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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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Further details emerge surrounding Petraeus resignation

November 12, 2012 The FBI investigation that would eventually lead to the resignation of David Petraeus as CIA director was requested by a military social liaison from Tampa, Fla., the Associated Press reported. Jill Kelley, 37, started receiving threatening emails from an unknown person and, concerned about the content, asked the FBI to...

Senators say Petraeus will eventually testify on Libya

November 12, 2012 Sen. Saxby Chambliss, the ranking Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, and other senators from both parties said on Sunday that they expect former CIA Director David Petraeus to testify eventually in hearings surrounding September's terrorist attack in Libya. Though Petraeus is not expected to testify at the committee's closed-door...

Obama honors veterans at Arlington National Cemetery

November 12, 2012 President Obama honored veterans on Sunday, delivering remarks and laying a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery in observance of the Veterans day holiday. “On behalf of the American people, I say to you that the memory of your loved ones carries on not just in your hearts, but in ours...

Barbour: Hurricane Sandy 'saved' Obama's presidency

November 8, 2012 Haley Barbour, Mississippi's former Republican governor, said on Thursday that Hurricane Sandy, which devastated the East Coast, “saved” President Obama’s chances for reelection. Obama worked closely with governors in the path of the impending destruction before and after the storm. This work, Barbour said, gave the president a boost in...

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...