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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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U.S. ambassadors to Afghanistan, Pakistan stepping down

May 22, 2012 Ryan Crocker, the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, will step down from his post this summer, after a year of service, CNN reports. Cameron Munter, the U.S. ambassador to Pakistan, will also leave his post this summer. Serving short tours is common in the diplomatic ranks, CNN reported. In 2002, Crocker...

Commercial rockets free up NASA resources, official says

May 22, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The first commercial space ship rocketed into orbit on Tuesday, marking the start of profit-driven space flight, the Associated Press reports. The Falcon 9 rocket took off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, carrying a capsule called "Dragon" that holds 1,000 pounds of supplies. The capsule is now en...

Iraq to purchase U.S. drones

May 21, 2012 In an effort to protect Iraq's oil exports, the U.S. has agreed to sell unarmed surveillance drones to the Iraqi navy, USA Today reports. The new sale signifies an attempt at strengthening the ties between the two countries, the paper reported. Iraq will now have continuous watch over its oil...

U.S. has plans in place for attack on Iran, official says

May 17, 2012 The United States has plans in place to strike Iran should U.S. leaders decide to use military force to prevent the country from developing a nuclear weapon, the Associated Press reports. Dan Shapiro, Washington’s envoy to Israel, told the Israel Bar Association on Thursday that the U.S. prefers using economic...

Syrian rebels receive arms, with U.S. coordination

May 16, 2012 Syrian rebel forces have begun receiving arms through coordinated efforts by the U.S. government and Persian Gulf nations, The Washington Post reported. Although the U.S. is neither directly supplying nor funding the arms, which include anti-tank weapons and other items, Washington has worked to help Gulf officials assess the needs...

U.S. airstrike kills seven militants in Yemen

May 11, 2012 The U.S. launched its second airstrike in Yemen since foiling an al-Qaida bomb plot earlier this week, killing as many as seven militants, The Washington Post reported. New details have also emerged about the bomb plot, as officials confirmed that the informant was a British citizen. As an undercover agent,...

House panel votes to ban same-sex marriage ceremonies on bases

May 10, 2012 The House Armed Services committee tucked a measure in the defense authorization bill on Wednesday that banned “marriage or marriage-like ceremonies” on military bases for same-sex couples, The Hill reports. The move came hours after President Obama said that he supported same-sex marriage in an interview with ABC News. The...

Military tribunal starts for 9/11 mastermind

May 4, 2012 The military tribunal for five of the men accused of planning and orchestrating the attacks on Sept. 11 is set to begin on Saturday, three years after an attempt to try the case in a civilian court, the Associated Press reported. One of the men is the self-proclaimed mastermind of...

Taliban announces 'spring offensive'

May 2, 2012 The Taliban announced that its "spring offensive" in Afghanistan will officially begin on Thursday, the Associated Press reported, but no details were released. The annual campaign comes on the heels of President Obama's surprise visit to Afghanistan on Tuesday. After signing an agreement with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, the president...

U.S. soldiers reportedly pose with dead Afghan suicide bombers

April 18, 2012 The Army has launched an investigation after the Los Angeles Times uncovered photos of U.S. soldiers posing with the dismembered bodies of dead Afghan suicide bombers. The photos were given to the newspaper by a soldier from the same division as those depicted in the photos. Before the release of...