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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.

Birds fly past at sun set as smoke emits from a chimney at a factory in Ahmadabad, India, Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. The momentum from a historic U.S.-China pact to resist global warming is showing signs of fading at the U.N. climate talks in Peru as the familiar rich-poor conflict persists over who should do what to keep the planet from overheating. The conference's high-level phase begins Tuesday. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

Manufacturers association chief sees little hope for Obamacare relief

Resurgent U.S. manufacturers face headwinds from Obamacare's mandates and taxes, but the law's namesake has two more years in the White House and public benefits will be hard to reel back despite the recent midterm election results, National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons said. Published December 17, 2014

This photo provided by the Service Employees International Union show a couple reviewing health care plans at an Affordable Care Act enrollment event sponsored by SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West and Community Coalition, in Los Angeles Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/SEIU, Michael Chavez) ** FILE **

Obama says works 'flawlessly'

President Obama says the federal Obamacare exchange works "flawlessly" and that returning customers should "go shopping" before the end of the day for a good deal on coverage that starts Jan. 1. Published December 15, 2014

Rep. Ron DeSantis, Florida Republican, said carving congressional staffers out of Obamacare coverage harms the GOP battle against the policy they decry. (Associated Press)

House GOP won't force Obamacare on staffers

Senate Republicans' vote this week to make their staffers use the Obamacare exchanges has put the spotlight on their House colleagues, who refused to do the same in a vote earlier this year, leaving them in a tenuous political position. Published December 11, 2014

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberian president, thanks Congress for Ebola aid

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf expressed "profound gratitude" Wednesday to U.S. government and aid workers fighting Ebola in her country, saying American leadership set off a domino effect that brought global aid to West African countries reeling from the viral disease. Published December 10, 2014