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2012 After months of criticism for her response to the terrorist attack in Benghazi, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice has withdrawn her name from consideration for secretary of State, the White House said on Thursday.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

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...