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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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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...

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...