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Kelly Riddell

Kelly Riddell is a columnist and commentary writer for The Washington Times.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivers an economic policy speech to the Detroit Economic Club, Monday, Aug. 8, 2016, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

What the #NeverTrump crowd doesn't understand

A political action committee has been convened by a group of prominent Republicans staffers to organize GOP support for the Libertarian presidential ticket of Gary Johnson. Published August 9, 2016

Blood Money Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

An insider's game

In the underworld of political lobbying, John Podesta is king. He co-founded the Podesta Group, whose international client list is long, and its access to top U.S. politicians unparalleled. Published August 4, 2016

In this picture released by an official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader on March 20, 2016, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks to a crowd in the northern city of Mashhad, Iran. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)

With Iran, don't believe your lying eyes

President Obama didn't disclose a $400 million cash payment to Iran delivered the same weekend four Americans detained in the Islamic country were freed. But there's nothing to see here, folks. Published August 3, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Briar Woods High School, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016, in Ashburn, Va. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Kamikaze Trump

I honestly don't know what Donald Trump is doing. Dominating the news cycle helped him win the Republican primary, but the chaos he created Tuesday has left my head spinning. Published August 3, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump holds a Purple Heart medal given to him by a supporter during a campaign rally at Briar Woods High School, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016, in Ashburn, Va. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The Trump temperament question

Donald Trump faces only one hurdle in becoming the next president of the United States, but it's a big one: Does he have the right temperament for the Oval Office? Published August 2, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks in Youngstown, Ohio. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

What sacrifices has Hillary Clinton made?

If personal sacrifice was a requirement to be president, then Arizona Sen. John McCain would've served eight years in the White House. Published August 2, 2016

In this Thursday, July 28, 2016, file photo, Khizr Khan, father of fallen US Army Capt. Humayun S. M. Khan and his wife Ghazala speak during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Media hypocrisy at all-time high on Benghazi mother, Khans

I believe we should honor every family whose son or daughter gave the ultimate sacrifice serving in our law-enforcement or military. That's why I was so appalled at the way Patricia Smith was treated by the mainstream media after she gave a heartfelt speech at the Republican National Convention. Published August 1, 2016

Hundreds of people line up at dawn with their numbered tickets to attend the Remote Area Medical (RAM) clinic in Smyth County, Va., on April 29, 2016. RAM provides free medical care to people who do not have health insurance in several states across the country. Specializing in free dental, vision and medical care in isolated and poverty-stricken communities, the group sets up mobile medical centers and is having their 800th such event this year. "I've done foreign volunteer missions before, but never domestic" says volunteer dentist Mark Copas. "These cases are just as bad as what I've seen in third world countries." (Associated Press)

It's the economy, stupid

Enough with the statistics -- Americans don't need them to prove what they are already feeling. Published August 1, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton appears on stage at a rally a Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center in Columbus, Ohio, Sunday, July 31, 2016. Clinton and Kaine are on a three-day bus tour through the rust belt. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Hillary Clinton is delusional

Hillary Clinton sent and received classified information on her home-brewed email server. Published August 1, 2016

Police officers and their supporters picket outside Somerville City Hall, Thursday, July 28, 2016, in Somerville, Mass. Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone is promising not to remove a Black Lives Matter banner from City Hall despite complaints from police officers in the state. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Black Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter at odds

Watching the Democratic National Convention, one could believe that you could both support the Black Lives Matter movement and our nation's men in uniform. Don't be fooled. You can't. Published July 29, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, Thursday, July 28, 2016, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

If Trump flips Pennsylvania, all bets are off

No state is more important to Donald Trump's chances of winning the White House than Pennsylvania, and -- unlike any Republican presidential in the past 20 years -- he actually has a chance to win it. Published July 29, 2016

Illustration on Hillary Clinton's position in support of the Democratic base by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Hillary Clinton's mixed messages

Black Lives Matter, Black Panthers, Occupy Wall Street, Socialists, Communists, those who want to strip God from their party platform, LGBTQ activists, Planned Parenthood, Hispanics, white-working class union workers, Wall Street, and climate-change mongers, all have a place in the Democratic Party. Published July 28, 2016