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Phillip Swarts

Phillip Swarts

Phillip Swarts is an investigative reporter for The Washington Times, covering fiscal waste, fraud and political ethics. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and previously worked as an investigative reporter for the Washington Guardian. Phillip can be reached at

Articles by Phillip Swarts

Christina Bijou, from Greenbelt, Maryland, rallies outside the Department of Justice to call on the Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to help secure justice for Michael Brown. (Alex Brandon)

Michael Brown supporters rally in D.C., demand action from Justice

Echoing the "Hands up, don't shoot!" cry of protesters in Ferguson, protesters gathered outside the Justice Department in the District to demand the agency take action in response to the shooting of unarmed Missouri teenager Michael Brown. Published August 27, 2014

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan (

Afghanistan embassy gets high marks in review

Despite working in one of the most dangerous areas the State Department operates in, the ambassador and staff of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul received high marks from inspectors who said they were "favorably impressed" by the diplomatic team. Published August 26, 2014

** FILE ** U.S. President Ronald Reagan, left, and Vice President George Bush go horseback riding at Camp David, Md., July 1981. (Associated Press)

Best presidential vacation spots

For many presidents, vacations have allowed them to get away from the political craziness of the Beltway. President Barack Obama has said that his many golf trips help him to clear his head, but he's not the first Commander-in-Chief who's wanted to take a break from life in Washington. Published August 23, 2014

** FILE ** Islamist fighters battle near Tripoli International Airport. (Associated Press)

Libya: Islamist militias capture Tripoli airport

Islamist fighters in Libya have captured Tripoli's major airport, wresting control away from nationalists who have controlled it since the fall of Mommar Gaddafi, international news sites reported Saturday. Published August 23, 2014