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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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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 ...

TSA Found 29 Firearms at Airports This Week, Before the LAX Shooting

November 1, 2013 Shots broke out at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday morning, wounding multiple people including at least one Transportation Security Administration officer who reportedly has died. The scene is obviously horrific, and it's the exact sort of nightmare that every traveler dreads to face. But, it turns out, loaded weapons ...

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 ...