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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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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13, 2012 After months of criticism for her response to the terrorist attack in Benghazi, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice has withdrawn her name from consideration for secretary of State, the White House said on Thursday.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 ...

GOP senator: Rice went beyond Benghazi talking points

December 3, 2012 Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., said U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice went beyond the talking points she was given on the terrorist attack in Libya when she appeared on Sunday talk shows shortly after the Sept. 11 attack. Ayotte, along with five other senators, met with Rice on the Hill this week ...

Chuck Hagel being vetted for State, Defense

November 29, 2012 Former Sen. Chuck Hagel, a Republican from Nebraska, is being considered for either Secretary of Defense or State, Foreign Policy reports. Hagel currently co-chairs President Obama’s Intelligence Advisory Board, an independent group that advises the president on the intelligence community. If nominated, Hagel would be the lone Republican in the ...

Rice fails again to ease Senate criticism

November 28, 2012 U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice has failed to ease the concerns of Senate Republicans she met with this week, which could hinder a potential nomination as Secretary of State. On Wednesday, Rice met with Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, who said she was “troubled” following their discussion, echoing what Sens. John McCain, ...

Obama, Romney to meet Thursday at the White House

November 28, 2012 Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will have a private lunch with President Obama at the White House on Thursday, Press Secretary Jay Carney said on Wednesday. Obama had previously said he wanted to meet with his former opponent, saying Romney could offer ideas to boost the economy and reform ...

Rice meets again with Republican critics on the Hill

November 28, 2012 Following a rocky meeting with her strongest Republican critics in the Senate on Tuesday, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice plans to meet with two more Republican senators on Wednesday. Rice will sit with Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Bob Corker of Tennessee on Wednesday. Corker is next in line to ...

Obama may hold public events on fiscal cliff this week

November 26, 2012 With the fiscal cliff steadily approaching, President Obama could hit the road this week in an attempt at garnering public support for increasing tax rates on the wealthiest Americans, The Wall Street Journal reports. Obama and congressional leaders are unlikely to meet this week, as their staffs are still ironing ...

Report: Thousands of troops could remain in Afghanistan after 2014

November 26, 2012 American and NATO officials are exploring several options for how to craft the U.S. and allied presence in Afghanistan after the 2014 handoff to Afghan security forces, including one option that would leave 10,000 U.S. troops in the country, The New York Times reports. While this and several other options ...