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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 Humbling of Mike Pompeo

April 17, 2018 President Trump’s second round of Cabinet picks haven’t drawn the attention his original selections did last year, but they aren’t getting a free pass in the Senate. CIA Director Mike Pompeo’s nomination to serve as secretary of state is facing opposition from most Democrats and a key Republican on the...

Maine's Fitful Experiment With a New Way of Voting

April 11, 2018 In two months, Maine voters will go to the polls to select their nominees to succeed the state’s pugnacious two-term Republican governor, Paul LePage. Whether all of the candidates accept the results of those party primaries, however, remains a surprisingly open question. The June 12 balloting will be the first...

The White Men's Club Leading America's Largest Cities

April 9, 2018 For a brief period beginning last December, London Breed had gained entry into a club that has, of late, almost exclusively belonged to white men: the ranks of big-city mayors. Breed, a 43-year-old African American woman and president of San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors, had automatically become the city’s acting...

Why President Trump Is Going It Alone on Infrastructure

March 29, 2018 If recent history is a guide, President Trump won’t be getting much infrastructure money from Congress anytime soon. Republicans stiffed former President Barack Obama’s repeated requests to splurge on roads and bridges, and they just got done slashing federal revenues through tax cuts and boosting spending on the military and...

A Domestic Budget to Make Barack Obama Proud

March 26, 2018 President Obama finally got a Republican-controlled Congress to fund his domestic budget. All it took was Donald Trump in the White House to get it done. In the $1.3 trillion spending bill that President Trump reluctantly signed on Friday, lawmakers did more than reject the steep cuts in dollars and...

Congressional Black Caucus Questions Practice of Lawmakers Bunking in Their Offices

March 12, 2018 It’s a congressional tradition that’s been around for decades and almost always cast in a glowing light: Dozens of lawmakers sleep in their offices while they’re in Washington to escape the exorbitant cost of rent and the corrupting culture of America’s most hated-upon company town. Their ranks include the most...

All the Trump Budget Cuts Congress Will Ignore

February 13, 2018 Within the thousands of pages the White House transmitted to Congress on Monday morning as part of President Trump’s second annual budget request, there is a line that pretty much sums up the whole ritual. “Many of the eliminations and reductions in this volume reflect a continuation of policies proposed...

Trump's State of the Union Address May Sound Very Familiar

January 30, 2018 President Trump on Tuesday night will call for a $1 trillion infrastructure program, “fair” trade policies, a wall along the Southern border, a shift to merit-based immigration, a dramatic increase in military spending, and action to combat the national drug epidemic. If that all sounds a bit familiar, it’s because...

How Democrats Stopped Worrying and Learned to Accept Trump's Wall

January 24, 2018 Vacuous and expensive. Pointless. Ineffective. Medieval. A non-starter. Over the last year, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has used each of those words, and many more, to denigrate the proposed Southern border wall that President Trump made a centerpiece of his campaign. Hamming it up on the Senate floor, Schumer...

The Real Reasons Why the Government Shut Down

January 21, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When the government shuts down, the politicians pipe up. No sooner had a midnight deadline passed without congressional action on a must-pass spending bill than lawmakers launched their time-honored competition over who gets the blame for their collective failure. The Senate floor became a staging ground for dueling speeches early...