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, 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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Feds Charge Three Kansas Men in Domestic Terror Plot

October 17, 2016 Federal prosecutors charged three Kansas men Friday with domestic terrorism for planning an attack on Somali immigrants. The three men from Liberal, Kansas, in the southwest part of the state, were targeting a nearby meatpacking town, planning to detonate bombs in an apartment complex where around 120 Somali immigrants reside....

The Justice Department's New Police Shooting Database

October 14, 2016 The Justice Department will start collecting data on police-involved shootings. In light of recent fatal shootings and a series of protests, the Justice Department next year will embark on what The New York Times says is “the most ambitious” project to track the use of deadly force by police officers...

A Resignation at Yosemite Amid Sexual Harassment Reports

September 30, 2016 The superintendent of Yosemite National Park has stepped down amid reports of rampant sexual harassment and bullying of female employees. Don Neubacher has led the California destination for the last six years, and was previously lauded for his efforts to protect and restore major sections of the park. This latest...

California's Sanctions Against Wells Fargo

September 29, 2016 The state of California has suspended all official dealings with Wells Fargo, following a scandal that has brought heavy scrutiny to the San Francisco-based bank. Wells Fargo was involved in a scheme that created phony bank and credit-card accounts to collect fees. Federal and California regulators have already fined the...

A Nomination for the First U.S. Ambassador to Cuba in 50 Years

September 28, 2016 President Obama has nominated a top diplomat to serve as the first U.S. ambassador to Cuba in more than 50 years. But the nomination may face some roadblocks in the Senate. Jeffrey DeLaurentis, who currently serves as the chief of mission at the U.S. embassy in Havana, has worked in...

Who's Responsible for the Aleppo Aid Convoy Attack?

September 21, 2016 Russian warplanes bombed the aid convoy that was heading to Aleppo, U.S. officials are now claiming. The airstrike killed 20 people Monday, including the head of the Syrian Red Crescent, and destroyed 18 of the 31 trucks that were delivering medicine, water, and food to help 250,000 stranded civilians. The...

Upholding Michigan's Emergency Manager Law

September 12, 2016 The state of Michigan can continue using emergency managers to solve local financial crises, a federal appeals court ruled Monday. The court upheld Michigan’s law that allows the state to take away local power and appoint emergency managers to serve for 18 months or more. The law was signed by...

The Deadliest Month for Chicago in 20 Years

September 1, 2016 Elijah Sims would have turned 17 on Wednesday. Instead, his family and community members mourned the Oak Park, Illinois, boy’s death at an evening vigil two days after he was shot in the head and killed on the South Side of Chicago. He was only one of the 90 people...

Iran's Own Internet

August 30, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The World Wide Web is nearing its end in Iran. The country announced Sunday it had completed the first of three stages that will eventually set up a “national internet”—an intranet, really—controlled by the government, with all of its servers in the country. Iranians will only have access to content,...

Screening for Zika in Donated Blood

August 26, 2016 The U.S. government is now recommending that blood banks around the nation take precautions against the Zika virus. The Food and Drug Administration announced Friday it will recommend all U.S. blood banks screen donated blood for the mosquito-borne virus, which can cause birth defects. In February, the FDA recommended screening...

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