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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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How Will Republicans Rebuke Obama on Immigration?

December 1, 2014 Will House Republicans censure the president over his unilateral immigration move? Will they ban him from delivering the State of the Union address? As Congress returns Monday for its final two-week session of the year, Republicans livid over President Obama's executive actions must decide how to respond. Speaker John Boehner...

Boehner Snubs Report, Pushes Forward on Benghazi

November 26, 2014 When the Republican-led House Intelligence Committee released, via a classic Friday evening news dump, the declassified final report of its bipartisan inquiry into the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack, Speaker John Boehner's office was silent. The findings were surprising only for how much they appeared to vindicate the Obama administration on...

John Boehner Forges Ahead on the House Benghazi Probe

November 26, 2014 When the Republican-led House Intelligence Committee released, via a classic Friday evening news dump, the declassified final report of its bipartisan inquiry into the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack, Speaker John Boehner's office was silent. The findings were surprising only for how much they appeared to vindicate the Obama administration on...

Who Will Replace Chuck Hagel?

November 24, 2014 Even before Chuck Hagel's resignation from the Defense Department became official, the names of a pair of longtime Pentagon veterans had already surfaced as top contenders to replace him as secretary: Michele Flournoy and Ashton Carter. Flournoy and Carter have been through this wringer before: Both were floated as possible...

The Affordable Care Act's Embarrassing Moment of Tooth

November 21, 2014 It turns out the Affordable Care Act didn't meet its first-year goal of enrolling 7 million Americans in private insurance plans after all. The Obama administration disclosed on Thursday that it mistakenly included about 380,000 dental plans in the 7.3 million people who enrolled through state and federal exchanges for...

Nothing Unites Congress Like Fighting Nazis

November 20, 2014 There is still one group of people who can prompt the bitterly divided parties in Congress to spring into bipartisan action: Nazis. Senior Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate on Wednesday evening announced an agreement on legislation to prevent suspected Nazi war criminals who were forced out of...

President Obama's Long-Awaited Immigration Decree

November 19, 2014 Ending what seemed like an eternity of suspense, President Obama will announce the executive action he's taking on immigration in a prime-time White House address on Thursday night. Republicans have already delivered their response to a plan expected to circumvent Congress and shield up to five million undocumented immigrants from...

Is a Third Lawyer the Charm for House Republicans?

November 18, 2014 Their first two lawyers may have quit, but House Republicans aren't giving up on their bid to sue President Obama for executive overreach. Speaker John Boehner's office said on Tuesday the House has hired Jonathan Turley, a constitutional law professor at George Washington University and a frequent presence on television...

A Smooth Second Start for Healthcare.gov

November 17, 2014 With no outages and more than 100,000 people submitting applications for insurance, federal health officials proclaimed the first weekend of Healthcare.gov's second year a success on Monday. The lack of widespread horror stories a year after the website's dysfunctional debut allowed the Obama administration to breathe a sigh of relief...

Return of the Veto?

November 14, 2014 For all of the Republican handwringing over President Obama's use—or overuse—of executive authority, there is one exclusive presidential power he has barely wielded at all: the veto. Obama has rejected just two bills passed by Congress in his nearly six years in office. That's the fewest of any president since...