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Alex Swoyer

Alex Swoyer

Originally from Texas, Alex Swoyer left the Lone Star State to attend the Missouri School of Journalism where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism with an emphasis in broadcast.

She has experience covering stories in the mid-Missouri, Houston and southwest Florida areas where she worked at local affiliate TV stations and received a First Place Mark of Excellence Award from the Society of Professional Journalists.

After graduating from law school in Florida, she decided to leave the courtroom and return to the newsroom as a legal affairs reporter for The Washington Times. She can be reached by email at [email protected].

Articles by Alex Swoyer

Senate Judiciary Committee member Ben Sasse, Nebraska Republican. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Lawmakers clash over American Bar Association's role in rating judges

The American Bar Association said Wednesday it didn't ask one of President Trump's judicial nominees about his personal opinions on abortion, saying the ABA's negative evaluation of him was instead based on peers who doubted he could leave his politics behind if he becomes a federal judge. Published November 15, 2017

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican (Associated Press) **FILE**

'Blue slips' won't spike Trump's judicial picks: Grassley

Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley signaled this week he won't adhere to a strict "blue-slip" policy for judicial nominees, clearing the path for Republicans to install some of President Trump's picks over the objections of home-state Democrats. Published November 14, 2017

Hillary Clinton at the Geisinger's National Healthcare Symposium in Danville, Pa., Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Federal judge tosses suit, says FBI did all it could on Clinton emails

A federal judge tossed a lawsuit Thursday that would have pushed the State Department and FBI to do more to try to track down Hillary Clinton's emails, ruling the government has done all it reasonably could to locate the former secretary of state's messages. Published November 9, 2017

Gregory Katsas, depicted here in a 2012 photo from a Federalist Society event hosted at Georgetown Law, was nominated by President Donald Trump to an opening on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Sept. 7, 2017. (Georgetown Law) [https://www.law.georgetown.edu/academics/centers-institutes/constitution/events/archive/index.cfm]

Trump lawyer moves closer to becoming a circuit judge

The Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to approve Greg Katsas, one of President Trump's White House lawyers, for a spot on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., overcoming complaints from Democrats who said they feared putting a Trump ally on the court that decides many big federal law cases. Published November 9, 2017

A bill co-sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte, Virginia Republican, would require federal agents to get court permission to use data obtained via snooping in a criminal case. (Associated Press)

Bipartisan bill seeks to limit foreign snooping powers

Top House Republicans and Democrats joined forces Wednesday to demand major restrictions on the country's chief foreign intelligence communications snooping law, clearing a bill in the Judiciary Committee that would require federal agents to get a court's permission if they want to use information in a criminal probe. Published November 8, 2017

Activists with Planned Parenthood demonstrate in support of a pregnant 17-year-old being held in a Texas facility for unaccompanied immigrant children to obtain an abortion, outside of the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, Friday, Oct. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

DOJ petitions Supreme Court, accuses ACLU of lying in illegal minor's abortion case

The Justice Department accused the ACLU of lying in a federal court case about the timing of an illegal immigrant girl's abortion, and asked the Supreme Court to take the case and overturn a decision that critics say creates a constitutional right for illegal immigrants to have abortions in the U.S. Published November 3, 2017

Colorado Supreme Court Justice Allison Eid was confirmed on a 56-41 vote Thursday for a seat on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Many more judicial nominees await confirmation votes. (Associated Press/File)

At current pace, Democrats can draw out debate for 8 weeks on Trump's circuit court nominees

The Senate spent this entire week confirming just five of President Trump's circuit court picks. At that rate, it would take nearly eight weeks of working every day and doing nothing else — no tax overhaul, no year-end spending bills, no debt increase, no Children's Health Insurance Program extension — to confirm the 47 other judicial nominees the president has pending. Published November 2, 2017