Ben Terris

Ben Terris is a staff writer for National Journal. Prior to National Journal, Terris worked with, 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.
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August the first month of Iraq war with no U.S. military deaths

September 1, 2011 For the first time since the American invasion of Iraq, a month has passed without a single U.S. military death in that country. Just one month after 14 troops were killed in Iraq--the deadliest period in three months--not one of the roughly 48,000 men and women stationed there died in...

White House issues 9/11 guidelines ahead of anniversary

August 30, 2011 The White House has distributed two sets of documents -- one framed for allies overseas and one for Americans here at home -- with guidelines on how to best commemorate the tenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks. The documents include common themes, including warnings to citizens to be prepared...

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

August 30, 2011 A record number of American troops have been killed in Afghanistan this month, according to an Associated Press tally. In total, 66 U.S. troops have died this month -- 30 of them, mostly elite Navy SEALs, in the Chinook helicopter crash on Aug. 6 -- surpassing the previous record of...

U.S. to prioritize deportation of convicted criminals

August 19, 2011 The Homeland Security Department announced on Thursday that it would postpone deportation proceedings against many illegal immigrants to prioritize such cases for convicted criminals. With about 300,000 cases in the country's immigration courts, officials said they will review each case to determine whether the individual poses a threat to public...

After two centuries, House page program to end

August 9, 2011 Technology is about to put about 70 young men and women out of a job. After nearly 200 years of using teenagers as paid messengers, the House of Representatives will be concluding its page program as of Aug. 31. "We have great appreciation for the unique role that Pages have...

Fed, Wall Street prepare for default

July 21, 2011 With time running out to make a deal on raising the debt limit, and with Congress at loggerheads over how to do it, both the Federal Reserve and Wall Street have started preparing for the worst. Charles Plosser, the president of the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank, tells Reuters that, for...

Treasury head: Only option is to raise debt limit

July 18, 2011 Plan A: Raise the debt ceiling. Plan B: (See plan A). Even with Congress gridlocked over how to do it, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner says there is no alternative to raising the debt ceiling, and that he is "absolutely" convinced that it will get done. "Our plan has been --...

Geithner sticking around for time being

July 1, 2011 Amid rumors of his imminent departure, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said on Thursday that he will continue working his current job for the "foreseeable future." Speaking to former President Bill Clinton onstage at a meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative, Geithner nipped rumors in the bud that he would be...

Senate cancels July 4 recess after Obama addresses debt-ceiling

June 30, 2011 Just one day after President Obama chided Congress for spending so much time away from Washington, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he was canceling the July 4 recess. Reid said that the Senate would reconvene on July 5, with the first votes likely to take place that afternoon. "The...

Economic Development Agency is a waste of money, senator says

June 15, 2011 Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., a tea party stalwart dedicated to reducing the size of the government, has set his sights on the Economic Development Administration. The EDA was founded in 1965 to help promote economic competitiveness and create jobs, but DeMint says it wastes money with the promotion of "pet...

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