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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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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. ...

George W. Bush Has Heart Surgery

August 6, 2013 Former President George W. Bush had heart surgery on Tuesday morning after doctors discovered a blockage in one of his arteries. During Bush's annual physical examination in Dallas on Monday, doctors found the blockage. On Tuesday morning, doctors placed a stent in his artery. The surgery was performed at Texas ...

More Americans Are Questioning Why We Went to Afghanistan in the First Place

July 26, 2013 Twelve years of war is a long time—not just for the troops fighting, but also for the American public watching the final stages of the U.S. drawdown. And it looks as if this war fatigue is translating in the polls. Americans are now questioning the very motivation for going to ...

Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks Coming Soon—and John Kerry May Be the Reason Why

July 19, 2013 It's been nearly three years, but the Israelis and Palestinians are heading back to the negotiating table. And John Kerry might be the reason why. The secretary of state announced the agreement from Jordan on Friday, saying the two bodies will soon resume peace talks. "We have reached an agreement ...

Eric Holder Questions Stand-Your-Ground Laws

July 17, 2013 Attorney General Eric Holder echoed President Obama on Wednesday, calling for a national dialogue on violence and communities. But he also veered away from the president's initial message of taking the middle ground. He spoke against the "stand-your-ground" laws like the one a Florida jury used to acquit George Zimmerman. ...