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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

Rep. Michael T. McCaul, Texas Republican and chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, wants an independent review to follow up on Homeland Security's investigation into the lapses that allowed White House fence jumper Omar Gonzalez to enter the White House (Associated Press).

Poor Secret Service training allowed fence jumper: report

A review by the Department of Homeland Security found failures in training, communications and decision-making by the Secret Service that allowed a White House fence jumper to enter the Executive Mansion. Published November 13, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder speaks during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, with Italy's Minister of Justice Andrea Orlando, and Dimitris Avramopoulos, EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs, and Citizenship, after their meeting. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Justice Dept. to send more counterterrorism advisers overseas

The Justice Department is strengthening its overseas counterterrorism program, including sending a high-level prosecutor to the Balkans region to help coordinate efforts to prevent foreign fighters from joining terrorist groups, the agency said Thursday. Published November 13, 2014

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has called upon the residents of Ferguson, and all Missourians, to maintain public calm in the wake of whatever are the grand jury's findings in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson. The governor has further asked that those who wish to protest the announcement do so peacefully. (Associated Press)

Ferguson on edge ahead of grand jury's findings in Brown case

Residents of Ferguson, Missouri, remained on edge Tuesday as they awaited the findings of a grand jury investigation that will determine whether to charge a white police officer with murder for shooting an unarmed black teen on the streets of the St. Louis suburb. Published November 11, 2014

President Obama. (Associated Press)

President embraces net neutrality

President Obama on Monday endorsed an aggressive federal role in setting traffic rules for the Internet, sparking sharp criticism from congressional Republicans and leading telecommunications firms that his embrace of "net neutrality" will stifle innovation and investment to improve the Web. Published November 10, 2014

Ms. Lynch is a tough prosecutor, more lawyer and prosecutor than politician, and thus very different from the man she is to replace. (Associated Press)

Obama's delay for AG nominee likely to send Lynch confirmation to GOP Senate

The Senate's top Republicans said this weekend that confirming President Obama's late-season attorney general nominee, Loretta Lynch, should be put off until next year when Republicans have control of the chamber, setting up the first lame-duck power struggle with a politically damaged president. Published November 9, 2014

FBI Director James Comey says an agent impersonated an Associated Press reporter during a 2007 criminal investigation, a ruse the news organization says could undermine its credibility. (Associated Press)

Child sex trafficking still prevalent in U.S.

Jen Spry was 8 when a man moved in a few houses down from her family. He soon became a part of her daily routine. After school, she was expected to go to "work," then be back home in time for dinner. Published November 6, 2014

An election worker lays out "I Voted" stickers for voters after they complete their ballots, inside a polling center at the Boulder County Clerk and Recorder's office, in Boulder, Colo., on Election Day, Tuesday Nov. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Justice Department says it is closely monitoring elections

On the day of a midterm election that is expected to change the balance of power in Congress, the Justice Department said it is closely monitoring any reports of voter discrimination that could be used to keep people away from the polls. Published November 4, 2014

Zoe Buck, a 14-month-old child, checks out an empty voting booth as at her mother, Julie Buck, votes at left, Tuesday Nov. 4, 2014, at the Alaska Zoo polling place in Anchorage, Alaska. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Polling booths see glitches but no catastrophes

Once again, it was a less-than-perfect day for America's electoral infrastructure, with sporadic reports of broken machines, ballot misprints, confusing rules and long lines. Published November 4, 2014