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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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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 ...

Hillary Clinton's Personal Email Use a Blow to White House Transparency Claim

March 3, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Here's a new strike against President Obama's claim that his administration is the "most transparent administration in history": Hillary Clinton did not have a government email while she was secretary of State, The New York Times reported Monday night, and conducted all of her official work over a personal email ...

Here's the White House Request for the Use of Force Against the Islamic State

February 11, 2015 After weeks of anticipation, the White House has finally sent a drafted authorization for the use of military force proposal to Congress to recieve approval for limited force against the Islamic State. The request from the Obama administration, given the short title "Authorization for Use of Military Force against the ...

FBI Announces Charges in Alleged Russian Spy Ring

January 27, 2015 A man in the Bronx was arrested Monday after being charged by the United States for being a covert agent for the Russian government. The complaint charged three people, but only one, Evgeny Buryakov, still lives in the U.S. "We will use every tool at our disposal to identify and ...

In Statement, White House Condemns 'Horrific Shooting' at Paris Newspaper Office

January 7, 2015 Masked gunmen have killed 12 people at the offices of a French satirical newspaper in Paris Wednesday morning. The suspects remain at large. The AP reports that the gunmen shouted "Allahu akbar" during the attack. It's not yet clear how many gunmen conducted the attacks, but the French interior minister ...

Unmanned NASA Rocket Explodes in Virginia

October 29, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Antares Rocket, an unmanned NASA-contracted rocket launched from Wallops Island, Va., exploded early Tuesday night just after lifting off. Here's video of what happened: It was not immediately clear what caused the explosion. The failed launch came just one day after NASA scrubbed an earlier scheduled launch due to ...

Unmanned NASA Rocket Explodes in Virginia

October 29, 2014 The Antares Rocket, an unmanned NASA-contracted rocket launched from Wallops Island, Va., exploded early Tuesday night just after lifting off. Here's video of what happened: It was not immediately clear what caused the explosion. The failed launch came just one day after NASA scrubbed an earlier scheduled launch due to ...

Someone Else Jumped the White House Fence. This Is What Happened.

October 23, 2014 Another person jumped the White House fence Wednesday night. This time, however, crossing onto the front lawn of the executive building didn't end so well for the jumper. After a month of criticism and embarrassment, the Secret Service got to flex its muscle. The man scaled the fence at about ...

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson Resigns

October 1, 2014 This story has been updated. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced Wednesday that Secret Service Director Julia Pierson has offered her resignation, and he has accepted it. "I salute her 30 years of distinguished service to the Secret Service and the nation," Johnson said in a statement. Pierson's resignation had ...

Eric Holder Will Resign as Attorney General

September 25, 2014 This story has been updated. Attorney General Eric Holder is getting ready to leave the Obama administration. Holder, who has served in the post since February 2009 and is the U.S.' first African-American attorney general, will resign his job at the Department of Justice once a successor is confirmed by ...