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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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Obama: 'I Was Not Informed Website Wasn't Working'

November 14, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The president offered an administrative fix to the Affordable Care Act at a White House news conference on Thursday, allowing Americans to renew their current health care plans through 2014, in effect extending the grandfather clause. "We fumbled the rollout on this health care law," the president said. "I think...

Regional Asian Politics Play Out in Response to Typhoon Haiyan

November 12, 2013 If you want to get a sense of the regional conflicts in Asia, look no further than how China and the United States reacted to the horrific super typhoon in the Philippines. The United Nations estimates that 11 million people were affected by the storm, culminating in an 800,000 people...

U.S. To Release Its Review of Spying Practices By Year's End

October 28, 2013 The United States is reviewing the way it gathers intelligence. This has now become a tired and oft-repeated phrase coming from the Obama administration, as disclosures continue to reveal the far-reaching extent to which the U.S. spies on its allies. The latest, groundbreaking leak: the U.S. has been monitoring German...

The White House Intelligence Review Will Come by Year's End

October 28, 2013 The United States is reviewing the way it gathers intelligence. This has now become a tired and oft-repeated phrase coming from the Obama administration, as disclosures continue to reveal the far-reaching extent to which the U.S. spies on its allies. The latest, groundbreaking leak: the U.S. has been monitoring German...

Website Connects Drunk People With Random Lawmakers

October 10, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A few too many glasses of bourbon and a phone call are usually not a good combination—whether it's with an ex-girlfriend or your boss. But what about a member of Congress? That might be OK. A new service called "Drunk Dial Congress" allows you to enter your telephone number on...

Obama: 'We Can't Make Extortion Routine As Part of Our Democracy'

October 8, 2013 At a Tuesday afternoon press conference, the president pushed against the Republican strategy on the government shutdown and the debt-ceiling, saying that he and his party are the ones who have been trying to negotiate, not Republicans. The president pointed to the 19 times that Republicans rejected a conference committee...

Senate Votes to Advance Stopgap Spending Bill

September 27, 2013 The Senate voted 79-19 Friday to advance legislation that would keep the government funded through the fall, a critical step for Democrats as they seek to avert an Oct. 1 government shutdown while still protecting funding for President Obama's Affordable Care Act. In its present form, the bill would strip...

More Than 21 Hours Later, Ted Cruz Has Been Cut Off

September 25, 2013 This story has been updated. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, rose to speak on the Senate floor at 2:41 p.m. on Tuesday. He stood up in opposition to Obamacare, he said. And he said he would continue to speak until he could no longer stand. By Wednesday morning, Cruz and some...

Senators Call for Investigation Into How Navy Yard Shooter Got His Security Clearance

September 18, 2013 Officials should not have granted Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis security clearance. The signs were there: a history of mental illness, shooting arrests, and anger-management issues. But still he was cleared. In a letter to Inspector General Patrick E. McFarland this morning, four senators -- Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., Ron Johnson,...

Sequestration Did Not Destroy D.C. Tourism

August 26, 2013 When Congress failed to stop the sequester in the spring, Washington braced itself for a terrible summer. The White House canceled tours. The National Park Service cut back its staff on the Mall. The National Archives and the National Arboretum cut their hours. The Smithsonian closed rooms in its museums....