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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: NSA Reforms Should Give Americans 'Greater Confidence'

January 17, 2014 In a bid to calm growing privacy concerns about the government's spying powers, President Obama outlined a series of steps Friday aimed at ushering in "concrete and substantial" reforms to the National Security Agency. "Americans recognized that we had to adapt to a world in which a bomb could be...

D.C.’s Top Google Searches for 2013 Are So D.C.

December 17, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If you were to describe Washingtonians, how would you do it? Job-focused? News-conscious? Always searching for the latest food trend? Trying to find ways to escape? Attempting to keep up with pop culture? Google's annual top search results for Washington fit that description perfectly, and hilariously separate the District from...

Cash Is Dead. Are Credit Cards Next?

November 25, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The future of money has arrived, and it's called Coin. It looks like a credit card. It's the size of a credit card. It swipes in credit card machines. But it holds the information of up to eight of your debit, credit, rewards, or gift cards. And you can switch...

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...

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