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Kelly Riddell

Kelly Riddell

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

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The Baltimore Police Department sought $200,000 in federal funding to help extend the Diamond Standard training program. It was discontinued in 2012 when Justice declined to act on the request and the city's new administration decided it no longer could afford it, according to interviews. (Associated Press)

Obama’s Justice Department turned down cop training for Baltimore

The Obama Justice Department turned down a request five years ago to help the Baltimore Police Department save a training program widely credited for improving the department's relations with the city's crime-ridden and minority neighborhoods and reducing homicides and police-involved shootings. Published May 4, 2015

Steven Donziger will be speaking about Ecuador's indigenous community and environmental plight at the Georgetown Center for Latin American Studies on Tuesday despite a federal court finding that he violated multiple laws. (Associated Press)

Colleges embrace Chevron case lawyer Steven Donziger despite fraud accusations

Steven Donziger, a lawyer who was charged with fabricating evidence, promising bribes and even ghostwriting critical court documents in order to win a $19 billion judgment against Chevron for polluting Ecuador's rainforests, is now on the college speaking circuit and touring many of America's most prestigious universities. Published April 20, 2015

"Whistleblowers are kind of treated like a skunk at a picnic, and I hope you'll do all you can to reverse that," Sen. Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican and chairman of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, told FBI Associate Deputy Director Kevin Perkins at a hearing Wednesday. (Associated Press)

Chuck Grassley: FBI obstructing Fast and Furious, other probes

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee accused the FBI on Monday of not cooperating with the Department of Justice's top watchdog in the investigation of the Fast and Furious gunrunning scandal, among others, endangering Congress's ability to be a check on the administration's actions. Published April 20, 2015

FILE - In this June 5, 2014 file photo, a man walks past a Google sign at the company's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. Google may have to pay more than half a billion dollars for an unorthodox stock split aimed at ensuring co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin retain control over the Internet's most profitable company. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

GOP divided on bill to prevent bogus patents

Legislation aimed at stymieing bogus patent lawsuits is heating up in the nation's capital — pitting universities against industry groups, entrepreneurial innovators against the titans of Silicon Valley and some establishment Republican politicians against political newcomers. Published April 13, 2015

Sen. Charles Grassley, Iowa Republican and the Senate Judiciary Committee's ranking member (Associated Press) **FILE**

Senator irked Holder's no-prostitutes memo doesn't call for zero-tolerance

Attorney General Eric Holder's memo to Justice Department employees telling them to refrain from engaging in commercial sex drew the ire of the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, who said the memo isn't nearly strong enough to properly address the issue. Published April 13, 2015

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) headquarters in Washington (Associated Press) **FILE**

SEC sanctions Iraq War contractor for thwarting whistleblowers

The largest Iraq War defense contractor has been sanctioned by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for requiring its employees to sign a restrictive non-disclosure form, which prevented them from coming forward to report fraud and misconduct. Published April 1, 2015

Dennis Ross pushes zero-based budgeting for federal government

Kraft Foods is the latest in a long line of acquisitions by a private equity firm whose budget-cutting initiatives are so aggressive that employees complain they're asked to justify the cost of a photocopy. Now some politicians and 2016 GOP potential presidential contenders are imaging a world where the U.S. federal government is asked to do the same. Published March 30, 2015

The QuikTrip convenience store in Ferguson, Mo., was a target of racial protests last summer. Now, the parent company is joining corporate efforts to spur economic opportunity in the city. (Associated Press)

Ferguson eyes economic rebirth as corporations invest in troubled region, its residents

When the national news media descended on Ferguson, Missouri, in August, the city's QuikTrip quickly became a symbol of civil unrest and racial tensions. The convenience store's windows were smashed, the steel awnings were disfigured, and the building was looted and burned during street protests over the police shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown in a confrontation just a few blocks away. Published March 18, 2015

FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2014 file photo, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington.  It's easy for Congress to meddle with the District of Columbia's decision to legalize recreational use of marijuana, but taking on the states is a different matter.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Chairman of Judiciary Committee blasts FBI's handling of whistleblowers

Within the last two weeks, Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has written two scathing letters to the Department of Justice and the FBI questioning the law enforcement agency's treatment of whistleblowers and its handling of retaliation complaints. Published March 12, 2015

Presumed Democratic 2016 front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton's rush to action in Libya is drawing fire from her own party. (Associated Press)

Hillary Clinton takes fire from Democrats as Libya chaos creates terrorist safe haven

As Libya descends into a failed state — marked most recently by the beheadings of 21 Coptic Christians by jihadis — Democrats are beginning to question Hillary Rodham Clinton's rush to war in the country, and one in particular, former Sen. Jim Webb, may make national security the focal point of a presidential campaign. Published February 26, 2015