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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

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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 ** 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

** 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

Protesters march in the street as lightning flashes in the distance in Ferguson, Mo. on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. On Aug. 9, 2014, a white police officer fatally shot Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year old, in the St. Louis suburb. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Eric Holder: The truth will come out about Ferguson

Saying that few things have affected him as greatly as his visit to Ferguson, Missouri, Attorney General Eric Holder expressed his sympathy for everyone involved in the deadly shooting which has disrupted life in the town. Published August 21, 2014

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. announces a $16.65 billion settlement with Bank of America over the sale of toxic mortgage-backed securities. (Associated Press)

Bank of America looks ahead after levied $16 billion fine

Bank of America's top executive said Thursday he hoped a record-setting $16.65 billion penalty officially announced by the Justice Department over the sales of bad mortgages and securities ahead of the 2008 financial global panic will remove a major cloud from the Charlotte, North Carolina-based bank's future. Published August 21, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder arrives on US Military aircraft at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport in St. Louis, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. Holder is traveling to Ferguson, Mo., to oversee the federal government's investigation into the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a police officer on Aug. 9th. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Pool)

Eric Holder hopes to have a 'calming influence' in racially charged Ferguson

Calling trust in law enforcement "all-important, but ... fragile," U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said Wednesday that the people of Ferguson, Missouri, need to "have confidence" in the Justice Department during its investigation of the shooting of black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer, an incident that set off riots and protests and drew the nation's top law enforcement officer to the still-tense St. Louis suburb. Published August 20, 2014