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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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So States Ban Bump Stocks. Now How Do They Enforce the Law?

May 18, 2018 This article was originally published by Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts. Under New Jersey’s new bump-stock ban, which was approved in January, residents were supposed to destroy or turn in their bump stocks by mid-April. So far, New Jersey State Police say, they have not received a...

Thousands Lose Right to Vote Under 'Incompetence' Laws

March 21, 2018 This article was originally published by Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts and was written by Matt Vasilogambros. Like many people with autism, Greg Demer is bright but has difficulty communicating. He has a passion for the history of military aircraft, but he can’t quite keep up a...

Is Your County Elections Clerk Ready for Russian Hackers?

March 15, 2018 This article was originally published by Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts and was written by Matt Vasilogambros. The weakest link in any local voting system is that one county clerk who’s been on the job for three days and opens up an email file that could take...

There Are Hundreds of New State Gun Laws And Most Expand Access

March 2, 2018 This story was originally published by Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts and was written by Matt Vasilogambros. In the two weeks since the Florida school massacre, state lawmakers around the country have introduced bills to ban bump stocks, ban assault weapons, and expand background checks — and...

Voting Lines Are Shorter—But Mostly for Whites

February 15, 2018 This article was originally published by Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts and was written by Matt Vasilogambros. On the day of Arizona’s 2016 presidential primary, the line outside the Maryvale Church of the Nazarene, the Maricopa County polling place for 213,000 mostly Latino, low-income people, extended through...

How Voters With Disabilities Are Blocked From the Ballot Box

February 1, 2018 This article was originally published at Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Matt Vasilogambros. For decades, Kathy Hoell has struggled to vote. Poll workers have told the 62-year-old Nebraskan, who uses a powered wheelchair and has a brain injury that causes her to speak...

Homeless Will Now Be Asked: Are You Fleeing Domestic Violence?

January 19, 2018 This article was originally published at Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Matt Vasilogambros. In its annual count of the city’s homeless population, New York in 2015 listed how many people fit into 10 different groups: nearly 4,000 chronically homeless, more than 8,000 severely...

Trump Taps James Mattis for Defense Secretary

December 2, 2016 President-elect Donald Trump has tapped James Mattis, a retired Marine general, as his secretary of defense. Trump, speaking at a rally in Cincinnati on Thursday, said Mattis is “the closest thing we have to General George Patton of our time.” Mattis, known by the nickname “Mad Dog,” led a Marine...

Feds Charge Three Kansas Men in Domestic Terror Plot

October 17, 2016 Federal prosecutors charged three Kansas men Friday with domestic terrorism for planning an attack on Somali immigrants. The three men from Liberal, Kansas, in the southwest part of the state, were targeting a nearby meatpacking town, planning to detonate bombs in an apartment complex where around 120 Somali immigrants reside....

The Justice Department's New Police Shooting Database

October 14, 2016 The Justice Department will start collecting data on police-involved shootings. In light of recent fatal shootings and a series of protests, the Justice Department next year will embark on what The New York Times says is “the most ambitious” project to track the use of deadly force by police officers...