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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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The search continues Sunday in Montgomery County for clues to the whereabouts of two missing children. Late on Friday, police found missing Montgomery County resident Catherine Hoggle, but her two children remain missing. She has been charged with two counts of child neglect. A little after 11 p.m. on Friday, a 911 center got a tip about the 27-year-old's whereabou...
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D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton is celebrating a milestone in her push for D.C. statehood, but she knows it’s still an uphill battle. A D.C. statehood bill was first introduced in 1983 and by 1987 had 101 cosponsors. Now, Norton is announcing she’s gotten 104 of her colleagues to cosponsor the a statehood bill she introduced last year. This week, she took...
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This hyperpartisan Congress just got a little more fractured—only this time it isn't breaking along party lines. President Obama’s announcement that he's going to bomb the Islamic State is giving him some new Republican partners from the region on Capitol Hill, while also ...
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Lawmakers in the region are coming around President Obama’s plan to combat the Islamic State, even as they say they want to have a say in what could become an extended war. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) says that even in the midst of campaign season, lawmakers owe it to soldiers to approve or disapprove of any sustained military campaign. "During a time of war, we ask ...
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The U.S. House passed a resolution condemning President Obama for swapping prisoners to secure the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Lawmakers of all stripes were surprised to learn that five members of the Taliban were exchanged for Sergeant Bergdahl. Lawmakers weren't alerted, even though Congress passed a law requiring 30 days notice before the release of prisoners from Gua...
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Watchdog groups accuse lawmakers in the region of blurring the line between campaigning and their official duties as representatives. To see what lawmakers send voters with your tax dollars, you have to go to the basement of a House office building. Photos are banned —only black and white copies leave the sparse room. The privilege of elected office is dubbed "franked mail...
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Lawmakers in the region are joining the growing chorus of Democrats pressuring President Obama to lay out a clear military strategy to deal with the terrorist group ISIS. After a second video was released this week of the beheading of an American journalist, lawmakers of all stripes a...
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The Washington Post editorial board is no longer using the term “Redskins” to refer to Washington’s NFL team. Still, other opponents of the name in Washington have limited options. This spring, 50 Dem...
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This summer there's been a big push by the nation's powerful teacher unions to completely revamp the nation's standardized tests mandated under No Child Left Behind and then changed with the new Common Core standards. Educators say after 12 years of implementing standardized tests nationwide, those assessments have proved to be impediments to teachers. And if they don't get ...
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Remember “repeal and replace?" It’s the campaign slogan that helped Republicans gain control of the House in 2010 and keep that majority in 2012. The GOP has cast more than 40 votes to scrap or defund all or part of the law, but where’s the replacement? The party hasn't voted on an alternative bill yet, which Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA 11th District) says is tel...
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Are you out of work or looking for a change of pace? Today may be a good day to slip down to the Washington Convention Center, where around 100 employers are stationed and looking for recent graduates and even seasoned professionals. This morning starting at 10 a.m., they'll be offering resume and fashion tips for job seekers, and starting at 11 a.m., federal, state and loc...
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Democrats say thousands of jobs in the region are at risk if lawmakers don't renew the authorization for a little-known government entity called the Export Import Bank. The Export Import Bank helps support U.S. businesses who sell goods abroad. Since 2010, it helped support about $1 billion in exports from both Maryland and Virginia companies, and nearly $60 million in expo...
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Today is the third anniversary of the kidnapping of a Montgomery County, Maryland resident who was taken hostage while working for the State Department in Pakistan. The release of Bowe Bergdahl from an al-Qaeda alignment group garnered headlines across the globe, but he wasn't the only U.S. citizen being held abroad. In August of 2011, Warren Weinstein was working for a USA...
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The Obama Administration recently announced it's going to allow sonar testing off the coasts of Virginia and Maryland to see how much oil and gas is out there. Lawmakers in the region are divided over a change they sense coming to the moratorium on drilling off the commonwealth's coast. Republicans don't see much in President Obama's energy policy they like. But the announce...
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The list of potential sites for the new FBI headquarters is narrowing down, and the fight for the thousands of jobs it brings with has local lawmakers jockeying to land the new facility. While people continue to flood into the District, the FBI is looking to move to the suburbs. The General Services Administration has narrowed its choices for the relocation to Springfield, ...
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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...