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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 Essential Questions the GOP Tax Bill Will Finally Answer

November 1, 2017 Republicans have been talking about their desire to cut taxes for so long it’s easy to forget they haven’t actually released legislation to do so. That will likely change on Thursday, when House leaders plan to unveil a bill they’ve long promised would be the most far-reaching overhaul of the...

Democrats Warn Trump: Leave Mueller Alone

October 30, 2017 Leading congressional Democrats responded to the indictment of Donald Trump’s former top campaign officials not with jubilation, or relief, or even outrage, but with a blunt warning to the president: Leave Robert Mueller alone. “The president must not, under any circumstances, interfere with the special counsel’s work in any way,”...

House Plans Vote On Senate's Higher-Spending Budget Resolution

October 26, 2017 If congressional Republicans are going to enact their ambitious and complicated tax overhaul, they’re eventually going to have to agree to things many of them don’t particularly like in service of the larger goal. That may involve eliminating some loopholes but not others, making some people pay more so most...

The Republican Who Left Congress to Drain an Actual Swamp

October 23, 2017 The typical career path for senior members of Congress who give up their seats is to cash in and take richly paid jobs as lobbyists or consultants. Others run for higher office, typically for governor or senator. Few of them do what Candice Miller did in 2015, when the seven-term...

Republicans Rally Around Raising the Deficit

October 20, 2017 Republican senators have found the secret to recovering the unity that’s eluded them on major legislation this year. All they had to do was sacrifice the deficit. In narrowly approving a $4 trillion budget resolution on a 51-49 vote Thursday night, the GOP majority moved an important step closer to...

Kansas Republicans to Congress: 'You Better Learn Our Lesson'

October 11, 2017 The regretful Republicans of Kansas have a message for the tax-cutting Republicans of Congress: Don’t follow our lead. If states are, as Justice Louis Brandeis famously called them, the laboratories of democracy, then Kansas’s experiment in conservative tax reform set off an explosion of red ink. Steep cuts for businesses...

How Democrats' Debt Ceiling Deal With President Trump May Have Backfired

September 21, 2017 “They may have spiked the ball in the end zone a little too early,” Mitch McConnell observed about his Democratic colleagues to The New York Times last week. The Senate majority leader was referring to the celebrations from Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi about...

Democrats Agree to More Border Security in Exchange for Protecting 'Dreamers'

September 14, 2017 “No deal was made last night on DACA,” President Trump insisted early Thursday morning on Twitter, right before he proceeded to describe what sure sounded like the outlines of a deal with Democrats to codify protections for undocumented immigrants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The night before,...

Why a Hurricane Like Irma Poses a Particular Challenge to Florida

September 11, 2017 The government’s biggest challenge in responding to Hurricane Irma may not be its strength as much as its size. Federal, state, and local officials had been preparing for more than a week before the storm made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane over the Florida Keys on Sunday morning and...

Why a Hurricane Like Irma Poses a Particular Challenge to Florida

September 10, 2017 The government’s biggest challenge in responding to Hurricane Irma may not be its strength as much as its size. Federal, state, and local officials had been preparing for more than a week before the storm made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane over the Florida Keys on Sunday morning and...