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Matt Vasilogambros
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First in my Atlanta series. I'm transitioning into hip-hop reporting, obviously
The "Tennessee" front man says the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases shouldn't be surprising to anyone who listened to early gangster rap.
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We lost our Olympic bid: Hell yeah! 
While local leaders celebrate hosting the Winter and Summer Games, some groups fight bids they say are too expensive and damaging.
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Numbers behind who's applying for liquor licenses in the District 
Still behind in the gentrification game in Washington, H Street Northeast is a good place for African-Americans to open bars.
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My third dispatch from Des Moines 
Iowa's Latino population has doubled in the last decade and continues to grow. But despite establishing businesses and putting down roots, some still fear deportation.
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In which drunk bros save the economy 
For several bars in D.C., sales have jumped 50 percent during World Cup games. The U.S. should win for pride. It should also win for the economy.
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This is a really cool idea
A 100,000-square-foot facility in D.C.'s Anacostia will produce 1 million pounds of produce a year and provide up to 25 permanent jobs.
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It is a cool idea.  I grew up near Washington DC and used to shop the Giant supermarket chain.  It's good to know people will be growing local food in the greenhouse.
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Today in, "Huh, really?" 
Look at fines for professional athletes and coaches like business expenses. You may write off a business trip. They write off league fines.
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I was asked to write a column about family. So, here's a heartfelt story about losing a connection to your heritage, and then gaining it back (and some) through reuniting with kin 5,000 miles away. Appreciate you reading.
There’s a village in the mountains of the Peloponnese called Kerasia. It’s where my dad was born, an
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"It's Des Moines against the world."
Ditch Brooklyn, millennials. The real place to be is Des Moines, a city with a blossoming culture scene, thriving startups, and urban beauty.
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We're standing in a trendy one-bedroom apartment with polished concrete floors, modern appliances, and floor-to-ceiling windows looking out over downtown. The surrounding neighborhood is dotted with brick-façade factories that are being converted into high-end apartment buildings, bustling side streets that lead to restaurants like Zombie Burger and Tacopocalypse, and stores that sell rustic home decor and graphic T-shirts that unapologetically proclaim Des Moines "the greatest city in the world."

And how much does this urban dream abode cost?

"If you make less than $41,000 a year, this one-bedroom right here is $780 a month."
New apartment buildings downtown set aside half their units for low-income tenants. But the trendy neighborhood isn't where most of these tenants need to live.
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If I could go back to college 
Reflecting the interest of millennials in brewing and drinking small-batch, hyper-local beer, Paul Smith's College now offers a minor in the business of craft beer.
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This is pretty cool, Twin Cities 
A brewpub and a coffee shop in Minnesota's Twin Cities have used this one-time payment method to save their businesses. And there's no reason to think the model can't spread.
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    Staff Correspondent, 2011 - present
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Matt Vasilogambros is a staff correspondent for National Journal, covering demographics and the economy. He previously covered Washington politics and the 2012 presidential election and other national races for the National Journal and The Hotline. He was also a contributing writer for the Almanac of American Politics. Before joining the magazine, Matt wrote for Politics Daily, The Iowa Independent and The Huffington Post, covering politics and higher education. Matt is a graduate of Drake University, where he served as an award-winning editor of the student newspaper. He is a native of Arlington Heights, Ill., and currently lives in Washington, D.C.
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    Politics; News/Internet Journalism, 2007 - 2011
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