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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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California's Sanctions Against Wells Fargo

September 29, 2016 The state of California has suspended all official dealings with Wells Fargo, following a scandal that has brought heavy scrutiny to the San Francisco-based bank. Wells Fargo was involved in a scheme that created phony bank and credit-card accounts to collect fees. Federal and California regulators have already fined the...

A Nomination for the First U.S. Ambassador to Cuba in 50 Years

September 28, 2016 President Obama has nominated a top diplomat to serve as the first U.S. ambassador to Cuba in more than 50 years. But the nomination may face some roadblocks in the Senate. Jeffrey DeLaurentis, who currently serves as the chief of mission at the U.S. embassy in Havana, has worked in...

Who's Responsible for the Aleppo Aid Convoy Attack?

September 21, 2016 Russian warplanes bombed the aid convoy that was heading to Aleppo, U.S. officials are now claiming. The airstrike killed 20 people Monday, including the head of the Syrian Red Crescent, and destroyed 18 of the 31 trucks that were delivering medicine, water, and food to help 250,000 stranded civilians. The...

Upholding Michigan's Emergency Manager Law

September 12, 2016 The state of Michigan can continue using emergency managers to solve local financial crises, a federal appeals court ruled Monday. The court upheld Michigan’s law that allows the state to take away local power and appoint emergency managers to serve for 18 months or more. The law was signed by...

The Deadliest Month for Chicago in 20 Years

September 1, 2016 Elijah Sims would have turned 17 on Wednesday. Instead, his family and community members mourned the Oak Park, Illinois, boy’s death at an evening vigil two days after he was shot in the head and killed on the South Side of Chicago. He was only one of the 90 people...

Iran's Own Internet

August 30, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The World Wide Web is nearing its end in Iran. The country announced Sunday it had completed the first of three stages that will eventually set up a “national internet”—an intranet, really—controlled by the government, with all of its servers in the country. Iranians will only have access to content,...

Screening for Zika in Donated Blood

August 26, 2016 The U.S. government is now recommending that blood banks around the nation take precautions against the Zika virus. The Food and Drug Administration announced Friday it will recommend all U.S. blood banks screen donated blood for the mosquito-borne virus, which can cause birth defects. In February, the FDA recommended screening...

Rod Blagojevich's Unchanged Prison Sentence

August 9, 2016 Rod Blagojevich, the former Illinois governor who tried to sell President Obama’s U.S. Senate seat, will remain in prison for the remainder of his 14-year sentence, a judge ruled Tuesday. The now-white-haired disgraced politician appeared before the federal judge via video from his Colorado prison to plead for a reduced...

The NBA’s Reaction to North Carolina’s ‘Bathroom Bill’

July 22, 2016 The NBA has decided to relocate the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, North Carolina, because of the so-called “bathroom bill,” the league announced Thursday. The law, known as HB2 and passed in March, requires people to use public restrooms that correspond to their gender at birth. Opponents of the bill...

The Missing 28 Pages

July 15, 2016 Some 9/11 hijackers had links to officials in the Saudi government, according to 28 formerly classified pages released Friday from the joint congressional investigation into the attack. NOTE 1 (p. 6) View entire document with DocumentCloud In 2002 a joint congressional investigation looked into possible intelligence failures that led to...

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