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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 [email protected].

Articles by Phillip Swarts

President Barack Obama gives his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015.Vice Presient Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio listen.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Obama may find Republican consensus with proposal on cybersecurity

President Obama's proposals on fixing the nation's lagging cybersecurity infrastructure were met with widespread support from industry experts and even some Republicans Tuesday, though civil liberties advocates warned it could lead to a dangerous invasion of privacy. Published January 20, 2015

In this Sept. 15, 2013, file photo, the U.S. Capitol dome is silhouetted by the sunrise. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Federal buildings vulnerable to cyberattack, watchdog says

Not just computers, but government buildings themselves could be the target of cyberterrorism attacks, said a new watchdog report, which found the Homeland Security Department may not be prepared to meet such challenges. Published January 16, 2015

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson listens at left as President Barack Obama speaks at the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center in Arlington, Va., Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. Obama renewed his call for Congress to pass cybersecurity legislation, including a proposal that encourages companies to share threat information with the government and protects them from potential lawsuits if they do. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

DHS chief: Obama should veto anti-amnesty budget bills

Urging that his agency not become "a political volleyball," Homeland Security Department Secretary Jeh Johnson said he would recommend the president veto any budget bill that includes efforts to overturn Mr. Obama's executive actions on immigration. Published January 15, 2015