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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 First Broken Promise of Hillary Clinton's Presidency

October 21, 2016 Hillary Clinton said nothing on Wednesday night that should derail her considerable chances of winning the presidency on November 8. But if she wins, one simple promise she repeated over and over again could come back to haunt her reelection bid in 2020. “I also will not add a penny...

The 'Quid Pro Quo' on Hillary Clinton's Emails

October 17, 2016 A quid pro quo is kind of like Fight Club: If you’re offering up a shady quid pro quo to the FBI, you probably shouldn’t actually call it a quid pro quo. Yet that’s what a senior State Department allegedly did in the days after the existence of Hillary Clinton’s...

Paul Ryan's Alternate Election

October 14, 2016 This election was never the election that Paul Ryan wanted to run. This cage match between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, or in Ryan’s thinly-veiled dismissal, “a personality contest” that has nothing to do with ideas or policy. With three-and-a-half weeks to go, Ryan has simply decided not to run...

What the WikiLeaks Emails Say About Clinton

October 13, 2016 “There is no other Donald Trump,” Hillary Clinton likes to say about her opponent. “This is it.” The events of the last two weeks—Trump’s two debate performances, the release of his bawdy comments about women in a 2005 video clip, his lashing out against Republicans who are deserting him—have proven...

5 States Eye Recreational Marijuana

October 11, 2016 Recreational marijuana users can now legally light up a joint in states representing about 5 percent of the U.S. population. By the time Americans wake up on November 9, that percentage could be swelling to more than one-quarter. Measures to legalize and regulate the sale of cannabis are on the...

The Runaway 9/11 Bill That Congress Refused to Stop

October 3, 2016 The enactment on Wednesday of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act should have been a triumphant moment for Republican leaders in Congress. They had succeeded, after years of trying, in overriding a presidential veto for the first time and forcing a bill into law over the strenuous objections of...

Another First for Obama: A Veto Override

September 28, 2016 For the first time in President Obama’s two terms in the White House, Congress has enacted legislation without his signature. The House and Senate on Wednesday voted by a wide margin to override Obama’s veto of a bill that would allow victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks to sue...

Which Trump Will Show Up at the Debate?

September 22, 2016 The only thing that’s certain about the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on Monday night is that a lot of people will be watching—perhaps more than any debate since 1980. Beyond that, it’s anyone’s guess. Rarely if ever in the modern era has a general-election debate...

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...