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Russell Berman

Russell Berman is a senior associate editor at The Atlantic, where he covers political news. He was previously a congressional reporter for The Hill and a Washington correspondent for The New York Sun.
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What We Know About Trump's 'Tapes' Tease

June 12, 2017 It’s the biggest mystery in Washington—or the biggest tease. Is there a taping system at the White House, did it catch the conversations between President Trump and his ex-FBI director, James Comey, and if the answers to those questions are yes, will the president make the tapes public? The Secret...

Devin Nunes Dives Back into the Russia Investigation

June 2, 2017 It was less than two months ago that Representative Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, temporarily recused himself from leading the panel’s Russia investigation amid allegations that he disclosed classified information in what his Democratic critics called an attempt to substantiate President Trump’s false claim that his predecessor...

The Phantom Infrastructure Proposal in Trump's Budget

May 24, 2017 For the first time, the White House has put into writing an outline of President Trump’s long-promised and often-hyped plan to pour as much as $1 trillion into rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure. It did not leave Trump’s would-be negotiating partners impressed. The president’s budget proposal sets aside just $200 billion...

Mueller Pick Meets a Rare Bipartisan Consensus

May 18, 2017 At a moment of peak political polarization, the Justice Department’s appointment of Robert Mueller to serve as special counsel leading its Russia investigation achieved a rare consensus: Nary a whiff of criticism from either party greeted the announcement on Wednesday night. Democrats got what they had long demanded: An apolitical...

White House Vows to Audit the Pentagon, Which Would Be a First

May 17, 2017 The Pentagon will spend the next several months gearing up for a mission so complicated that many officials doubt it can be pulled off, an undertaking so immense that the military hasn’t once dared to try it before. No, this isn’t a story about deploying a fancy new weapon, or...

The Pentagon Is Almost Ready for Its Close-Up

May 17, 2017 The Pentagon will spend the next several months gearing up for a mission so complicated that many officials doubt it can be pulled off, an undertaking so immense that the military hasn’t once dared to try it before. No, this isn’t a story about deploying a fancy new weapon, or...

Will Democrats Shut Down the Government Over Obamacare?

April 27, 2017 Republican leaders returned to Washington after a lengthy Easter recess with two discreet goals for the week: Keep the federal government from shutting down, and maybe, if they had the time and the votes, finally pass their bill to replace the Affordable Care Act. Congress being Congress, this presented a...

Trump Signals That He Doesn't Want a Government Shutdown After All

April 25, 2017 The president blinked. Donald Trump wants his border wall funded, but he apparently wants to keep the government open on his 100th day in office a little bit more. Facing the prospect of a government shutdown in four days, the president reportedly backed off his demand that a must-pass spending...

President Trump's First 100 Days Could End in a Government Shutdown

April 19, 2017 On April 29, President Trump hopes to be commemorating his 100th day in office by touting his successful appointment of a Supreme Court justice and his quick victories in rolling back the Obama-era regulatory regime. But if Congress does not strike the first truly bipartisan deal of his presidency by...

How Trump's First 100 Days Could End in a Government Shutdown

April 19, 2017 On April 29, President Trump hopes to be commemorating his 100th day in office by touting his successful appointment of a Supreme Court justice and his quick victories in rolling back the Obama-era regulatory regime. But if Congress does not strike the first truly bipartisan deal of his presidency by...