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Tom Howell Jr.

Tom Howell Jr.

Tom Howell Jr. covers politics for The Washington Times. He can be reached at

Articles by Tom Howell Jr.

Secretary of State John Kerry addresses a gathering of the Export-Import Bank at the Omni-Shoreham Hotel in Washington, Thursday, April 24, 2014.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Ex-Im Bank's website: Sorry, no new business

Visitors to the federal Export-Import Bank's website were greeted by a stark message Wednesday that announced its sudden inability to do new business. Published July 1, 2015

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., leaves the chamber after lawmakers failed to advance a short-term funding measure to keep the Department of Homeland Security funded past a midnight deadline, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday evening, Feb. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House Democrats blast GOP leadership on Ex-Im expiration

House Democrats blasted GOP leaders Tuesday for allowing the Export-Import Bank to expire at the stroke of midnight, saying a measure to reauthorize the agency would easily pass both chambers and preserve thousands of jobs. Published June 30, 2015

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal
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States grapple with groundbreaking Supreme Court rulings on Obamacare, gay marriage

Pivotal Supreme Court rulings on same-sex marriage and Obamacare are reverberating in the states, where some officials are slow-walking overnight changes to their marriage laws and others want to retool their approaches to health care reform now that federal subsidies are on firm footing in all the states. Published June 28, 2015

In this April 16, 2015, photo, President Barack signs the bill H.R. 2 Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. On Iran, Medicare, education and trade, Republicans and Democrats have come together to make deals, and that’s something rarely seen lately. "It’s great," Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas said after the Senate followed the House’s lead this past week in overwhelmingly passing a bill overhauling the Medicare payment system for doctors. "There’s just a huge pent-up demand to actually get something done, on both sides."  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Supreme Court's Obamacare decision ripples through the states

The Supreme Court's decision to uphold Obamacare's subsidies on the federal exchange is reverberating in states that had been retooling their approach to the health care law, or at least girding for a more dramatic outcome to the closely watched case. Published June 26, 2015

President Barack Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House, Thursday, June 25, 2015, in Washington, after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the subsidies for customers in states that do not operate their own exchanges under President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama wins: Supreme Court upholds Obamacare subsidies, 6-3

The Supreme Court upheld Obamacare's ability to pay subsidies to customers throughout the U.S. in a ruling Thursday that cements the law's legal standing, delivering a resounding win to President Obama, who said it was time for Republicans to accept defeat and move on. Published June 25, 2015