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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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Swing counties in Virginia that were key to President Obama’s victory aren’t showing many signs of life in this year’s governor’s race. In the window of the quaint studio Photoworks in Leesberg is a prominent "Monte Johnson for Delegate" sign. Store owner K.D. Kidder is a supporter of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe. She says she’d gladly put a M...
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A new poll finds Democrat Terry McAuliffe holding a strong lead over Republican Ken Cuccinelli. The poll from Quinnipiac University has McAuliffe at 46 percent and Cuccinelli at 39 percent. Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis has 10 percent, and the poll shows he has more support among Republicans than Democrats. Quinnipiac's findings are based on live telepho...
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Lawmakers just ended one battle that cost the region millions of dollars, but now Republicans in the region are getting ready for the next battle over the health law. Analysts say this region took the biggest economic hit because of the government shutdown, yet more than half of the region’s Republicans voted against the deal to reopen it. Virginia Congressman Morgan Griff...
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D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton came to the defense of the head of the National Park Service today. Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis was blasted by Republicans today, with one even calling him a "liability." He's under fire for ordering barriers be placed at open air monuments across D.C. during the government shutdown. But Holmes Norton and other Democrats b...
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.mainpic { display: none; } .caption { display: none; } .photosource { display: none; } Democrats in the region, spearheaded by Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), are laying blame for the government shutdown ...
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As the government shutdown enters its third week, the unforeseen economic consequences are spreading. Do you know how we get unemployment data? A team of about 2,200 people fan out across the U.S., knocking on doors and compiling the survey. Mark Rother is one of those field representatives at the U.S. Census Bureau. “We have eight days to get it done," he says....
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Talks between Speaker John Boehner and the White House have dissolved. Now House lawmakers are taking a backseat, as they look to Senate Republicans to make any headway. Virginia Republican Scott Rigell says his party's leaders' hands are tied. "Lack of clarity even among our own leadership over where the Senate is," he says. Rigell is prepared to open the governm...
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While House Republican leaders are working to avoid defaulting on U.S. debt, they're still not offering legislation to reopen the entire federal government. Some Republicans in the region disagree with the tactics party leadership have used. There's still...
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Federal workers are going to get back pay once the government starts running at full speed. But many report slowing their spending while many contractors aren't expecting any back pay. More than 300,000 of those furloughed workers hail from this region, according to Maryland Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin. "These are people," says Cardin. "Each one has a family. Each one represe...
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Republican leaders want to set up another special working group to solve the impasse in Congress. Remember the super committee? Its failure triggered sequestration's trillion dollar haircut to the federal budget. The committee imploded because the two sides couldn't agree on changes to the tax code. The politics on tax issues haven't changed, but now Republicans are d...
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A group that helps domestic violence victims in the District is bracing for budget cuts that could fall on them because of the government shutdown. While this is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Congressional gridlock may lead to vital funding cuts for the only shelter in the city that helps families right after domestic violence is reported. Relying on a mix of fed...
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Furloughed federal workers still aren't allowed to come back to work, but Congress is preparing to give them back pay. All last week, there were whispers at the Capitol that Tea Party-backed Republicans would block federal workers from receiving back pay. The rumors were false, at least in the lower chamber, where lawmakers unanimously approved the measure over the weekend. ...
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As the federal government remains closed for a fourth day, some furloughed workers in the region are balancing unexpected time off with the anxiety of not knowing when they’ll return to work. Nancy Proctor is the head of mobile strategy and initiatives for the Smithsonian Institution. As a federal worker, one of the 800,000 that have been sidelined by the shutdown, Proctor...
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On Monday night Democrats in the House of Representatives defeated legislation that would have allowed D.C. officials to spend local money to help the city weather the government shutdown. As the shutdown continues to take root in the region, House Republicans are changing up their tactics. Party leaders are now pushing legislation focused at funding just small but highly vi...
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Another day, another press conference on Capitol Hill, yet still no serious negotiations are underway to avert a shutdown. While the Senate passed a bill Saturday to fund the government through mid-November, House leaders are promising to change it and send it right back. "It's like a game of chicken," says Melissa York, an indexer for the National Library of Medicine. If a sh...
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As lawmakers at the Capitol continue to haggle over funding the federal government, employees across the region are bracing for a potential shutdown. Friday was another day, another press conference on the Hill, yet still no serious negotiations are underway to avert a shutdown. While the Senate passed a bill today to fund the government through mid November, House leaders are...
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Senators in the region helped inch the federal government a little closer to being funded by Monday's deadline. But a cloud still hangs over federal workers facing down the prospect of a shutdown. Both sides of this contentious debate argue that they want to avoid a government shutdown, but you wouldn't know it from the tactics being employed. A small group of Republicans, led...
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D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray joined President Obama in using a memorial service for the victims of the Navy Yard shooting to call for changes to the nation’s gun laws. Much of the city mourned once again on Sunday evening as the names of the twelve slain rang out across Southeast. Around 4,000 people came out to remember those lives that were snuffed out as they went about thei...
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Reports that a highly-trained tactical response team was told to stand down during the Navy Yard shooting are being met with confusion and anger at the Capitol. Some Capitol Police officers say they're furious at a commander who they say gave the order to stand down. The highly specialized and heavily-armed unit is trained specifically to respond to mass shootings. Yet officer...
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In the wake of this week’s shooting at the Navy Yard some lawmakers in the region are renewing their push for new gun control measures. But while that effort is unlikely to go anywhere, there seems to be bipartisan agreement the Pentagon needs to review the access it grants contractors. After last year's Newtown, Conn. school shooting, Capitol Hill witnessed its first real...