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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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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 ...

Obama camp continues to duck, defend on Libya questions

October 17, 2012 On the morning after the debate, President Obama’s team remained on the defensive over questions about the Sept. 11 terrorist attack in Libya that killed four Americans. During the debate on Tuesday night, Obama took responsibility for the U.S. diplomatic corps and attempted to counter Romney’s assertion that the administration ...

National security topics announced for third presidential debate

October 15, 2012 CBS’s Bob Schieffer, the moderator of the third presidential debate, has selected the five topics he plans to discuss with President Obama and Mitt Romney on Oct. 22 in Boca Raton, Fla., CNN reports. Although the Commission on Presidential Debates said the topics could change because of news events, Schieffer ...

Two Navy vessels collide off East Coast

October 15, 2012 Two U.S. Navy vessels collided off the East Coast on Saturday afternoon during routine operations, the Associated Press reports. A submarine, the USS Montpelier, and an Aegis cruiser, the USS San Jacinto, collided around 3:30 p.m. in what Pentagon officials called a “rare” accident. “We have had circumstances where Navy ...