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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

Egyptian soldiers stand guard around the Republican Guard building in Cairo. Soldiers and police opened fire on supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi. More than 50 people have been killed in the violence. (Associated Press)

'Coup' in Egypt would put U.S. in a delicate dilemma over aid

The White House was careful Monday to avoid calling Egypt's regime change a "coup," underscoring the dilemma President Obama faces as he tries to manage a thorny conflict between the Egyptian military's actions and U.S. law, which bans aid to countries where a coup has taken place. Published July 8, 2013

** FILE ** Cuban President Raul Castro (Associated Press)

Private talks hint at change in U.S.-Cuba relationship

The State Department has quietly been holding talks with a small but diverse cadre of Cuban natives in Washington — including democracy activists offering insider views of the communist island's politics — that analysts say could send shock waves through the long-standing debate about what a future U.S. policy toward Cuba should look like. Published July 4, 2013

Opponents of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi protest outside the presidential palace, in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. Egypt was on edge Tuesday following a "last-chance" ultimatum the military issued to Mohammed Morsi, giving the president and the opposition 48 hours to resolve the crisis in the country or have the army step in with its own plan. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

U.S. denies taking sides in Egyptian politics amid Morsi protests

The State Department firmly resisted taking a side in Egypt's ongoing political crisis Tuesday and rejected a new report that Obama administration officials had urged Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi to hold shock elections in the Mideast nation. Published July 2, 2013

**FILE** Iranian President-elect Hasan Rouhani speaks in a conference in Tehran on June 29, 2013. (Associated Press/Office of the President-elect)

House Democrats join Republicans in calling for tougher action on Iran

In a broad show of bipartisan support for containing the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran, all but one member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee signed a letter to President Obama on Monday calling for him to increase pressure on the Islamic republic. Published July 1, 2013

Facing Hill pressure, Obama fills State watchdog post

Under mounting pressure from lawmakers on Capitol Hill, President Obama on Thursday appointed a new inspector general for the State Department — a post that has gone unfilled for more than five years. Published June 27, 2013

**FILE** The State Department headquarters is located in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood of Washington. (Associated Press)

State Department has a dearth of diplomats to award for dissent

The association for foreign service officers has an annual award it gives to U.S. diplomats who have stood up to the powers that be at the State Department — but the organization is struggling to find anyone worthy of the honor. Published June 26, 2013

**FILE** Secretary of State John F. Kerry (Associated Press)

'Atmosphere of secrecy' pervades State Dept. office, audit finds

A key State Department bureau that manages the official face presented by the U.S. to the rest of the world is rife with management problems that have left "an atmosphere of secrecy, suspicion and uncertainty," according to a department watchdog review released Thursday. Published June 20, 2013

In this June 1, 2013, photo, a female member of the Honduras National Police takes part in a patrol with Honduras Army soldiers in a market of the John F. Kennedy neighborhood in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

Senate Democrats push Obama on human rights abuses in Honduras

Senate Democrats are calling on Secretary of State John F. Kerry to take a more careful approach toward Honduras to ensure that police and military in the Central American nation are not committing human rights abuses with U.S. aid. Published June 19, 2013

** FILE ** Cuba's Fidel Castro delivers a speech during the 50th anniversary of the Committee for the Defense of the Revolution on Sept. 28, 2010, in Havana. Mr. Castro said on Tuesday, March 22, 2011, that he resigned five years ago from all his official positions, including head of Cuba's Communist Party, a position he was thought still to hold. (AP Photo/Javier Galeano, File)

U.S.-Cuba mail talks spark speculation of wider outreach

The announcement that U.S. and Cuban officials will hold landmark talks this week toward restarting direct mail service between the two nations prompted a mix of reactions on Monday on whether the Obama administration plans a broader outreach to the Castro regime in the president’s second term. Published June 18, 2013

**FILE** A man leaves a postal office in Havana on Nov. 25, 2010. (Associated Press)

U.S., Cuban postal officials to hold landmark direct talks

The announcement that U.S. and Cuban officials will hold landmark talks this week about restarting direct mail service between the two nations prompted a mix of reactions Monday on whether the Obama administration plans a broader outreach to the Castro regime. Published June 17, 2013

**FILE** House Foreign Affairs Chairman Rep. Ed Royce, California Republican, questions Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Capitol Hill in Washington on Jan. 23, 2013, about the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Florida Republican, listens at left. (Associated Press)

Scandal at State: Congress wants answers as fight brews over leaked IG documents

The chairman of a key House committee on Thursday demanded that the State Department's office of inspector general explain passages in internal documents that refer to pressure from department higher-ups to quash investigations into suspected criminal activity — including the solicitation of prostitutes, illegal drug activity and sexual assault — by U.S. diplomatic personnel overseas. Published June 13, 2013

**FILE** Hillary Rodham Clinton (Associated Press)

Damage control: Hillary Clinton loyalists suspected of criminal cover-ups for diplomats

Congress and the State Department's inspector general are examining allegations that senior officials working under Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton may have suppressed investigations into suspected criminal activity among U.S. diplomats abroad — including the alleged solicitation of prostitutes by an ambassador in Europe. Published June 11, 2013

According to the likely 2016 presidential matchups in a Public Policy Polling survey released Wednesday, Hillary Rodham Clinton leads among Democrats with 63 percent of the votes, well ahead of Vice President Joseph R. Biden at 13 percent and a couple of other Democrats in single digits.

State Department: No cover-up for diplomats

The State Department on Monday staunchly rejected a news report that claimed high-ranking department officials had quashed several internal investigations into allegations of sexual assault, drug dealing, prostitution solicitation and other criminal activity by American diplomatic personnel overseas in recent years. Published June 10, 2013

A Turkish protester waves a national flag with a poster of the nation's founder, Kemal Ataturk, as thousands of trade union members take part in a two-day march to Kizilay Square, the main city center in Ankara. (Associated Press)

Obama administration takes a step back after Kerry's Turkey comments

The Obama administration assumed a careful posture Wednesday toward the uprisings that have engulfed cities across Turkey, where authorities are seeking to calm protests that erupted when police cracked down on demonstrators earlier this week. Published June 6, 2013

** FILE ** President Obama talks about national security on Thursday, May 23, 2013, at the National Defense University at Fort McNair in Washington. Declaring America at a "crossroads" in the fight against terrorism, the president revealed clearer guidelines for the use of deadly drone strikes, including more control by the U.S. military, while leaving key details of the controversial program secret. (Associated Press)

Obama uses executive order to expand sanctions on Iran

Amid pressure from Congress to get tougher on Iran, the White House expanded U.S. sanctions on the Islamic republic on Monday, giving broad powers to U.S. authorities to begin targeting the Iranian automotive industry — as well as those found purchasing or selling large amounts of Iranian currency in foreign banks. Published June 3, 2013

This citizen journalism image provided by Qusair Lens, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows Qusair-based activist Hadi Abdullah (right) walking on a street hit by the shelling of Hezbolllah Lebanese Shiite group and the Syrian forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad, in the town of Qusair, near the Lebanon border, Homs province, Syria, on May 31, 2013. Syrian troops attacked a convoy trying to evacuate the wounded from a central town near the border with Lebanon, killing many people, as rebel reinforcements infiltrated the besieged area to fight government forces backed by Lebanese Hezbollah fighters, activists said. (Associated Press)

Iran may be on invite list for Syria conference

The State Department confirmed Friday that U.S. officials are open to the possibility of allowing Iran to participate in an upcoming peace conference on Syria, despite the Islamic Republic's alleged support for the regime of embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad. Published May 31, 2013