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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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Where You Can Legally Smoke Marijuana in the Nation's Capital

February 25, 2015 As the executive director of NORML, Allen St. Pierre has been one of the nation's most visible advocates for reforming marijuana laws for more than two decades. He's smoked plenty of pot over the years. But when he lights up in his own home one minute after midnight on Thursday,...

The ‘Dark Web’ Isn’t Going Anywhere

February 6, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Wednesday conviction of Silk Road creator Ross Ulbricht on seven felony charges demonstrated at least one thing pretty clearly: U.S. law enforcement can not only find, but successfully prosecute online operators of the drug market who cloak their criminal dealings behind hidden web addresses—especially when those operators slip up...

Air Force One-Point-Three

February 2, 2015 There's a new Air Force One on the way, and it's about time. The beat-up pair of modified 747s that have been hauling the world's most powerful passenger for 25 years are reaching the end of their useful lifespans, and are set to be replaced. The presidential planes are renowned...

What Obama Wants to Cut

February 2, 2015 President Obama's nearly $4 trillion budget proposal calls for spending increases across a wide range of domestic and defense programs. But even as he tries to bring the nation out of an era of austerity, the president isn't protecting the entire federal government from cuts. Deep within the phonebook-size documents...

Beware Stricter Drone Laws

January 28, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Forget fence-jumpers. News that a small drone crashed onto the White House lawn early Monday morning immediately stoked fears about whether the technology that the U.S. government uses to target terrorists overseas could be used against the homeland. Are the president and his family vulnerable to attack by an unmanned,...

The States That Have the Highest and Lowest Union Membership

January 24, 2015 Last year may have been a banner year for job creation in U.S., but it was not a banner year for unions. The percentage of union members among workers nationwide dropped to a new low of 11.1 percent in 2014, extending a decades-long decline for the labor movement. For union...

The Senate Officially Believes Climate Change Is Real

January 22, 2015 Let it be recorded for history that late in the afternoon of January 21, 2015, the United States Senate formally acknowledged that climate change is real. As to that other critical question of whether human beings are contributing to it? Well, the Senate is not so sure. In a series...

The Hacking of Central Command

January 12, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Twitter and YouTube accounts of U.S. Central Command were apparently hacked on Monday just as President Obama was delivering a speech on new cyber-security proposals. Just after noon, individuals claiming to represent the Islamic State warned U.S. soldiers, "We are coming. Watch your back." The hackers posted documents that...

Why Would Romney Run?

January 12, 2015 The news reported late Friday afternoon by The Wall Street Journal that Mitt Romney is considering a rare third try for the presidency is surprising for several reasons. The most obvious is that he has lost two times before and has insisted repeatedly that he wasn't interested in the ignominious...

The GOP Leader Who Addressed a White Supremacist Group

December 30, 2014 For a politician just elevated a few months ago to the third-ranking post in the House, Representative Steve Scalise is not well known to most Americans outside the Beltway. That may be about to change, but not in a way the Louisiana Republican would like. Scalise's office on Monday acknowledged...