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, 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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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...

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...

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