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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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The Republican Tax Bill Might Need an Escape Hatch to Pass

November 28, 2017 Republican Senate leaders have sold their proposed tax cuts as a surefire jolt to the economy—one that will eventually refill the nation’s coffers with revenue generated through more jobs and higher wages. But what if it doesn’t? One of the final pockets of resistance to the GOP plan is coming...

The Red-State Revolt Spreads to Oklahoma

November 27, 2017 Republicans have a vise grip on power in Oklahoma, and they are in no imminent danger of losing it. In a state that gave 65 percent of its vote to Donald Trump a year ago, the GOP controls pretty much everything: the governorship and every statewide office, both U.S. Senate...

A Major Step Forward for the Republican Tax Bill

November 16, 2017 House Republicans on Thursday approved legislation overhauling the U.S. tax code, slashing rates for corporations while more modestly cutting taxes for individuals, and scaling back a host of popular deductions and exemptions. And they did it without so much as a hint of drama. The party-line, 227-205 vote is a...

A Victory Lap for Obamacare at the Ballot Box

November 9, 2017 In Donald Trump’s America, government-run health care isn’t in retreat—it’s on the march. Voters in Maine on Tuesday decisively chose to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act to more than 70,000 additional residents, overruling a conservative governor who vetoed similar measures five separate times. In Virginia, health care buoyed...

The Shadow Government Working to Save Obamacare From Collapse

November 2, 2017 On the first day of open enrollment for insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act for 2018, senior administration officials did what you’d expect: The president directed Americans to a government website and encouraged them to sign up, the health secretary conducted media interviews to promote the law, and others...

The Essential Questions the GOP Tax Bill Will Finally Answer

November 1, 2017 Republicans have been talking about their desire to cut taxes for so long it’s easy to forget they haven’t actually released legislation to do so. That will likely change on Thursday, when House leaders plan to unveil a bill they’ve long promised would be the most far-reaching overhaul of the...

Democrats Warn Trump: Leave Mueller Alone

October 30, 2017 Leading congressional Democrats responded to the indictment of Donald Trump’s former top campaign officials not with jubilation, or relief, or even outrage, but with a blunt warning to the president: Leave Robert Mueller alone. “The president must not, under any circumstances, interfere with the special counsel’s work in any way,”...

House Plans Vote On Senate's Higher-Spending Budget Resolution

October 26, 2017 If congressional Republicans are going to enact their ambitious and complicated tax overhaul, they’re eventually going to have to agree to things many of them don’t particularly like in service of the larger goal. That may involve eliminating some loopholes but not others, making some people pay more so most...

The Republican Who Left Congress to Drain an Actual Swamp

October 23, 2017 The typical career path for senior members of Congress who give up their seats is to cash in and take richly paid jobs as lobbyists or consultants. Others run for higher office, typically for governor or senator. Few of them do what Candice Miller did in 2015, when the seven-term...

Republicans Rally Around Raising the Deficit

October 20, 2017 Republican senators have found the secret to recovering the unity that’s eluded them on major legislation this year. All they had to do was sacrifice the deficit. In narrowly approving a $4 trillion budget resolution on a 51-49 vote Thursday night, the GOP majority moved an important step closer to...