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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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Virginia Sen. Mark Warner is claiming victory in his reelection contest, while his Republican challenger Ed Gillespie isn't conceding. Gillespie painted Warner as a rubber stamp for President Obama, but Warner is promising voters he’s going to continue working across the aisle, like on the Gang of Six he joined to try to reach a bipartisan budget agreement to avoid sequest...
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Outside groups spent more than $50 million in Virginia's 2012 Senate race. This year, the race is attracting mere pennies compared to the last record-setting cycle. According to the Virginia Public Access Project, less than $3 million has been dropped on the contest between Democratic incumbent Mark Warner and his Republican challenger Ed Gillespie, a former advisor of Geor...
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The race to replace retiring Congressman Frank Wolf is now focusing on charges of ethical wrongdoing. The campaign in Virginia’s 10th Congressional District is one of the nastiest raging in the commonwealth this cycle. Democrat John Foust is accusing Republican Del. Barbara Comstock of getting paid as a spokesperson for Workforce Fairness Institute while also ushering thre...
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The contest for the open 10th district congressional seat in Northern Virginia is centering on women’s issues and a remark Republicans are calling “sexist.” Republican Barbara Comstock was surprised when her Democratic opponent John Foust said, “I don’t think she’s even had a real job.” “Sure, I've been a senior Justice Department official, I was a ...
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Seventeen-term Northern Virginia Congressman Frank Wolf may be retiring, but he's still playing a big role in the race to replace him. When Republican candidate Barbara Comstock greets voters at a high school football match in Loudon County, she's quick to associate herself with retiring Congressman Wolf. "Congressman Wolf is a great guy, he did a great job," said ...
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In less than a week Virginians will head to the polls and pick who will represent them in the U.S. Senate. If you've been to one of incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Warner’s campaign events or watched one of the debates, you're probably aware he helped found the company that became Nextel, but that’s only part of his story. “I failed miserably a couple times before I was...
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This week the Newseum is paying tribute to legendary Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, who died last week at age 93. Many people in Washington and across the nation are still mourning the loss of Bradlee after he died las...
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With Election Day just around the corner, D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton says it’s time to give D.C. statehood. Next Tuesday people across the nation get to decide control of the U.S. Senate. Not voters in D.C. Besides getting to weigh in on the makeup of the Senate, Norton says statehood would protect local voters from federal encroachment. “If we were a ...
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The two candidates at the top of the pack in Virginia's 8th Congressional District race are trying to persuade federal workers and contractors to accept budget changes that would amount to pay cuts. Northern Virginia is home to thousands of federal workers and contractors, many who have faced furloughs and federal spending cuts in recent years. The two men battling to be their...
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The Senate is an exclusive society, and when lawmakers make ethical lapses there are often no repercussions. Watchdog groups say that’s because senators police themselves, which often involves no policing at all. A new report from watchdog group Public Citizen (pdf) calls for a new Senate Office of Congression...
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In the race for Virginia's Senate seat, Republican Ed Gillespie and Democrat Mark Warner are sparring over who would be better for the state's energy sector. While their positions are actually fairly similar, the winner may help determine the balance in the Senate and could have a big impact on energy policy in the coming years. There’s bipartisan consensus among most Virg...
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Hannah Graham, 18, has been missing now for more than a month.(Charlottesville Police Dept.) Police believe they have found the remains of missing University of Virginia student...
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After public health officials transferred Ebola patient Nina Pham to the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, one Republican lawmaker in the region is calling for a travel ban that includes dogs. Pham, a Texas nurse, has been quarantined in Maryland, and about...
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The two leading candidates for Virginia’s open 8th congressional district contest are fighting over who would better represent minorities in the area. Micah Edmond is a black Republican running in a predominantly white and heavily Democratic district. But Edmond says his calls for education and sentencing reforms are resonating. “One of the often overlooked par...
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U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) says momentum is building behind his effort to force a vote on military action against the Islamic State, or ISIS. Before hitting the campaign trail, lawmakers voted to arm moderate Syrian rebels, but lawmakers haven't weighed in on t...
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Maryland Democratic Congresswoman Donna Edwards is helping her party field more diverse candidates. Edwards is the first African American woman to represent Maryland in Congress. She remembers being advised not to discuss being a single mother who had to provide for her family while juggling things like child care and a mortgage. “And I remember when I ran for ...
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The 113th Congress is the most diverse in the nation's history, but critics say the nation still has a long way to go. According to a study released this week by the Reflective Democracy Campaign, 71 percent of elected officials are white, while 90 percent of them are male. But white males only make up around 31 percent of the nation's popula...
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Virginia’s new voter ID law has Virginia Democrats worried after the State Board of Elections found nearly 200,000 registered voters don’t have a driver’s license. Back in 2013 when Virginia and a string of other Republican controlled state legislatures were pushing forward with new voter ID laws, Attorney General Eric Holder likened the laws to "poll taxes" and promis...
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D.C. Delegate Eleanor Homes Norton and other lawmakers are calling for an independent review of the Secret Service. The resignation of Secret Service director Julia Pierson earlier this week isn’t the end of the story. The agency is still under fire from lawmakers in both parties who are bewildered that a man with a firearm rode an elevator with the president and another ...
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Secret Service Director Julia Pierson has resigned amid security lapses at the White House. Now Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) says the resignation was "inevitable" after she failed to tell lawmakers about ...