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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

A passenger plane flies directly over a home as it brings increased noise to residential neighborhoods like this one near Phoenix as new FAA flight routes out of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport are affecting dozens of neighborhoods with the new noise that residents previously did not have to be subjected to Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, in Laveen, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

FAA computers at risk of cyberattacks, report says

The Federal Aviation Administration's air traffic control systems are not being adequately protected from cyber terrorists who could hack into the computer systems used to direct flights, a new report said. Published March 3, 2015

In this Feb. 27, 2015, photo, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., accompanied by House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Md., voice their objections to the Republican majority during a delay in voting for a short-term spending bill for the Homeland Security Department during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Democrats didn’t get all they wanted in Congress’ struggle over Homeland Security, but many feel they are winning a broader political war that will haunt Republicans in 2016 and beyond. "It’s a staggering failure of leadership that will prolong this manufactured crisis of theirs and endanger the security of the American people," said Pelosi.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Pelosi lectures GOP on 'legislative process' over DHS bill

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi took to the House floor on Friday to lecture Republicans for letting "negative attitudes" towards the president impact funding for the Department of Homeland Security. Published February 28, 2015

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Hawaii Democrat

Rising Dem star committed 'mortal sin' by ripping Obama on Islamic State

Hawaii Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a twice-deployed Army veteran, is taking heat from liberals in the media for criticizing President Obama's strategy to defeat Islamic State militants and the administration's refusal to identify radical Islam as the enemy. Published February 28, 2015

More than 1,000 people formed a "ring of peace" around the Norwegian capital's synagogue, an initiative taken by young Muslims in Norway after a series of attacks against Jews in Europe, in Oslo, Saturday, Feb. 21 2015. (AP Photo / Hakon Mosvold Larsen/NTB Scanpix)

Worldwide anti-Semitism reaches seven-year high: report

A new report from the Pew Research Center found that while overall social harassment toward religious groups decreased worldwide in 2013, anti-Semitic harassment reached a seven-year high. Published February 27, 2015

The Golden Hammer

Coast Guard mismanages millions in bridge construction projects

Call it a case of money under the bridge, but the Coast Guard, which keeps America safe by patrolling U.S. waterways, can't effectively manage the flow of millions of tax dollars spent on bridge construction projects. Published February 26, 2015

'Magic' man: Matt Schlapp, head of the American Conservative Union, said his group is seeking the right balance of entertainment and activism at the Conservative Political Action Conference. (Gage Skidmore)

CPAC 2015 organizers aim to recapture intimacy, activism of early days

From the stage to the schedule, there's something palpably different about this year's Conservative Political Action Conference. Sure, there are still plenty of big names planned for the main stage and enough hoopla to create a political Super Bowl atmosphere in Washington. Published February 22, 2015

Illegal immigrants sit in a group after being detained by U.S. Border Patrol agents in McAllen, Texas. (Associated Press) **FILE**

DHS rushing amnesty contracts at 'full-throttle pace': source

A government watchdog says the Obama administration is continuing to award multi-million-dollar contracts to firms to quickly process millions of illegal immigrants, despite a federal court's decision to put a stay on the president's amnesty order. Published February 21, 2015

Tea Party members gather in St Louis, Mo., Sept. 12, 2010. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

DHS report warns of domestic right-wing terror threat

A new Department of Homeland Security intelligence assessment circulated this month focuses on the threat of right-wing sovereign citizen extremist groups in the U.S. Some law enforcement groups say the threat is equal to, and occasionally greater than, the threat from Islamic extremist groups. Published February 21, 2015

FILE  - Police handout of suspect Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein from an earlier occasion, where he stabbed a person in a train on Friday Nov. 22, 2013. The slain gunman Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein suspected in the deadly Copenhagen attacks was a 22-year-old with a history of violence and may have been inspired by Islamic terrorists — and possibly the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris, Danish authorities said Sunday Feb. 15, 2015.  (AP Photo/POLFOTO, Police Handout)  DENMARK OUT

Hundreds line up for Copenhagen terrorist's burial

At least 500 people attended the burial of Omar El-Hussein, the gunman who killed two people last weekend in Copenhagen in two separate shooting incidents and was then killed in a police shootout. Published February 21, 2015

The Golden Hammer

Sheriffs spent violent offender tracking funds on shirts, dinners with spouses

Sheriffs in Colorado used nearly half the money the federal government gave them to track violent offenders on impermissible expenses like promotional T-shirts and restaurant dinners with their spouses, according to the latest investigation to expose weak oversight of Justice Department grants. Published February 19, 2015