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Kelly Riddell

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

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In this Friday, May 6, 2016, photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a rally in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Did Donald Trump pay $0 in taxes? Who cares

Donald Trump has built his presidential campaign around his celebrity -- his wealth, success and aspirational lifestyle. He consistently brags about his billions, yet at the same time promises great wealth to the average-day American, if they'll just vote for him. Published May 20, 2016

Former President Bill Clinton, left, and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton acknowledge supporters during a caucus night rally at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Federal Trade Commission plays lapdog for the Clintons

The Federal Trade Commission is refusing to investigate Bill and Hillary's Clinton Foundation despite a Congressional request to look into the nonprofit to see if it's operating on behalf of itself, or its members. Published May 20, 2016

Illustration on Trump's close campaign affinity with evangelicals on social issues by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Trump's inroads with social conservatives

If Donald Trump wins the White House in November he will have shattered the conventional thought shared by many country club Republicans: In order for the Republican Party to expand its base, it needs to abandon social conservative issues, and stick to speaking about fiscal conservative dogma. Published May 19, 2016

A Kentucky state flag is visible as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton pauses while speaking at a get out the vote event at James E. Bruce Convention Center in Hopkinsville, Ky., Monday, May 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) ** FILE **

Hillary Clinton's man problem

Hillary Clinton has a problem with men. For all the press articles that have been done discussing Donald Trump's problem with women, Mrs. Clinton's gap among male voters is devastating -- far worse than Mr. Trump's performance among female voters, according to a new Fox News poll. Published May 19, 2016

Destin Cramer, left, and Noah Rice place a new sticker on the door at the ceremonial opening of a gender neutral bathroom at Nathan Hale high school Tuesday, May 17, 2016, in Seattle. President Obama's directive ordering schools to accommodate transgender students has been controversial in some places but since 2012 Seattle has mandated that transgender students be able to use of the bathrooms and locker rooms of their choice. Nearly half of the district's 15 high schools already have gender neutral bathrooms and one high school has had a transgender bathroom for 20 years. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Obama's transgender hypocrisy

If President Obama really wants to improve the rights of LGBT persons, he should look externally and take a hard line against those countries that are murdering this population on a daily basis, instead of looking internally and picking a fight with Republicans. Published May 18, 2016

Jane O'Meara Sanders joins her husband, Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., at a campaign rally, Monday, May 9, 2016, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) ** FILE **

Extravagant spending by Bernie Sanders' wife sinks her former school

Burlington College, a small Vermont institution once headed by Jane Sanders, the wife of Democratic presidential contender Vermont Sen. Bernard Sanders, will be closing its doors after this school year because of the "crushing weight of the debt" from the purchase Mrs. Sanders made of a new campus in 2010. Published May 17, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in his office at Trump Tower in New York, Tuesday, May 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) ** FILE **

How Donald Trump can win over women

Yes, The New York Times article on Donald Trump's treatment of women was a hit piece -- even their lead anecdote, Rowanne Brewer Lane, said the newspaper took her words out of context to make the billionaire businessman look like a misogynist pig. Published May 16, 2016

Dallas Mavericks basketball team owner Mark Cuban. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster), File

Mark Cuban recruited for third-party run? Is this a joke?

The report this weekend that Mark Cuban, entrepreneur and owner of the Dallas Mavericks basketball team, was recruited by conservative leaders to run a third-party to challenge against GOP presumed nominee Donald Trump is the most laughable news article in this election cycle (and there have been many). Published May 16, 2016

University of California President Janet Napolitano speaks April 29, 2016, at Shasta College in Redding, Calif. She was invited by the Shasta College and McConnell Foundations to talk about plans to add more than 10,000 California students to the UC system. (Greg Barnette(/The Record Searchlight via AP) **FILE**

U. of California rolls out $25M to fund illegal immigrants' education

As Democrats lament the cost of higher education, and parents across the country open savings accounts and apply for financial aid packages so they can afford their children's college tuition, illegal immigrants at the University of California will get millions in school-sanctioned assistance. Published May 12, 2016