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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.

New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie speaks  during a campaign rally in support of Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan at Patapsco Arena, in Baltimore, Md., on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014. Christie is chairman of the Republican Governors Association. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Christie tops Obama again, gets high marks for handling of Ebola: poll

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie enjoyed a successful election night on the national stage Tuesday, with several Republican governors cruising to election over President Obama's allies. Now, Mr. Christie's constituents are giving him higher marks than the federal government for his handling of the Ebola situation. Published November 6, 2014

House Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio said the Republican-controlled Congress will hold more votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act. (associated press)

Obamacare opponents emboldened, gain reinforcements in midterms

Voters dealt a blow to Obamacare in a number of states this week when they re-elected GOP governors who had opposed the law, and even added a few to their ranks, making the climate less hospitable for President Obama's plans to expand Medicaid. Published November 6, 2014

U.S. Sen.-elect Joni Ernst speaks to supporters during an election night rally, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in West Des Moines, Iowa. Ernst defeated U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, in the race to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Joni Ernst wins in Iowa, piling on Senate wins for the GOP

Republican candidate Joni Ernst has seized the Senate seat left by retiring Democratic senator Tom Harkin, representing the icing on the cake for GOP contenders who took back the upper chamber late Tuesday. Published November 5, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., walks to his office after arriving on Capitol Hill on Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 in Washington. The federal government remains partially shut down and faces a first-ever default between Oct. 17 and the end of the month. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Election beating yet to turn Senate Democrats against Harry Reid

Despite devastating loses, Senate Democrats showed little sign of ditching the leadership team that led them to an Election Night disaster. Sen. Harry Reid, the Nevada Democrat who will lose his job as majority leader in the new GOP-run Senate, appeared ready to run for minority leader. Published November 4, 2014