Russell Berman, The Atlantic

Russell Berman

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Recent articles by Russell:

What the New Republican Majority Means

Republicans are coming to Washington not to legislate or to govern, but to fight. → Read More

How Republicans Could Blow Their Big Senate Chance

Why a GOP takeover in this fall’s midterms is not quite a sure thing → Read More

A Push for Normalcy Tests the Gerontocracy

As those around the president fall ill, the White House—and the nation—must adjust expectations. → Read More

Author Archive

Defense One provides news, analysis, and ideas about the future of national security to defense and industry leaders, innovative decision-makers, and informed citizens. → Read More

The Secret to Congress’s Success Is Secrecy

Lawmakers have been striking important deals lately. The lack of fanfare is intentional. → Read More

Republicans Discover the Horror of Gerrymandering

The GOP learns what it’s like to be on the losing side of a redistricting power grab. → Read More

The Bill That Congress Might Be Embarrassed Enough to Pass

Will Congress take the bold step of barring its members from trading stocks? → Read More

The Voting-Rights Debate Democrats Don’t Want to Have

A progressive law in the nation’s largest city seems to be a step too far for national Democrats. → Read More

What Vermont’s COVID-19 Surge Says About the Virus Now

Vermont’s COVID-19 surge could point the way toward an uncertain endemic future. → Read More

The Man in Joe Biden’s Way

Representative Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey is threatening to derail the Democrats’ carefully laid infrastructure strategy. Here he explains why he’s not ready to fold. → Read More

Why Was the Administration So Slow to Evacuate US Allies in Afghanistan?

“We have been screaming from the rooftops that we need to get these allies out,” one leader of a U.S.-based resettlement organization said. → Read More

Mitch McConnell’s Gift to Progressives

For Democrats who want to scrap the Senate filibuster, the GOP’s move to block a January 6 commission is the perfect fight. → Read More

Is This the End?

The CDC’s surprising mask announcement was not just a public-health milestone. → Read More

Liz Cheney’s Unforgivable Sin

The modern Republican Party does not tolerate criticism of its once—and current—leader. → Read More

Can Democrats Make Peace With Their Favorite Trump-Era Villain?

For Democrats starving for a villain in post-Trump Washington, Louis DeJoy seemed like an ideal candidate for the role. As postmaster general, he’s the most powerful holdover from the previous administration—a Trump campaign donor and logistics executive hired to run the cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service. When DeJoy moved last summer to slow the mail, his critics charged that he was carrying out… → Read More

Why Is Voting So Hard in Blue States?

Democrats are criticizing Republicans for pushing restrictive voting laws. But states such as Joe Biden’s Delaware can make casting a ballot difficult. → Read More

How a ‘False Flag’ Cry Has Divided Republicans in Oregon

The state GOP’s embrace of a false conspiracy theory shows the deep imprint of Trumpism within the party and has prompted a backlash from leaders who want to move on. → Read More

The Nation’s Most Ambitious Police Reform Launches Today

Cynics say that this summer’s racial-justice protests changed little. New Jersey wants to prove them wrong. → Read More

The World’s Most Important Videoconference

How can Joe Biden build a government remotely during a pandemic? → Read More

Trump Moves Into the Burn-It-Down Phase

The president’s White House press conference showed that he knows his reelection prospects are fading, and he’ll try anything to keep power. → Read More