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Kellan Howell

Kellan Howell

Kellan Howell, an investigative reporter for The Washington Times, covers campaign finance and government accountability. Originally from Williamsburg, Va., Kellan graduated from James Madison University where she received bachelor's degrees in media arts and design and international affairs with a concentration in western European politics.

During her time at JMU, she interned for British technology and business news website "ITPro" in London and worked as a freelance reporter for The Washington Guardian. She was also an executive editor of 22807, a new student magazine covering arts and culture in the JMU community.

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Articles by Kellan Howell

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the U.S. strategy to defeat the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Top Obama aide sees Rand Paul as electoral threat

A top aide to President Obama said Thursday that Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is the most interesting Republican considering a 2016 run and could pose a threat to Democrats hoping to win the White House. Published September 26, 2014

Dr. Ben Carson has won yet another straw poll to be the GOP's 2016 presidential nominee. (Associated Press)

Black conservatives eye Ben Carson for 2016 White House run

Black conservative leaders said Thursday that the 2016 GOP presidential field is wide open, but added that grass-roots and tea party candidates who challenge the establishment are likely to get a lot of positive attention — including Ben Carson. Published September 25, 2014

Ben S. Carson (Associated Press) **FILE**

Run, Ben, Run: Carson grassroots PAC closing in on $10M

The grassroots PAC hoping to push conservative activist Dr. Ben Carson to run for president in 2016 announced Wednesday that it has raised nearly $10 million since forming in August 2013, which it says outpaces the PAC testing former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential aspirations. Published September 24, 2014

Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington on Jan. 8, 2014. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Rubio calls for permanent military presence in the Middle East

Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, said Tuesday that if elected president he would advocate for a "permanent" U.S. military presence in the Middle East, saying American military might is the only way to curb instability. Published September 24, 2014

Sacrificed: An image taken from a video released by the SITE Intelligence Group shows American journalist Steven Joel Sotloff, 31, just before his execution. (SITE Intelligence Group via Associated Press)

Bipartisan senators pass bill authorizing $10M for info on Foley, Sotloff executions

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators praised their colleagues in a joint statement for unanimously passing a bill to authorize $10 million in reward money for information that would bring justice to the individuals responsible for the capture and murder of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff. Published September 19, 2014

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell pauses as he speaks during a news conference Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in New York. Goodell says the NFL wants to implement new personal conduct policies by the Super Bowl. The league has faced increasing criticism that it has not acted quickly or emphatically enough concerning the domestic abuse cases. The commissioner reiterated that he botched the handling of the Ray Rice case.  (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

Goodell: 'Same mistakes can never be repeated'

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell gave a public apology Friday afternoon during a press conference to address the league's handling of several domestic abuse cases, announcing he will soon meet with experts to come up with new policies to better manage personal conduct issues. Published September 19, 2014