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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

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Families want to know what happened in Benghazi

The father of a former Navy SEAL killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, says he learned the details of his son's bravery not from the Obama administration, but in an email from an American whose life was saved by his son. Published December 4, 2012

Susan E. Rice, U.N. ambassador, has been meeting with Republicans after the uproar about the handling of the Benghazi attack. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Obama ‘proud’ of Rice, GOP still skeptical

President Obama said Wednesday that U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan E. Rice has been "extraordinary" as he sought to boost the embattled diplomat's prospects on Capitol Hill, where she has been trying to smooth the way for a possible promotion to secretary of state but has stumbled in meetings with key Republican senators. Published November 28, 2012

** FILE ** In this Nov. 27, 2012, file photo, President Obama meets with Mexican President-elect Enrique Pena Nieto in the White House, setting the stage for boosting relations between the nations. (Associated Press)

Obama, Pena-Nieto greet an era of wider cooperation

Mexican President-elect Enrique Pena Nieto praised President Obama on Tuesday for pursuing a softer posture toward illegal immigrants in the United States and said he hopes to work with U.S. officials to reduce the number of Mexicans crossing the border illegally. Published November 27, 2012

Mexican President-elect Enrique Pena Nieto, who is set to take office on Saturday, will hit the ground running after a Tuesday meeting at the White House with President Obama. They have a chance to reshape U.S.-Mexico relations, observers say. (Associated Press)

Incoming leader of Mexico set for White House visit

U.S. immigration reform, U.S.-Mexican drug-control policies and the possibility of opening Mexico's state-controlled energy sector to foreign investment are among Tuesday's discussion topics when Mexican President-elect Enrique Pena Nieto visits the White House. Published November 26, 2012

Morsi’s power grab tests U.S. post-revolt tolerance

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi's power grab presents a unique opportunity for the Obama administration to take a firm position on what the United States will tolerate from post-Arab Spring governments, foreign-policy analysts say. Published November 26, 2012

**FILE** President Obama speaks Nov. 7, 2012, at his election night party in Chicago. (Associated Press)

Obama looks to Asia as trade markets beckon south

President Obama's postelection trip to Southeast Asia presages a greater second-term focus on that region, but some foreign-policy analysts say that shouldn't distract from the need to build better alliances with U.S. neighbors, which could be key to restoring the nation's sluggish economy. Published November 12, 2012

**FILE** Gary Johnson, Libertarian Party presidential candidate (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Third-party candidacies: Rarely successful, often influential

Despite the vast ideological landscapes and political freedoms that set the United States apart from much of world, the 2012 presidential election has been, like so many American elections of the past 150 years, ultimately a two-party contest. Published November 6, 2012

**FILE** Gary Johnson, Libertarian Party presidential candidate (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Libertarian Johnson expects to make impact in Ohio, Colo.

He still doesn't get much attention from the mainstream media, but Libertarian presidential candidate Gary E. Johnson could be the key to who wins the White House on Tuesday — especially if he takes votes away from Barack Obama or Mitt Romney in Ohio or Colorado. Published November 5, 2012

Maine Democrats crown King

Maine has made headlines as far away as California this year for playing host to one of the nation's most convoluted and unique U.S. Senate races — a three-way contest defined as much by the blurring of party lines as the seemingly endless flow of cash into the state from outside sources seeking to manipulate the outcome. Published November 4, 2012

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrives at Zagreb international airport, Croatia, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. Clinton is currently touring northern Africa and southeast Europe. (AP Photo/Damir Sencar, Pool)

Clinton ‘not surprised’ by Syrian cease-fire failure

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday said she is "not surprised by the failure" of the latest cease-fire between Syrian military forces and rebel factions seeking the ouster of President Bashar Assad. Published October 31, 2012

Algerian Foreign Minister Mourad Medelci, centre, greets U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton upon her arrival at Houari Boumediene Airport, in Algiers, Algeria, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012. Clinton is on a five-day trip overseas to increase pressure on Mali's al-Qaeda-linked rebels and help Balkan nations end long-simmering ethnic and political disagreements. (AP Photo, Saul Loeb, Pool)

Clinton: U.S. wants Algeria to play key role in Mali intervention

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton expressed optimism Monday that Algeria could play a key role in a growing international push toward a military intervention in Mali, where recent months have seen an al Qaeda-linked extremist group seize control of an area roughly the size of California. Published October 29, 2012

**FILE** A Libyan man investigates the inside of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, after an attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, two days earlier. (AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon)

GOP on attack over new Benghazi emails

Congressional Republicans on Wednesday spotlighted a newly revealed email that shows Obama administration officials were told within hours of the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that an al-Qaeda-inspired militant group had claimed responsibility for the assault. Published October 24, 2012

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama answer a question during the third presidential debate at Lynn University. (AP Photo/Pool-Win McNamee)

Foreign-policy fencing is Romney pivot point

Foreign-policy analysts have pointed to Mitt Romney's apparently calculated effort in Monday night's debate to tone down his previously hawkish posture on foreign policy, but on one issue, the Republican nominee pulled few punches; namely, in criticizing President Obama for not doing enough to stem the spread of extremism in the Muslim world. Published October 23, 2012

** FILE ** Independent Angus King greets workers leaving Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine, on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012. (Associated Press)

Maine independent in lead to replace Snowe

Many voters in Maine, echoing sentiments expressed around the country, think Washington has been broken by extreme left- and right-wing partisanship. But unlike in the rest of the country, one man is riding high in the polls here by claiming that he's got just the medicine to fix it. Published October 22, 2012

**FILE** Libyans walk Sept. 12, 2012, on the grounds of the gutted U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, after an attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. (Associated Press)

Ambassador Stevens warned of Islamic extremism before Benghazi consulate attack

Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, in a diplomatic cable from Libya last June, cited the apparent rise of "Islamic extremism" and the spotting of "the Al Qaeda flag" over buildings outside the city of Benghazi, where he and three other Americans were ultimately killed in an attack on Sept. 11. Published October 20, 2012

Stephen S.F. Chen, a senior adviser to the Taiwanese government, says in an interview at The Washington Times that Taiwan sides with China in its dispute with Japan over East China Sea islands coveted for their natural resources. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

War between Japan, China over isles called unlikely

A senior adviser to the Taiwanese government on Wednesday downplayed the likelihood that a war will erupt in the festering dispute between Taiwan, China and Japan over a chain of tiny islands in the East China Sea. Published October 17, 2012