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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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Ron Paul: Secret Service 'a form of welfare'

March 21, 2012 Rep. Ron Paul is the only remaining Republican presidential candidate who does not have Secret Service protection -- and he doesn’t want it, either. Appearing on the Tonight Show on Tuesday, Paul told Jay Leno that the service is “a form of welfare,” and costs taxpayers too much money. “It’s ...

Pentagon ramping up cyberweapon development

March 19, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Department of Defense is looking to develop new cyberweapons to disrupt an enemy's military network, even if it's not connected to the Internet, the Washington Post reports. To speed up the development of cyberweapons and other defense technologies, Pentagon officials placed $500 million over five years into the Defense ...

Report: U.S. soldier 'snapped' under pressure

March 16, 2012 Burdened by the stress of a fourth deployment, issues at home and apparent alcohol use, the American soldier suspected of killing 16 Afghan civilians on Sunday "snapped" prior to the massacre, The New York Times reports. “When it all comes out, it will be a combination of stress, alcohol and ...

Karzai: Afghan forces should take over by 2013

March 15, 2012 Afghan President Hamid Karzai said on Thursday that U.S. troops should leave the countryside and villages for major U.S. bases, and turnover military operations to Afghan troops by 2013, the Associated Press reports. The current U.S.plan is to turn over military operations in 2014. Karzai’s announcement came after he met ...

Afghan delegation attacked at site of massacre

March 13, 2012 An Afghan government delegation was attacked by militants on Tuesday in the village where 16 civilians were allegedly killed by an American soldier, The New York Times reports. The incident left at least one Afghan soldier dead. The late-morning attack came as a memorial service for the victims of this ...

U.S. should reassess Afghan policy, Santorum says

March 12, 2012 Rick Santorum said that the U.S. needs to reassess its strategy in Afghanistan after this weekend’s massacre in which 16 Afghan civilians were killed, allegedly at the hands of an American soldier. The former Pennsylvania senator attacked President Obama’s tactics in the war, saying they have only emboldened the Taliban ...

Santorum defends critique of move to shift women to front lines

February 10, 2012 Rick Santorum on Friday defended his earlier comments questioning a new Pentagon move to let women fill thousands of frontline jobs, pointing out that the Israeli army also has restrictions on women serving in combat roles. “When you have men and women together in combat, I think men have emotions ...

U.S. raid frees two hostages in Somalia

January 25, 2012 American soldiers on Tuesday night freed two aid workers -- American citizen Jessica Buchanan and Poul Hagen Thisted of Denmark -- who had been held hostage by Somali pirates since October, the White House announced in a Wednesday morning statement. The commandos who conducted the raid flew in by helicopter ...