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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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Whatever Happened to the Benghazi Select Committee?

August 8, 2014 Friday will mark exactly three months since House Republicans, with great fanfare,voted to impanel the Select Committee on Benghazi – a tribunal charged with uncovering the truth behind the 2012 terrorist attack after five other congressional committees had apparently fallen short. Since each party named its members to the panel,...

Toddler Gets Timeout for Slipping Through White House Gates

August 8, 2014 The Secret Service slapped a timeout on a squirmy toddler Thursday evening after the small child caused a security scare by sliding through the White House gates. The little squirt squeezed through a section of the gates along Pennsylvania Avenue while President Obama was preparing to announce in a televised...

Obama Doesn't Want to Send the Secret Ebola Serum to Africa Anytime Soon

August 7, 2014 President Obama held a news conference on Wednesday evening to tout the success three day U.S. African Leaders Summit, but what reporters really wanted to know about was Ebola. Obama said it was premature for him to say whether the U.S. would send an unapproved, experimental drug to Africa or...

Hillary Clinton Puts Down Roots in Midtown Manhattan

August 6, 2014 Hillary Clinton is leasing a big new office near Times Square in Manhattan, but it's not for the reason you might think. The 19-office space that the former secretary of State reportedly leased for two years won't be used as a headquarters for her possible 2016 presidential campaign but merely...

Voters Don't Even Like Their Own Congressmen Anymore

August 5, 2014 Americans are so disenchanted with Congress that they don't even approve of their own local representatives anymore, a new ABC News/Washington Post poll has found. The findings are significant because they undercut a long-running phenomenon in politics: While voters frequently tell pollsters they want to "throw all the bums out,"...

Former White House Press Secretary James Brady Passes Away

August 4, 2014 James Brady, the former White House press secretary who became an advocate for gun control after he was paralyzed in the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan, died Monday at age 73. His death was announced by a family spokeswoman, according to the Associated Press. "We are heartbroken to share...

Senate Approves $225M Cash Infusion for Israel's Iron Dome

August 1, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Senate on Friday signed off on $225 million to send to Israel for its Iron Dome missile defense system, and the House could give its approval later in the day. The funding was held up on Thursday night in a dispute over how to pay for it, and it...

GOP Tells Obama to Ignore Congress One Day After Suing Him for Ignoring Congress

August 1, 2014 On Wednesday, House Republicans sued President Obama for acting on his own without approval from Congress. On Thursday, House Republicans told President Obama he should act on his own to fix the border crisis. The messaging whiplash resulted from Speaker John Boehner's failure – so far – to pass a...