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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

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton showed her strengths at the CNN Democratic presidential debate Tuesday in Las Vegas. (AP Photo)

Clinton yields no room in debate for lower-tier candidates -- or even Biden

Hillary Rodham Clinton's steady, studied debate performance solidified her position as the Democratic presidential front-runner, narrowing Vice President Joseph R. Biden's prospects of entering the race and dwarfing the aspirations of Jim Webb, Martin O'Malley and Lincoln Chafee -- none of whom created a moment to stand out on stage. Published October 14, 2015

Tim Constantine reports on Hillary Clinton's take on the Benghazi committee, and a look at how she and Bernie Sanders are polling in Iowa and New Hampshire.

Hillary Clinton trolls her Republican rivals

Democratic presidential front runner Hillary Clinton trolled her Republican counterparts by sending them books of her memoir "Hard Choices" addressed to their formal, not preferred names, "Piyush Jindal," "Rafael E. Cruz," "Cara C. Fiorina," "John E. Bush, and "Randal H. Paul M.D," among others. Published October 7, 2015

Hillary Rodham Clinton called for expanded and stricter background checks, including prohibiting domestic abusers and stalkers from buying firearms, a ban on military-style weapons and a repeal of a 2005 law that she said grants firearms manufacturers and dealers "immunity" from lawsuits by victims of gun violence. (Associated Press)

Hillary Clinton vows executive action on gun control if elected president

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton signaled she's going all-out on a new push for gun controls Monday, driving distance between herself and top opponent Sen. Bernard Sanders even as she took aim at Republican critics in Congress, pronouncing the Benghazi probe a political sham designed to derail her campaign. Published October 5, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton gestures as she speaks to the Human Rights Campaign in Washington, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Hillary's gun-control stance a drastic departure from her 2008 bid

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton proposed using executive action for tighter gun control restrictions on the campaign trail Monday, but during her first bid for the White House eight years ago, Mrs. Clinton fashioned herself as a pro-gun, Second Amendment supporter. Published October 5, 2015

Despite considerable political baggage, former President Bill Clinton may convince some voters to support his wife. (Associated Press)

Hillary Clinton campaign sending Bill out on the trail

They'd kept him off the trail for months, but Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign is finally deploying former President Bill Clinton, accepting the political risks he brings as worthy tradeoff if he can shore up support for his wife among longtime Democrats and build enthusiasm among Hispanic and black voters. Published October 4, 2015

Huma Abedin, long-time aide of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, was paid by a private firm to help stage an event with former President Bill Clinton. (Associated Press)

Hillary aide paid by private firm to stage event with Bill Clinton while at State

While still working at the State Department, Hillary Rodham Clinton confidante Huma Abedin was paid by the private consulting firm Teneo Holdings to help stage a star-studded reception that included her boss' husband, Bill Clinton, along with George W. Bush and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair as speakers just days after the Benghazi tragedy, The Washington Times has learned. Published September 29, 2015