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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.

FILE - This photo released on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 by the Massachusetts State Police shows some of the 1,250 packets of heroin labeled "Obamacare" and "Kurt Cobain" which state police troopers confiscated during a traffic stop in Hatfield, Mass. Four people were charged with heroin trafficking. (AP Photo/Massachusetts State Police)

Obamacare mired by lawsuits challenging fundamentals

The Supreme Court will rule sometime before the end of this month on the Obama administration's contraceptive mandate, but bigger challenges to Obamacare are still winding their way through the courts. Published June 25, 2014

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif. listens to testimony regarding social security and disability benefits, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 10, 2014. Four Social Security judges are facing accusations they rubber-stamped claims for disability benefits, approving billions of dollars in payments from the cash-strapped program. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Rep. Darrell Issa: IRS has done little for its reputation over last few days

The House's top investigator said Tuesday the relationship between congressional Republicans and the IRS was "not improved" by agency Commissioner John Koskinen's "disappointing performance" late Monday, as members of Congress probe what happened to emails that could be key to their investigation of political targeting at the revenue agency. Published June 24, 2014

**FILE** Rep. Jackie Speier, California Democrat. (Associated Press)

Oversight Democrats: IRS, agencies need IT help, not just criticism

Amid partisan bickering over the IRS' political targeting scandal, Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier told the House oversight committee to do something "constructive in nature" so government agencies are not left in a technological Stone Age. Published June 24, 2014

Former Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Obamacare architects gear up for second year

Key Obamacare architects said Tuesday political headwinds will not deter them from promoting the controversial health law in its second year, casting the reforms as a private matter for American families even though it remains the centerpiece of partisan struggles on Capitol Hill. Published June 18, 2014

**FILE** Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius sits in the audience as she waits for President Barack Obama to make a statement on the Affordable Care Act on April 1, 2014, in the Rose Garden of the White House. (Associated Press)

Sebelius speaks out: Obamacare toppled 'relentless obstruction'

Former Health and Human Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, in her first major remarks since resigning, said Tuesday that proponents of President Obama's health overhaul were able to overcome "relentless obstruction" and even intimidation in states that rejected the health care law. Published June 17, 2014

** FILE ** This June 13, 2014, file photo shows President Barack Obama speaking on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Obama thanks health care law supporters in a surprise video

In a surprise video message, President Obama on Tuesday thanked nearly 1,000 people tied to the nationwide effort to enroll people through his health care law, saying they cannot let up now because billionaire donors on "the other side" will try to roll back their gains. Published June 17, 2014

This image posted on a militant website on Saturday, June 14, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, appears to show militants from the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) leading away captured Iraqi soldiers in plain clothes after taking over a base in Tikrit, Iraq.  (AP Photo via militant website)

Criticism of Obama mounts as Islamists sweep through Iraq

Members of Congress called on President Obama Sunday to link up with Arab allies and quell a quick-moving crisis in Iraq, where Islamic militants swept toward Baghdad and left a bloody trail in their wake. Published June 15, 2014

** FILE ** Rep. Mike Rogers, Michigan Republican. (Associated Press)

Rogers: Decisive U.S. action needed in Iraq

Rep. Mike Rogers said Sunday the United States needs to act quickly and decisively with its Arab partners to quell the wave of extremists who are taking control of key Iraqi cities, before it's too late. Published June 15, 2014

Cantor: 'No regrets' after stunning primary defeat

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Sunday he has "no regrets" about the build-up to his stunning Republican primary loss that toppled him from the No. 2 spot in the chamber. Published June 15, 2014