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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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Could John Kerry broker a Mideast peace deal?

January 28, 2013 John Kerry says he’s hopeful that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can be resolved during his tenure as secretary of State. But that hope, shared by President Obama, might be a pipe dream. During his confirmation hearing last week, Kerry made headlines for his optimistic view that a peace deal between the ...

Chuck Hagel goes door to door seeking Senate support

January 28, 2013 Chuck Hagel, President Obama's controversial pick for Defense secretary, is going door to door in Congress to make the case for his confirmation, banking on the personal touch to secure support. Over the last few weeks, the former Nebraska senator has visited members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, the ...

John Kerry's Senate scene from 'The Godfather: Part II'

January 24, 2013 Get More: Spike.com,Watch Full Episodes,Video Clips John Kerry's Senate hearing on Thursday was a much friendlier affair than the fictional appearance of mob leader Michael Corleone before a Senate panel that was depicted in the movie The Godfather: Part II. But that didn't stop Kerry, President Obama's nominee for secretary ...

Analysis: John Kerry, Obama's diplomat

January 24, 2013 Over nearly three decades in the Senate and especially during the past four years of the Obama administration, John Kerry has often played the role of the calm diplomat and the closer in negotiations. Now, Kerry is hoping to use that experience as the next secretary of State. The Massachusetts ...

Gun control steps include executive order on background checks, new ATF chief

January 16, 2013 The sweeping gun-control package that President Obama unveiled on Wednesday includes proposals to reinstate a ban on assault weapons and limit high-capacity magazines, and measures to improve mental health care. Many of the proposals will need congressional approval but also included are executive actions Obama plans to take. The proposals ...

Why Obama’s White House Is Not Like An Episode of 'The West Wing'

January 16, 2013 Real-life Washington is not like the television show The West Wing, no matter how much people wish it was. White House press secretary Jay Carney learned that today. President Obama has been criticized lately for what some say is lack of outreach to members of Congress and was pressed on ...

Why John Brennan's path to the CIA is easier than four years ago

January 7, 2013 For the second time, President Obama is considering John Brennan to head the CIA. But this time, the result will likely be different than it was four years ago when Brennan was a top candidate for the job but withdrew amid controversy over his past service in the George W. ...

Report: Obama to tap John Brennan as CIA director

January 7, 2013 President Obama will nominate John Brennan, his top counter-terrorism adviser, as the next director of the CIA, the Associated Press reports. Brennan’s nomination is expected to be announced at the White House on Monday afternoon, during the same event in which former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., will likely get the ...

Rice withdraws from secretary of State consideration

December 13, 2012 After months of criticism for her response to the terrorist attack in Benghazi, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice has withdrawn her name from consideration for secretary of State, the White House said on Thursday. Amid heavy pressure from Republican opponents and potential political backlash if she were nominated to succeed Secretary ...

Dems Press Republicans For Specific Fiscal Plans

December 3, 2012 While Republican leaders have criticized President Obama’s proposal to avoid the fiscal cliff, Democrats on Sunday said the GOP needs to put forth specific plans to solve the problem. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, the president's chief negotiator, said Republican leaders have not proposed specific plans on revenues and debt reduction ...