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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.

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 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

This 2010 photo provided by, the yearbook of Texas Christian University, shows Nina Pham, 26, who became the first person to contract the disease within the United States. Records show that Pham and other health care workers wore protective gear, including gowns, gloves, masks and face shields and sometimes full-body suits when caring for Thomas Eric Duncan. (AP Photo/Courtesy of

Dallas nurse with Ebola says she's 'doing well'

The 26-year-old nurse who contracted Ebola while taking care of an infected patient in Dallas is "doing well" and has received a blood transfusion from American doctor Kent Brantly, who overcame the virus after he was flown home from West Africa. Published October 14, 2014

A Protect Environmental worker wears a hazard suite in a staging area at a healthcare workers apartment, who tested positive for Ebola, Oct. 13, 2014, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

Congress calls U.S. officials to Washington for Ebola update

House lawmakers have asked U.S. officials on the front lines of the battle against Ebola to testify before Congress Thursday, as a second diagnosis in Dallas rattles health care workers and the American public. Published October 14, 2014