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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.

Democratic candidate Charlie Crist, left, and Republican Gov. Rick Scott shake hands before their live television debate, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 hosted by WJXT-TV and CNN at the Channel 4 studios in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/The Florida Times-Union, Will Dickey, Pool)

Scott, Crist spar over immigration, economy in Florida debate

Ground rules weren't a problem this time, but Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic challenger Charlie Crist fanned the political flames late Tuesday over immigration, the minimum wage and — in odd spurts — which of them had been poorer as a child. Published October 21, 2014

FILE - This Sept. 15, 2014, file photo shows part of the HealthCare,gov Website in Washington. Republicans may be close to winning control of Congress and more votes to repeal “Obamacare,” but GOP governors don’t see the president’s health care law going away.  (AP Photo/Jon Elswick, File)

Voters split over Obamacare, but most want candidates to move on: poll

More than half of voters say they're tired of hearing congressional candidates talk about Obamacare and "wish they would move on to other issues," while just over four in 10 want the discussion to continue, according to a monthly tracking poll released Tuesday. Published October 21, 2014

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson speaks at the Canadian American Business Council in Ottawa, Ontario, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Sean Kilpatrick) ** FILE **

Ebola-country travelers to be funneled to five airports

The Homeland Security Department announced Tuesday that it will force travelers from three Ebola-outbreak countries to enter the U.S. through the five airports where federal officials are prepared to screen them for the disease, marking the latest tightening of travel restrictions. Published October 21, 2014

Gloves and rubber boots forming part of the Ebola prevention gear for health workers at a clinic are set outside for the sun to dry them after being washed in Monrovia, Liberia, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014.  Border closures, flight bans and mass quarantines are creating a sense of siege in the West African countries affected by Ebola, officials at an emergency African Union meeting said Monday, as Senegal agreed to allow humanitarian aid pass through its closed borders. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)

WHO: Ebola outbreak in Senegal is officially over

The World Health Organization on Friday declared the Ebola outbreak in Senegal over and congratulated the country on "its diligence to end the transmission of the virus." Published October 17, 2014

President Obama meets with Cynthia Hogan, Counsel to the Vice-President and Ron Klain, Chief of Staff to the Vice President in the Oval Office, May 21, 2009. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)

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Ron Klain named Ebola czar by President Obama

Responding to urgent calls from Congress and a fearful public, President Obama has tapped a former White House official to serve as his "Ebola czar." Published October 17, 2014

Nina Pham, first nurse to get Ebola, in 'high spirits' at Md. facility

The first Dallas nurse to test positive for Ebola after treating a Liberian national with the virus has been successfully transferred from the Texas hospital where she works to what officials termed the "house of hope" — a massive research center in suburban Washington. Published October 17, 2014

Employees with Cleaning Guys Environmental carry equipment into North Belton Middle School Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, in Belton, Texas, as they prepare to disinfect the school. The Central Texas school district has temporarily closed three of its campuses after a family of four, including two students from the district, traveled on the same flight as a nurse who has since been diagnosed with Ebola. (AP Photo/The Temple Daily Telegram, Rusty Schramm) TV OUT, MAGS OUT

GOP lawmakers call on Congress to reconvene to address Ebola

Two Republican lawmakers say Congress should reconvene to address the Ebola threat to the U.S., citing the Obama administration's reluctance to establish a travel ban among passengers West African countries hard-hit by the virus. Published October 17, 2014

Outbreak: A 1989 Veterinary Medicine Division team at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) found Ebola could be spread airborne in primates. (Associated Press)

Airborne Ebola spread can't be ruled out, docs from infamous 'Hot Zone' episode say

Both President Obama and his top infectious disease experts tried to calm Americans' fears about Ebola this week by saying the current outbreak cannot be transmitted through the air. But less than 30 miles from where top government officials made their declarations in Washington, scientists a quarter century ago did in fact prove that an Ebola strain contained to monkeys could spread airborne. Published October 16, 2014

Dr. Dan Varga, chief clinical officer at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, speaks as Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings looks on at right during a news conference, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, in Dallas. A second health care worker has tested positive for Ebola. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Second health care worker with Ebola to be transported to Atlanta

The second health care worker in Texas who tested positive for Ebola should not have traveled by air with other passenger the day before she reported symptoms, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Wednesday, although she will be transferred to a specially equipped hospital in Atlanta. Published October 15, 2014

Voters in Tennessee's 9th Congressional District to decide whether they will send a black woman who embraces the tea party to Congress. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Group sues D.C. Obamacare exchange over Capitol Hill sign-ups

A conservative public-interest law firm sued the D.C. health exchange Wednesday for letting members of Congress get health insurance through their small-business portal even though each chamber on Capitol Hill employs thousands of people. Published October 15, 2014

Else Trinidad gets help  from Omar Bonet of SRA international about information regarding ACA health insurance options in Paterson, NJ, Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/The Record of Bergen County, Viorel Florescu) (AP Photo/The Record, VIOREL FLORESCU)

Obamacare website CEO sees rosier 2015

The man in charge of the HealthCare.gov said the Obama administration is starting to notify customers who bought health coverage during Obamacare's first year that they need to re-enroll this fall. Published October 15, 2014