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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

This still image from an undated video released by Islamic State militants on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, purports to show journalist Steven Sotloff being held by the militant group. The Islamic State group has threatened to kill Sotloff if the United States doesn't stop its strikes against them in Iraq. Sotloff's mother, Shirley Sotloff, pleaded for his release Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in a video message aimed directly at his captors that aired on the Al-Arabiya television network. (AP Photo)

Western jihadists cause lawmakers to question citizenship, travel rights

Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, told a crowd of 3,000 at a conservative summit in Dallas that Americans fighting with Islamic State militants should be exiled from the country saying, "we need to not let into this country any American who is fighting with ISIS." Published August 30, 2014

A local resident passes by camouflaged pro-Russian tank in the town of Novoazovsk, in eastern Ukraine, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. In Novoazovsk, pro Russian rebel fighters looked to be in firm control, well-equipped and relaxed. At least half a dozen tanks were seen on roads around the town, although the total number at the rebels’ disposal is believed to be much greater. Novoazovsk fell swiftly to the rebels Wednesday after being pounded by shelling.(AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Ukraine reaching 'point of no return,' says E.U. Commission head

The situation in Ukraine is approaching the point of no return, European Union Commission head Jose Manual Barroso said Saturday, as the EU prepared to pass a new round of sanctions against Russia over the escalating violence there. Published August 30, 2014

Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at a fundraiser for the South Carolina Republican Party on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in Columbia, S.C. Perry is visiting South Carolina for both politics and football in the first state in the south to vote in the presidential primaries. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)

DNC ad blasts Perry's treatment of indictment

The Democratic National Committee released a scathing web ad Thursday arguing Texas Gov. Rick Perry's indictment is more serious than he or even some Democratic strategists are taking it. Published August 28, 2014

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts Democrat, has disavowed any intention to make a 2016 White House bid, but backers hope she will reconsider. (Associated Press)

Elizabeth Warren says grass-roots PAC operating without her blessing

Sen. Elizabeth Warren has repeatedly insisted she's not running for president in 2016 — and late last week the liberal Massachusetts Democrat put it in writing, sending a letter through her election lawyer disavowing all ties to the grass-roots "Ready for Warren" political action committee. Published August 26, 2014

** FILE ** In this Aug. 26, 2011, photo, a sign notifies customers that EBT (or Electronic Benefit Transfer) cards can be used at a store in Sioux Falls, S.D. (AP Photo/The Argus Leader, Jay Pickthorn)

Fraud in plain view: Food stamps sold online for art, housing, cash

Food stamp recipients were selling their benefits online in exchange for money, housing or even art, according to a report federal investigators released Thursday that showed states manage to catch just a fraction of potential fraud in the sprawling program. Published August 21, 2014

FILE - In this July 14, 2014 file photo, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick talks with his staff at the New England Governors and eastern Canadian Premiers 38th annual conference in Bretton Woods, N.H. As he nears the end of his second term, Patrick has embarked on a trip around the globe, stopping in such far-flung places as Columbia, Ireland, Canada, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Panama, Mexico, Israel and the United Arab Emirates. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)

Deval Patrick: 'I'm sick of unarmed black men being shot by police'

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick told reporters Wednesday that he is "sick of unarmed, black men being shot by police," referring to the ongoing crisis in Ferguson, Missouri, where a black teenager was fatally shot by a white police officer. Published August 21, 2014

** FILE ** This May 12, 2014, file photo shows Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., as he speaks at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research Alexander Hamilton Award Dinner in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File )

Paul Ryan: Let police do their job in Ferguson

Rep. Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, weighed in on the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, saying Tuesday that police must be allowed to finish their investigation into the shooting of a young black man by an officer. Published August 20, 2014