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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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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 ...

Fort Hood Shooter Gets Death Penalty He Allegedly Sought

August 28, 2013 Maj. Nidal Hasan was convicted last Friday of premeditated murder in the 2009 shooting at the Fort Hood military base in Texas. The attack killed 13 people and injured more than 30. Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, said his goal was to help Muslim insurgents overseas. The conviction made Hasan eligible ...

How Syria, a Hurricane, or Ben Bernanke Could Move the Debt Ceiling Deadline

August 27, 2013 Deadlocked over a deal to raise the debt ceiling, Congress and the White House are flirting with federal default. But that's not the worst of it: as the exact date of default is uncertain, any number of unforeseen events could push our federal finances over the edge. Treasury Secretary Jack ...

Bradley Manning's Sentence Doesn't Mean His Story Is Going Away

August 22, 2013 Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, who leaked a massive trove of classified documents to WikiLeaks, was sentenced to 35 years in prison Wednesday morning. Manning was convicted on July 30 of most of the charges levied against him, including offenses under the Espionage Act. He did, however, manage to escape the ...

It's Not Just Federal Prisons: State Prisons Are a Mess, Too

August 21, 2013 In Arkansas, there aren't enough prison beds for all the inmates. Tasked with housing 14,753 people, the state's prisons have fallen around 280 beds short, with 1,400 state inmates being held in county jails as of Monday. Arkansas's state prison director told the corrections board that there are 300 beds ...