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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 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...

A Look at the U.S. Nuclear Arsenal, From 1945 to Now

January 21, 2014 When it comes to America's nuclear arsenal, any error could be catastrophic. That's why news of corruption and crime coming out of the U.S. Air Force this week was so alarming. On Wednesday, the Air Force said that 34 officers responsible for launching this country's nuclear missiles were suspended because...

Obama: NSA Reforms Should Give Americans 'Greater Confidence'

January 17, 2014 In a bid to calm growing privacy concerns about the government's spying powers, President Obama outlined a series of steps Friday aimed at ushering in "concrete and substantial" reforms to the National Security Agency. "Americans recognized that we had to adapt to a world in which a bomb could be...

D.C.’s Top Google Searches for 2013 Are So D.C.

December 17, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If you were to describe Washingtonians, how would you do it? Job-focused? News-conscious? Always searching for the latest food trend? Trying to find ways to escape? Attempting to keep up with pop culture? Google's annual top search results for Washington fit that description perfectly, and hilariously separate the District from...

Cash Is Dead. Are Credit Cards Next?

November 25, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The future of money has arrived, and it's called Coin. It looks like a credit card. It's the size of a credit card. It swipes in credit card machines. But it holds the information of up to eight of your debit, credit, rewards, or gift cards. And you can switch...

Obama: 'I Was Not Informed Website Wasn't Working'

November 14, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The president offered an administrative fix to the Affordable Care Act at a White House news conference on Thursday, allowing Americans to renew their current health care plans through 2014, in effect extending the grandfather clause. "We fumbled the rollout on this health care law," the president said. "I think...

Regional Asian Politics Play Out in Response to Typhoon Haiyan

November 12, 2013 If you want to get a sense of the regional conflicts in Asia, look no further than how China and the United States reacted to the horrific super typhoon in the Philippines. The United Nations estimates that 11 million people were affected by the storm, culminating in an 800,000 people...

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