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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.

Hazardous material cleaners prepare to hang black plastic outside the apartment in Dallas, Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, where Thomas Eric Duncan, the Ebola patient who traveled from Liberia to Dallas stayed last week. The family living there has been confined under armed guard while being monitored by health officials. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Hazmat crews arrive at Dallas apartment for Ebola cleanup

Clean-up crews have arrived at the Dallas apartment where four family members are holed up because the Liberian national diagnosed with Ebola stayed there for days and sweated feverishly into bedsheets. Published October 3, 2014

A hazardous material cleaner arrives at the apartment complex in Dallas, Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, where Thomas Eric Duncan, the Ebola patient who traveled from Liberia to Dallas stayed last week. The crew is expected to remove items including towels and bed sheets used by Duncan, who is being treated at an isolation unit at a Dallas hospital. The family living there has been confined under armed guard while being monitored by health officials. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Obama administration attempts to quell fears about Ebola

The Obama administration sought Friday to tamp down fears of an Ebola outbreak within the U.S., making the case that America's infrastructure and health care systems set it apart from the horrific scenes coming out of West Africa, even as a confirmed case in Dallas and recent scares in the nation's capital prompt fears of a domestic problem. Published October 3, 2014

John K. Thompson stops by the Tea Party California Caucus booth at the California GOP convention Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in Los Angeles. Capturing even one statewide office remains a long shot, but Republicans at least hope to pick up some legislative seats by running moderate candidates. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Tea party support down from 2010 peak, but stable overall

One in four Americans say they support the tea party, according to a Gallup poll that shows support for the pro-liberty wing is down from its successful wave in 2010, yet has been relatively steady since late 2011. Published October 2, 2014

Representatives of the North Texas Food Bank deliver food items to a unit at The Ivy Apartments Complex, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, in Dallas. Dallas County officials have ordered family members who had contact with the patient diagnosed with the Ebola virus to stay inside their home. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Texas officials: Quarantining family of Ebola patient justified

Texas officials said Thursday their decision to order family members of the Ebola patient in Dallas to remain in their apartment for three weeks was justified, after the relatives were "non-compliant" with earlier requests to stay put. Published October 2, 2014

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., speaks at the RiverRun Bookstore as part of her "A Senator New Hampshire Women Can Trust Tour", Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014 in Portsmouth, N.H. Shaheen is seeking re-election and is running against Republican, former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

New Hampshire Senate race is up for grabs, poll shows

The Senate race in New Hampshire is a dead heat, according to a New England College poll Thursday that puts Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen less than 1 percentage point ahead of Republican challenger Scott Brown. Published October 2, 2014

Ebola fears increase pressure to restrict flights from Africa

The first case of Ebola diagnosed within the U.S. is prompting calls for heavy travel restrictions between the U.S. and those West African countries hardest hit by the outbreak — and one advocate is even warning against the possibility of "Ebola tourism" by patients seeking better care here. Published October 2, 2014

Keith Saunders, left, a certified Cover California insurance agent, explains a health insurance plan to Mark Tammes at a registration site hosted by Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers, Monday, March 31, 2014, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) ** FILE **

Republicans gleefully mark one-year anniversary of failed Obamacare rollout

Republican operatives marked the one-year anniversary of Obamacare's failed tech rollout Wednesday by highlighting another early stumble — the promise that everyone could keep their health plans, even though the overhaul's new coverage standards resulted in cancellation notices for thousands of people in states with key Senate match-ups this fall. Published October 1, 2014