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Matt Vasilogambros

Matt Vasiligambros Matt Vasilogambros is a policy writer for National Journal, covering foreign affairs, the White House and Congress. He previously covered the 2012 presidential election and other federal elections for the National Journal and The Hotline. Before joining the company, Matt covered politics for PoliticsDaily.com, the Iowa Independent and the Huffington Post. Matt is a graduate of Drake University, where he served as editor-in-chief of the award-winning student newspaper. He is a native of Arlington Heights, Ill.
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What's Next With the NYPD's Corruption Scandal?

June 21, 2016 A scandal within the New York Police Department, which led to four arrests Monday, has its roots within an investigation into Mayor Bill de Blasio’s fundraising. The four officers were arrested Monday on corruption charges, including accepting gifts for favors. At the center of this controversy are two businessmen, Jeremiah...

Yosemite, Through John Muir's Words

June 17, 2016 President Obama and the First Family will arrive in Yosemite on Friday, and spend the weekend celebrating the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary. The park actually antedates the agency that now cares for it; the naturalist John Muir helped create it in 1890. Muir, a Scottish-American who retained his iconic...

Transportation Department To Allow More Flights to Cuba

June 10, 2016 Americans will now have more opportunities to fly to Cuba. On Friday, the U.S. Department of Transportation approved six domestic airlines to begin flights to Cuba from Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Minneapolis/St. Paul. This is the first time there have been scheduled flights between the U.S. and Cuba...

D.C.'s Minimum-Wage Hike

June 7, 2016 Councilmembers in Washington, D.C., unanimously approved a $15 minimum wage on Tuesday. Mayor Muriel Bowser has pledged to sign the measure into law. D.C. will join Los Angeles, New York City, and Seattle with similar minimum wage laws. The new measure would raise the minimum wage from $10.50 to $15...

State Department Warns Americans of European Travel Risk

June 1, 2016 The U.S. government is warning American travelers of the potential risk of terrorism if they are planning to visit Europe this summer. On Tuesday, the State Department issued a travel alert, saying tourists should be wary of public locations and large events. Most notably, the State Department says the European...

Should Airports Privatize Security to Avoid Long Lines?

May 27, 2016 More than a minute into his journey from the front of the security line at Chicago’s Midway Airport to its end, one man filming the weaving monstrosity recently lamented, “Guess what? It’s just getting started.” Walking past endless rows of fellow travelers, he doesn’t find his place at the end...

What Private Information Did Uber Give the Government?

April 13, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Between July and December 2015, Uber provided information on more than 11.6 million users and nearly 600,000 drivers to state and local regulatory agencies, the ride-sharing mobile app said Tuesday. In its first-ever transparency report, the transportation company said it is required by law to provide certain information to government...

Miami Moves to Higher Ground Amid Rising Sea Levels

March 6, 2016 MIAMI—Sea levels are rising here at the rate of an inch a year, and if trends continue, they will rise six feet well before the end of this century. By then, the ocean will have subsumed the city’s low-lying, densely-populated areas—the wealthy coastal enclave of Coral Gables, much of Little...

Will Your Facebook Friends Make You a Credit Risk?

August 9, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It might be time to start unfriending some of your buddies on Facebook. Facebook was just approved for a new patent this week that might be problematic for people seeking loans. Especially people of color. The social network acquired technologies that may be used by lenders to determine if potential...

Do You Live in One of the 10 'Most Unequal' Areas in the Country?

July 13, 2015 Oh, to be wealthy in Dallas. The wealthiest neighborhoods there on average have six times the income, six times the housing value, 2.4 times the homeownership, and nine times the college completion than the poorest neighborhoods in the area. That wealth difference is staggering. It also makes the Dallas region...

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