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Matt Laslo

Capitol Hill Reporter

Based on Capitol Hill, Matt Laslo is an award-winning reporter who has covered Congress, the White House and the Supreme Court since 2006. While he’s filed stories for NPR and more than 40 of its affiliates, his work has also appeared in The Atlantic, Campaigns and Elections Magazine, the Chattanooga Times Free Press, the Omaha World-Herald, and Washingtonian.

Laslo is also the host and founder of BillsandBrews.com, a show intended to rid Washington of partisanship through casual pub chats with lawmakers. Since 2009 Laslo has sat on the board at the Regional Reporters Association where he helps represent the dwindling numbers of regional reporters based in Washington. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from Covenant College and a Master of Arts degree in government and public policy from Johns Hopkins University (cum laude).


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Today was Virginia Republican Eric Cantor’s last day as Majority Leader, and his legacy is already being debated. Cantor began his time as leader by bucking the old guard and forging alliances with the tea party wing of the party. But he threw that strategy by the wayside and started siding with Speaker John Boehner over the more conservative wing of the party. His tenure ...
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Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner helped introduce a bipartisan bill today to combat the high rates of sexual assaults on college campuses. When Andrea Pino attended college in North Carolina, she was sexually assaulted at an off-campus party. After that experience, she helped found the group End Rape on Campus. "We live in a country that puts our children at...
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Federal-contractor employees at Union Station attempted to disrupt business as usual this morning by shutting down traffic outside the station. Last winter President Obama signed an executive order that will boost federal contractor wages. When that kicks in next year their minimum hourly pay is set to rise from $7.25 to $10.10. A pastor at Mt. Rainier Christian C...
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Metro's new Silver Line got off to a smooth start Monday, the first day of weekday service, but the five new stations in Northern Virginia are just one part of the strategy to ease construction in the region. It took more than a decade to get these trains running out...
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Lawmakers in the region say they're concerned about a racial divide in voter eligibility. After the Civil War, a constitutional amendment tried to guarantee voting rights for all. That was before local and state governments passed Jim Crow laws, which made voting next to impossible for African-Americans in the South. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) says similar restrictio...
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Among the dignitaries that was on-hand for the Silver Line debut was Teddy. (Matt Laslo/WAMU) Now that trains are running on the Silver Line, area resident...
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Thursday local activists came out to protest Maryland Republican Andy Harris' attempt to block decriminalization of marijuana in D.C. But the protest against Harris isn't as much about herb as it is about home rule. Adam Eidinger, chairman of the D.C. Cannabis Campaign, says even before his group put ...
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Lawmakers in the region are divided over how to deal with the president's request for emergency money to deal with the flood of unaccompanied minors. The new Republican proposal calls for deploying the National Guard to the border while also funding more immigration judges to quickly process the unaccompanied children. The proposal still faces an uphill battle, even in the G...
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Maryland Democratic Congressman John Delaney is hoping the budget shortfall facing the Highway Trust Fund will increase support for his proposal to create a new infrastructure bank in the U.S. If Congress doesn’t act in the next couple weeks, the Transportation Department ...
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Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are trying to change the culture at the Veterans Affairs Department and they say it starts with protecting whistleblowers. The Office of Special Counsel is looking into nearly 70 cases where workers at the VA allege they were punished for trying to report the culture of falsifying data that has plagued VA offices nationwide. The House and Senate are...
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Lawmakers in the D.C. region are supporting efforts by the Obama administration to increase pressure on Russia to get out of Ukraine. While President Obama is waiting for further evidence over allegations Russia aided in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, lawmakers in the area say the evidence is clear that Russia played a role. Virginia Democratic Congre...
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D.C. officials were dealt a string of blows this week from Congress, as the House passed a number of amendments that officials say undercut D.C. citizens. Do you like weed? Or even strict gun laws? Well, your elected officials on the D.C. Council think you do, so they decriminalized weed. To combat violence, they also set up numerous restrictions to make it harder to, say, c...
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D.C. officials are up in arms over an effort to roll back the city's gun laws, and took their grievances to Capitol Hill today. Mayor Vincent Gray, D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton and Assistant MPD Chief Alfred Durham appeared at a press conference this morning to lambast a measure passed b...
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D.C.'s marijuana decriminalization goes into effect today, but the new law still faces an uphill battle in Congress. Many marijuana advocates have been waiting for this day for months, even years. While you still get smacked with a $500 fine for smoking marijuana in public, police can't detain or search you for suspicion over having pot on you. Also, if you're caught with le...
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Democrats in the region are pushing legislation to overturn last week's Supreme Court decision allowing some companies to deny contraception to employees. Eleven years after Congress passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the majority of ...
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If you make it out to a parade today expect to see the region’s lawmakers asking for your vote. Independence Day is a day for rest, barbecues and celebration for most of us — but not all of us. “For me it is the busiest day of the year," says Northern Virginia Democratic Congressman Gerry Connolly. For most every lawmaker the Fourth of July is a working hol...
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Virginia Republican Senate candidate Ed Gillespie unveiled his energy platform this week. While there isn't much new in it, the race just got a little more heated. In 2008 the Republican mantra was "Drill baby drill." This year Republican candidates across the U.S. are carrying a different banner: "Stop the EPA." Gillespie, a former adviser to President George W. ...
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A new D.C. law lowering marijuana penalties could be derailed by Republicans in Congress. In a 28-21 vote, the House Appropriations Committee voted to deny D.C. funding to implement a popular marijuana decriminalization law. Democratic Mayor Vincent Gray signed...
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Sundays' sermon at Washington National Cathedral was delivered by the the first openly transgender Episcopal priest to speak from Canterbury pulpit. The Rev. Dr. Cameron Partridge, the Episcopal chaplain at Boston University, was a guest preacher this morning's service. His message focused on the oppression that people in the LGBT community feel, often times and es...
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Now that Kevin McCarthy has been picked to replace Eric Cantor as House Majority Leader, Virginia lawmakers are strategizing on how to regain lost power for the commonwealth. Just last week it looked like the next Speaker of the House — the one who is two heart beats away from the presidency — would be a Virginian. But Cantor's surprise primary upset to Tea Party favorit...