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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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The Federal Voting Agency Republicans Want to Kill

February 13, 2017 Every odd-numbered year since 2011, Republicans in the House have tried to kill the Election Assistance Commission—the tiny federal agency responsible for helping states improve their voting systems. None of their previous efforts made it very far, and with Barack Obama in the White House, the 15-year-old commission had little...

Senate Confirms Jeff Sessions to Be Attorney General

February 9, 2017 The Senate on Wednesday night confirmed Jeff Sessions of Alabama as attorney general after a lengthy and polarizing debate, elevating one of President Trump’s closest allies to serve as the nation’s chief law-enforcement officer. In a 52-47 vote, Sessions won unanimous support from Republicans, while every Democrat except for one,...

More Trouble for Andrew Puzder

February 7, 2017 Andrew Puzder’s nomination for labor secretary took another hit on Monday night when the fast-food CEO disclosed that his family hired an undocumented immigrant as a maid and initially failed to pay taxes related to her employment. “My wife and I employed a housekeeper for a few years, during which...

How Republicans Might 'Repair' Obamacare Before Repealing It

February 7, 2017 Lamar Alexander’s preferred metaphor for the current state of the Affordable Care Act is that of a collapsing bridge. Rising premiums and fewer coverage options in many states have destabilized the law’s insurance exchanges, the veteran Republican senator argues, and Congress must step in to rescue consumers trapped in a...

President Trump's Missing Labor Secretary

February 6, 2017 This week will mark two months since Donald Trump, then the president-elect, named Andrew Puzder as his choice to be secretary of labor. In the weeks since, most of the rest of Trump’s first batch of Cabinet nominees have, despite fits and starts and opposition from Democrats, advanced through the...

Paul Ryan Calls Trump's Handling of Immigration Order 'Regrettable'

January 31, 2017 House Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday offered mild criticism of the Trump administration’s handling of the president’s executive order on immigration, saying that “regrettably, the rollout was confusing.” But he stood firmly behind Trump’s move to suspend the refugee-resettlement program and temporarily block entry into the United States from seven...

Trump Gets His First Cabinet Picks

January 20, 2017 President Trump has the first two members of his Cabinet confirmed: Defense Secretary James Mattis and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly. The Senate overwhelmingly voted to approve both men for their posts late Friday afternoon, hours after Trump took the oath of office. But to the consternation of Republicans, the...

How Democrats Paved the Way for the Confirmation of Trump's Cabinet

January 20, 2017 A little over three years ago, Senator Mitch McConnell stood on the Senate floor and issued a warning to the Democrats who then controlled the majority. “I say to my friends on the other side of the aisle, you’ll regret this,” McConnell, then the minority leader, told them. “And you...

Trump's Budget Director Nominee Has Tax Issues

January 19, 2017 President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to be his White House budget chief has a tax problem. Representative Mick Mulvaney, the nominee for director of the Office of Management and Budget, told a Senate committee that he had failed to pay more than $15,000 in taxes for a household employee in the...

The Senate Delays a Key Nomination Hearing

January 10, 2017 Senate Republicans have delayed the confirmation hearing for President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of education amid mounting criticism from Democrats that the GOP is rushing to install Trump’s Cabinet without sufficient vetting. The Senate hearing for Betsy DeVos will now occur on the afternoon of January 17, the leaders...