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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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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 ...

Obama Says Situation in Northern Iraq Now 'Greatly Improved'

August 14, 2014 President Obama announced "progress" in the American military's targeted operations in Iraq in a press statement Thursday from Martha's Vineyard, Mass. That said, the United States will continue airstrikes "to protect our people and facilities in Iraq." On Wednesday night, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told reporters that a humanitarian operation ...

Obama: The Situation in Iraq 'Has Greatly Improved'

August 14, 2014 President Obama announced "progress" in the American military's targeted operations in Iraq in a press statement Thursday from Martha's Vineyard, Mass. That said, the United States will continue airstrikes "to protect our people and facilities in Iraq." On Wednesday night, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told reporters that a humanitarian operation ...

Obama Considering Boots on the Ground in Iraq

August 13, 2014 The Obama administration has consistently said that there will be no combat troops on the ground as part of its ongoing operation in northern Iraq to push back ISIS and bring humanitarian aid to thousands of under-siege Yazidi civilians. Now, it's sounding like the U.S. may come close. Ben Rhodes, ...

Obama: U.K. and France Will Join U.S. In Delivering Aid to Iraq

August 11, 2014 President Obama announced that Britain and France will join the United States' humanitarian efforts in Iraq during a Saturday morning news conference from the White House's South Lawn. "This morning I spoke with Prime Minister Cameron from the United Kingdom and President Hollande from France and I'm pleased both leaders ...

Obama to Iraq: 'America Is Coming to Help'

August 8, 2014 The United States has authorized the use of targeted military airstrikes and carried out a humanitarian operation in northern Iraq, President Obama said Thursday night. The aid mission dropped by aircraft 5,300 gallons of fresh drinking water and 8,000 meals ready-to-eat to thousands of Iraqis who have been stranded atop ...

Obama Bashes Congress Over Gridlock

August 1, 2014 In a last-minute press conference at the White House Friday, President Obama hit congressional Republicans for not passing an emergency border funding bill and for, as he sees it, keeping Congress unproductive. "We all agree that there's a problem that needs to be solved in a portion of our southern ...

House Votes to Move Forward on Lawsuit Against Obama

July 31, 2014 The House of Representatives voted Wednesday night to do what became inevitable weeks ago: proceed with a lawsuit to sue President Obama over executive actions related to Obamacare. The vote was split along party lines, with nearly all Republicans voting in favor of pursuing the lawsuit and all Democrats opposed. ...

Obama Slaps New Sanctions on Russian Economy

July 29, 2014 This time last week, the Obama administration was sending not-so-subtle hints to Europe, persuading the continent's leaders to react to continued Russian aggression in Ukraine. On Tuesday, President Obama announced that he and the leaders of Britain, France, Germany, and Italy would impose sanctions on key sectors of the Russian ...