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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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Obama and Boehner Duke It Out in Dueling Network Interviews

September 29, 2014 President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) each gave wide-ranging network interviews on Sunday, offering their perspectives on the war against the Islamic State, the 2014 midterm election campaign, and their economic records. Boehner, appearing on ABC's This Week, made news by saying he would call the House back...

Eric Holder Talks Up D.C. Voting Rights On His Way Out the Door

September 26, 2014 Lame duck Attorney General Eric Holder has sought to make the protection of voting rights, especially for African Americans in the South, a major part of his legacy as the nation's first black chief of the Justice Department. But that has not extended – at least not successfully – to...

Can Rand Paul's Brand Play in San Francisco?

September 23, 2014 Sen. Rand Paul, the libertarian Republican from Kentucky who is all but certain to run for president in 2016, says he wants to open an office in the Bay Area. Paul's foray in San Francisco is notable for a number of reasons. The coastal liberal mecca is the geographical and...

House GOP Hires New Firm to Sue Obama After the First One Bails

September 22, 2014 The law firm that House Republicans hired to file their lawsuit against President Obama lasted less than a month. The House Administration Committee announced on Friday that it had replaced the original firm, BakerHostetler, with a new lead attorney, William Burck. A Republican leadership aide confirmed reports that BakerHostetler had...

Congress Heads Home After Exhausting Eight Days of Work

September 18, 2014 One vote on war and Congress is apparently all tuckered out. House leaders announced Thursday that they were cutting their already abbreviated fall session short and sending lawmakers back home – and onto the campaign trail – more than a week early. The decision came one day after the House...

Benghazi Panel Succeeds In Avoiding Partisan Spectacle (So Far)

September 17, 2014 Members of the House Select Committee on Benghazi have pledged to keep its polarizing investigation from devolving into the same kind of partisan spectacle that plagued many of the half dozen previous congressional inquiries into the 2012 terrorist attacks. Well, so far, so good. The panel held its long-awaited first...

Obama Warns Ebola Outbreak Is 'Spiraling Out of Control'

September 17, 2014 The Ebola outbreak now has President Obama's full attention. After drawing criticism for a late and lackluster U.S. response to the disease's spread in Africa, the president on Tuesday used his strongest language to date in warning that the epidemic is "spiraling out of control." Obama visited the headquarters of...

White House Blows Up General's Hypothetical ISIS Ground Force

September 16, 2014 It didn't take long for the White House to bat down the suggestion from President Obama's top military adviser that should the president's plan for airstrikes fail, the United States should deploy ground forces to fight the Islamic State. Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff,...

House Republicans Fast-Track Obama's ISIS Offensive for Wednesday Vote

September 16, 2014 House Republicans moved closer Monday to fulfilling President Obama's request to give him the authority to arm and train Syrian rebels in his new war against the Islamic State. The House could vote as soon as Wednesday on an amendment that would give the president temporary approval for the limited...

Taliban Suicide Blast Near U.S. Base Kills Three Soldiers in Kabul

September 16, 2014 A Taliban suicide bomber killed three members of the U.S.-led coalition in an attack outside a U.S. military base in Kabul on Tuesday. The blast targeting an international convoy rattled nearby buildings and wounded five other soldiers and more than a dozen civilians, according to reports. The Taliban claimed responsibility...