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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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The FBI Thinks It Can Pass Off Downtown D.C. as Shanghai

April 15, 2014 If you're a movie director, low on cash, in need of a nightlife shot in Shanghai, but can't fly to China, there is a solution: Just film in D.C.'s Chinatown. That's the approach the FBI took in a new 28-minute film it released Monday, warning American students of the dangers...

This Passover, TSA Wants Your Matzoh to Travel Safe

April 10, 2014 The Jewish holiday of Passover starts Monday, and the Transportation Security Administration is ready for great amounts of matzoh to take to the skies. As it does with other major religious events, TSA has an advisory out to prepare travelers and employees for what may seem odd to the uninformed...

CIA Used Red Hot Chili Peppers Songs to Torture Terrorism Detainee

April 10, 2014 More details are coming out of a forthcoming Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA, including black site prison locations and wrongful detentions, but there are also some new details on interrogation techniques. While the CIA reportedly used torture methods deployed by the Soviet Union, China, and North Korea—including sleep...

You Don't Have to See Combat to Get PTSD From War

April 4, 2014 There are many details remaining about the gunman who opened fire at Fort Hood, Texas, killing four, including himself, and injuring 16 more. But here are some key facts about Spc. Ivan Lopez: He served four months in Iraq, he was being treated for undiagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder, and he...

The Death of the Presidential Selfie?

April 2, 2014 President Obama can add another job title to his resume: Samsung shill. It turns out that the "spontaneous" selfie that the president took with Red Sox player David Ortiz at the White House on Tuesday was actually an orchestrated social-media move by the baseball star. After Ortiz tweeted the picture...

Watch: GOP Senate Candidate Compares Cutting Spending to Hog Castration

March 25, 2014 Upton Sinclair wrote that the meatpacking industry could "use everything about the hog except the squeal." Well, one Iowa Republican has found a way to use that squeal for a new ad for her Senate run. "I grew up castrating hogs on an Iowa farm, so when I come to...

The Navy Yard Shooting Could Have Been Prevented, Review Finds

March 18, 2014 The Washington Navy Yard shooting that left 12 people dead in September could have been prevented, a Defense Department internal review released on Tuesday reveals. It took six months to complete the review of a shooting that baffled Washington, when Aaron Alexis, a federal contractor with security clearance, drove into...

Woman Who Ran for President Says U.S. Not Ready for Female President

February 20, 2014 The irony seems lost on tea-party stalwart Michele Bachmann. The former candidate for the 2012 Republican nomination for president said in an interview this week that Americans "aren't ready" for a female president. "I think there was a cachet about having an African-American president because of guilt," said the winner...

Will Ukraine Become a Proxy War Between U.S. and Russia?

February 20, 2014 The deadly protests that have broken out in the streets of Kiev are no longer just a Ukrainian issue. They might soon be an American one, too. As is the case in several conflicts across the world, Ukraine is just the next proxy battle between the United States and Russia....

President Obama Takes On Sexual Assaults on College Campuses

January 22, 2014 The White House is taking action on one of the major threats on the nation's college campuses: sexual assault. President Obama signed a memorandum Wednesday that creates a task force to combat sexual assaults. In the order, the president gives the task force 90 days to draw up some recommendations...

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