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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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Is Fiorina Better Off Being Left Out Of The Next Debate?

August 27, 2015 Carly Fiorina’s strong performance in the B-list Republican debate, and an ensuing bump in the polls, quickly gave rise to a widespread assumption that the GOP’s lone woman candidate had earned her place alongside the top-tier contenders during the next primary debate. That assumption, it turns out, was premature. Fiorina...

2016 Hopefuls Craft Messages Around Wall Street's Insane Day

August 24, 2015 There’s nothing like a plunge on Wall Street to turn a bunch of presidential candidates into instant experts on global financial markets. Several 2016 hopefuls reacted quickly on Monday to the steep drop in the U.S. stock markets, and—surprise!—no one did so more aggressively than the wealthiest of the bunch,...

Agencies Look to Yelp for Customer Feedback

August 22, 2015 Did you wait in an egregiously long line at your local passport office? Did a TSA agent get a little too frisky with his or her pat down before your last flight? The federal government now wants to read your complaints—on Yelp. The popular online review site and the General...

Senate Republicans Are Deserting Ted Cruz

July 27, 2015 On Friday, Ted Cruz called the leader of his party a liar on the Senate floor. On Sunday, Cruz’s fellow Republicans responded by abandoning him in dramatic fashion. Cruz has turned to the tried-and-true method of using his perch in the Senate to draw attention to himself in recent days,...

The Governor Who Forgot How to Veto a Bill

July 23, 2015 “I’m finally learning how to play the game of a politician,” Maine Governor Paul LePage told reporters in late May, moments after he declared, in a fit of pique over a stalled proposal to cut income taxes, that he would veto every single bill written by a Democrat that passed...

Is This Obama's Moment for Criminal-Justice Reform?

July 10, 2015 The U.S. locks up more of its citizens than any nation in the world, and far too many of them are African American and Hispanic men imprisoned for non-violent drug crimes. The sad state of the criminal-justice system has become, over the last decade, a crisis lamented with nearly equal...

Republican Defenders of the Confederate Flag Derail a Spending Bill

July 9, 2015 National Republican leaders have been eager to put the debate over the Confederate flag behind them. But on the same day that South Carolina finally voted it off its state capitol grounds, the flag somehow managed to bring down a $30 billion spending bill in Congress. It’s hard to understand...

Decision to Put a Woman on the $10 Bill Sparks Unexpected Backlash

June 24, 2015 The $10 bill announcement by Treasury Secretary Jack Lew last week was intended to set off both a celebration and a great national debate: For the first time in more than a century, the portrait of a woman would grace a major denomination of U.S. paper currency, and the government...

Where Republicans Went Wrong With the State Budget in Kansas

June 22, 2015 Last Tuesday in Topeka, Governor Sam Brownback of Kansas signed a $15 billion state budget that squeaked through the Republican-dominated Legislature after an unprecedented, 113-day session—more than three weeks longer than the 90 days called for under state law. The governor simultaneously signed a pair of bills that raised $384...

Republicans Try to Rein In the Census Bureau

June 9, 2015 Why does the government want to know how many toilets you have in your home? It might seem like a silly question, but it is now central to a dispute between congressional Republicans and the Obama administration over the kinds of questions that the Census Bureau can ask in its...