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Tom Howell Jr.

Tom Howell Jr.

Tom Howell Jr. covers politics for The Washington Times. He can be reached at thowell@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Tom Howell Jr.

President Barack Obama walks down the stairs of Air Force One upon arrival at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Obama approval rating hits record low in California

President Obama's approval rating has dropped to a record low in California, according to a new poll that says only 45 percent of Golden Staters approve of how the president is handing his job. Published September 2, 2014

Obamacare advocates target Hispanics in enrollment push

A map in Angela Franco's office highlights the D.C. streets most likely to have Hispanic business owners, and it serves as a blueprint for foot soldiers who have been pounding the pavement to get people covered through the city's Obamacare exchange. Published September 1, 2014

FILE - In this July 17, 2014, file photo,. Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Robert Menendez, D-N.J., gestures as she speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Menendez threatened Thursday, July 24, to block U.S. arms sales to Iraq if Congress doesn't get an assessment of Iraqi forces and assurances the weapons won't fall into the hands of extremist militants.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Sen. Robert Menendez: Russia has launched a direct attack on Ukraine

Sen. Robert Menendez said Sunday that eastern Ukraine is under direct attack by Russia and that Western allies should seriously consider military assistance, although not troops on the ground, to repel President Vladimir Putin's designs in the region. Published August 31, 2014

** FILE ** Rep. Mike Rogers, Michigan Republican. (Associated Press)

Rep. Mike Rogers: Obama's foreign policy is in "free fall"

President Obama's foreign policy is in "absolute free-fall" amid the rise of the Islamic State, and Western allies no longer view the U.S. as a leader in confronting religious extremism in the Middle East, the House intelligence chairman said Sunday. Published August 31, 2014

President Barack Obama, right, and first lady Michelle Obama board Air Force One before their departure from Andrews Air Force Base, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. The first family is attending the wedding of Sam Kass, their longtime family chef. The bride is MSNBC host Alex Wagner. The wedding is at a farm-to-table restaurant in Westchester County, north of New York City. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama accused of diminishing U.S. standing in fight against terrorism

President Obama is under fire for his cautious approach to beating back the Islamic State's march through Iraq and Syria, with a top House Republican suggesting his foreign policy was in free fall and that Western allies no longer view the U.S. as a leader in the fight against bad actors. Published August 31, 2014

Burger King employee Brittany Buckhannon, 24, right, demonstrates during a protest for higher wages and worker's unions outside a McDonald's restaurant, Thursday, May 15, 2014, in Atlanta. Calling for higher pay and the right to form a union without retaliation, fast-food chain workers protested Thursday as part of a wave of strikes and protests in 150 cities across the U.S. and 33 additional countries on six continents. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Franchises could be next union battleground

Business groups say they're gearing up to defend against what they believe to be the next front in the battle with organized labor: the franchise model used by McDonald's and other iconic brands. Published August 31, 2014

Feinstein: Obama maybe 'too cautious' on Islamic State, but plans are underway

The chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Sunday that President Obama is notably cautious — "maybe, in this instance, too cautious" — but insisted the U.S. and its allies will coalesce behind a plan to beat back the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria before their well-funded sources take Baghdad. Published August 31, 2014

Coburn: Feds may have broken law on employer mandate

Sen. Tom Coburn wants to know whether the Obama administration violated the law by making it easier for seasonal and temporary workers in the federal government to get health coverage — perhaps so the feds would not be penalized under Obamacare's "employer mandate." Published August 28, 2014

**FILE** Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican (Associated Press)

Coburn: Did feds illegally skirt Obamacare employer mandate?

Sen. Tom Coburn wants to know if the Obama administration violated the law by making it easier for seasonal and temporary workers in the federal government to get health coverage — perhaps so the feds would not be penalized under Obamacare's "employer mandate." Published August 28, 2014