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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 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...
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Many lawmakers on Capitol Hill are praising the U.S. Patent Office for voting to revoke several Redskins trademarks. Without a trademark on the team name, "Redskins" bars, restaurants or even gyms could soon pop up all across the region. While numerous people in the region...
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Lawmakers in the region are praising President Barack Obama for extending employment protection to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender federal contractors. The president is preparing to sign an order banning federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Maryland Democratic Senator Ben Cardin predicts the order will impact m...
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On this Father’s Day, members of the Congressional Black Caucus are highlighting poor economic conditions that are keeping many dads from being able to provide for their families. Maryland Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings represents downtown Baltimore — a city ravaged by high crime rates and urban flight. While Republicans call it interfering in the marketplace, Cu...
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Some conservatives are asking for a delay in the race to replace Eric Cantor as House Majority Leader over disagreements on immigration reform. While Cantor was attacked for supporting "amnesty" in the final weeks of the campaign, Virginia Democratic Senator Tim Kaine says it wasn't a deciding factor in his primary loss. "You know, Virginians sometimes don't want y...
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After Eric Cantor's primary loss in Richmond, he plans to relinquish his position as House Majority Leader at the end of July. Cantor's defeat hit the Republican Conference like a bombshell, or so senior Republicans are saying. Florida Republican Mario Diaz-Balart counts Cantor as a friend. He says his loss leaves a gaping hole in the party. "You know, he's been th...
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U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia lost in his his re-election bid, falling in yesterday's Republican Primary in the 7th Congressional District to a political newcomer, Randolph-Macon Economics Professor David Brat. Despite a huge fundraising advantage, Cantor wound up losing by more than 10 percentage points. In a speech last night, Cantor urged his supporte...
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The EPA’s new rule to drastically curb carbon pollution is now playing a key role in the Virginia Senate race. It was no secret at the Capitol the EPA was getting ready to roll out its new rule to limit carbon emissions. But that doesn't mean incumbent Democratic Senator Mark Warner is ready to take a stance. "What I requested of the administration was to give a...
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An effort to ban horse slaughter nationwide is picking up steam in Congress. After a five-year hiatus, in 2011 processing horse meat was once again allowed in the United States. But the ban may be coming back. The House Appropriations Committee recently voted to cut funding from government horse-meat inspectors in next year's Agricultural Appropriations bill. Virgi...
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This week a U.S. Senate committee is examining the growing call for a constitutional amendment to change U.S. campaign finance laws. Democrats in the region are still upset that the Supreme Court overturned restrictions Congress passed to limit the amount of money in today’s political campaigns. Virginia Democrat Gerry Connolly says the Court has moved the nation back....
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D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton is praising the House for sending a signal this week that many lawmakers support medicinal marijuana. Under the bill passed by the U.S. House the Drug Enforcement Administration would be forbidden from prosecuting medical marijuana operations in D.C. and states where it’s legal. Before ...
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Lawmakers in the region are having mixed reactions to Eric Shinseki stepping down as head of the Veterans Affairs Department. The VA has been in the spotlight the past couple of weeks for neglecting thousands of veterans. But there's a dirty little secret on Capitol Hill: many of the problems ...
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Pressure is mounting on Capitol Hill for a major overhaul at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Today Virginia Senator Mark Warner, who is up for reelection, joined the growing list of Democrats from purple states calling on the head of the VA to resign. While the White House is sticking by General Eric Shinseki for now, lawmakers at the Capitol are introducing a flurry of ...
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Lawmakers in the region are fighting off an attempt to undercut D.C. gun laws. The House spent the week debating a massive defense authorization bill, but Republicans used that must-pass bill to take a swipe at D.C.'s strict gun laws. Georgia Republican Congressman Phil Gingrey authored a non-binding resolution saying that military personnel should be allowed to carry guns ...
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Members of Congress are stepping up pressure on the NFL to change the team name of the Washington Redskins. Fifty U.S. senators — all of them Democrats — signed on to a letter addressed to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. The letter asks Goodell to follow the example set by his counterpart in NBA, Commissioner Adam Silver, who moved to ban Los Angeles Clippers Owner Dona...
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Republicans say a new Environmental Protection Agency rule will kill jobs in Virginia and they see it as a way to win November's election. A new White House assessment on climate change paints a dire picture for coastal states like Virginia. Democratic Senator Tim Kaine says the writing is on the wall. ...
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Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) says Republican attempts to unwind school nutrition programs could hurt low-income students in the District. House Republicans are taking aim at new nutrition requirements introduced to the nation's school by First Lady Michelle Obama. New food restrictions, like requiring more whole grains at public schools, are set to take effect this su...