Berman is a news editor at National Journal. Before joining National Journal, he managed social media on the communications team at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Prior to Carnegie, Matt worked in digital roles at The Faster Times, Newsweek International, Talking Points Memo, and Salon. Matt graduated from the George Washington University with a B.A. in Political Science.
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House Republicans Leave Washington With No Answers

October 13, 2015 House Re­pub­lic­ans left Wash­ing­ton for the weeklong Colum­bus Day re­cess Fri­day with no path­way for end­ing the polit­ic­al tu­mult and un­cer­tainty in their lead­er­ship ranks. But mem­bers are not abandon­ing hope that Rep. Paul Ry­an, who many call the closest thing that frac­tious Re­pub­lic­ans have to a con­sensus pick for...

House Republicans Are Waiting for Paul Ryan to Make Up His Mind

October 9, 2015 House Re­pub­lic­ans met Fri­day morn­ing after a day of chaos Thursday that saw House Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Kev­in Mc­Carthy sud­denly drop his bid to suc­ceed John Boehner as speak­er of the House. And their hopes have largely turned to a man who only the day be­fore said, not for the first...

Kevin McCarthy Suddenly Drops His Bid for Speaker of the House

October 8, 2015 This story has been updated. House Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Kev­in Mc­Carthy has pulled him­self out of the race to re­place John Boehner as Speak­er of the House, he told the GOP caucus Thursday. The House Re­pub­lic­ans an­nounced that the lead­er­ship elec­tion has been post­poned “un­til a later date.” “I think I...

House Speaker John Boehner Is Resigning From Congress

September 25, 2015 Long un­der-fire from con­ser­vat­ives in his caucus, House Speak­er John Boehner will resign ef­fect­ive Oc­to­ber 30th, leav­ing both his speak­er­ship and his con­gres­sion­al seat, he said in a state­ment Fri­day morn­ing. “Today, my heart is full with grat­it­ude for my fam­ily, my col­leagues, and the people of Ohio’s Eighth Dis­trict,”...

At Press Conference, Obama Reflects on His 'Best Week'

June 30, 2015 Was last week President Obama's best week ever? That's the crux of a question the president took on on Tuesday at a joint press conference with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. His answer started out a little cheesy. "My best week, I will tell you, was marrying Michelle," the president said....

John Boehner on NSA: The Senate Must Act, But 'We’ll Certainly Look at What They Do'

May 21, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow John Boehner is taking a wait-and-see approach on the domestic-surveillance legislation that has derailed the Senate's Memorial Day weekend plans, and he's not closing the door on a possible "clean" renewal of the Patriot Act. Key provisions of the Patriot Act that the National Security Agency uses to justify its...

NatSec Hawk Lindsey Graham Announces that He'll Announce His 2016 Run

May 18, 2015 Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham went on CBS This Morning Monday to announce that he will make his intentions for a possible White House run known on June 1 in central South Carolina. He wound up going a little bit further than that. Immediately after inviting his hosts to South Carolina...

Lindsey Graham Steps on His Own Presidential Announcement

May 18, 2015 Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., went on CBS This Morning Monday to announce that he will make his intentions for a possible White House run known on June 1 in central South Carolina. He wound up going a little bit further than that. Immediately after inviting his hosts to South Carolina...

Officials Investigate Cause of Deadly Train Accident Outside Philadelphia

May 13, 2015 At least six people have been killed and dozens are injured after an Amtrak train traveling from Washington to New York City derailed in Philadelphia on Tuesday night. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter confirmed the first five deaths during a press conference Tuesday night. He said he has "never seen anything...

Secret Service Officers Crashed Into a White House Barricade Last Week

March 12, 2015 The Secret Service is trapped in a very unfortunate game of "But wait! There's more!" with The Washington Post. The Post reports that two senior officers drove a government car into the White House security barricades on March 4. The officers, including an agent who is second-in-command on President Obama's...

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