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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.

This Dec. 31, 2013, file photo shows the U.S. Capitol in early morning light in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

House lawmakers grapple with Ebola both at home and abroad

A House oversight hearing Friday laid bare the sheer complexity of dealing with the global Ebola epidemic, as lawmakers toggled between the desperate plight in West Africa and concern that flawed policies have put Americans' at risk on their own shores. Published October 24, 2014

Health alerts regarding people who may have traveled to particular West African countries are posted in the lobby of Bellevue Hospital, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in New York. Dr. Craig Spencer, a resident of New York City and a member of Doctors Without Borders, was admitted to Bellevue Thursday and has been diagnosed with Ebola. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Darrell Issa: Simply too many 'breakdowns' in Ebola fight

The House's top investigator on Friday outlined a laundry list of problems with the U.S. response to Ebola, setting a tough tone at the start of an oversight hearing on efforts to fight the virus. Published October 24, 2014

This Sept. 15, 2014, file photo shows part of the HealthCare,gov sebsite in Washington. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick, File)

IRS needs more safeguards on Obamacare tax data: IG

A Treasury inspector general said Thursday the IRS should do more to make sure federal taxpayer information does not fall into the wrong hands when it processes and approves subsidy payments under Obamacare. Published October 23, 2014

In this photo taken on Monday, Ot. 20, 2014, Clinic in a Can keeps a tally of worldwide Ebola deaths on their front door of their  headquarters in Wichita, Kan. They hope to send eight or more medical offices made from shipping containers to Liberia to help with the Ebola disaster response. (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, Jaime Green) LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; MAGS OUT; LOCAL RADIO OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT

Ebola scare in Newark was false alarm, Chris Christie says

A West African man who landed late Tuesday at Newark Liberty International Airport is no longer showing symptoms of Ebola after he was monitored overnight at an area hospital, according to New Jersey media. Published October 22, 2014

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

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

This Sept. 15, 2014, file photo shows part of the HealthCare,gov sebsite in Washington. (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

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