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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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This latest winter storm gripping the region has caused some major disruptions in local and regional public transportation. Officials with Amtrak say they've trimmed schedules for their Acela Express and Northeast Regional trains due to the storm. Passengers should also expect fewer runs than normal on the system's Keystone Service, from Harrisburg through Philadelp...
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President Obama is expected to include a one percent pay increase for federal workers in his annual budget, a proposal that is receiving mixed reactions. Federal workers have faced furloughs and pay freezes in recent years. While a one percent pay raise beats that, Northern Virginia Democratic Congressman Gerry Connolly says it's still not what the federal workforce needs. ...
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Many federal lawmakers are echoing Attorney General Eric Holder's call to restore voting rights to felons in Virginia. In some states felons can vote while in prison. In D.C., right after a ...
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D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton gave local students a personal tour of the U.S. Capitol today. The eyes of about 60 students light up as they enter the expansive Capitol Rotunda. Holmes Norton is escorting them to the Martin Luther King Jr. statue. She says it's important they see his prominent placement in the most majestic part of the Capitol during Black History Month. But...
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Congressional staffers are being treated to freebies from around D.C. in the hopes that they'll help promote the city s diverse culture. The Capitol is always teeming with tourists, but the buzz on the Hill yesterday came from an unlikely source — staffers. Roughly 1,000 staffers came out to taste the city's diverse delicacies while also pocketing coupons from across town...
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Lawmakers in the region are calling for reforms to government security clearances as they continue to investigate the Navy Yard shooting. The mass shooting at the Navy Yard that left 13 dead and eight wounded was the second deadliest on a military base in the nation's history. D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton says the wound hasn't healed for many. "We were hit very har...
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A group of U.S. senators is trying to rid the Capitol building of e-cigarettes. Just a few years ago the ornate Speaker's Lobby just off the House floor — where reporters huddle and politicians horse trade — was filled with clouds of cigarette smoke. Now even House Speaker John Boehner has to step outside on the balcony to get a smoke, though he still smokes in his off...
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The family of the woman who was fatally shot on the Capitol grounds after a car chase this fall is suing the government. The car chase left the Capitol in lockdown as senators and tourists scrambled as shots rang out on the Capitol grounds. The incident ended with the fatal sh...
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Area Republicans are upset that President Barack Obama plans to go over their heads as much as possible this year. The president has a lot of allies in the Democratic controlled Senate, but Republicans control the U.S. House. That means they hold the gavels and control the agenda in the lower chamber. So many in the GOP were offended to hear the president say he's planning to...
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Police say a shooting has occurred at the Columbia Mall in Howard County, Md., and confirm that three people, including the shooter, have been killed. Debby Sergi works at a candy store in the mall. She said just after 11 a.m. she was startled by loud bangs. "It sounded to me like three shots and then a pause and then two more shots," she said. When the man, ...
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Congressman Jim Moran (D-Va.) is voicing concern that the entirety Affordable Care Act could unravel because not enough young people are signing up. More than 40,000 Virginians signed up for health insurance on the federal exchange last month. Only 27 percent of those were young adults — the group needed to fund the new system. Moran says he doesn't think those numbers are g...
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Maryland Democrat John Delaney says a new report highlighting a weakening U.S. business climate shows why lawmakers need to set aside their partisan fighting. Bloomberg released a report this week that ranks Canada as friendlier for businesses than the U.S. Congressman Delaney, a former CEO, says the report highlights the need for party leaders to work together where there's ...
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Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee marked up legislation this morning that would further restrict abortions in the District. Each year, city officials are currently restricted by Congress from using local taxpayer funds to assist low income women with abortions. This new effort would make that permanent. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) says it's an affront to wom...
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Democratic Virginia congressman Jim Moran today announced that he is retiring after more than two decades in the House of Representatives. In a statement, Moran, who represents the portions of Northern Virginia closest to Washington, said that "it’s time to close this chapter of my life and move on to the next challenge." Moran says he's retiring because he thinks ...
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At his inauguration in Richmond on Saturday, Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe offered an olive branch to his Republican counterparts. Virginia governors are termed out of office after four years. That means that the clock is ticking for McAuliffe, a man who has been active in politics but who has never served in elected office before moving into Richmond's Executive...
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In an address on school choice and voucher programs this week, Virginia Republican Congressman Eric Cantor lashed out at President Barack Obama and others on how they seek to educate the country's children. Cantor, the number two House Republican, has been touring city schools from his Richmond district to as far away as Denver. He says to alleviate poverty the government shou...
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In 2013, Democrats across the country took note of Terry McAuliffe's win in Virginia's gubernatorial race. Now they're hoping to use that "Virginia model" to win nationally in the 2014 midterms, and they're trying to make their case with one Virginia Republican in particular. In spite of polls showing dissatisfaction with both Republican Ken Cucinelli and Democrat Terry McAul...
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It wasn't a pretty year in Washington, and lawmakers in the region are as upset about it as voters. Ask any lawmaker and they understand why Congress hit new lows in public approval during 2013. Here's how Northern Virginia Democrat Jim Moran rates this Congress: "I'd give us, probably an F." He's not alone in thinking that — and the belief seems to be one of t...
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To get health coverage in the New Year you need to sign up on health insurance exchanges by today, which has Republicans in the region calling for a delay. In what was expected to be his last press conference of the year, President Obama told reporters last week that the low point of his 2013 was his signature domestic policy: so-called Obamacare. It was a bumpy rollo...
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The Capitol Dome is the next iconic piece of D.C.'s skyline getting covered up by construction crews. This summer, the Washington Monument and the Supreme Court's majestic pillars were hidden from the public's gaze. Next up: your iconic Capitol Dome. "A scaffolding buil...