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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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Can Congress Give the Next President a Fresh Start?

September 6, 2016 Members of Congress return to Washington on Tuesday for the first time in seven weeks as they take a month-long break from campaigning. The short session brings high hopes and decidedly low expectations, with both parties offering a long wish list of items they’d like to accomplish in a short...

America Is Mostly Ignoring a Dire Emergency In Louisiana

August 17, 2016 Wide stretches of southern Louisiana are once again flooded with more than two feet of water. Downpours have again damaged or ruined tens of thousands of homes, driving thousands into shelters and leaving many people homeless and some dead. State leaders have declared the situation “historic” and “unprecedented,” and the...

Will Texas Stick Around for a Hillary Clinton Presidency?

August 16, 2016 When politicians accuse their opponents of trying to divide the country, they usually don’t mean it literally. But in Texas, Donald Trump supporters dread a Hillary Clinton presidency so much that three out of five of them would rather the state secede than live through it. In conducting a rare...

Donald Trump's Big-Spending Infrastructure Dream

August 9, 2016 Donald Trump, builder of hotels, casinos, luxury apartment buildings, and golf courses, now wants to rebuild America. He wants to, as he said on Monday in Detroit, “build the next generation of roads, bridges, railways, tunnels, sea ports, and airports.” And he wants to spend a heck of a lot...

Tim Kaine's Declaration of Independence

July 27, 2016 When Tim Kaine ran for the U.S. Senate in Virginia in 2012, Republicans attacked him in the same way they attacked virtually every Democrat running for Congress during Barack Obama’s tenure: They tried to tie him as closely as possible to the unpopular president. In Kaine’s case, this required no...

The Democrat That Republicans Really Fear Most

July 25, 2016 CLEVELAND—It was a question no Republican here wanted to contemplate. The query alone elicited winces, scoffs, and more than a couple threats of suicide. “I would choose to shoot myself,” one delegate from Texas replied. “You want cancer or a heart attack?” cracked another from North Carolina. Hillary Clinton and...

What Actually Happens at the U.S. Presidential Conventions?

July 11, 2016 The balloons and confetti. Those funny hats. A catchy slogan. A few gauzy biographical videos, and many, many canned, repetitive speeches. One big final embrace. More balloons. In a few nightly doses on television every four years, the Republican and Democratic National Conventions seem like little more than political pageants—pricey...

Loretta Lynch Says She Won’t Intervene to Save Hillary Clinton

July 1, 2016 If the FBI and federal prosecutors in the Justice Department decide to bring charges against Hillary Clinton over her use of a private email server as secretary of state, Attorney General Loretta Lynch won’t stop them. Lynch plans to announce later Friday at the Aspen Ideas Festival that she will...

A Canadian Trumpathon

June 30, 2016 Wednesday’s energy summit in Ottawa began awkwardly enough when Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau rather clumsily tried to finagle a three-way handshake with United States President Barack Obama and President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico. It only got more awkward when reporters began peppering the North American leaders with questions...

A Vote to Save Puerto Rico From Default

June 29, 2016 Puerto Rico appears likely to be able to stave off a default on $2 billion in bond payments due Friday after the U.S. Senate advanced legislation allowing the island territory to restructure its debt. An unusual, bipartisan coalition of senators pushed the PROMESA Act past the needed 60-vote threshold to...