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Kellan Howell

Kellan Howell

Kellan Howell is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times, covering defense and national security. Originally from Williamsburg, Virginia, Kellan graduated from James Madison University where she received bachelor's degrees in media arts and design and international affairs with a concentration in western European politics.

During her time at JMU, she interned for British technology and business news website "ITPro" in London and worked as a freelance reporter for The Washington Guardian. She was also an executive editor of 22807, a new student magazine covering arts and culture in the JMU community.

Kellan can be reached at

Articles by Kellan Howell

Watchdogs sue FEC over Rove's Crossroads PAC

Two campaign finance watchdog groups on Friday sued the Federal Election Commission over the panel's decision not to pursue a complaint against the conservative Crossroads GPS, co-founded by GOP strategist Karl Rove. Published January 31, 2014

On a day with single digit temperatures and a National Weather Service wind chill advisory, Henderson, Ky mail carrier Kevin Wilke prefers to make his rounds Thursday Jan. 23, 2014,  in shorts. He wears a coat, ear muffs, gloves and boots but says he is more comfortable in shorts. (AP Photo/The Gleaner, Mike Lawrence)

Postal Service slow to cut costs, quick to raise price

The struggling U.S. Postal Service began asking customers to pay an extra 3 cents for every stamp they buy this week even as it fell short on some promised cost savings and failed to more aggressively cut spending identified by Congress as excessive. Published January 29, 2014

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Romney 'slow jams' the news with Jimmy Fallon

Former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney showed a more humorous side of his personality when he "slow jammed the news" Friday night on Jimmy Fallon. Published January 25, 2014

Oversight lacking for Afghan training funds

Program managers for a program to develop a judicial system in Afghanistan can't account for all of the funds devoted to the project, a top U.S. watchdog warned, putting millions of tax dollars at risk. Published January 24, 2014

Watchdog pushes back in IRS campaign finance fight

A leading campaign watchdog group is pushing back in the roiling debate over how the IRS treats a new class of tax-exempt "social welfare" groups that critics say are exploiting legal loopholes to engage in political activities. Published January 22, 2014

Leonardo DiCaprio arrives at the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)

Oscar's political gold: Nominees give to campaigns

The nominees for the 86th Academy Awards announced Thursday morning are not just known for their artistic and technical skills — finance reports reveal that many of the stars up for Oscar gold have contributed heavily to political campaigns and causes. Published January 17, 2014

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Big donors poised to give more if Supreme Court strikes limits

With the Supreme Court weighing a challenge to the federal ceiling on campaign contributions by individual donors in an election cycle, a number of big donors from both parties are poised to bust through the old limits if the high court rules their way, according to a new report. Published January 16, 2014