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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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Big Bird featured in new Obama ad

October 9, 2012 The Obama campaign is taking silly season in politics to a whole new level in a television ad released on Tuesday featuring the star of last Wednesday’s debate: Big Bird. “Bernie Madoff. Ken Lay. Dennis Kozlowski. Criminals. Gluttons of greed,” a grimacing narrator says. “And the evil genius who towered...

67.2 million watched the first presidential debate

October 5, 2012 Nielsen estimated that about 67.2 million people tuned into the first presidential debate on Wednesday, which is a 28 percent increase from the first debate in 2008, Politico reports. Interestingly, the second debate in 2008 garnered 10.8 million more viewers than the first. After what some analysts have called a...

Clinton will cooperate with House investigation on Libya attack

October 3, 2012 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday that she would cooperate with Congress in its investigation of the terrorist attack in Benghazi that left four Americans dead, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens. In a letter to House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., Clinton asked members of Congress to...

U.S.-Taliban peace deal unlikely in Afghanistan

October 2, 2012 The U.S. is abandoning hope for a peace agreement with the Taliban, The New York Times reports, as NATO’s top leader told a British newspaper that the coalition is considering a quicker withdrawal of Western troops. Once a key part of the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan, commanders on the ground...

After 2,000 deaths, politicians debate U.S. future in Afghanistan

October 1, 2012 As the number of U.S. deaths in Afghanistan reached 2,000 this weekend, members of both parties are debating the future of America’s longest war. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said on Monday that setting a withdrawal date in Afghanistan was a failure on the part of the Obama administration, saying it...

Joint U.S.-Afghan operations resuming

September 28, 2012 A week after NATO announced it was halting joint operations between Western and Afghan forces, the Pentagon said on Thursday the U.S. would resume small-unit patrols, The Wall Street Journal reports. The initial ban came after a sharp increase in insider attacks, where Afghan security forces turn their weapons on...

More protests outside U.S. embassy in Bangkok

September 27, 2012 Roughly 200 demonstrators confronted police outside the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok rallying against an anti-Islamic film made in the U.S., the Associated Press reports. This is the second time in as many weeks protesters have taken to that embassy to air their grievances over a film the U.S. government has...

Obama pitches platform in new two-minute ad

September 27, 2012 The Obama campaign released a new two-minute television ad, laying out the president’s platform on issues ranging from the national debt to education. “During the last weeks of this campaign, there’ll be debates, speeches, more ads,” he starts. “But if I could sit down with you, in your living room...

Obama: U.S. will 'do what we must' to stop a nuclear Iran

September 25, 2012 In a speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, President Obama will say the U.S. will “do what we must” to prevent the Iranian government from securing a nuclear weapon, the Associated Press reported. “Make no mistake: a nuclear-armed Iran is not a challenge that can be contained,”...

Clinton: Former Myanmar generals inspired by 'The West Wing'

September 20, 2012 The popular political drama The West Wing inspired more than just future Washington staffers -- it may also have inspired some of Myanmar’s former top generals. At an event honoring democratic activist Aung San Suu Kyi, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recounted a story of when she met with Myanmar's...

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