Russell Berman

Russell Berman

Russell Berman is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he covers politics.

San Francisco Still Doesn’t Know Who Its Mayor Will Be

Ranked-choice voting has produced the closest citywide election in decades, as the race between London Breed and Mark Leno remains uncalled a week later.

A grid of photos of mostly white, male mayors

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

The diversity of the country's urban centers is not reflected in City Hall: In the 15 biggest U.S. cities, all but three mayors are white men, and none are women.

Donald Trump is pictured.

Infrastructure Week Is Always Next Week

President Trump made yet another push for a major bill to rebuild roads, bridges, and railways. But to the frustration of lawmakers, his long-delayed plan is still not ready.

The Lincoln Memorial is pictured during the 2013 government shutdown.

Trump Administration Plans to Keep National Parks Open in a Shutdown

The move is designed not only to reduce inconvenience to travelers, but also to reduce Democrats’ political leverage in the showdown on Capitol Hill.

Why a Hurricane Like Irma Poses a Particular Challenge to Florida

The storm’s enormous size, spanning both coasts of the state, could slow the rescue and recovery efforts, officials warned on Sunday.

A Major Step Forward for the $15 Minimum Wage

California announced a deal to reach the milestone by 2022, and New York could soon follow.

The Growing Split Between U.S. States Over Guns

Owners of firearms will have more rights in Texas and fewer rights in California in the new year, thanks to the nation’s deepening cultural divide.

Seattle's Experiment With Campaign Funding

City residents approved a public-financing program in which voters will get $100 worth of election vouchers—the first of its kind in the nation.

Congress's Partial Victory on Transportation

The House and Senate are close to finishing a long-term highway bill for the first time in a decade. But they’re still short on cash to pay for it.

How Bathroom Fears Conquered Transgender Rights in Houston

A city ordinance protecting residents from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity is defeated after a fierce campaign.

Why Congress Can't Solve America's Infrastructure Crisis

Lawmakers can’t agree on how to pay for the Highway Trust Fund for the remainder of the year, let alone for the next decade.

A Federal Civil-Rights Probe in Baltimore

Attorney General Loretta Lynch announces a formal investigation into whether police practices violate the Constitution.

Where the Minimum-Wage Fight Is Being Won

Cities and states have shot far past Congress in raising the minimum wage. Will the feds ever catch up?

Can Californians Adapt to Their Catastrophic Drought?

Four years into a crisis of unknown duration, residents of the Golden State have the chance to change their habits, and find new ways to thrive.

Democrats Pick Philadelphia to Host 2016 Convention

The City of Brotherly Love beat out Brooklyn and Columbus, Ohio, to host the Democrats in 2016.