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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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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 ...

President Obama Praises Syria Coalition and Warns Extremists 'Plotting' Against America

September 23, 2014 After a night full of U.S. military strikes in Syria, President Obama gave a brief statement Tuesday morning laying out what happened, thanking his coalition partners, and making clear that there will be more to come. The strikes began late Monday night, aimed primarily at ISIS targets, including individual fighters, ...

The U.S. Military Has Begun Striking ISIS in Syria

September 23, 2014 The U.S. military has begun strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria. "I can confirm that U.S. military and partner forces are undertaking military action against ISIL terrorists in Syria using a mix of fighter, bomber and Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles," Rear Adm. John Kirby announced late Monday night, without ...

Chuck Hagel: The U.S. Isn't Trying to Contain The Islamic State. It's Trying to Destroy It.

September 3, 2014 After some confusion following a news conference Wednesday morning by President Obama, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel tried to make clear that afternoon on CNN what the administration's goal is in its actions against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. "It's not contain," Hagel told CNN's Jim Sciutto. "It's exactly ...

Obama: ISIL 'Has No Place in the 21st Century'

August 20, 2014 "Today, the entire world is appalled by the brutal murder of Jim Foley," President Obama said at a press conference Wednesday in Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts. Obama proceeded to condemn the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the militants responsible for American journalist James Foley's death, in the harshest possible ...

Watch George W. Bush Get a Bucket of Ice Water Dumped on His Head

August 20, 2014 In the realm of great presidential debates, where every American executive is stacked up against every other on some front, there's now at least one spot where George W. Bush has exceeded Barack Obama: Ability to be doused in ice water. On Wednesday morning, the former president posted a video ...