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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 Trump's First 100 Days Could End in a Government Shutdown

April 19, 2017 On April 29, President Trump hopes to be commemorating his 100th day in office by touting his successful appointment of a Supreme Court justice and his quick victories in rolling back the Obama-era regulatory regime. But if Congress does not strike the first truly bipartisan deal of his presidency by...

Slow Pace of Hiring Will Make It Hard for Trump to Reform Government

April 17, 2017 President Trump, like most of his recent predecessors, wants to reorganize the federal government, to make it leaner and meaner and more effective at serving its customers, the American people. The White House announced last week that it would spend the next several months soliciting ideas from the general public,...

It's Official: The FBI Is Investigating Trump's Links to Russia

March 20, 2017 FBI Director James Comey on Monday confirmed for the first time that the bureau is investigating whether Donald Trump’s campaign coordinated with the Russian government last year as part of Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. “I’ve been authorized by the Department of Justice to confirm that the FBI, as...

Sam Brownback Might Not Be Governing Kansas Much Longer

March 10, 2017 Donald Trump won Kansas last November by just over 20 points, and in the coming days he’s expected to give the Jayhawk State’s voters their reward: a new governor. The president reportedly will name Governor Sam Brownback as the U.N. ambassador for food and agriculture, ending his second term nearly...

How Seriously Will Congress Investigate Trump's Wiretap Claim?

March 7, 2017 When the president speaks, Congress doesn’t always have to listen. So when the White House on Sunday demanded an investigation into President Trump’s claim that former President Barack Obama ordered wiretaps on his phones during the 2016 campaign, lawmakers didn’t exactly spring into action in response. Senior members of both...

President Trump Meets the Congress

March 1, 2017 Sometimes in politics, you’ve just got to give the people what they want. Donald Trump proved an expert at that particular obligation during his campaign, enthralling his crowds like a rock legend performing his greatest hits—the mockery of his opponents, the off-the-cuff anecdotes and asides, pledging again and again to...

Kansas Republicans Sour on Their Tax-Cut Experiment

February 24, 2017 It was only two months ago that Governor Sam Brownback was offering up the steep tax cuts he enacted in Kansas as a model for President Trump to follow. Yet by the time Republicans in Congress get around to tax reform, Brownback’s fiscal plan could be history—and it’ll be his...

Scott Pruitt Is Confirmed as EPA's New Leader

February 17, 2017 Scott Pruitt, the former attorney general of Oklahoma, was confirmed by the Senate by a vote of 52-46 to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday afternoon, after a marathon all-night session in which Democrats held the floor for hours to oppose his nomination. The vote came less than...

Did Michael Flynn Tell the FBI the Truth?

February 15, 2017 Wash, rinse, repeat: The cover-up is always worse than the crime. As much change as President Trump has tried to bring to Washington in his eventful first weeks as president, he hasn’t yet altered the enduring truth in that Watergate-era cliché. Michael Flynn discovered it anew on Monday night when...

Flynn Resigns As National Security Adviser

February 14, 2017 Michael Flynn has resigned as national security adviser following reports that he misled senior Trump administration officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, about the nature of talks he held with the Russian ambassador in December before he took office. Flynn submitted his resignation in a letter Monday evening in which...