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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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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 ...

Obama: 'We've Struck the Right Balance' on Spying

August 9, 2013 At a Friday afternoon press conference in the dead of summer, President Obama announced major proposals to change how his administration carries out national security policy. The president laid out four goals: 1. Reform the USA PATRIOT Act program that collects telephone programs. 2. Work with Congress to reform the ...

Obama: 'America Is Not Interested in Spying on Ordinary People'

August 9, 2013 At a Friday afternoon press conference in the dead of summer, President Obama announced major proposals to change how his administration carries out national security policy. The president laid out four goals: 1. Reform the USA PATRIOT Act program that collects telephone programs. 2. Work with Congress to reform the ...

Call It the Bureau of Corrections Instead of the Bureau of Prisons, Lawmakers Say

August 8, 2013 Prisons in the United States are something of a disaster—both in terms of justice and the budget. Some background: Roughly 1,000 California inmates may be released this year before they complete their sentences because of a court order based on severe overcrowding in the state's prisons. At the same time, ...

Oprah Is Getting a Presidential Medal of Freedom

August 8, 2013 On Thursday, the White House announced the list of people who will be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Media colossus Oprah Winfrey is among them. We'd like to imagine that she found this out by looking under her seat. The White House credits Oprah as having "long been active ...

Dempsey Warns of 'Significant Threat Stream'

August 5, 2013 On Saturday, most of the United States' top national security officials met to discuss the possible terrorist threat that has already caused the closure of 21 U.S. embassies and a global travel warning for Americans through the rest of August. The global travel warning is the first issued by the ...

Joint Chiefs Chairman: 'There Is a Significant Threat Stream'

August 5, 2013 On Saturday, most of the United States' top national security officials met to discuss the possible terrorist threat that has already caused the closure of 21 U.S. embassies and a global travel warning for Americans through the rest of August. The global travel warning is the first issued by the ...

Edward Snowden Has Left the Airport

August 1, 2013 NSA leaker Edward Snowden's long layover appears to be finally over. According to Interfax, Snowden received papers on Thursday that allowed him to finally enter Russia and leave Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport. Crews from RT say that they saw Snowden actually leave. According to his lawyer, Snowden has been granted a ...

Journalists and Whistleblowers Are the Real Winners in the Manning Trial

July 30, 2013 On Tuesday, Judge Col. Denise Lind convicted Army Pfc. Bradley Manning of many major charges, but Manning dodged the big one: "aiding the enemy." That charge would have come with a possible life sentence. The conviction still includes six charges under the Espionage Act, although that had previously been reported ...

How the Bradley Manning Verdict Avoided a Serious Chill on Whistleblowing

July 30, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow On Tuesday, Judge Col. Denise Lind convicted Army Pfc. Bradley Manning of many major charges, but Manning dodged the big one: "aiding the enemy." That charge would have come with a possible life sentence. The conviction still includes 5 charges under the Espionage Act, and Manning could face a long ...