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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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D.C. residents still aren't happy with Maryland Republican Andy Harris meddling in local affairs, and some let him know it today at an event focusing on the effects of marijuana. Congressman Harris was tapped by the conservative Heritage Foundation to keynote their event on marijuana policy. The doctor is fighting to roll back D.C.'s new law legalizing marijuana over what he ...
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Northern Virginia Democratic Congressman Gerry Connolly is close to achieving his goal to transform how the federal government interacts with technology. Conservative firebrand Darrell Issa and Connolly are usually on the other side of pitched partisan battles, but the two put their talking points down and worked together for the past four years to transform the federal gove...
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The fate of a policy provision that would block the implementation of D.C.'s referendum on marijuana legalization remains unclear, even with Congress scheduled to be in town for just a few more days. House Republicans still need to pass a bill to fund the government, and as WAMU...
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Social welfare groups protested outside the Supreme Court Wednesday as justices weighed whether pregnant women can be forced to take unpaid leave. As justices heard oral arguments between Maryland resident Peggy Young and UPS, a crowd gathered outside the Supreme Court carrying picket signs. The morning weather was wet and bitter cold—but that didn't stop this group from he...
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Former Virginia Democratic senator Jim Webb has launched a presidential exploratory committee. The dust has barely settled on the midterm elections, but jockeying has already begun for the 2016 presidential contest. While former secretary of state Hillary Clinton is once again being viewed as the presumed Democratic nominee, she’s expected to get some company in the primar...
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Virginia’s newest members of Congress wrapped up their orientation at the Capitol with the traditional office lottery. After receiving training on everything from avoiding getting thrown in jail to how to cast a vote, new members wrapped up their orientation with the time honored office drawing. With 57 open offices, Northern Virginia Republican Barbara Comstock along with...
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The Dome Restoration Project’s authorized budget for this phase of the projec...
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Metro Chairman Tom Downs is urging lawmakers to restore the maximum subsidy for public transit benefits, which is also used by thousands of federal workers. Downs is asking lawmakers on Capitol Hill to adjust the public transit benefit from $130 a month to closer to the parking benefit at $250 a month. "I’m here to enter a plea about restoring equity between tran...
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D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton is urging Republicans in Congress to let the will of D.C. voters stand when it comes to pot policy. The will of D.C. residents is clear: they just voted 2-to-1 to legalize the possession of marijuana this election, as did Oregon and Alaska. On Thursday, Norton ...
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Hundreds of federal contractors in search of collective bargaining and a wage increase have gone on strike. Some serve meals in the basement of the Capitol while others help funnel hundreds of thousands of tourists through the Smithsonian museums. They want President Obama to raise the minimum wage for federal contractors to $15 an hour. With tears streaming down her...
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Virginia Republican David Brat is now officially "Congressman David Brat." The majority of the candidates who won on Nov. 4 have to wait until January to be sworn in, but not Brat. He upset former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the GOP primary which sent shivers through establishment...
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Congress gets back this week for its post election "lame duck session." While newly-elected freshmen lawmakers will be getting tutorials on everything from casting a vote to avoiding jail time, lawmakers who were just ousted still have some work to do. They have to authorize the Department of Defense, take up a package of expired tax breaks and extend a tax moratorium on the...
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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...