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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GOP moves up Romney nominating vote

August 24, 2012 The Republican National Committee will move up the official nominating process for Mitt Romney at the GOP convention to Monday, days before the party normally nominates a presidential candidate, The New York Times reports. Concerned with a potential upheaval by supporters of Rep. Ron Paul and with Tropical Storm Isaac...

U.S. military chief's plane damaged in Afghan attack

August 21, 2012 Afghan militants fired rockets into a U.S. military base in Kabul, damaging the plane used by Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey, the Associated Press reports. The general was not near the aircraft at the time of the attack. The U.S. military is calling the attack another tool for...

In Afghanistan, an increase in 'Green-on-Blue' killings

August 17, 2012 With seven attacks in two weeks, the Pentagon is investigating a rise in so-called “green-on-blue” killings, where Afghan security forces are turning their weapons on the U.S. soldiers tasked with training them. On Friday, two U.S. soldiers were killed by a newly recruited Afghan policeman, boosting to 36 the number...

Two U.S. troops killed by Afghan policeman

August 17, 2012 One week after deadly attacks that left six American soldiers dead at the hands of Afghan troops, two more U.S. service members were killed in a similar round of violence on Friday, the Associated Press reported. Mohammad Ismail, a newly recruited Afghan village policeman signed up just five days earlier,...

Reagan OMB chief: Ryan's budget a 'fairy tale'

August 14, 2012 David Stockman, former director of the Office of Management and Budget during Ronald Reagan’s first term, thoroughly broke down Rep. Paul Ryan’s “fairy tale” budget plan in a New York Times op-ed on Tuesday. Stockman cuts through the Ryan plan, attacking the GOP for agreeing to Wall Street bailouts and...

U.S. destroyer collides with oil tanker in Strait of Hormuz

August 13, 2012 A U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer collided with an oil tanker just outside the Strait of Hormuz on Sunday, leaving a gaping 10-foot-square hole in the side of the vessel, the Associated Press reports. No one on either vessel was injured. The Panamanian-flagged and Japanese-owned bulk oil tanker M/V Otowasan...

Three Americans killed by gunman in Afghan army uniform

August 10, 2012 Three American soldiers were shot and killed on Friday in Afghanistan by a man in an Afghan army uniform, the Associated Press reports. The attacker, a member of the police in Helmand province, joined the insurgency after the attack, the Taliban confirmed to AP. This is the third such attack...

Rice, McCain among speakers at the Republican convention

August 6, 2012 South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., top the list of featured speakers at the Republican National Convention later this month, the Tampa Bay Times reported. Among the other “brightest stars” of the party, as RNC Chairman Reince Priebus described them,...

Three planes nearly collide midair at Reagan National Airport

August 2, 2012 Three commuter jets nearly collided in midair on Tuesday at Reagan National Airport, the airport used heavily by members of Congress and other government officials, The Washington Post reported. Air traffic controllers directed two US Airways flights to take off head-on in the direction of an airplane coming in to...

Video: Romney spokesman tells reporters to 'shove it'

July 31, 2012 WARSAW, Poland -- A traveling press secretary for the Romney campaign had some choice words for the press corps on Tuesday in Warsaw, Poland, at one point telling reporters to “kiss my ass” and “shove it." As Mitt Romney was leaving a stop at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier,...

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