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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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President Obama’s proposal to provide two years of free community college is dividing lawmakers in the region. Education reform is a central plank in the president’s new middle class agenda. Northern Virginia Democratic Congressman Gerry Connolly is on board with it. He says if lawmakers can find a way to pay for the community college initiative, it would go a long way t...
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Democrats in the D.C. region say House Speaker John Boehner set a dangerous precedent by going around the White House in inviting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress. The executive branch usually handles visits from heads of states, but Republican leaders in Congress decided to break precedent and go around the White House when th...
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The agenda President Barack Obama laid out in his State of the Union address is being rejected by the region's Republicans, who now have more power at the Capitol than Democrats do. The president's call for two years of free community college won a standing ovation ...
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With Republicans now in charge of both the House and Senate, some Virginia lawmakers are renewing their push to drill off the commonwealth's coast. Virginia's two Democratic senators support the plan if the state is given a share of the revenue. Freshman Northern Virginia Republican Congresswoman Barbara Comstock says it's on the top of her agenda. "Offshore drill...
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As lawmakers prepare to meet with safety officials Wednesday, a report by D.C. fire officials blames Metro for the communication breakdown during th...
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House Republicans are contemplating whether to sue the District for moving forward with its new marijuana law after the GOP cut off funding for the measure. Congress has 30 days to shoot down the District’s laws after they are passed by the D.C. Council, and that clock started ticking yesterday when a Council staffer ...
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With former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell heading to prison for two years, two former Virginia governors are calling for ethics reform in Richmond. When McDonnell was charged with corruption for accepting gifts, like a head-turning Rolex watch, many political watchers in Rich...
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Now that the House of Representatives has approved the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, the fight moves to the Senate, and it's pitting Virginia's two senators against each other. The commonwealth's Democratic senators usually cast similar votes, but they don't see eye to eye on the proposed pipeline to carry dirty Canadian tar sands through the U.S. The new Re...
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Virginia’s two Democratic Senators are expected to hold a lot of sway as more moderate voices in the new Republican controlled Senate. Republicans now control the Senate, but that doesn’t mean they can go it alone. In the upper chamber you need 60 votes to do just about anything and there are only 54 Republicans. That’s already making Virginia’s senators ...
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This week D.C. was home to a reunion of two of hip-hop’s greatest producers. Prince Paul and Dan the Automator performed together under their former group name Handsome Boy Modeling School for the first time in nearly a decade. The two iconic producers have played a role in everything from De la Soul to the Gorillaz. The pair were brought together to perform for 100 peopl...
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With the new year just around the corner, lawmakers in the region fear the across-the-board budget cuts called sequestration will soon kick back into gear. Last year lawmakers were able to put sequestration off for two years. In October that budget deal expires, which has Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner nervous. “That was a small — a two-year reprieve f...
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With the new year just around the corner, lawmakers in the D.C. region fear the across-the-board budget cuts called sequestration will soon kick back into gear. Last year lawmakers were able to put sequestration off for two years. In October, that budget deal expires, which has Virginia Democratic Sen. Mark Warner nervous. "That was a small — a two-year reprieve f...
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D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton is calling for special prosecutors to handle all shootings of civilians by police officers. Many protestors nationwide are heeding the call of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio to put off their marches until after two slain NYPD officers are laid to rest. But those protests are expected to start again soon. Norton says mayors and governors cou...
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Senators from Maryland and Virginia are asking the Secretary of Health and Human Services for a better national strategy to combat opioid abuse. Earlier this year, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe set up a task force on heroine and prescription drug abuse. But the problem isn't confined to the Commonwealth. Twenty U.S. Senators sent Secretary of Health and Human Services'...
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Virginia Democratic Rep. Bobby Scott is heralding prison reform legislation that was one of the last bills signed into law by the president from this session of Congress. In 2000 Congress passed a law requiring prison and jail officials to collect and report data on every prisoner who dies in custody. Officials say deaths went down. That law, known as the Death in Custody Re...
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Lawmakers in the D.C. region are calling for more money for the Secret Service after a review released this week paints the picture of an agency stretched "beyond its limits." The Secret Service doesn't have enough agents, and the ones who are there aren't getting enough training, concludes a report commissioned by the Department of Homeland Security. Rep. Gerry Conn...
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Some local lawmakers played a role in the release of Maryland native Alan Gross who came back to the U.S. yesterday after five years in a Cuban prison. Maryland Democratic Congressman Chris Van Hollen represented Alan Gross when he was captured five years ago. Van Hollen was one of three lawmakers tapped to fly down to Cuba and escort Gross home. “Well it was an ...
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Thousands of people came out to the streets of D.C. during the weekend to call for action to end what they say is police brutality. Among Civil rights activists calling for change were the voices of families who lost their loved ones, including the widow of Eric Garner, killed by an officer in New York; the parents of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old killed in Ferguson, Missour...
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While U.S. House minority leader and Baltimore native Nancy Pelosi was dealt a massive defeat last night, Maryland Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski racked up a big win. Pelosi fought an all-out battle on Thursday against President Obama and Senate Democrats over their agreement to wind back Wall Street reforms. She lost. The big winner from the daylong inter-Democratic Part...