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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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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...

Experts: Antigovernment Groups Probably Not Behind Boston Bombings

April 17, 2013 While officials are still investigating who was behind the deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon, President Obama made it clear on Tuesday that authorities still don't know whether domestic or foreign actors are responsible for the attack. But one message from domestic terrorism experts is clear: Most of the evidence...

The Art of Denying Cabinet Rumors

March 12, 2013 White House press secretary Jay Carney leaves Cabinet announcements to the man who actually makes the nominations: President Obama. Reporters know this, but it doesn’t stop them from asking about rumored candidates anyway. Since Obama won reelection, White House reporters have pressed Carney for information about Obama's deliberations on candidates...

The 4 Most Politically Sensitive Budget Cuts

March 4, 2013 President Obama and congressional Republicans have been trading blame for the failure to avoid automatic budget cuts known as sequestration, but once the reductions start to take effect, both sides could face blowback. Here are four areas where cuts are the most politically sensitive. 1) Traveling: From Airports to National...

At Defense, Hagel Would Face a Tough Task on Day 1: Handling Massive Spending Cuts

February 25, 2013 Chuck Hagel will likely get confirmed as secretary of Defense on Tuesday, with deep cuts to the Pentagon’s budget set to hit three days later. After months of Defense Department officials forecasting armageddon and with Congress unable and unwilling to prevent the steep spending cuts, Hagel would be entering his...

If Sequestration Happens, What's Getting the Ax?

February 21, 2013 President Obama has been warning that deep cuts triggered by sequestration could be devastating for the military and other government programs. But many Republicans, determined to see a reduction in federal spending, show no sign of wanting to cut a deal with the president to avoid the sequester. Since the...

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