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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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Why the U.S. Senate Blocked Funding to Combat Zika

June 28, 2016 Democrats in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday blocked funding efforts to battle the Zika virus, all but ensuring that Congress will miss its self-imposed July 4 deadline to approve emergency aid ahead of a summer season that may see the virus spread inside the United States. The bill, which had...

How Syphilis Came Roaring Back

June 28, 2016 In recent months, newspapers around the country have published stories that sound like they could have been written 100 years ago. Indiana’s syphilis cases skyrocketed by 70 percent in a single year. Texas’ Lubbock county was under a “syphilis alert.” Various counties face shortages of the medication used to treat...

The Senate Races to Battle Zika and Help Puerto Rico

June 28, 2016 The U.S. Senate is under time pressure to stave off a default by Puerto Rico and approve $1.1 billion to fight the Zika virus before lawmakers go off on a July 4 recess. Republican leaders are trying to clear a pair of House-passed bills this week, but Democrats are demanding...

What the Supreme Court Immigration Ruling Means for Hillary Clinton

June 24, 2016 The U.S. Supreme Court’s deadlock on a key immigration case on Thursday will prevent President Obama from carrying out his plan to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation before he leaves office. But the ruling doesn’t necessarily invalidate the promises Hillary Clinton has made to take similar action if...

Republicans Offer a Plan to Replace Obamacare

June 22, 2016 That Republicans have failed to offer a single, comprehensive replacement bill for Obamacare has become a running joke in Washington over the last several years: They voted to repeal the law—in whole or in part—dozens of times, yet they’ve never kept their many pledges to replace it. Contrary to the...

The Republican Solution to Red Tape

June 15, 2016 Republicans have found a seemingly foolproof tool for eliminating governmental red tape: congressional gridlock. U.S. House GOP leaders released the economic portion of their new policy agenda on Tuesday, which would give Congress the power to approve or reject regulations that would have a significant effect on businesses. “If the...

Who Will Grab the Bernie-or-Bust and the Never-Trump Vote?

June 9, 2016 Neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton raced to the center—or “pivoted” in the proper political vernacular—during their speeches on Tuesday night at the close of the primary season. But both made overt appeals to the disaffected supporters of their rivals’ vanquished opponents. “To all of those Bernie Sanders voters who...

Hillary Clinton is the First Woman to Become a Major-party Presidential Nominee

June 8, 2016 NEW YORK—Hillary Clinton’s victory in the Democratic presidential primary may have been inevitable, but damned if she was going to let it be an afterthought. Somehow, the former first lady, New York senator, and secretary of state had found herself overshadowed repeatedly in a race that, from the beginning, was...

The Humbling of Paul Ryan's Plan to Fix the Broken Appropriations Process

May 26, 2016 The state-by-state fight for gay and transgender rights has reached the floor of the House of Representatives, and it is ruining Speaker Paul Ryan’s carefully laid plans for reviving the congressional spending process. Republicans and Democrats voted down an annual bill appropriating funds for energy and water programs on Thursday...

How Republican Governors Are Narrowing Clinton's Choices

May 24, 2016 As she turns her attention to selecting a running mate, Hillary Clinton has, in theory, a wide array of contenders from which to choose. There are up-and-coming Latino leaders like Julián Castro and Tom Perez from President Obama’s Cabinet; liberal favorites like Senator Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown; prominent African...