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Jeff Mordock

Jeff Mordock is the Justice Department reporter for The Washington Times. A native of Newtown, Pennsylvania, he previously worked for Gannett and has won awards from both the Delaware Press Association and the Maryland Delaware D.C. Press Association. He is a graduate of George Washington University and can be reached at

Articles by Jeff Mordock

Overall, the government received a record 789,000 requests last fiscal year but processed only about 760,000, according to the Department of Justice. (Associated Press/File)

FOIA requests drawn out for decades

The federal Freedom of Information Act was supposed to give the public relatively quick and easy access to the very government documents their taxes paid for -- but the system is increasingly broken, with some agencies still working on requests filed some 20 years ago. Published January 2, 2018

Williama Bozeman was stunned was stunned when the government's central bank in 2017 went to war with him "out of nowhere" by filing a federal lawsuit and two challenges to his patents with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. (Associated Press/File)

William Bozeman, Federal Reserve in patent fight over fraud detection software

William Bozeman, an independent inventor with a colorful history, says he used to have a good relationship with the Federal Reserve System and even helped improve its fraud detection efforts. So he was stunned when the government's central bank went to war with him "out of nowhere" by filing a federal lawsuit and two challenges to his patents with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Published December 28, 2017

This Dec. 11, 2017 image released by ABC shows host Jimmy Kimmel with his son Billy on the set of "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" Kimmel held his baby son as he returned to his late-night show after a week off for the boy's heart surgery. Kimmel kept up his ardent advocacy Monday night, urging Congress to restore the Children's Health Insurance Program, which has been left unfunded and stuck in a political stalemate since September. (Randy Holmes/ABC via AP)

Conservatives banished from comedy industry

Conservatives who work in comedy say they have been ridiculed for their views, but since the election of President Trump, they have become pariahs. Published December 24, 2017

The Nittany Lion statute at the Penn State Hazleton Campus in Hazleton Pa., is covered in snow Friday Jan. 23, 2015.  The National Weather Service says a messy mix of rain, snow and sleet is bearing down on the Northeast for the first significant winter storm of the season to affect the Interstate 95 corridor. (AP Photo/Hazleton Standard-Speaker, Eric Conover)

Laura Loomer to protest Penn State’s handling of threats

A conservative journalist will stage a protest at Pennsylvania State University on Tuesday, saying the school has refused to expel a Muslim student who threatened her and who praised the 2001 terrorist attacks. Published December 11, 2017

By forcing CVS into the largest merger announced this year, Amazon is showing its might, analysts say. (Associated Press/File)

Aetna-CVS deal shows Amazon’s might

CVS Health Corp.'s $69 billion bid for Aetna Inc., marking the first time a large pharmacy chain has merged with a major health insurer, is seen as a direct result of Amazon's plan to enter the prescription drug market. Published December 4, 2017

Hamilton County residents overwhelmingly voted for a half-percent sales tax increase and municipal bonds to pay for Paul Brown Stadium to keep the Bengals from leaving Cincinnati, but the deal hasn't been good for taxpayers. (Associated Press/File)

NFL stadiums cost taxpayers billions of dollars

Municipalities across the country have funneled billions of dollars from taxpayers to wealthy NFL owners for stadiums. Those same venues now have taken center stage for the NFL players' kneel-down protests of the national anthem. The players say they have a right to express their anger toward racism in the U.S. Published November 22, 2017

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, right, helps Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank cut the ribbon for the opening of the new Mercedes-Benz stadium before the first of an NFL football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

NFL fights tax cut bill with no stadium bond breaks

The NFL has come out against House Republicans' tax cut bill, putting the league out on a political limb even as it deals with the fallout from national anthem protests. Published November 16, 2017

Inventors: Patent office favors Big Tech

Fed up with what he perceived as bureaucracy run amok at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Paul Morinville staged a striking protest this summer, with inventors marching on the agency's Alexandria headquarters, holding signs and burning their patents. Published November 9, 2017

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a memo to team presidents saying the league needs to move past the controversy over national anthem protests. President Trump had taken issue with billions of taxpayer dollars that have subsidized the construction of professional sports stadiums. (Associated Press)

Donald Trump threatens NFL stadium tax breaks

President Trump escalated his battle with pro football players protesting the national anthem by urging the government Tuesday to end use of tax-exempt municipal bonds used to build or renovate National Football League stadiums. Published October 10, 2017

In this May 16, 2012, file photo, the Facebook logo is displayed on an iPad in Philadelphia. Russia's communications watchdog has threatened to block access to Facebook next year if the company does not store its data locally. Alexander Zharov, chief of the Federal Communications Agency, told Russian news agencies on Tuesday Sept. 26, 2017, that they will work to "make Facebook comply with the law" on personal data which obliges foreign companies to store it in Russia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Russian Facebook ads: 70 million people may have seen them

Facebook estimates 10 million Americans saw the advertisements that Russian groups purchased to try to influence the presidential election last year, but analysts said that undersells the reach of the ads, which may have been seen by as many as 70 million. Published October 4, 2017

Minnesota Vikings who protest the national anthem are "spitting in the face of the people" who helped finance their new $500 million stadium, said state Rep. Steve Drazkowski, a Republican. (Associated Press/File)

NFL players’ protests risk stadium funding

American taxpayers shelled out billions of dollars to build the stadiums that National Football League players are now using to stage their kneel-down protests of the national anthem. Published September 28, 2017