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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First lady arrives in London, calls games 'awe-inspiring'

July 27, 2012 First Lady Michelle Obama is in London for the Olympic Games to promote her Let’s Move campaign, and said that watching the Games will be “awe-inspiring” and “humbling.” Obama is to lead the official U.S. delegation to the Games, which includes former athletes Grant Hill and Summer Sanders. She and...

Senator: White House behind national security leaks

July 24, 2012 The chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Monday the White House was behind recent national security leaks in part, but would not implicate President Obama on the matter, the Associated Press reports. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said that although she is sure the president is not disclosing secret information...

DNC apologizes to Ann Romney for horse videos

July 19, 2012 The latest Web videos from the Democratic National Committee, which make fun of the Romney’s award-winning horse, may have gone a bit far, spokesman Brad Woodhouse told ABC News on Wednesday. The DNC, in showing how Mitt Romney “dances” around the issues, displayed the Romney’s dancing show horse, Rafalca, in...

First Democratic lawmaker says Holder should be held in contempt

June 27, 2012 The first Democratic member of Congress has said that he will vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt for withholding documents related to the “Fast and Furious” investigation that has plagued the Justice Department, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, joined House Republicans on Tuesday...

Report: CIA helping arm Syrian opposition

June 21, 2012 For several weeks, the CIA has been operating along the southern border of Turkey, deciding which Syrian opposition forces will receive weaponry to fight President Bashar al-Assad’s forces, The New York Times reports. The arms, which include anti-tank weapons, automatic rifles and rocket-propelled grenades, are reportedly being funneled across the...

U.S. will stop deporting young illegal immigrants

June 15, 2012 The Obama administration will stop deporting younger illegal immigrants who have led law-abiding lives in the U.S. and will instead start giving work permits, the Department of Homeland Security announced on Friday. Although the new action by the administration does not necessarily grant citizenship, it will create some ease for...

Report: Geithner wanted Clinton as his replacement

June 15, 2012 In the spring of 2011, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner tried to recruit Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to replace him at Treasury, The Washington Post reports. “The talks gained traction inside the White House before being scuttled shortly before the debt-ceiling talks on Capitol Hill intensified,” The Post wrote....

Poll finds global disapproval of U.S. drone strikes

June 14, 2012 There is widespread global disapproval of U.S. drone attacks in Pakistan and Yemen, according to a Pew Global Attitudes Project poll that surveyed 21 nations. The U.S. is one of only three nations where fewer than half of the population disapprove of American drone attacks. Although the U.S. is the...

Justice Department drops case against John Edwards

June 13, 2012 The Department of Justice has dismissed its case against former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards. The government had five remaining counts against the former senator from North Carolina two weeks after a judge declared a mistrial in the case. The federal jury found Edwards not guilty on the other charge....

Commerce secretary cited in hit and run; agency says he suffered seizure

June 11, 2012 This story has been updated. Secretary of Commerce John Bryson was cited in a hit-and-run felony in Southern California this weekend, causing two car accidents within minutes of each other before being found unconscious by authorities, CNN reported. A Commerce Department spokeswoman said Monday that Bryson had suffered a seizure,...

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