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Guy Taylor

Guy Taylor

Guy Taylor is the National Security Team Leader at The Washington Times, overseeing the paper's State Department, Pentagon and intelligence community coverage. He's also a frequent guest on The McLaughlin Group and C-SPAN.

His series on political, economic and security developments in Mexico won a 2012 Virginia Press Association award.

Prior to rejoining The Times in 2011, his work was supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and the Fund For Investigative Journalism, and appeared in a variety publications, from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch to Salon, Reason, Prospect Magazine of London, the Daily Star of Beirut, the Jerusalem Post and the St. Petersburg Times. He's also served as an editor at World Politics Review, written for America's Quarterly and produced news videos and feature stories for Agence France-Presse.

Mr. Taylor is a graduate of Clark University. After a stint at States News Service, he spent five years at The Times from 2001 through 2006, first on the metro desk and later reporting from Iraq, Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe and Guantanamo Bay, in addition to pursuing special assignments throughout the U.S. He was part of a team of Times reporters who won a Society of Professional Journalists award for their coverage of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

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Articles by Guy Taylor

The pro-Russian gunmen surrounded a military base in Donetsk, Ukraine, Tuesday and said they were holding negotiations with commanders inside to ensure that they did not join forces with government-allied groups. (ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTOGRAPHS)

Echoes of Russia's Crimea strategy seen in Slovyansk, Odessa

Moscow's strategy in the eastern Ukrainian of Slovyansk and Odessa is "identical" to how it precipitated the swift annexation of the Crimean Peninsula in March, the Obama administration's top official on the region said Tuesday. Published May 6, 2014

A pro-Ukrainian self defense unit performs weapons exercises at  their training ground outside Donetsk, Ukraine. Sen. Bob Corker, Tennessee Republican, proposed legislation that would call on President Obama to provide the Ukrainian military with "direct military assistance." (associated press)

Republicans push for bill to allow military aid to Ukraine

A group of Senate Republicans called on the Obama administration Wednesday to take more aggressive steps toward containing Russian President Vladimir Putin and preventing military aggression in Eastern Europe. Published May 4, 2014

**FILE** Sen. Bob Corker, Tennessee Republican, speaks to reporters in Chattanooga on Feb. 15, 2014. (Associated Press)

Senate GOP bill pushes Obama to get tougher on Putin, Russia

A group of influential Senate Republicans called on the Obama administration Wednesday to take more aggressive steps toward containing Russian President Vladimir Putin and preventing Russian military aggression in Eastern Europe. Published April 30, 2014

** FILE ** In this Sept. 14, 2012, file photo, Libyan military guards check one of the U.S. Consulate's burnt-out buildings during a visit by Libyan President Mohammed el-Megarif, not shown, to the U.S. Consulate to express sympathy for the death of the American ambassador, J. Christopher Stevens and his colleagues in the deadly attack on the Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. (AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon)

Emails on Benghazi show aides' effort to make Obama look 'statesmanlike'

A clutch of newly released White House emails provides the clearest evidence to date that top presidential aides sought to use anti-American protests sweeping across the Middle East in 2012 — as well as the aftermath of the Benghazi terrorist attack — to push an image of President Obama's foreign policy as "steady and statesmanlike," just weeks before his re-election. Published April 29, 2014

Republican Reps. Trent Franks, Matt Salmon and David Schweikert wrote a letter to Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki on Tuesday, citing reports that officials at the Phoenix Veterans Health Care System had kept a "secret list" of patient requests in order to conceal the fact that some patients were being made to wait more. "As a direct result of such practices, the deaths of over 40 veterans have come to light," they wrote in the letter. (associated press photographs)

Outrage growing over Phoenix VA patient treatment

The scandal surrounding a Phoenix veterans hospital widened Tuesday when three Arizona congressmen called for the resignation of the facility's leaders amid allegations that at least 40 veterans died while waiting for medical appointments — and that administrators intentionally buried information about the monthslong wait times. Published April 29, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin
(AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)

Russia's main weapons exporter gets a pass in new round of sanctions

Russia's main weapons exporter Rosoboronexport, a state-owned company currently being paid by the Pentagon to support U.S. efforts in Afghanistan, emerged unscathed Monday as the White House and its European allies added new sanctions against Moscow. Published April 28, 2014

Gaza's Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, during a press conference following the announcement of an agreement between the two rival Palestinian groups, Hamas and Fatah, at Haniyeh's residence in Shati Refugee Camp, Gaza Strip, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Hamas and Fatah made a new attempt Wednesday to overcome the Palestinians' political split, saying they would seek to form an interim unity government within five weeks, followed by general elections by December at the earliest.  It was not clear how the new attempt announced Wednesday would succeed where previous ones failed, since the fundamental difficulties remain in place. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

Rival Palestinian's unity deal a blow to struggling Mideast peace process

U.S. and Israeli officials slammed the unity agreement announced Wednesday by rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas, saying it would strain whatever thread of hope was left in the ailing Israeli-Palestinian peace process that Secretary of State John F. Kerry has sought to foster over the past nine months. Published April 23, 2014

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., reacts to supporters as she campaigns for Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., at an American Federation of Teachers Union rally in Cincinnati Friday, Oct. 31, 2008. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)

Hillary Clinton blamed in USAID memos outlining chaos in Afghanistan aid

Top officials at the U.S. Agency for International Development repeatedly cited former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton for setting into motion a policy to waive restrictions on who could receive U.S. aid in Afghanistan, resulting in millions of dollars in U.S. funds going directly into the corrupt Afghan ministries. Published April 20, 2014

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the Utah Republican who heads the House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee overseeing the USAID spending in Afghanistan, told The Washington Times that he first learned of the fund during a heated exchange with the agency's top official in the region last week and immediately thought, "Something here doesn't smell right." (Associated Press)

Rep. Jason Chaffetz questions $175 million 'slush fund' for Afghans

The chairman of a key House oversight panel is calling for an investigation into what he says looks like a $175 million "slush fund" set up by the U.S. Agency for International Development to entice Afghan government officials into embracing Western-style reforms. Published April 13, 2014

Secretary of State John F. Kerry defends the Obama administration's response to Russia's moves on eastern Ukraine during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing. (Associated Press Photographs)

McCain mocks SecState Kerry for his 'very small stick — in fact, a twig'

The Western-backed interim government in Kiev struggled to control mobs of pro-Moscow demonstrators in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday, as congressional Republicans pressed the Obama administration to take more robust action to deter a Russian military invasion of the nation. Published April 8, 2014

Former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morrell, testifies before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 2, 2014, about the terrorist attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi.  The Committee seeks to gain additional information from Morell about his role in the development of the Benghazi talking points and in shaping the administration’s public narrative of the terrorist attack.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

THEY KNEW: Ex-CIA official gives stunning account on Benghazi

The CIA's former deputy director disclosed Wednesday that Obama administration officials were alerted the day before they went on national television that a key tenet of their original Benghazi storyline might be inaccurate. Published April 2, 2014

Former Deputy CIA Director Michael Morell is slated to testify on Wednesday on a series of secure video teleconferences during the days immediately following the Sept. 11, 2012 Benghazi attacks. (Associated Press)

Libya station chief gives perspective on Benghazi TV talking points

Members of the House Intelligence Committee held a classified session Tuesday with the CIA's former Libya station chief, whose assessment that there had been no protest leading before the Benghazi terrorist attacks was left out of the Obama administration's talking points used on national television. Published April 2, 2014