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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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Marines sent to Yemen to protect embassy

September 14, 2012 Marines have been sent to the U.S. Embassy in Yemen following violent protests that erupted in the capital city of Sana’a, the Associated Press reports. Protests have ripped through the region this week, as people have reacted violently to an anti-Islamic video produced in the U.S. On Thursday, protesters burnt ...

U.S. did not issue warning after anti-Islam video

September 14, 2012 U.S. intelligence agencies and the State Department did not issue warnings to diplomats after an anti-Islamic video, made in the United States, was broadcast on an Arab talk show, which may have been the flashpoint for the unrest in Egypt, Libya and elsewhere, Reuters reported. Although one warning of a ...

Third victim of Libyan attack a former Navy SEAL

September 13, 2012 Former Navy SEAL Glen Doherty was identified as the third victim in the attack that killed four Americans in Libya, the Boston Globe reports. Doherty was killed in the U.S. consulate in Benghazi; U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and two others also died. The Winchester, Mass., native was 42. ...

U.S. embassy staffer in Cairo ignored instructions not to release statement

September 13, 2012 A State Department official in the U.S. Embassy in Cairo ignored instructions not to release a statement on Tuesday denouncing religious intolerance, Foreign Policy reports. The statement, which was an attempt to fend off protests against an anti-Islamic video created in the U.S., was released several hours before protests outside ...

Demonstrations continue outside U.S. embassy in Cairo

September 13, 2012 Protests continued outside the U.S. embassy in Cairo on Thursday, as 13 people were injured in clashes between protesters and Egyptian security forces, Reuters reports. Demonstrators, angered by an anti-Islamic video, demanded an apology from the U.S. for the video. At one point, several demonstrators set fire to a police ...

U.S. ambassador killed in Libya

September 12, 2012 U.S. ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens and three other embassy staff were killed in an attack in Benghazi on Wednesday, the White House confirmed on Wednesday. President Obama strongly condemned the attacks, while also calling on embassies across the globe to increase security. "Right now, the American people have ...

Documents disclose 9/11 warnings

September 11, 2012 Documents show the U.S. was given more warnings about potential terrorist attacks in the weeks leading up to 9/11, writes Vanity Fair contributing editor Kurt Eichenwald in a New York Times op-ed. The documents predate the presidential daily briefing on Aug. 6, 2001, which said, “Bin Laden Determined to Strike ...

Taliban threaten to kill Britain's Prince Harry

September 10, 2012 Just days after the British Crown announced that Prince Harry was headed to Afghanistan to man helicopters for four months, the Taliban announced that it would do everything in its power to kidnap or kill the 27-year-old prince, Reuters reports. “We are using all our strength to get rid of ...

Obama says he's willing to compromise on debt deal

September 10, 2012 President Obama said he is willing to compromise with congressional Republicans over the budget if he were to get a second term, but said they must be willing to meet him half way. “There are still programs that don't work, there are still ways we can make (government) leaner and ...

Paul Ryan attacks Obama on Defense spending

September 10, 2012 This story has been updated. Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan criticized President Obama on Defense spending, attacking him for his role in creating automatic cuts that will take a big chunk out of the Pentagon's budget early next year unless Congress acts. “That's putting politics ahead of national security,” Paul ...