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Kelly Riddell

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

Articles by Kelly Riddell

In this July 20, 2014, photo, shooters practice with pistols at the gun range at Dragonman's, a gun dealer east of Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) ** FILE **

U.S. court rules residency requirements for pistol buys is unconstitutional

A federal district court in Texas overturned a 1968 gun law prohibiting the sale of handguns to out-of-state residents, granting those who live in Washington, D.C., the ability to travel to an out-of-state gun store, buy a handgun and bring it home without a middleman. Published February 11, 2015

The chairman of a special House committee created to investigate the 2012 Benghazi tragedy on Monday instructed his staff to review secretly recorded tapes and intelligence reports that detail Hillary Clinton's role in advocating and executing the war in Libya, opening the door for a possible expansion of his probe. (Associated Press)

House Benghazi committee to review secret Hillary tapes on Libya

The chairman of a special House committee created to investigate the 2012 Benghazi tragedy on Monday instructed his staff to review secretly recorded tapes and intelligence reports that detail Hillary Clinton's role in advocating and executing the war in Libya, opening the door for a possible expansion of his probe. Published February 2, 2015

The gap between Hillary Rodham Clinton's rhetoric warning of a Rwanda-like slaughter of civilians in Libya and the facts gathered by career intelligence staff is taking on significance as the former secretary of state prepares another bid for the White House and her national security credentials are re-examined. (Associated Press)

Hillary Clinton's 'WMD' moment: U.S. intelligence saw false narrative in Libya

The intelligence community gathered no specific evidence of an impending genocide in Libya in spring 2011, undercutting Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's primary argument for using the U.S. military to remove Col. Moammar Gadhafi from power, an event that has left his country in chaos, according to officials with direct knowledge of the dispute. Published January 29, 2015

Echoes of the past: Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton recalled the Rwanda genocide in making her case for U.S. intervention in Libya. (Associated Press Photographs)

Exclusive: Secret tapes undermine Hillary Clinton on Libyan war

Top Pentagon officials and a senior Democrat in Congress so distrusted Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's 2011 march to war in Libya that they opened their own diplomatic channels with the Gadhafi regime in an effort to halt the escalating crisis, according to secret audio recordings recovered from Tripoli. Published January 28, 2015

Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, Missouri Republican. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam) ** FILE **

FDIC attempts to end Operation Choke Point with letter, action

In an effort to put an end to Operation Choke Point — a financial task force that was created by the Obama administration to "choke out" businesses it finds objectionable like gun shops — the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. issued a letter Wednesday, saying all banks should examine their customer relationships on a case by case basis and not by industry operational risk. Published January 28, 2015

Demonstrators march on Pennsylvania Avenue toward Capitol Hill in Washington, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, during the Justice for All march. More than 10,000 protesters are converging on Washington in an effort to bring attention to the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police. Civil rights organizations are holding a march to the Capitol on Saturday with the families of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, two unarmed black men who died in incidents with white police officers. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

George Soros funds Ferguson protests, hopes to spur civil action

There's a solitary man at the financial center of the Ferguson protest movement. No, it's not victim Michael Brown or Officer Darren Wilson. It's not even the Rev. Al Sharpton, despite his ubiquitous campaign on TV and the streets. Published January 14, 2015

A group walks across the lawn on the campus of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. (Associated Press)

Wake Forest donor boycott sought over Imam Khalid Griggs' ties to radicals

A Wake Forest University alumnus is calling on fellow graduates to stage a donor boycott until the university addresses the ties its first Muslim chaplain has with some radical groups and conducts a "fair and open debate to air the very real dangers" of Shariah law. Published January 13, 2015

Despite evidence, FBI insists North Korea to blame for Sony hacking

The FBI remained insistent Tuesday that the Sony Pictures hack — which leaked embarrassing personal emails and confidential employee information such as salary — was to be blamed on North Korea, despite mounting evidence suggesting otherwise. Published December 30, 2014

Police have been on the lookout for those bearing arms along the busy Interstate 95 corridor between Florida and Maine. Especially zealous police officers have stopped several motorists in Maryland. (Associated Press)

Gun owners fear Maryland cops target them for traffic stops

A year ago this New Year's Eve, John Filippidis of Florida was driving south with his family on Interstate 95 when the Maryland Transportation Authority Police pulled over his black Ford Expedition and proceeded to raid it while his twins, wife and daughter looked on — separated in the back seats of different police cruisers. Published December 30, 2014

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, shoots at a pheasant during a hunt hosted by Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in Akron, Iowa. Cruz attended the Iowa GOP's annual fundraising dinner in Des Moines, Iowa, on Friday. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Hunting, fishing clubs fight government coding system in struggle to survive

Scott Drummond, 45, is used to a busy holiday season. A little more than a decade ago, his $1.2 million, 14,000-square-foot, newly opened Pintail Peninsula Lodge in Stuttgart, Arkansas, was full of Wall Street guests, eager to hunt mallard ducks by day and sleep in five-star luxury at night. Published December 14, 2014

The Golden Hammer

Lost stock, unused space plague EPA warehouses

The Environmental Protection Agency spends more than $5.1 million a year to lease partially filled warehouse space stocked with items the agency doesn't even keep track of, according to a critical internal review released this week. Published December 11, 2014

A Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 is displayed in Berlin, Germany, March 13, 2014. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Small business government loans subsidized Rolex dealerships, country clubs, spas

A federal program expanded by President Obama to help small businesses on Main Street recover from the financial crisis has backed loans to Rolex and Lamborghini dealerships, plastic surgery clinics, Napa Valley wineries, country clubs, and other industries servicing recession-proof clientele, government records show. Published December 1, 2014

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is the brainchild of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts Democrat. It was created by two other Democrats who have since left Congress, Sen. Christopher J. Dodd of Connecticut and Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts, as part of a financial reform package bearing their names. (Associated Press)

Elizabeth Warren's hand-crafted agency suffers shocking slide in morale

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the U.S. government's newest agency championed by Elizabeth Warren to regulate financial institutions, is suffering from sliding employee morale and distrust of the agency’s leadership, according to the latest internal survey of its workforce Published November 21, 2014

Sixty percent of the 226,838 comments from September 2012 to early last month posted to the Obamacare Facebook site administered by Organizing for Action can be attributed to fewer than 100 unique profiles.

Obamacare Facebook page comments mostly from small group of supporters

Americans began heading anew this weekend to President Obama's official Obamacare Facebook page to gather information on the new round of health care enrollment, share their experiences shopping for insurance on the federal exchange and voice their opinions on the president's signature domestic achievement. Published November 16, 2014

In 2012, Illinois Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law a bill aimed at addressing concerns about private organization employees in the Teachers Retirement System, especially those who had not been teachers previously but used a state law to claim past employment service toward their pensions. (Associated Press)

Loophole lets teacher union bosses collect state pensions at taxpayer expense

Thanks to a loophole created by the Illinois legislature, retired teacher union leaders are getting pension credit for the years they did union work after leaving the classroom. The arrangement has put taxpayers on the hook for millions of dollars in retirement benefits unrelated to teaching, and further drained an already overburdened state pension fund. Published October 9, 2014