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Guy Taylor

Guy Taylor

Guy Taylor is the National Security Team Leader at The Washington Times, overseeing the paper's State Department, Pentagon and intelligence community coverage. He's also a frequent guest on The McLaughlin Group and C-SPAN.

His series on political, economic and security developments in Mexico won a 2012 Virginia Press Association award.

Prior to rejoining The Times in 2011, his work was supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and the Fund For Investigative Journalism, and appeared in a variety publications, from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch to Salon, Reason, Prospect Magazine of London, the Daily Star of Beirut, the Jerusalem Post and the St. Petersburg Times. He's also served as an editor at World Politics Review, written for America's Quarterly and produced news videos and feature stories for Agence France-Presse.

Mr. Taylor is a graduate of Clark University. After a stint at States News Service, he spent five years at The Times from 2001 through 2006, first on the metro desk and later reporting from Iraq, Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe and Guantanamo Bay, in addition to pursuing special assignments throughout the U.S. He was part of a team of Times reporters who won a Society of Professional Journalists award for their coverage of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

He can be reached at [email protected].

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Secretary of State-designate Rex Tillerson will find out this week whether he will serve as the nation's top diplomat. If he is confirmed by the Senate, one of his first priorities will be implementing President Trump's controversial refugee and visa ban. (Associated Press)

Senate vote puts Tillerson on path to confirmation as secretary of state

Former Exxon Mobil chief Rex Tillerson, President Trump's pick to be secretary of state, cleared a key hurdle on Capitol Hill on Monday night as Senate Republicans easily mustered the majority needed to head off a Democratic filibuster and pave the way for his confirmation this week. Published January 30, 2017

Demonstrators hold signs and chant during a protest against President Donald Trump's executive order banning travel to the United States by citizens of several countries Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. (Jeffrey M. Smith/The Times Herald via AP)

Diplomats slam Trump's visa and refugee ban with 'dissent cable'

A draft memo circulating Monday among dozens of State Department officials and career U.S. diplomats slammed President Trump's temporary visa and refugee ban, saying it "stands in opposition" to "core American and constitutional" values." Published January 30, 2017

Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis (left) and Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, met at the Pentagon last weekend. (Associated Press)

ISIS airstrike limits in Iraq come under review; Mattis looks at Mosul

Military advisers close to Defense Secretary James N. Mattis are considering loosening the restrictions on U.S. airstrikes that the Obama administration kept in place in war against the Islamic State in Iraq, according to current and former U.S. officials. Published January 26, 2017

Speaking at the GOP retreat, British Prime Minister Theresa May echoed President Trump's criticism that U.S. allies do not pay their fair share for defense. (Associated Press)

Trump, May seek common ground in shifting landscape

The meeting of President Trump and British Prime Minister Teresa May on Friday — the first foreign leader the new U.S. president is hosting at the White House — will feature two leaders badly in need of a friend. Published January 26, 2017

Sen. Mark Warner, Virginia Democrat. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Intel committee Democrats outraged over Trump's torture comments

Democrats on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence expressed outrage Thursday over President Trump's suggestion this week that he is considering allowing of U.S. officials to restart a program that used enhanced interrogation techniques tantamount to torture against terrorism suspects. Published January 26, 2017

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte addresses troops during change-of-command ceremony at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon city, northeast of Manila, Philippines Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez) ** FILE **

The Philippines says U.S. base upgrades will proceed; EDCA deal 'still on'

The Philippines' top defense official said Thursday that the U.S. military is cleared to begin upgrading and constructing facilities in the Southeast Asian nation over the coming year -- an apparent reversal of Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte's outspoken rejection of an American troop presence there. Published January 26, 2017

As the Chinese protects claims of sovereignty in the South China Sea, the Trump administration will "send a clear signal that, first, the island-building stops and, second, [China's] access to those islands also is not going to be allowed," secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson said. (Associated Press)

Trump's change of course in Asia challenges China, Obama's pivot

The Trump administration's vow to block Beijing from seizing territory in the South China Sea has sparked outrage among Chinese leaders, and Mr. Trump's rejection of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal has prompted confusion and unease among some key U.S. allies. Published January 25, 2017

A South Korean man watches North Korean leader Kim Jong-un delivering his New Year's speech on a TV news program shown at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. North Korea's development of banned long-range missiles is in "final stages," the country's leader Kim was quoted as saying in his New Year's message. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

