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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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Former Treasury secretaries clash over cliff solution

November 19, 2012 Two former Treasury secretaries from Democratic and Republican administrations on Sunday disagreed over the path Congress should take in negotiating the so-called fiscal cliff. Robert Rubin, who served under President Bill Clinton, agreed with President Obama, suggesting that raising rates was the most effective solution in the long term. “If ...

Lieberman: FBI should have notified Congress, W.H. about Petraeus investigation

November 19, 2012 Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., said he is not satisfied with the FBI withholding information about the investigation into former CIA Director David Petraeus. “I still have questions about that,” he said on Fox News Sunday, continuing, “I understand why they would keep an FBI investigation confidential from everybody until they ...

Poll: Majority bracing for spending cuts and tax hikes in January

November 14, 2012 A majority of Americans are skeptical that the White House and Congress will avoid the fiscal cliff before January, according to a new Washington Post-Pew Research Center poll. Of those polled, 51 percent said the parties involved will not forge a compromise in time, while 38 percent remained optimistic they ...

Further details emerge surrounding Petraeus resignation

November 12, 2012 The FBI investigation that would eventually lead to the resignation of David Petraeus as CIA director was requested by a military social liaison from Tampa, Fla., the Associated Press reported. Jill Kelley, 37, started receiving threatening emails from an unknown person and, concerned about the content, asked the FBI to ...

Senators say Petraeus will eventually testify on Libya

November 12, 2012 Sen. Saxby Chambliss, the ranking Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, and other senators from both parties said on Sunday that they expect former CIA Director David Petraeus to testify eventually in hearings surrounding September's terrorist attack in Libya. Though Petraeus is not expected to testify at the committee's closed-door ...

Obama honors veterans at Arlington National Cemetery

November 12, 2012 President Obama honored veterans on Sunday, delivering remarks and laying a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery in observance of the Veterans day holiday. “On behalf of the American people, I say to you that the memory of your loved ones carries on not just in your hearts, but in ours ...

Barbour: Hurricane Sandy 'saved' Obama's presidency

November 8, 2012 Haley Barbour, Mississippi's former Republican governor, said on Thursday that Hurricane Sandy, which devastated the East Coast, “saved” President Obama’s chances for reelection. Obama worked closely with governors in the path of the impending destruction before and after the storm. This work, Barbour said, gave the president a boost in ...

Poll: Obama gets high marks for Sandy response

November 1, 2012 President Obama is receiving high marks for his handling of Hurricane Sandy, gaining bipartisan support, according to a new Washington Post/ABC News tracking poll released on Wednesday. Among the likely voters polled, 78 percent thought the president did either “excellent” or “good” with his response to the storm, which has ...

Obama cancels Monday campaigning due to storm

October 29, 2012 The White House announced on Monday morning that the president cancelled his only campaign event of the day in Orlando, Fla., and will return to Washington to monitor Hurricane Sandy. Both the Obama and Romney campaigns have had to reshuffle their schedules ahead of the storm, cancelling events. “The President ...

Obama: With win, mandate for balanced debt approach

October 29, 2012 President Obama said if he wins reelection, it will give him a “mandate” to work with Congress to address some of the more difficult issues facing the country, such as the pending tax increases and mandatory budget cuts that will kick in at the end of the year if Congress ...