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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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Republicans Try to Rein in the National Security Council

May 20, 2016 When you think of a “council,” you most likely think of a group of people sitting around a conference table or a committee room, debating issues and making decisions. You probably don’t imagine a 400-person bureaucracy. Yet that’s what the National Security Council has become. An entity originally created in...

Polls: Tight Race Developing Between Clinton, Trump

May 10, 2016 Warning: Candidates in this election may be closer than they appear. To listen to the handwringing from despondent Republicans and the self-assurance from exultant Democrats over the last week, a Hillary Clinton landslide defeat of Donald Trump in November seemed a fait accompli. On Tuesday morning, however, the release of...

Chris Christie Will Start Planning the Trump Transition

May 9, 2016 Donald Trump on Monday made perhaps the most important hire of his presidential campaign to date, choosing Chris Christie to lead his transition team if he wins the White House in November. The announcement might seem early for a man who has been the GOP’s presumptive nominee for less than...

Trump’s Incoherent 'America First' Foreign Policy Plans

April 28, 2016 So that is what a “presidential” Donald Trump looks like. The Republican frontrunner delivered the most scripted, and stilted, speech of his 10-month presidential campaign on Wednesday. He used a teleprompter. He spoke softly and deliberately. And at different points in the nearly 40-minute address, he pledged as president to...

Trump Makes His Own Head Spin Talking Foreign Policy

April 27, 2016 So that is what a “presidential” Donald Trump looks like. The Republican frontrunner delivered the most scripted, and stilted, speech of his 10-month presidential campaign on Wednesday. He used a teleprompter. He spoke softly and deliberately. And at different points in the nearly 40-minute address, he pledged as president to...

A Vice Presidential Free-for-All?

April 23, 2016 Donald Trump still has a chance to capture the Republican presidential nomination on the first ballot at the party’s national convention this summer, thanks in part to his commanding victory in New York on Tuesday. Unlike past GOP nominees, however, he might not have carte blanche to pick his running...

How a Serious Third-Party Presidential Run Could Still Happen

April 6, 2016 How late is too late for an independent or third-party presidential run? That question is becoming paramount as the Republican Party barrels through its primary season bitterly divided and with the chances growing that it will open its July convention without a nominee in hand. Conservatives resolutely opposed to a...

A Major Leap for the Minimum Wage

March 30, 2016 When it began a few years ago, the campaign for a $15 minimum hourly minimum wage seemed little more than a populist pipe dream. The target was more than twice a federal floor of $7.25 that hasn’t been touched since 2009, and it easily swamped the most aggressive proposals from...

Three Western States Split Their Primary Support

March 23, 2016 Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were the early winners on Tuesday night as voters in a trio of Western states cast their ballots in primaries and caucuses. Both presidential front-runners easily carried Arizona, padding their delegate leads by claiming the biggest prize of the night. Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders...

Obama to Cubans: It's Time to 'Leave the Past Behind'

March 22, 2016 President Obama used his speech Tuesday at El Gran Teatro in Havana to urge the Cuban people—and more pointedly, their leader, Raúl Castro—to “leave the past behind” and embrace democratic elections, open markets, human rights, and the reconciliation between two neighboring nations that have feuded for half a century. “I...