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Kelly Riddell

Kelly Riddell

Kelly Riddell is a reporter and editor at The Washington Times. She does both investigative work and writes the campaign blog "Trail Tales," which tracks stories from the 2016 presidential contest. A political junkie, she's been living and writing in D.C. for more than a decade before joining The Times for outlets like Bloomberg News and U.S. News and World Report. Her husband is currently on the campaign trail managing Carly Fiorina.

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Articles by Kelly Riddell

Liberal pundits are angry Hillary Rodham Clinton publicly flogs the financial sector while at the same time accepting millions from it in campaign cash. (Associated Press)

Hillary Clinton's anti-Wall Street pitch wearing thin with skeptical liberals

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton's populist anti-Wall Street pitch is wearing thin with liberal activists who say her financial reform proposals are too weak and her record is too tainted by millions of dollars in campaign contributions from the financial sector. Published November 24, 2015

The crowd surges to greet Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump after he speaks during a campaign stop Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015 in Birmingham, Ala. (AP Photo/Eric Schultz)

DNC offers holiday guide for dealing with Republican relatives

The Democratic National Committee sent an email Tuesday to supporters with advice on how to talk to their Republican relatives during the holiday season, referring them to a website aimed at debunking right-wing talking points. Published November 24, 2015

Hillary Rodham Clinton stops by to talk to Drake University students at debate watch party after a Democratic presidential primary debate, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) ** FILE **

Senate candidate says DNC rigged Iowa debate in favor of Hillary Clinton

A Democratic U.S. Senate candidate is alleging the Democratic National Committee stacked the deck in favor of presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Iowa debate, filling the room with Clinton supporters, as party officials try their best to secure her coronation. Published November 19, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at a campaign event at Mountain View Community College, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Hillary Clinton walks tightrope between Obama, unpopular policies

In the wake of the Paris attacks, Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton faces a conundrum: Find a way to be loyal to President Obama and his policies, which she played a role in crafting as his secretary of state, while trying to distance herself from them because of their unpopularity. Published November 18, 2015

"Democrats are like cicadas: They only come out every four years," said strategist Donna Brazile, a member of the task force. "We need them to come out every year like it's the World Series." (Associated Press)

DNC looks to rebrand to stem losses during Obama administration

Reeling from its midterm losses last year, the Democratic National Committee is planning a multiyear strategy to recapture Democratic seats downballot by reworking its messaging, easing ballot-access restrictions in several states and by playing an active role in redistricting. Published November 17, 2015

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R- Fla., addresses the Sunshine Summit in Orlando, Fla., Friday Nov. 13, 2015. (AP Photo/John Raoux) ** FILE **

Marco Rubio rising in polls, but Iowans doubt his plans

Sen. Marco Rubio is on the rise in the polls as the GOP field begins to shake up -- but those on the ground in Iowa and New Hampshire are questioning whether he has a plan to translate that growing interest into actual voters. Published November 15, 2015

Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, right, talk backstage before the start of the Iowa Democratic Party's Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) ** FILE **

Democratic debate in Iowa: How will the candidates respond to the Paris attacks?

Saturday night is the Democrats' second presidential debate set to take place in Iowa and will be hosted by CBS News and the Des Moines Register. After front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton's commanding performance in the first contest, the field has winnowed to three contestants: Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley. Here's a few things to watch out for. Published November 14, 2015

In this photo taken Oct. 28, 2015, Republican presidential candidates, from left, John Kasich, Mike Huckabee, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, Ted Cruz, Chris Christie, and Rand Paul take the stage during the CNBC Republican presidential debate at the University of Colorado, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ** FILE **

GOP debate: What to watch for Tuesday night in Milwaukee

Tuesday night is the GOP's fourth presidential debate, and things have surely changed since their first outing in August. Although Donald Trump is still the front-runner, neurosurgeon Ben Carson is closing ranks and even besting the real-estate mogul in some polls, and a solid middle-tier of Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has arisen. Published November 10, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump signs autographs after speaking during a rally at the Nugget Convention Center in Sparks Nev., Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Lance Iversen) ** FILE **

Trump's and Putin's quest for power: It's chemical, expert says

GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin have many psychological similarities, according to one expert, making Mr. Trump's claim he'd "get along very well," with the Russian leader probable. Published November 3, 2015

Republican presidential candidate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich has pinned his presidential hopes on the early primary state, New Hampshire. (Associated Press)

Kasich pins presidential hopes on New Hampshire primary

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is running an ornery presidential campaign, blasting Republican rivals as unserious and vowing to deliver tough talk to party voters, in a campaign designed to test whether New Hampshire is still kingmaker among the primaries. Published November 2, 2015

Bush trails Jindal in Iowa: poll

In a new poll in Iowa, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is besting former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush among GOP presidential contenders. Published November 2, 2015