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Kelly Riddell

Kelly Riddell

Kelly Riddell covers national security for The Washington Times.

Before joining The Times, Kelly was a Washington-based reporter for Bloomberg News for six years, covering the intersection between business and politics through a variety of industry-based beats. She most recently covered technology, where her reports ranged from cybersecurity to congressional policymakers.

Before joining Bloomberg, she was a management consultant and worked with Fortune 500 companies on government policy and commerce. She has a master's degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and a bachelor's degree in government and Chinese from Hamilton College in upstate New York.

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Articles by Kelly Riddell

** FILE ** In this photo taken on Thursday, June 27, 2013, Richard Taylor manager of at Firing-Line gun store in Aurora, Colo., shows some of the pistols that he won't be able to sell after June 30, 2013, because their magazines hold more than 15 rounds. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

Operation Choke Point forces bank to dump gun store

A Massachusetts gun seller says it's the latest victim of a federal multiagency task force that is squeezing financing sources for industries deemed "high-risk" by the Obama administration, such as porn stores, drug paraphernalia shops and gun merchants. Published May 28, 2014

** FILE ** Senate Rules Committee member Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, right, joined by the committee's ranking member Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 30, 2014. (AP Photo)

Ted Cruz scolds FBI director on handling of IRS probe

Sen. Ted Cruz, a tea party favorite and on the short list of Republicans considering a 2016 presidential bid, railed against FBI Director James Comey's handling of the IRS investigation that targeted tea party nonprofit applicants for undue examination. Published May 21, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder listens during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington, Monday, May 19, 2014. Holder announced that a U.S. grand jury has charged five Chinese hackers with economic espionage and trade secret theft, the first-of-its-kind criminal charges against Chinese military officials in an international cyber-espionage case. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Justice Department charges five Chinese with cyber-espionage

U.S. authorities charged five Chinese military personnel with hacking American businesses’ computers to steal trade secrets and gain a competitive advantage — the first time in U.S. history that criminal charges have been filed against another country for cyber-espionage. Published May 19, 2014

Indicted: Five members of an elite Chinese army group have been charged with conspiracy to commit computer fraud and abuse. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. accuses them of hacking U.S. corporations and labor organizations. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

U.S. hacking indictments escalate tension with China

The Justice Department's indictments of five Chinese army officials accused of hacking U.S. companies escalated cybersecurity tensions between Washington and Beijing on Monday and opened what some analysts and U.S. lawmakers called a new phase in the confrontation between the world's two most powerful nations. Published May 19, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder announces a criminal indictment against five Chinese military hackers for cyber espionage at a press conference at the Department of Justice headquarters in Washington on May 19, 2014. The five hackers are identified as Wen Xinyu, Wang Dong, Sun Kailiang, Huang Zhenyu, and Gu Chunhui and are charged with targeting U.S. corporations and labor organizations for commercial advantage. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

China whacks Justice Dept.'s 'ungrounded and absurd' hacking charges

China slammed the U.S. Monday for indicting five Chinese Army officials on hacking charges, saying Washington's move was "ungrounded and absurd" and that Beijing is responding by halting participation in joint cyber talks pursued by officials from both sides over the past year. Published May 19, 2014

Congress to rein in Obama's targeting of gun retailers

Republican lawmakers accused the Obama administration Monday of overreach in its stringent scrutiny of industries it considers "high risk," saying legislation may be needed to rein in a regulation regime that has targeted gun retailers, who complain that federal action is limiting their access to banks and squeezing them out of business. Published May 19, 2014

Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) at his office on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, May 6, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Calls mounting to oust VA chief Eric Shinseki

The top Republican of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee said Tuesday that the Obama administration's Department of Veterans Affairs is so dysfunctional that it's time to fire Secretary Eric K. Shinseki. Published May 6, 2014

With the Colorado state capitol building visible in the background, partygoers dance to live music and smoke pot on the first of two days at the annual 4/20 marijuana festival in Denver, Saturday April 19, 2014. The annual event is the first 420 marijuana celebration since retail marijuana stores began selling in January 2014. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Feds raid Denver pot shop suspected of cartel ties

DIn the first state to make recreational pot legal for sale, federal agents raided a Denver marijuana dispensary early Wednesday suspected of having ties to a Colombia drug cartel. Published April 30, 2014