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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

Articles by Maggie Ybarra

Democrats were gleeful when Republicans Chris Christie and Rand Paul got tangled this week in the debate over the Disneyland measles outbreak, until similar words from the pasts of President Obama and 2016 front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton came out. (Associated Press)

Obama's State Department repeatedly ignores open government laws

The State Department has been dismissing about half of the requests it receives for information under open government laws - a pattern of rejection that members of the Senate Judiciary Committee described on Wednesday as unacceptable and embarrassing. Published May 6, 2015

State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby faces challenges in prosecuting the police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray. (Associated Press)

Lawyers see possible reductions of charges for officers in death of Gray

Baltimore lawyers say that charges against the six police officers accused of injuring and killing Freddie Gray could be reduced as the cops' attorneys scour for ways to protect them from a potentially unfair city court trial or the scrutiny of a biased grand jury. Published May 4, 2015

David Manigault chants while marching toward City Hall to protest the police-custody death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore. Police say they have turned over their criminal investigation to a prosecutor who will decide whether charges are warranted. (Associated Press)

Baltimore quiet as autopsy information a trickle

Baltimore officials pleaded for patience and calm as angry demonstrators demanded answers Thursday amid new revelations about a black man who suffered fatal injuries while in police custody. Published April 30, 2015

Victor Huntley-el thanks law enforcement officers as they stand guard, Tuesday, April 28, 2015, in Baltimore, in the aftermath of rioting following Monday's funeral for Freddie Gray, who died in police custody. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Baltimore starts to pick up the pieces in aftermath of massive riots

Baltimore's residents gathered Tuesday in the part of the city hit hardest by the riots and began the slow process of cleaning up after disgruntled citizens and opportunists set fire Monday to cop cars and vandalized stores in the hours following Freddie Gray's funeral. Published April 28, 2015

A man throws a brick at police Monday, April 27, 2015, following the funeral of Freddie Gray in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Authorities warn officers of widespread backlash, spread of violence

Law enforcement intelligence officials have put out a warning that someone has sent a text calling on people to kill "all white police officers" in reaction to the death of Freddie Gray while in Baltimore police custody, raising fears violence could spread nationally, according to safety memos obtained by The Washington Times. Published April 27, 2015

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican, has been joined by other lawmakers from both sides of the aisle, as well as libertarians and the billionaire Koch brothers, in calling for reform to the criminal justice system. (Associated Press)

Odd bedfellows: Grassley joins Holder, Kochs, ACLU on sentencing reform

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley on Monday said he supported looking into sentencing reform, joining former Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., libertarian-leaning senators such as Rand Paul, the White House and the billionaire Koch brothers, in a political odd-fellow effort to reform the criminal justice system. Published April 27, 2015

A man throws a brick at police Monday following the funeral of Freddie Gray in Baltimore. (Associated Press)

Intel report warns gang attacks on white cops could spread nationally

Law enforcement intelligence officials have put out a warning that someone has sent a text calling on people to kill "all white police officers" in reaction to the death of Freddie Gray while in Baltimore police custody, raising fears violence could spread nationally, according to safety memos obtained by The Washington Times. Published April 27, 2015

Friends and family of Freddie Gray gather around his casket before his funeral, Monday, April 27, 2015, at New Shiloh Baptist Church in Baltimore. Gray died from spinal injuries about a week after he was arrested and transported in a Baltimore Police Department van. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Baltimore officials call for peace ahead of Gray funeral

Hundreds of mourners are expected to pay their respects to a man who died after sustaining serious injuries while in police custody at his funeral Monday in northwest Baltimore, as city and state officials appealed to demonstrators to peacefully seek justice instead of committing acts of violence. Published April 27, 2015

Texas facility for criminal aliens found to be in disarray

Reeves County Detention Center, which houses about 2,407 criminal aliens — the majority for border-crossing — is being mismanaged, according to an inspector general report that cited staffing concerns, the use of solitary confinement and wasted federal spending. Published April 23, 2015

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2015 file photo, Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Barack Obama on Friday said it was "crazy" and "embarrassing" the way the Republican-led Senate has held up confirmation of his attorney general nominee, Loretta Lynch. "What are we doing here?" Obama said. "I have to say there are times when the dysfunction in the Senate just goes too far. This is an example of it. It's gone too far. Enough. Enough. "Call Loretta Lynch for a vote," he said emphatically. "Get her confirmed."  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Black men swarm Capitol to garner support AG nominee Loretta Lynch

A group of black men that support Loretta Lynch, the attorney general nominee who's confirmation has been stalled in the Senate, flooded the hallways of the U.S. Capitol Wednesday to track down senators of states with large black populations who remained undecided on her nomination. Published April 22, 2015

A police officer ties police tape to a handrail. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Majority of police force quits after Missouri town elects first black mayor

Most of the police force and several city officials quit their post in the tiny Missouri town of Parma last week after the city elected its first black mayor, leaving the mayor struggling to understand whether the mass resignation was tied to the divisive racial issues that have racked the state or the signs of a corruption ring. Published April 21, 2015

Demonstrators protest the death of Freddie Gray outside Baltimore City Hall on Monday, April 20, 2015. Gray died Sunday, a week after he was rushed to the hospital with spinal injuries following an encounter with four Baltimore police officers. (AP Photo/David Dishneau)

Baltimore man dies from injuries sustained during arrest

A Baltimore man died Sunday from injuries sustained while in the custody of police suffered "a very tragic injury to his spinal cord," Baltimore Deputy Police Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez said during a press conference Monday. Published April 20, 2015

Baltimore's murder clearance rate currently stands at 53.7 percent, according to Baltimore Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin Davis, even lower than the national average. (Associated Press)

Cops nationwide struggle to solve murders, as case clearance rate drops to 64 percent

The national homicide "clearance rate" — that is, local police identifying and arresting killers — has slipped to 64.1 percent from more than 90 percent just 50 years ago amid shrinking budgets, higher closure standards and more crimes being committed by gangs and drug dealers who may have no local footprint and/or encourage a "no-snitch" mentality. Published April 19, 2015

Even if the U.S. and other world powers can settle on the delicate final terms of a nuclear deal with Tehran, there's still a big chance Iranian hard-liners will pressure Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to reject the accord. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

4 firms accused of illegally exporting military technology to Iran

The federal government is accusing four companies — one of them based in Houston — and five individuals with illegally exporting technology to Iran that would support military systems, such as naval vessels, radar arrays and air defense technology. Published April 17, 2015