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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.

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Rep. Michael McCaul, Texas Republican (Associated Press) **FILE**

Rep. McCaul: Islamic State doesn't fit into Obama's 'narrative'

The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee said Sunday that President Obama can't seem to "get his head around" the threat the Islamic State poses as it grabs territory in Iraq and Syria and releases gruesome videos of hostage beheadings. Published September 14, 2014

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said in an email to employees that bonuses were an appropriate way for taxpayers to reward the agency that polices them. "I believe that rewarding our high-performing employees is a vital investment for our nation's tax system," he said. (Associated Press)

Bipartisan doubts emerge on IRS ability to handle Obamacare

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen went to Capitol Hill Wednesday to talk about Obamacare. But inevitably, he faced questions about the political targeting scandal that hit the revenue agency shortly before he took the reins. Published September 10, 2014

Rep. Michael C. Burgess, Texas Republican (Associated Press)

House GOP pushes bill to let insurers ignore Obamacare standards

The House Rules Committee cleared the way Tuesday for another debate on poking holes in Obamacare — this time over a bill that would let insurers offer employer-based health plans that do not comply with the law's coverage standards for several more years. Published September 9, 2014

Rep. Tom Cotton, Arkansas Republican is running for the U.S. Senate seat now held by U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, a Democrat. (Associated Press)

Cotton-Pryor race in Arkansas a dead heat: CNN poll

Republican congressman Tom Cotton leads Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor by 2 points in a closely watched battle in Arkansas that could determine which party controls the Senate, according to a CNN poll of likely voters. Published September 5, 2014

FILE - This May 12, 2014, file photo shows former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush as he speaks at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research Alexander Hamilton Award Dinner, in New York. The Associated Press has tracked the movements and machinations of more than a dozen prospective presidential candidates including Bush. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Jeb Bush circle to donors: Give us right of first refusal

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's advisers are asking political donors not to commit to other potential 2016 candidates until he decides whether to take a run at the GOP nomination for president, according to the Wall Street Journal. Published September 5, 2014

FILE - This Aug. 9, 2011 file photo shows a Wall Street street sign near the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. U.S. stocks rose Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, after the European Central Bank surprised traders by trimming its main interest rate to a record low, and announcing that it would purchase asset-backed securities in an effort to stimulate the region's ailing economy.  (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Banking and real estate industries back in public's good graces

Americans have a positive image of banking industry for the first time since 2007 and a positive view of the real estate industry for the first time since 2006, proving each sector is recovering from the doldrums of a financial recession precipitated in large part by a mortgage-linked housing bubble, according to a new survey. Published September 5, 2014