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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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FAA (Finally) Eases Restrictions on Gadgets

October 31, 2013 Responding to a federal advisory committee report issued last month, the Federal Aviation Administration announced Thursday that it "can safely expand passenger use of Portable Electronic Devices (PEDs) during all phases of flight." FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said the agency is already working with airlines to implement the long-standing policy ...

Meet Jeh Johnson: Drone Lawyer and Obama's Secretary of Homeland Security Nominee

October 17, 2013 President Obama plans to nominate former Department of Defense lawyer Jeh (pronounced "Jay") Johnson to Homeland Security secretary on Friday, The Daily Beast's Daniel Klaidman reports. Johnson will replace acting secretary Rand Beers, who has been filling in since Janet Napolitano left to be president of the University of California ...

Want Obamacare? Try the Phone

October 10, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The technical rollout for Obamacare's federal exchanges has not gone too swell, with serious outages at HealthCare.gov making signing up difficult if not, at times, impossible. Now, the Health Insurance Marketplace's official Twitter account has a mea culpa and a suggestion. "We know many of you are experiencing technical difficulties," ...

Senators Say the Darndest, Scariest Things About the Debt-Ceiling

October 10, 2013 Questions at congressional hearings are never, ever just questions. They're more often four minutes of verbal chaos, culminating in a randomly placed question mark. And when those questions come at a hearing about the impending debt-ceiling breach, they can be really, truly scary. This is what happened on Thursday morning ...

Obama: 'We Can't Make Extortion Routine As Part of Our Democracy'

October 8, 2013 At a Tuesday afternoon press conference, the president pushed against the Republican strategy on the government shutdown and the debt-ceiling, saying that he and his party are the ones who have been trying to negotiate, not Republicans. The president pointed to the 19 times that Republicans rejected a conference committee ...

Gunshots Outside Capitol, Suspect Reportedly Dead

October 3, 2013 Gunshots have been fired outside of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington. A female suspect was shot by police at the conclusion of the car chase, says a Capitol Police Officer. ABC News reports that the suspect is dead, while the Associated Press reports that the suspect is in custody, ...

What Happens If a Hurricane Comes During the Government Shutdown?

October 3, 2013 Hurricane watches are now in effect from Grand Isle, La., to Indian Pass, Fla. It's not yet clear how strong the storm, Hurricane Karen, will become as it moves toward the Gulf Coast. But even though the federal government is shut down, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is getting ready ...

Analysis: It Helps No One for Lawmakers to Give Up Pay During a Shutdown

October 3, 2013 Members of Congress will get paid $174,000 this year. But at least 100 members of Congress from both parties have proposed to refuse or give away their pay during the government shutdown in solidarity with furloughed federal workers. Many of these statements are from members who are pledging to donate ...

What One GOP Leader Thinks Will Happen If the Senate Kills the House Spending Plan

September 29, 2013 Early Sunday morning, the House passed a spending plan that delays Obamacare by a year, keeps the government open, and almost definitely will not make it through the Senate. If the House and Senate can't find a way to fund the government by Monday night, the government will shut down. ...

Congress Looks Resigned to a Shutdown

September 29, 2013 Do you think the government is going to shut down? That's what CBS's Bob Schieffer asked Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill, on Face the Nation Sunday morning. "I'm afraid I do," he said. Right now, with a day and change left before the government shuts down if Congress can't ...