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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.

Obama admin to blame for HealthCare.gov woes, $840M cost: GAO

Obamacare's balky federal website was doomed last fall by poor management within the Obama administration, cost overruns and shifting deadlines and requirements, government investigators say in a report for Congress. Published July 30, 2014

New Mexico decides to use HealthCare.gov for 2015

New Mexico has decided to use the federal HealthCare.gov website for another year instead of shifting to its own platform to enroll people in Obamacare plans, a new report said. Published July 29, 2014

** FILE ** Volunteer Stella Chambers, center, explains some of the Affordable Health Care Act to visitors to a health care coverage registration site hosted by Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers, Monday, March 31, 2014, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Appeals court upholds Obamacare tax as constitutional

A key appeals court on Tuesday ruled that despite including a tax, Obamacare doesn't violate the Constitution's requirement that all tax bills originate in the House of Representatives, giving the Obama administration another health care win. Published July 29, 2014

** FILE ** A Sunday, June 9, 2013, file photo provided by The Guardian newspaper in London shows Edward Snowden, who worked as a contract employee at the U.S. National Security Agency. (AP Photo/The Guardian, File)

ACLU: Unprecedented U.S. spying has chilling effect on reporters and sources

U.S. spying programs are making government sources too skittish to divulge sensitive information to reporters, especially on computer-based technology, making it difficult for journalists to hold powerful entities to account, according to a 120-page report released Monday. Published July 28, 2014

**FILE** House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, Michigan Republican, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 6, 2013. (Associated PRess)

Rep. Mike Rogers: Lock Israel-Palestine negotiators in a room

Rep. Mike Rogers on Monday said peace negotiators need to be locked in a room to "sit down and try to work out the issues" before the conflict between Israel and extremist Palestinian fighters from Hamas deepens with more bloodshed. Published July 28, 2014