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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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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...

A Homicide at ​U.S.​ Navy SEAL Training

July 6, 2016 Investigators looking into the drowning death of a Navy SEAL trainee have ruled it a homicide. James Lovelace, who was 21, died May 6 during a swimming exercise in a pool on the Naval Amphibious Base Coronado outside of San Diego. While instructors are expected to splash, make waves, and...

What's Next With the NYPD's Corruption Scandal?

June 21, 2016 A scandal within the New York Police Department, which led to four arrests Monday, has its roots within an investigation into Mayor Bill de Blasio’s fundraising. The four officers were arrested Monday on corruption charges, including accepting gifts for favors. At the center of this controversy are two businessmen, Jeremiah...

Yosemite, Through John Muir's Words

June 17, 2016 President Obama and the First Family will arrive in Yosemite on Friday, and spend the weekend celebrating the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary. The park actually antedates the agency that now cares for it; the naturalist John Muir helped create it in 1890. Muir, a Scottish-American who retained his iconic...

Transportation Department To Allow More Flights to Cuba

June 10, 2016 Americans will now have more opportunities to fly to Cuba. On Friday, the U.S. Department of Transportation approved six domestic airlines to begin flights to Cuba from Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Minneapolis/St. Paul. This is the first time there have been scheduled flights between the U.S. and Cuba...

D.C.'s Minimum-Wage Hike

June 7, 2016 Councilmembers in Washington, D.C., unanimously approved a $15 minimum wage on Tuesday. Mayor Muriel Bowser has pledged to sign the measure into law. D.C. will join Los Angeles, New York City, and Seattle with similar minimum wage laws. The new measure would raise the minimum wage from $10.50 to $15...

State Department Warns Americans of European Travel Risk

June 1, 2016 The U.S. government is warning American travelers of the potential risk of terrorism if they are planning to visit Europe this summer. On Tuesday, the State Department issued a travel alert, saying tourists should be wary of public locations and large events. Most notably, the State Department says the European...

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