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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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NSA Reportedly Exploited Heartbleed Bug For Spying Purposes

April 11, 2014 When it bleeds, it pours. The National Security Agency reportedly knew of and exploited the massive Internet bug revealed to the public this week and known now as "Heartbleed" in order to gather intelligence information on targets. This new revelation packs an extra twist that other recent NSA leaks have ...

NSA Reportedly Exploited Heartbleed Bug for Spying Purposes

April 11, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When it bleeds, it pours. The National Security Agency reportedly knew of and exploited the massive Internet bug revealed to the public this week and known now as "Heartbleed" in order to gather intelligence information on targets. This new revelation packs an extra twist that other recent NSA leaks have ...

Time Running Out on Debt Ceiling

February 10, 2014 In a new letter to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew says that Congress only has until Feb. 27 to raise the debt-ceiling without risking default. After that point, Lew says, Treasury would be left "with only the cash on hand and any incoming revenue to meet ...

What We Know About the Reported Plane Hijacking During the Sochi Opening Ceremony

February 7, 2014 As the opening ceremonies in Sochi get underway, multiple news outlets are reporting on an attempted plane hijacking that ended in a diverted landing in Turkey. The attempted hijacker claimed that there was a bomb on board, a Turkish official told the Associated Press. NBC's Richard Engel is reporting that ...

Senate GOP Leader Sets Up Another Debt Ceiling Fight

January 27, 2014 It's a month ending with a "y" or "r," so that means it's time for another political fight over the debt ceiling. On Fox News Sunday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell made it clear he's going to push for policy riders on an increase in the debt ceiling. "I think ...

Obama: NSA Reforms Should Give Americans 'Greater Confidence'

January 17, 2014 In a bid to calm growing privacy concerns about the government's spying powers, President Obama outlined a series of steps Friday aimed at ushering in "concrete and substantial" reforms to the National Security Agency. "Americans recognized that we had to adapt to a world in which a bomb could be ...

Federal Probe of Chris Christie's Tourism Ads Could Make Bridgegate Look Like an Afterthought

January 13, 2014 Here's one way Chris Christie can get everyone to stop talking about his administration's George Washington Bridge scandal: find himself under investigation by the federal government. Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., tells CNN on Monday that the feds are investigating Christie's use of $25 million in government aid following superstorm Sandy. ...

Most Members of Congress Are Millionaires

January 10, 2014 Your member of Congress is not like you. Your member of Congress, most likely, is much, much richer than you. For the first time, most U.S. lawmakers are millionaires, according to a new analysis from the Center for Responsive Politics. At least 268 current members of Congress, out of 534, ...

White House Pushes Back on Gates

January 8, 2014 Bob Gates has struck a nerve. Just hours after excerpts from the former Defense secretary's new memoir were published by The Washington Post and The New York Times, the White House is out with a statement trying to refute some of Gates's comments while commending his service. The statement, from ...

Former Defense Secretary Bob Gates' Memoir Doesn't Make Anyone Look Good

January 7, 2014 Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates' memoir is 640 pages long. And at least some of those pages aren't filled with warm reflections of a career well-spent. Gates does not have kind words for his former boss, Barack Obama. "The president doesn't trust his commander," Gates writes in Duty: Memoirs of ...