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Ben Terris

Ben Terris is a staff writer for National Journal. Prior to National Journal, Terris worked with Patch.com, AOL's family of community news sites. He has also interned at The New Yorker, served as a correspondent for the Huffington Post, worked as a hyperlocal reporter for the Boston Globe, and written off-beat and technology stories for the Chronicle of Higher Education. Terris is a graduate of Brandeis University where he was an American Studies major.
Ben Terris is a staff writer for National Journal. Prior to National Journal, Terris worked with Patch.com, AOL's family of community news sites. He has also interned at The New Yorker, served as a correspondent for the Huffington Post, worked as a hyperlocal reporter for the Boston Globe, and written off-beat and technology stories for the Chronicle of Higher Education. Terris is a graduate of Brandeis University where he was an American Studies major.
Oversight

Analysis: Government Shutdown? Not This Time

Despite the posturing, Republicans are not motivated to hold the government hostage just yet.

Defense

Think women haven't been in combat situations already? The history of crossdressing soldiers

Meet the women who dressed like men to fight in the Civil War.

Oversight

Conservatives may concede to avoid government shutdown

Continuing resolution could be the least terrible road through election season, some say.

News

Balanced-budget amendment fails in House

The proposed Constitutional amendment came in 23 votes shy of the two-thirds majority required.

Defense

August the first month of Iraq war with no U.S. military deaths

Commanders attribute success to the Iraqi government taking a more active role in combating Shiite militias, in combination with unilateral strikes by the U.S.

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August is deadliest month for U.S. troops in Afghanistan

In total, 66 U.S. troops died this month -- 30 of them in the Chinook helicopter crash on Aug. 6.

Defense

White House issues 9/11 guidelines ahead of anniversary

The documents warn citizens to be prepared for another attack and call on officials to memorialize those who died.

Defense

U.S. to prioritize deportation of convicted criminals

The change involves postponing proceedings against illegal immigrants who pose less of a threat to public safety.

News

After two centuries, House page program to end

Hiring teenagers as messengers was found to be both costly and unnecessary with current technology, though the Senate is keeping its program.

Oversight

Fed, Wall Street prepare for default

Preparations are being made despite 'gut feeling' a deal will be struck, Fed official says.

Oversight

Treasury head: Only option is to raise debt limit

Geithner says there is “no plausible way to run the country… if we are not paying our obligations.”

News

Geithner sticking around for time being

Treasury Secretary tries to put to rest rumors that he would step down after a debt ceiling deal.

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Senate cancels July 4 recess after Obama addresses debt-ceiling

The Senate will reconvene on July 5, with the first votes likely to take place that afternoon.

News

Economic Development Agency is a waste of money, senator says

Tea party-aligned Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., sets his sights on EDA.

Oversight

Senators oppose White House disclosure plan for contractors

Letter says plan could inject politics into the procurement process.

Defense

Lawmakers criticize military funeral protesters

Senators say the Westboro Baptist Church members are abusing free speech rights.

Oversight

Senate GOP not satisfied with Obama's budget proposal

Republicans say deficit reduction plans don't go far enough.

Oversight

Likely House majority leader calls for hiring freeze

Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., says move could save $35 billion.