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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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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 ...
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Maryland lawmakers had a busy session and now some of those newly passed laws kick in this week. When you're driving through Maryland, beware of tow trucks. Starting Wednesday, you're required to move to an open lane when you see one on the side of the road, or at least to slow down to give workers space. And for recreational marijuana users, the ...
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Former Virginia Democratic Senator Jim Webb turned some heads this week when he said he’s contemplating a run for the White House in 2016. Sen. Webb isn't known for being good at the retail politics it takes to capture the White House. When he was a senator, he would fly past the press corps, either being unnoticed by many or brushing aside most every question. But Webb sa...
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After meeting with workers last week, D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton wants Architect of the Capitol Stephen Ayers to conduct a review of working conditions at the Capitol Visitor Center, or CVC. In a letter to Ayers, Holmes Norton writes, "I am fearful that the CVC is engaging in labor practices that could be unlawful." Employees complain that a policy put in place in 20...
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Vice President Joe Biden is speaking in Norfolk, Virginia, today to highlight federal transportation spending. This year, congressional gridlock brought the federal highway trust fund to the brink of running out of cash before lawmakers were able to ...
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Lawmakers in the region want to know how a man with a knife was able to get into the White House. The White House is supposed to be impossible to enter without first being vetted. The meticulous security measures broke down Friday evening when Texas resident Omar Gonzalez hopped the fence with a small knife in his pocket and darted past agents before being apprehended inside...
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Virginia Democratic Senator Tim Kaine is pushing legislation to limit President Obama's use of military force against the Islamic State. The president isn't asking Congress to give him the authority to strike the Islamic State, and Sen. Kaine says that's a problem. His bill grants the president the authority to strike ISIS but limits it to just one year. Kaine says a...
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The majority of lawmakers in the region voted to arm moderate Syrian rebels. A bipartisan group of 12 lawmakers in the region voted in favor of President Obama’s plan to start arming and training moderate rebels in Syria. Even so, many did so with reservations. On the House floor, Northern Virginia Democrat Gerry Connolly told his colleagues what he wasn't voting for. ...