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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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Congress Struggles to Renew Health Benefits for 9/11 Responders

November 14, 2015 Fourteen years and two months have passed since the World Trade Center collapsed into a cloud of toxic dust, and that long passage of time has altered American politics in countless ways. The public, for example, is much more leery about going to war in the Middle East than it...

Hoping to Crown a Frontrunner, Republicans Meet in Milwaukee for Fourth Debate

November 10, 2015 As the eight leading Republican presidential candidates meet on a debate stage Tuesday night for the fourth time, the GOP field is in search of a clear frontrunner. Is it Ben Carson, the neurosurgeon and political neophyte who is now confronting a crush of media scrutiny prompted by his surge...

Seattle's Experiment With Campaign Funding

November 10, 2015 When people talk up the idea of the public financing of elections, they are usually referring to a system that goes something like this: Candidates must first raise money from individuals, and then the government will chip in matching funds or a pre-set amount that campaigns can spend on their...

How Bathroom Fears Conquered Transgender Rights in Houston

November 4, 2015 Houston would seem, at first glance, an unlikely site for the gay-rights movement’s first major setback since the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. The nation’s fourth-largest city has elected a lesbian mayor three consecutive times without much controversy, and in 2014, its city council approved an ordinance protecting residents...

Congress Dares to Tweak Obamacare

November 3, 2015 For nearly the entirety of its five-year existence, the Affordable Care Act has been, in the eyes of most Republicans, the unfixable law. Repeal was the goal; gutting it was the only acceptable alternative. And for Democrats, it has been untouchable—a defining achievement of President Obama to be defended at...

Paul Ryan Trashes His Budget Gift

October 28, 2015 The budget deal that John Boehner struck in his final days as House speaker is certainly a political gift to Paul Ryan, but you’ll have to forgive Ryan for showing a lack of appreciation. “I think this process stinks,” the speaker-in-waiting reportedly harrumphed as he walked into a meeting where...

White House, Congressional Negotiators Strike a Budget Deal

October 27, 2015 Congressional negotiators struck a two-year budget deal late Monday night that would increase federal spending by $80 billion and protect the nation from a debt default through the end of the Obama presidency. The 144-page agreement was posted shortly before midnight, setting up a vote in the House on Wednesday...

Congress Might Actually Pass a Budget This Year — And Next

October 26, 2015 John Boehner might get to “clean the barn up” before he leaves, after all. The departing speaker and Democratic negotiators are closing in on a fiscal agreement that would bring budget peace—and more federal spending—to Washington for the remainder of the Obama presidency while staving off the possibility of a...

Is a Shutdown Possible if the House Can't Elect a New Speaker?

October 7, 2015 Jason Chaffetz’s long-shot candidacy for House speaker is predicated on chaos. The Utah Republican is making no claims that he—or anyone else—can defeat Kevin McCarthy when the 247-member House Republican conference gathers behind closed doors on Thursday to elect their next leader. But Chaffetz’s theory of the case is that...

House Oversight Committee Chairman May Run for House Speaker

October 2, 2015 Kevin McCarthy may have another challenger in his bid to succeed John Boehner as House speaker. Representative Jason Chaffetz, the chairman of the House oversight committee, is preparing to run for the top post, Politico reported Friday afternoon. Chaffetz’s entry would add another outspoken Republican voice to the race, but...