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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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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. ...

The Black Budget Is Bigger Than Head Start, Justice and the Park Service Combined

August 30, 2013 President Obama rarely discusses the nation's vast surveillance and security apparatus by choice. He'd rather talk about lifting families out of poverty, protecting the environment, or modernizing the nation's crumbling infrastructure. But when it comes time to put a price tag on policy values, it turns out that surveillance spending ...

Obama: Economic Justice 'Remains Our Great Unfinished Business'

August 29, 2013 Some 50 years after Martin Luther King turned the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, as Rep. John Lewis said, into a pulpit, President Obama stepped onto those same steps and into history. He took the opportunity to talk about not just racial equality, but the economic justice that the original ...