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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The White House Is Copy and Pasting Its Way Through the Jobs Recovery

July 5, 2013 If it works, why change it? This seems to be the White House's thinking when it reacts to monthly jobs numbers. Since last July, Alan Kruger, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, has opened each of his statements in the same fashion: While more work remains to...

U.S. Providing Aircraft That Afghans Can't Fly

June 28, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The United States is spending hundreds of millions of dollars on aircraft that Afghan Special Forces can't even fly. According to a new report released Friday from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, the Defense Department is moving forward with the purchase of aircraft—valued at $772 million—that Afghan Special...

Where Are All the Watchdogs?

June 27, 2013 It's been nearly 2,000 days since there was a full-time watchdog at the State Department, and Sen. Ted Cruz is going to do something about it. The Texas Republican is threatening to block any State Department nomination, including Samantha Power as the next ambassador to the United Nations, until President...

What the New U.N. Ambassador Pick Says About Obama

June 5, 2013 As the U.S. considers further action in Syria, and monitors countless potential conflicts across the globe, President Obama's new pick to be the ambassador to the United Nations could shed light on how he approaches international crises. Taking just one example of Samantha Power's work, which ranges from journalism to...

Sequestration Hits Disaster Assistance, Weather Detection Spending

May 21, 2013 As disaster personnel and volunteers comb through the havoc left by the tornadoes that tore through Oklahoma on Sunday and Monday, they are going to rely on critical federal funding that was severely cut by the massive cuts known as sequestration. President Obama has already declared a state of emergency...

With the IRS Scandal Ablaze, How Does that Special-Prosecutor Thing Work?

May 15, 2013 While the Justice Department has started an investigation into whether the Internal Revenue Service broke any laws by targeting conservative groups for heightened scrutiny, critics of the Obama administration will likely continue their call for a special counsel. Already, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker have written...

Obama's New Commerce Pick: A Billionaire Chicago Hotel Magnate

May 3, 2013 President Obama is considering Chicago mogul and longtime friend Penny Pritzker as his nominee for Commerce secretary. Here's what you need to know about her: 1) She's a longtime supporter of the president. Pritzker, 53, first met President Obama and his wife, Michelle, at a Chicago YMCA in the early...

What You Need to Know About Obama Transportation Pick Anthony Foxx

April 29, 2013 President Obama on Monday nominated Anthony Foxx, the mayor of Charlotte, N.C., to replace Ray LaHood as transportation secretary. Here’s what you need to know about Foxx: It’s a smart move politically for the White House. Not only does this give the president another minority in his Cabinet, but the...

Will the Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect Get the Death Penalty?

April 26, 2013 Federal officials will likely seek the death penalty against the surviving suspect of the Boston bombings, who could become the first terrorist to get executed since convicted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh. For a man who is suspected of killing three people, including an 8-year-old boy, and with plans to...

'Soft Targets' Remain Vulnerable to Terrorist Attacks

April 19, 2013 Once the drama in Boston is over, attention will inevitably turn to how to prevent another terrorist attack on an event with limited security. These so-called soft targets–places like malls and movie theaters, as well as sporting events–have always been vulnerable to terrorist attack, especially given how much harder it...

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