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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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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...

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...

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