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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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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...

Lawmakers differ on congressional investigation into Libya

October 15, 2012 As Congress continues its investigation into the terrorist attack that left four Americans dead in Libya, Democratic lawmakers are accusing the Republican majority in the House of playing politics. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., said the congressional investigation that aims to find out how much the Obama administration knew following the...

Yemeni security chief for U.S. embassy killed

October 11, 2012 The Yemeni chief of security for the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa was shot and killed on Thursday, the Associated Press reports. Qassem Aqlani was on his way to work when a masked gunman on a motorcycle opened fire before quickly leaving the scene. Aqlani worked at the embassy for nearly...

Poll: Americans don't favor government promoting traditional values

October 10, 2012 For the first time, a majority of Americans do not think the government should promote or favor a certain set of values, a new Gallup poll found. Of those surveyed, 52 percent thought the government should stay clear of that role, while 44 percent think the government should promote traditional...

Video: Obama campaign stands by Big Bird ad

October 10, 2012 Following a request by PBS for the Obama campaign to take down its new attack ad featuring Big Bird, the campaign appears to be standing by the 30-second spot. Obama campaign senior adviser Robert Gibbs said on Wednesday that he was unaware of any efforts to take down the ad,...

Sesame Street to Obama: Leave Big Bird out of it

October 9, 2012 Sesame Street is asking the Obama campaign to take down a recent ad that uses Big Bird to attack Mitt Romney. After Romney said in last week's debate that he would cut funding to PBS, despite saying how much he loved Big Bird, the Obama campaign has been on the...