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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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Does the News of Foley's Failed Rescue Put Troops At Risk?

August 22, 2014 A senior House Republican is demanding an investigation into the possible leak about the failed U.S. military operation to rescue American journalist James Foley from terrorist kidnappers in Syria. Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Calif., chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, on Thursday issued a statement calling it "outrageous" for...

GOP Hawks Come Out in Force Against Obama's 'Limited' Iraq Airstrikes

August 21, 2014 The execution of American journalist James Wright Foley has spurred a fresh round of calls, mainly from Republicans, for President Obama to expand his limited U.S. military mission in Iraq. That push includes new support for U.S. ground troops, if not (yet) a full-scale re-invasion of the country, to combat...

GOP Hawks Push Obama to Up the Ante After Foley

August 21, 2014 The execution of American journalist James Wright Foley has spurred a fresh round of calls, mainly from Republicans, for President Obama to expand his limited U.S. military mission in Iraq. That push includes new support for U.S. ground troops, if not (yet) a full-scale re-invasion of the country, to combat...

Pentagon Fires Back At Critics of 'Police Militarization' Program

August 20, 2014 The Pentagon on Tuesday mounted a vigorous defense of the surplus military equipment transfer program that has drawn criticism following the police crackdown in Ferguson, Missouri. The Defense Department's chief spokesman, John Kirby, told reporters during a briefing that the 1033 program was not "some program run amok," despite images...

Hillary Clinton Returns to Iowa to Begin Running for President

August 18, 2014 Cue the feeding frenzy. Hillary Clinton is returning to Iowa in September for the first time since her losing presidential run in 2008. Her appearance at Sen. Tom Harkin's annual Steak Fry is ostensibly about helping local Democrats raise money for the 2014 midterm elections, and she'll no doubt laugh...

Congressman's Push to Curb Police Militarization Gets Big Boost After Ferguson

August 18, 2014 Rep. Hank Johnson didn't like the Pentagon's surplus military transfer program long before Ferguson, Missouri, turned into a war zone. The Georgia Democrat, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, for months had been shopping around legislation to boost accountability and limit the kind of military equipment that local...

U.S. Deems Iraq Rescue Mission Unlikely As Thousands Escape Mt. Sinjar

August 14, 2014 A U.S. military operation to evacuate stranded Yazidis on Mt. Sinjar in Iraq is "far less likely" after an assessment team determined that thousands had already escaped the mountain, the Pentagon said Wednesday night. The group of about 20 personnel, who were accompanied by members of USAID, found that there...

NRA Frowns on Texas Proposal to Allow Alcohol at Gun Shows

August 13, 2014 The National Rifle Association has finally found an expansion of gun rights it doesn't like: selling alcohol at gun shows. The powerful lobbying group is opposing a Texas proposal to allow the sale of booze along with firearms. But the N.R.A., which has pushed for more guns to be allowed...

Does Obama Know Something We Don't About Supreme Court Retirements?

August 12, 2014 President Obama may not be buying Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's insistence that she won't be retiring from the Supreme Court anytime soon. Speaking to donors at a fundraiser in Boston on Monday, the president seemed to suggest that he expects another Supreme Court justice to retire during his final two...

The DEA Paid An Amtrak Secretary $854,460 for Free Passenger Lists

August 12, 2014 The Drug Enforcement Agency reportedly paid an Amtrak secretary more than $850,000 to snoop on passengers, even though they could have had the information for free. The Associated Press reported Monday that according to a report by Amtrak's inspector general, an unnamed secretary received $854,460 over nearly two decades to...