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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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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 ...

Senator Says Politics Have Reached Civil War Levels

September 27, 2013 As the clock ticks down toward a possible government shutdown, Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, isn't holding back. On the Senate floor before 10 a.m. Friday, the senator gave a speech describing how American politics have reached the level at which "a small group of willful men and women who have ...

More Than 21 Hours Later, Ted Cruz Has Been Cut Off

September 25, 2013 This story has been updated. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, rose to speak on the Senate floor at 2:41 p.m. on Tuesday. He stood up in opposition to Obamacare, he said. And he said he would continue to speak until he could no longer stand. By Wednesday morning, Cruz and some ...

BlackBerry Ends Terrible Week With Mass Layoff

September 20, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow BlackBerry debuted its Z30 phone on Wednesday as its new flagship smartphone. There's nothing wrong with you if you missed this. Because with all of the excitement over the new iPhone that was released Friday (you can get it in gold!), it was hard to think about the technological dinosaur ...

Senators Vow To Crack Down on Security Clearances

September 19, 2013 Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, blasted the security-clearance process for some government contractors on Wednesday, telling National Journal, "In both the case of the Navy Yard shooter and Edward Snowden, it defies belief that they were given security clearances, given their backgrounds." The shooter ...

Senator Blasts Security Process That Cleared Navy Yard Shooter, Edward Snowden

September 19, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, blasted the security-clearance process for some government contractors on Wednesday, telling National Journal, "In both the case of the Navy Yard shooter and Edward Snowden, it defies belief that they were given security clearances, given their backgrounds." The shooter ...

Senators Call for Investigation Into How Navy Yard Shooter Got His Security Clearance

September 18, 2013 Officials should not have granted Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis security clearance. The signs were there: a history of mental illness, shooting arrests, and anger-management issues. But still he was cleared. In a letter to Inspector General Patrick E. McFarland this morning, four senators -- Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., Ron Johnson, ...

Congressman Floats Defunding Part of the Executive Branch

September 12, 2013 No one in Congress gives a floor speech like Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas. He's the Must-Watch congressman, as an early summer speech on the farm bill made clear. On Thursday, Gohmert took to the House floor and gave another whirlwind performance, covering all of the House GOP's favorite whipping points. ...