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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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Who Could Replace Janet Napolitano at the Department of Homeland Security?

July 12, 2013 In a surprise move, Janet Napolitano, secretary of Homeland Security, is resigning. She plans to leave the department in September, according to an administration official. Earlier reports indicated that she was resigning today. According to the Los Angeles Times, Napolitano will become the president of the University of California—the first ...

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano Is Resigning

July 12, 2013 This story has been updated throughout. In a surprise move, Janet Napolitano, secretary of Homeland Security, is resigning on Friday. According to the Los Angeles Times, Napolitano will become the president of the University of California—the first woman to hold that post in its 145-year history. Napolitano has been at ...

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Pleads Not Guilty to Boston Attacks

July 10, 2013 In his first public appearance since being apprehended in a bloodied boat in a Boston suburb on April 19, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty to 30 counts related to April's Boston Marathon attack, including the use of a weapon of mass destruction to kill. Tsarnaev, who reportedly confessed his responsibility ...

Highest- and Lowest-Paid Governors in America Both Have a Knack for Scandal

June 28, 2013 You might expect the lowest-paid governor in the country to go off and accuse a political opponent of giving "it to the people without providing Vaseline." But money in politics doesn't buy you everything: The nation's highest-paid governor has plenty of problems of his own. The salary reports, based on ...

How Killing DOMA Saves the Government Money

June 26, 2013 In 2004, the Congressional Budget Office took a look at the potential budgetary impact of the federal government recognizing same-sex marriages. With the Supreme Court's decision Wednesday to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act, that potential recognition became a reality. And what they found looks pretty promising: CBO estimated that ...

In Rare Interview, Cheney Champions NSA Surveillance

June 17, 2013 Sunday show obsessives got a bit of a Father's Day treat on Sunday: Dick Cheney on Fox News Sundaywith Chris Wallace to talk about, among other things, the NSA data collection program. In something of a Greatest Hits interview, the former vice president threw everything he has behind government surveillance. ...

Al Gore: NSA Surveillance 'Violates the Constitution'

June 17, 2013 On June 5, right after The Guardian released the beginning of its revelations about massive National Security Agency data collection, Al Gore took to Twitter. He was not pleased: Just more than a week later, Al Gore is opening up in a bit more than 140 characters. In a long ...

Thomas Jefferson: Home Brewer

June 14, 2013 The transition out of the presidency can't be easy. It's one of the wonders of American democracy: a president going from being one of the most powerful people in the world to being just an unemployed dude (well, so far just dudes). George W. Bush had his ranch in Texas, ...

Lightsabers Can Save Your Life

June 6, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A long time ago, in a fictional galaxy far, far away, a revolutionary technology was used to destroy Sith scum. Now, a real-life version of that technology could be used to make surgery bloodless. In Scientific American, Charles Q. Choi reports that scientists are researching how to use a plasma-based ...

NSA Forced Verizon To Turn Over Data on Millions of Customers

June 6, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The National Security Agency is collecting the telephone data of millions of Verizon customers in the United States, according to a Wednesday Guardian report, and the information collected could be incredibly revealing even if it doesn't seem so at first. That's because big data sets -- even supposedly anonymized ones ...