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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

Articles by Alex Swoyer

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (right) believes President Trump will break from former President Barack Obama's fondness for legislating from the executive. Mr. Paxton, a Republican, decried what he called Mr. Obama's "post-constitutional" use of the executive. (Associated Press)

Texas AG: Trump will return states' powers

Texas led the charge in challenging President Barack Obama's expansion of executive powers, but Attorney General Ken Paxton says he expects that to change under President Trump, who he said appears ready to leave far more discretion in the hands of states. Published March 8, 2017

Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch is making the rounds on Capitol Hill and meeting with senators. (Associated Press)

Liberals threaten Democrats over support for Gorsuch

Liberal activists are increasingly upset at what they see as too little opposition to President Trump's Supreme Court nominee and are even threatening to run primary challengers against Democrats in the Senate who end up supporting Judge Neil Gorsuch. Published March 7, 2017

Senate Judiciary Committee members, Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., right, with Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., listen as Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, comments on updated clarification by Attorney General Jeff Sessions about his confirmation hearing testimony and his acknowledgment of having spoken with the Russian ambassador, Tuesday, March 7, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Franken: Sessions' letter 'ridiculous and contradictory'

Sen. Al Franken said Tuesday it's difficult to come up with any conclusion other than that Attorney General Jeff Sessions committed perjury when he failed to disclose during confirmation hearings he'd met with the ambassador to Russia. Published March 7, 2017

Sen. Michael F. Bennet, Colorado Democrat, has been a large proponent of using the GOP's so-called "war on women" to raise funds to get Republicans out of office, but the party has since won the Senate and now the presidency despite such rhetoric. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Colorado senator facing pressure to back home-state Neil Gorsuch

Sen. Michael Bennet, Colorado Democrat, is facing increasing pressure to support home-state Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, as Republicans try to build support for the nomination among Democrats one-by-one. Published March 5, 2017

Supreme Court Justice nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch listed two religious liberty rulings among his top 10 on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and was quoted by Justice Sonia Sotomayor in a 2015 opinion. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Neil Gorsuch's work under scrutiny by advocacy groups, senators

Judge Neil Gorsuch's time in the Justice Department is coming under increasing scrutiny, with senior senators and advocacy groups demanding access to his work as principal deputy associated attorney general before the Judiciary Committee takes action on his nomination to the Supreme Court. Published February 28, 2017

Supporters shout down a protester as President Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Gorsuch nomination brings conservatives closer to Trump

The U.S. Supreme Court is proving to be a bonding agent between President Trump and conservatives, who despite their misgivings during the campaign say his pick of Judge Neil Gorsuch to join the high court has set the tone for this administration. Published February 26, 2017

White House strategist Stephen K. Bannon is former chief at Breitbart News, an outlet for alt-right debate, making the links harder to break. (Associated Press)

CPAC expels 'alt-right' leader, declares war on movement

Conservative leaders declared war on the ethno-nationalist "alt-right" Thursday, tossing one of that movement's top figures out of the Conservative Political Action Conference, saying they don't want their causes tainted by racist, sexist or anti-Semitic messages. Published February 23, 2017

Supreme Court Justice nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch listed two religious liberty rulings among his top 10 on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and was quoted by Justice Sonia Sotomayor in a 2015 opinion. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Gorsuch Supreme Court fight shifts to the states

With senators back home this week, the fight over Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch has shifted to the states, where conservative activists are hoping to make red-state Democrats feel the heat. Published February 23, 2017

Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch meets with Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del. on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Gorsuch confirmation hearing set for March 20

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch will face senators for his confirmation hearing on March 21, the Judiciary Committee announced Thursday, giving lawmakers a chance to question him ahead of their planned Easter vacation. Published February 16, 2017

President Trump publicly took issue with several federal judges, which his Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch, called "disheartening" and "demoralizing." (Associated Press)

Trump insists Democrats twisting Gorsuch's critique of president

President Trump stood by his criticism of federal courts Thursday but also remains pleased with his pick to the Supreme Court, insisting that Democrats are twisting the words of Judge Neil Gorsuch to undermine his nomination. Published February 9, 2017