North Korea says ICBM test could be imminent

A senior North Korean official claims Pyongyang is capable carrying out its first ever test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile "at any time, at any place," according to a report Wednesday. Published January 25, 2017

Former Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari advises critics of President Trump to give his foreign policy a chance. (Associated Press)

Pakistan's former president urges Trump to send envoy to region

President Trump should quickly appoint a high-level envoy to South Asia to underscore U.S. leadership in the region and seize an opportunity missed by the Obama administration to coordinate a top-level response to the regional terrorist threat, said former Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari. Published January 23, 2017

Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, said he can't support the bill without a bigger tax break for poor families with children. (Associated Press/File)

Marco Rubio to vote for Rex Tillerson as secretary of state

Sen. Marco Rubio said Monday that he will support former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson's to be Secretary of State, likely paving the way toward confirmation of President Trump's nominee after two other key Republican senators threw their weight behind him over the weekend. Published January 23, 2017

President Donald Trump speaks after being sworn in as the 45th president of the United States during the 58th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump inaugural speech makes international waves

President Donald J. Trump's inaugural address, in which he warned "every city in every foreign capital" to heed the message that "from this day forward, it's going to be only America first," triggered a range of reactions among international observers Friday. Published January 20, 2017

Donald Trump has been compared to Russian President Vladimir Putin and French nationalist Marine Le Pen. (Associated Press/File)

Donald Trump's grand entrance on global stage rattles nerves around world

While Donald Trump's supporters say he's going to make America great again, domestically and internationally, there is little question that the incoming president's penchant for incendiary rhetoric and unpredictable policy swerves have unsettled audiences around the globe. Published January 19, 2017

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speaks during his news conference in Moscow, Russia, on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. Moscow hopes for better ties with the United State based on respect for mutual interests once Donald Trump takes office, in contrast with a "messianic" approach of the outgoing administration that has ravaged ties, Russian foreign minister said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

Moscow claims U.S. spies planted $10,000 in Russian diplomat's car

Russia's foreign minister says U.S. intelligence agencies were so desperate to recruit Russian spies in Washington last year that American officials planted $10,000 in cash inside a Russian diplomat's car, along with a letter asking the official to work with the U.S. government. Published January 17, 2017

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a joint news conference as part of a meeting with the Prime Minister of New Zealand Bill English, at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Monday, Jan. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Trump's NATO, EU comments spark fury, fear across Europe

Europe's leading powers responded angrily Monday to President-elect Donald Trump's comments published over the weekend that NATO is "obsolete" and that NATO's European members are failing to pay their fair share to the alliance's budget. Published January 16, 2017

CIA Director-designate Rep. Michael Pompeo, Kansas Republican, told the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence that he would not authorize the CIA to reinstate use of now-illegal "enhanced interrogation" techniques, which critics denounce as torture. (Associated Press)

Mike Pompeo promises an apolitical CIA, rejects torture

After a period of extraordinary tension between President-elect Donald Trump and the nation's intelligence community, the president-elect's pick to run the CIA vowed Thursday to uphold the morale of America's career spies and said solid, unbiased intelligence is the "lifeblood" of national security that is "more in demand than ever." Published January 13, 2017

CIA Director-designate Rep. Michael Pompeo, R-Kan, accompanied by former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Mike Pompeo says CIA won't restart torture on his watch

President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to head the CIA said Thursday that he won't push for the agency to use so-called "enhanced interrogation" techniques, such as waterboarding, against terror suspects. Published January 12, 2017

CIA Director-designate Rep. Michael Pompeo, R-Kan. is sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2017, prior to testifying at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Mike Pompeo says intel is 'lifeblood' of national security

In a break from weeks of friction between President-elect Donald Trump and the Obama administration's outgoing intelligence community chiefs, Mr. Trump's nominee to head the CIA said Thursday that intelligence is the "lifeblood" of U.S. national security and "is more in demand than ever." Published January 12, 2017

Lights go out at Pompeo CIA hearing

The confirmation hearing for President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to head the CIA was abruptly halted by a power outage just as it was getting under way Thursday morning on Capitol Hill. Published January 12, 2017

Secretary of State-designate Rex Tillerson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Rex Tillerson takes tough line on Russian hacking in tense hearing

Former ExxonMobil chief Rex Tillerson, President-elect Donald Trump's choice for secretary of state, took a tough line on Russian hacking, praised Mexican immigrants and acknowledged the problem posed by global climate change -- drawing repeated accolades from Democrats during his Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday, but setting up some potentially awkward moments with his future boss. Published January 11, 2017