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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

**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

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney campaigns in front of The Golden Lamb Inn and Restaurant in Lebanon, Ohio, on Oct. 13, 2012. (Associated Press)

Romney will channel Reagan on world affairs in debate

When Mitt Romney faces off against President Obama on Tuesday night in the first of their debates to involve foreign policy, the Republican challenger will take a page from Ronald Reagan's playbook by attempting to portray the Democratic incumbent as the second coming of President Carter, and himself as the champion of the Gipper's "peace through strength" mantra. Published October 14, 2012

** FILE ** A Libyan man investigates the inside of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi after the attack that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. (Associated Press)

State Department changes account of Benghazi attack

Senior officials at the State Department on Tuesday night presented a greatly revised account of the events surrounding the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on a U.S. consulate in Libya, abandoning earlier assertions that the assault had grown out of a protests against an anti-Islam film. Published October 9, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney shakes hands Oct. 8, 2012, during a campaign rally in Newport News, Va. (Associated Press)

Romney lays out policies for foes and friends of America

Mitt Romney vowed Monday to "recommit" the United States to a two-state solution between the Israelis and Palestinians, to put "clear conditions" on U.S. assistance to Egypt and to ensure Syrian opponents get access to needed weapons as he sought to define key foreign policy differences with President Obama. Published October 8, 2012

Maine's Democratic U.S. Senate candidate, Cynthia Dill, speaks to teacher Ted Jordan's high school government class Tuesday in Cape Elizabeth. (Associated Press)

In Maine's 
3-way Senate 
race, party 
lines blurred

Sen. Olympia J. Snowe's decision to retire this year, citing "polarization" in Washington, shocked Maine voters and set off a crazy scramble between would-be successors — including a fellow Republican who is feuding with Mrs. Snowe, an independent former governor who vows to try to work with both parties and a Democrat whose own party doesn't particularly want to see her do well. Published October 7, 2012

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez smiles Oct. 3, 2012, during a campaign rally in Valencia, Venezuela. Chavez is running for re-election against opposition candidate Henrique Capriles in presidential elections on Oct. 7. (Associated Press)

Chavez faces strongest challenge this weekend

With Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez facing the most serious re-election challenge of his 14-year reign, international observers are bracing for the possibility of social unrest if the outcome is close when voters go to the polls Sunday. Published October 4, 2012

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly Cabinet meeting at the prime minister's office in Jerusalem on Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Abir Sultan, Pool)

Obama ducks meeting with 'Bibi'; Clinton to meet with Israel's Netanyahu

The State Department confirmed late Wednesday that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will meet in New York on Thursday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after he delivers a speech to the U.N. General Assembly likely to focus heavily on the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran. Published September 27, 2012

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to the media in Ankara, Turkey, Friday, Sept. 21, 2012. (AP Photo)

Muslim-led nations seek global ban on insults of Muhammad

As the U.N. General Assembly convenes this week in New York, several leaders of mostly Muslim nations are suggesting that the world body consider sanctions on blasphemy, amid widespread protests against an amateur movie that denigrates Islam's Prophet Muhammad. Published September 24, 2012

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney gets ready to board his campaign plane in Los Angeles, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Events abroad create opening for Romney

From the killing of an ambassador to precipitous new brinkmanship in Asia and friction between U.S. and Israeli leaders over Iran, the past month has many asking whether the presidential election has suddenly entered a home stretch in which national security and foreign policy play as big a role as the economy. Published September 23, 2012

Congress riled about account of Libya attack

A brewing conflict between Congress and the Obama administration broke into the open Thursday as several lawmakers were critical about a briefing on the Sept. 11 anniversary attack on U.S. diplomats in Libya, which the administration had said was a spontaneous response to an anti-Islam video. Published September 20, 2012

Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (left), Connecticut independent, takes his seat as FBI Associate Deputy Director Kevin Perkins (center) and National Counterterrorism Center Director Matthew G. Olsen arrive to testify on homeland threats and agency responses in front of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Libya killings said to be 'terrorist attack'

The Obama administration for the first time Wednesday acknowledged that last week's assault on the U.S. Consulate in Libya was a "terrorist attack," as lawmakers on Capitol Hill raised questions about security at the consulate and asserted that the attack should have been anticipated by intelligence and counterterrorism agencies. Published September 19, 2012