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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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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 ...

Edward Snowden: Congress's Failures Forced My Hand

December 26, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Edward Snowden isn't giving the National Security Agency a break. The NSA leaker has declared victory in a new interview with The Washington Post, published just a week after a federal judge ruled that the data-collection program Snowden unveiled infringes on Fourth Amendment rights. "For me, in terms of personal ...

Edward Snowden: Congress' Failures Forced My Hand

December 24, 2013 Edward Snowden isn't giving the National Security Agency a break. The NSA leaker has declared victory in a new interview with The Washington Post, published just a week after a federal judge ruled that the data-collection program Snowden unveiled infringes on Fourth Amendment rights. "For me, in terms of personal ...

How the NBA's Data Revolution Can Make Basketball the Global Sport

December 19, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow "When I look at basketball," Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadivé says, "I look at it as a big-data problem." Ranadivé bought the Kings this past summer and is already trying to think of ways to revolutionize entertainment and the NBA. "I want to make the Kings the poster child for ...

Presidential Panel Blasts NSA Data Collection

December 18, 2013 Following a federal ruling Monday calling the National Security Agency's mass surveillance programs "almost Orwellian," the White House has released a report from a group of presidential advisers on reforming the organization. The report, compiled by a surveillance review board created in August, recommends 46 changes to the NSA's counterterrorism ...

Ruling Against NSA Surveillance Is 'First of Many,' Snowden Says

December 17, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A federal judge ruled Monday that the National Security Agency's data-collection program likely violates the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution. No one seems happier about the ruling than NSA leaker Edward Snowden. "I acted on my belief that the NSA's mass-surveillance programs would not withstand a constitutional challenge, and that ...

The Future of Big Data

December 11, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Vivek Ranadivé isn't your standard Silicon Valley CEO. He's been dubbed "the most interesting man in the world," Malcolm Gladwell has a near obsession with him, and he is the proud owner of the NBA's Sacramento Kings. Ranadivé's path to the forefront of the big-data revolution started as a boy ...

Soon, President Obama Will Pardon a Thanksgiving Turkey. Then, It Will Die.

November 22, 2013 2012 was a fine year for Cobbler, the turkey. Cobbler, who was raised in Rockingham County, Virginia, was just 19 weeks old when he was named the National Thanksgiving Turkey, earning himself a pardon from the president of the United States on November 21, 2012. But Cobbler didn't last long. ...

Senate Votes to Overrule Filibusters of Executive Branch Appointees

November 21, 2013 Senate Majority Harry Reid has gone nuclear, and the Senate is (very modestly) changed. After the Senate again failed to move Patricia Millett's nomination to the D.C. Circuit Court Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid challenged the ruling of the chair that 60 votes would be needed. The Senate then ...

Obama: 'I Was Not Informed Website Wasn't Working'

November 14, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The president offered an administrative fix to the Affordable Care Act at a White House news conference on Thursday, allowing Americans to renew their current health care plans through 2014, in effect extending the grandfather clause. "We fumbled the rollout on this health care law," the president said. "I think ...