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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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Does the US Need a Task Force To Negotiate With Terrorists?

4:12 PM ET James Foley's life might have been saved if the United States changed its policy on negotiating with terrorists, his parents are now saying. Diane and John Foley have already launched a foundation to honor their late son, a photojournalist who was beheaded by the Islamic State terrorist group in August. ...

Over Half of D.C. Schools Are Exposed to Gunfire

September 3, 2014 "If a teacher hears a 16-round burst, what do they say to their kids?" That's just one of the questions that Urban Institute researcher Sam Bieler has after finding that more than half of Washington, D.C., public and charter schools were exposed to close-range gunfire during the 2011-12 school year. ...

Yes, the Search for the White House Christmas Tree Has Already Begun

July 22, 2014 It's Christmas in July, sort of. While the White House Christmas Tree doesn't arrive in Washington until late November, tree farmers meet Friday in southwest Michigan to decide who among them gets to provide the tree that will sit in the Blue Room. For Christmas tree farmers, this contest is ...

If Hillary Clinton Doesn't Run, Who Would Lead the Democratic Field for President?

July 8, 2014 Hillary Clinton is almost certainly going to run for president. But what if she doesn't, and the Democratic field winds up wide open? If she choses not to run, leaving the Democratic nomination for president up for the taking, Democrats would be in actual disarray, according to a new Quinnipiac ...

How Cash-Strapped Towns Are Saving Fourth of July Fireworks

July 2, 2014 The night sky will be dark this Fourth of July for many towns across the country. In recent years, several towns—small and large—on tight budgets have canceled their fireworks shows for the Fourth of July. But it might not be the smartest way of saving money, especially considering the economic ...

The 5 Best and Worst Cities for Small Businesses, According to Small-Business Owners

July 1, 2014 Small-business owners in Colorado Springs really like being small-business owners right where they are. There are a number of surveys that use state and federal data to determine how good places are for small businesses. But a new survey released Tuesday asks small-business owners what they think of their hometowns. ...

The Top 10 and Bottom 10 Places Gaining Employed People in America

June 20, 2014 "Where are the jobs?" is a complicated question. But there are plenty of numbers out there that provide clues. One of them is overall employment. This week, the Bureau of Labor and Statistics released new numbers showing the number of employed people in each of the country's largest 334 counties. ...

The Capitol Hill Security Gap That's as Troublesome as the One at Navy Yard

June 6, 2014 On Sept. 23, as on most days, Aaron Alexis arrived at work at the Washington Navy Yard. He drove up to the front gates, displaying his parking pass and credentials. Sitting next to him was a backpack containing a shotgun and shells. The bag was never searched. He walked into ...

The 10 Best and Worst States for Military Retirees

May 23, 2014 Military retirees are not like the average retiree: Veterans may have special medical needs, and being decades younger than the average retiree, they usually still need to find work. So when searching for the best place to retire from the Armed Forces, there are several economic, social, and health care ...

Here's What You Need to Know About Thailand's Military Coup

May 22, 2014 The Thai army led a coup d'état on Thursday, assuming control of a government that has struggled through a political crisis for several months. The man behind the coup, Thailand's army chief, Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, said it was "necessary to seize power," announcing the coup on television. Thousands of protesters ...