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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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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...

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...