Maggie Ybarra, The Washington Times

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Past articles by Maggie:

Special Section: How excessive regulation is crushing Main Street

How excessive regulation is crushing Main Street: The impact of the feds’ squeeze on community bankers is a special report prepared by The Washington Times Advocacy Department. → Read More

How excessive regulation is crushing Main Street

How excessive regulation is crushing Main Street: The impact of the feds’ squeeze on community bankers is a special report prepared by The Washington Times Advocacy Department. → Read More

FBI faces several challenges with cybersecurity program

A government watchdog has discovered several roadblocks preventing the FBI from fully implementing a cybersecurity initiative aimed at thwarting threats to the United States. → Read More

Excessive regulation: Small business owners victimized by Operation Choke Point decry government ove

Allison Deguisne, the owner of a small chain of Westshore Cash and Loan, says she will stop running the two-shop operation by the end of the month, and she blames federal government regulators. → Read More

Peter Neffenger, TSA administrator, to address security failures by September

Newly-confirmed Transportation Security Administration Administrator Peter Neffenger told lawmakers Wednesday that he plans to retrain security officials on how to identify and avoid some of the systemic problems that have plagued the federal agency, such as failing to spot weapons and neglecting to properly vet employees for terrorist ties. → Read More

Chaka Fattah, Philadelphia congressman, indicted in racketeering case

Philadelphia Congressman Chaka Fattah and four associates were indicted Wednesday for racketeering and conspiracy schemes aimed at boosting their political and financial interests. → Read More

Maryland police officer with gun accused of threat to neighbor, intoxication

Anne Arundel County police have arrested a Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation police officer after, according to a police report, he drunkenly put his firearm near the head of a neighbor who had pulled over his car to check on his welfare. → Read More

Naval officer charged with taking unlawful pictures of nuclear submarine

A federal grand jury has accused a naval officer of unlawfully taking pictures of restricted areas of nuclear-attack submarine USS Alexandria and trying to sabotage an investigation into his actions by destroying evidence. → Read More

FBI sees 53 percent bump in spies trying to steal U.S. trade secrets

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has noticed a 53 percent increase in the number of hostile intelligence agents that have been attempting to steal U.S. trade secrets since this time last year, federal authorities said Thursday. → Read More

Michael McCaul calls for new coalition to battle terrorists in Syria

House Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul called on President Obama Wednesday to head a multinational coalition responsible for building an armed force capable of stamping out the “terrorist sanctuary” in Syria. → Read More

Boko Haram fight may require U.S. to train Nigerian forces

On the heels of President Obama’s meeting with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, the U.S. may be looking to help train Nigerian law enforcement officials to fight Boko Haram, Islamic State and other extremist organizations in the region, analysts say. → Read More

Homeland Security panel passes bill creating one anti-terror office

A key House panel passed legislation Wednesday that calls for the Homeland Security Department to create an office focused solely on countering violent extremism out of concern that the fractured program cannot effectively deter terror events from occurring within the U.S. → Read More

Retired military officials indicted in bribery scheme

Four retired Army National Guard colonels have been indicted in connection to a large-scale bribery scheme that involved funneling payments to high-ranking military accomplices in an effort to obtain lucrative marketing contracts. → Read More

Bob Goodlatte wants answers from Jessica Lynch on Obama drug pardons

The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee wants U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch to answer detailed questions about the 89 drug offenders to whom President Obama has granted clemency. → Read More

Congress skeptical of Homeland Security developing unified plan on WMD defense

The Department of Homeland Security is planning on creating a “one-stop shop” that would centralize weapons of mass destruction defense, a restricting the long delay of which, lawmakers say, has left the U.S. vulnerable to an attack. → Read More

Baltimore joins forces with feds to curb crime

BALTIMORE — Nine people have been killed here since Friday, including two who were gunned down Monday, raising Baltimore’s homicide toll to 168 this year and adding to the pervasive sense that violent crime is extinguishing the charm of this city by the bay. → Read More

James Comey, FBI chief, says his own info was hacked in OPM breach; it was ‘enormous’

The White House is expected to announce that the cyberhack into the Office of Personnel Management allowed a government adversary to obtain data on “millions and millions” of government background records, some that date back to two decades, Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey told lawmakers Wednesday. → Read More

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake fires Police Commissioner Anthony Batts

BALTIMORE | Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has fired the city’s police commissioner and called him a “distraction” amid a crime surge in which 155 men, women, teenagers — even a 7-year-old boy — have been slain. → Read More

James Comey, FBI director: Encryption technology fosters furtive terrorist talks

FBI Director James Comey is trying to elevate public concern about encryption technology, which he said terrorists can easily use to conceal their communication with “troubled Americans” and convince them to launch deadly plans against the homeland. → Read More

Ramiro Pena Jr., Army sergeant, pleads guilty to accepting bribe from Afghan vendors

Army Sgt. Ramiro Pena Jr. has pleaded guilty to accepting $100,000 in bribe payments and jewelry from Afghan vendors in exchange for lucrative contracts at the Humanitarian Assistance Yard at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. → Read More