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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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Poll: Obama gets high marks for Sandy response

November 1, 2012 President Obama is receiving high marks for his handling of Hurricane Sandy, gaining bipartisan support, according to a new Washington Post/ABC News tracking poll released on Wednesday. Among the likely voters polled, 78 percent thought the president did either “excellent” or “good” with his response to the storm, which has ...

Obama cancels Monday campaigning due to storm

October 29, 2012 The White House announced on Monday morning that the president cancelled his only campaign event of the day in Orlando, Fla., and will return to Washington to monitor Hurricane Sandy. Both the Obama and Romney campaigns have had to reshuffle their schedules ahead of the storm, cancelling events. “The President ...

Obama: With win, mandate for balanced debt approach

October 29, 2012 President Obama said if he wins reelection, it will give him a “mandate” to work with Congress to address some of the more difficult issues facing the country, such as the pending tax increases and mandatory budget cuts that will kick in at the end of the year if Congress ...

Campaign lets Iowa newspaper release Obama interview transcript

October 24, 2012 The Obama campaign has allowed The Des Moines Register to release the transcript of an off-the-record conversation with the president after the editor of the newspaper objected to the interview conditions in a blog post. Obama spoke on the phone on Tuesday with Register editor Rick Green and Laura Hollingsworth, ...

Bin Laden raid movie features Obama

October 24, 2012 A made-for-television movie about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, backed by an Obama fundraiser, was re-cut to make the president look stronger and remove a scene showing Mitt Romney’s apparent opposition to hunting down the terrorist leader, The New York Times reports. Democratic fundraiser Harvey Weinstein funded the ...

Vice presidential candidates square off after debate

October 23, 2012 Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan came out swinging for their men at the top of the ticket on Tuesday morning television, with Ryan saying that President Obama's approach in the debate was “naive” and Biden suggesting that Mitt Romney mostly agreed with the president’s policies. “Governor Romney ...

Annan: Ryan 'dead wrong' on Syria

October 22, 2012 Kofi Annan, the former United Nations Secretary General and envoy to Syria, said vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan is “dead wrong” on his position on the peace process in the war-torn country. During the vice presidential debate, Ryan blamed the Obama administration for relying on the U.N. for the Syrian ...

Obama honors McGovern as a 'statesman of great conscience'

October 22, 2012 President Obama praised Sen. George McGovern, who died on Sunday, calling him a “statesman of great conscience and conviction.” “George McGovern dedicated his life to serving the country he loved,” Obama said in a statement. “He signed up to fight in World War II, and became a decorated bomber pilot ...

All clear given after Obama daughters' school evacuated

October 18, 2012 One of the campuses of Sidwell Friends, the school President Obama’s daughters attend, temporarily evacuated its students and staff on Thursday morning because of a possible threat, Washingtonian reported. An "all-clear" was given shortly after, according to Washingtonian. Details surrounding the phoned-in threat were unclear initially, as were the whereabouts ...

Tagg Romney: I wanted to 'take a swing' at Obama during debate

October 18, 2012 Tagg Romney, the eldest of Mitt Romney's five sons, said on Wednesday that he wanted to “take a swing” at President Obama during Tuesday night’s debate, BuzzFeed reports. Speaking on a local North Carolina radio station, Romney was asked about hearing “the president of the United States call your dad ...