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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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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...

Congress Gives States Breathing Room on Medical Marijuana

December 18, 2014 Congress may have tried to stop residents of the nation's capital from being able to light up joints with impunity, but lawmakers retreated last week in another important drug-war front: medical marijuana. The $1 trillion spending bill that passed last week included a provision that blocks the Justice Department from...

The Spirited and Strange Lawmakers Leaving Congress Soon

December 17, 2014 Every two years around this time, the halls of Congress are crowded with boxes, as departing lawmakers pack up their offices in defeat or relief. The departures this year have a decidedly Democratic tilt following the Republican rout in November, but the Capitol will also be losing some of its...

The Delicate Art of Denying a Presidential Bid

December 15, 2014 For big-name politicians, there is a certain technique to answering the question, "Will you run for president?" Tense, in particular, is important. Elizabeth Warren, the rising liberal star of the Senate, has had quite a bit of practice in the last year, and she has been remarkably consistent. "I am...

Finally, a New Surgeon General?

December 15, 2014 President Obama nominated Vivek Murthy to be U.S. surgeon general on November 13, 2013. The Senate health committee signed off on him in February. On Monday, one year, one month, and two days after his selection, the Senate is poised to confirm him to a post that has been vacant...

Democrats' Depressing New Reality in the Spending Deal

December 15, 2014 To the very limited extent that congressional Democrats have enjoyed the last four years of gridlock on Capitol Hill, they have derived pleasure from watching the Republican Party rupture over and over again, its divisions between the conservative Tea Party and the establishment leadership preventing just about any real legislative...

Obamacare's Naughty Economist Goes to the Hill

December 9, 2014 Countless Americans have been humbled under the unforgiving glare of a congressional committee. Few people in recent memory have done the humbling themselves as completely as the economist Jonathan Gruber. Darrell Issa, the aggressive and camera-hungry outgoing chairman of the House oversight committee, hauled in Gruber before his panel on...

A Quiet Exit for a Forgotten Ebola Czar

December 9, 2014 When Ron Klain leaves his post as the White House's "Ebola response coordinator," or czar, sometime early next year, don't expect a big send-off from President Obama, much less a declaration of mission accomplished. In all likelihood, the disease will still be raging in parts of West Africa, and the...

The Many Trials Ahead for Ashton Carter at the Pentagon

December 8, 2014 Ashton Carter's stewardship of the Pentagon may only last for the final two years of the Obama presidency, but the veteran of Washington's national security establishment won't have the luxury of being a caretaker defense secretary. "We face no shortage of challenges to our national security," President Obama said while...