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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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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...

Justice Department Scores Goal With Latino Soccer Fandom

June 3, 2015 The target of Justice Department indictments last week may have been FIFA, but U.S. Latinos heavily influenced its aim. If you want a good look at growing soccer fandom in the United States, look at the television ratings of Univision during the last World Cup. In the final match alone,...

Meet the People Who Are Stoked About Their City Not Getting the Olympics

January 9, 2015 Just over four years ago, walking out to the White House Rose Garden with diminished swagger, a much younger looking President Obama announced with disappointment that his hometown of Chicago was not selected to host the Olympics in 2016. "One of the things that I think is most valuable about...

This Bakery Trains Wounded Veterans in the Art of Pastries and Business

December 17, 2014 There's a new, swanky bakery in Georgetown that's serving up premium coffee, teas, and pastries like a crème caramel rooibos teaclair, mini banana bread loaf, and lemon financier, all baked from scratch in an historic building on a quiet side street a few blocks from the waterfront. Exposed brick and...

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

October 24, 2014 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...