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Maggie Ybarra

Maggie Ybarra

Maggie Ybarra is military affairs and Pentagon correspondent for The Washington Times. She can be reached at mybarra@washingtontimes.com.

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FILE - In this June 10, 2015, file photo, Coast Guard Vice Commandant Peter Neffenger testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing on his nomination to head the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

TSA administrator to address security failures by September

Newly confirmed Transportation Security Administration Administrator Peter Neffenger told lawmakers Wednesday that he plans to retrain security officials on how to identify and avoid some of the systemic problems that have plagued the federal agency, such as failing to spot weapons and neglecting to properly vet employees for terrorist ties. Published July 29, 2015

A firearm and 154 pounds of heroin worth at least $50 million are displayed at a Drug Enforcement Administration news conference, Tuesday, May 19, 2015 in New York. The DEA called the heroin seizure its largest ever in New York state. Officials said on Tuesday that most of the drugs were found in an SUV in the Bronx following a wiretap investigation. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Heroin influx, overdose spike alarm U.S. gov't

An alarming increase in the amount of heroin trafficked into the United States has government officials and lawmakers looking for ways to reduce the influx of the drugs and the number of fatal overdoses they say are akin to "a public health care crisis." Published July 28, 2015

Rep. Peter King, New York Republican (Associated Press) **FILE**

House homeland chair wants tougher punishment for ambush attacks

Rep. Peter King, chair of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, wants to amend federal sentencing guidelines so that anyone who ambushes a police officer, state law enforcement officer or federal agent faces extra jail time and stiffer fines. Published July 27, 2015

In a speech last week outlining her economic agenda, Hillary Rodham Clinton vowed that, if elected president, she would crack down on Wall Street and more vigorously pursue criminal charges against corporate titans who break the law. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Hillary Clinton email account had classified info: IG

Some of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's emails had classified information in them, though they weren't specifically labeled classified at the time, and at least one of those emails has already been put out in public by the department, its inspector general has concluded. Published July 24, 2015

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U.S. weighs training Nigerian forces for terror fight

On the heels of President Obama's meeting with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, the U.S. may be looking to help train Nigerian law enforcement officials to fight Boko Haram, Islamic State and other extremist organizations in the region, analysts say. Published July 21, 2015

A car tangled in fencing sits parked just inside the gate at the Naval Operational Support Center and Marine Reserve Center where a gunman opened fire Thursday killing four U.S. Marines Friday, July 17, 2015, in Chattanooga, Tenn. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Authorities to comb through Tenn. shooter's computer, cellphone

Federal authorities have obtained computer and cellphone devices belonging to the 24-year-old man who shot and killed four Marines in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul said Friday. Published July 17, 2015

A sign and a flag is placed at a make-shift memorial outside a military recruiting center on Friday, July 17, 2015, in Chattanooga, Tenn. Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez of Hixson, Tenn.,  attacked two military facilities on Thursday, in a shooting rampage that killed four Marines. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Federal authorities search for terror ties in Chattanooga shootings

Federal authorities said Friday they have chased 70 individual leads in their effort to dig into the personal history of Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, a 24-year-old man who had spent time overseas prior to shooting and killing four Marines at two separate military centers in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Published July 17, 2015

House Homeland Security Chairman Rep. Mike McCaul. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Homeland Security panel passes bill creating one anti-terror office

A key House panel passed legislation Wednesday that calls for the Homeland Security Department to create an office focused solely on countering violent extremism out of concern that the fractured program cannot effectively deter terror events from occurring within the U.S. Published July 15, 2015

The Department of Justice headquarters building in Washington is seen here on May 14, 2013. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Retired military officials indicted in large-scale bribery scheme

Four retired Army National Guard colonels have been indicted in connection to a large-scale bribery scheme that involved funneling payments to high-ranking military accomplices in an effort to obtain lucrative marketing contracts. Published July 15, 2015

Twenty-four people have been killed in Baltimore in July, according to The Baltimore Sun. That puts the city's homicide tally this month on course to exceed the 42 people killed in May, Baltimore's highest murder rate for a single month since 1990. (Associated Press)

Baltimore joins forces with feds to curb crime

BALTIMORE -- Nine people have been killed here since Friday, including two who were gunned down Monday, raising Baltimore's homicide toll to 168 this year and adding to the pervasive sense that violent crime is extinguishing the charm of this city by the bay. Published July 13, 2015