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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.

Outgoing House Speaker John A. Boehner hugs his successor Rep. Paul Ryan in the House Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday. (Associated Press)

Paul Ryan vows to unify party, reshape House

Paul Ryan on Thursday became the youngest House speaker in nearly 150 years, winning one of the trickiest jobs in Washington by quelling rebellious conservatives and pledging to shake up the way Congress does business. Published October 29, 2015

Social Security fixes give Republicans small victory in budget deal

The budget deal that Republican and Democratic leaders reached this week makes the biggest changes to Social Security in decades, giving Republicans a small victory as they try to sell the agreement to skeptical advocacy groups in Washington and voters back home. Published October 27, 2015

Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

House uses rare move in vote to reauthorize Ex-Im Bank

The House voted Tuesday to revive the federal Export-Import Bank, capping an unusual end-run around GOP leaders and vexing conservatives who say the lapsed credit agency corrupted the free market and should fade away. Published October 27, 2015 states to see average rate hike of 7.5 percent on midrange plans

Consumers seeking 2016 coverage on the federal Obamacare exchange will see an average premium increase of 7.5 percent on vital mid-tier plans, the administration said Monday in an enrollment-season preview that shows a bigger bump in prices than last year, as insurers get a feel for the new marketplace. Published October 26, 2015

President Barack Obama shares a humorous moment with a group of doctors from around the country in the Oval Office, Oct. 5, 2009, prior to a health insurance reform event at the White House.
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Another Obamacare suit wends its way to Supreme Court

Obamacare opponents are asking the Supreme Court, once again, to invalidate the massive health overhaul, pushing an appeal that says Congress violated the Constitution's "origination clause" requiring the House to kickstart revenue-raising bills. Published October 26, 2015

Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Hard-liners go around GOP leadership on Ex-Im bank

Many of the same centrist Republicans who complained about conservatives stabbing the GOP in the back on congressional procedures are behind the effort to circumvent their own leaders and force a vote on the divisive Export-Import Bank. Published October 25, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, accompanied by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, smiles and waves as she arrive for a campaign rally, Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, in Alexandria, Va.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Political rivals downplay Hillary Clinton's 'best week,' say she'll stumble in time

Presidential nomination rivals tried their best Sunday to poke holes in Hillary Rodham Clinton's "best week" narrative, arguing that her political record will topple her front-runner status even as they refused to label her an "enemy" or say she outright rebuffed Republicans during last week's Capitol Hill showdown. Published October 25, 2015

The website, where people can buy health insurance, is displayed on a laptop screen in Washington on Oct. 6, 2015. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

HHS unveils 3.0

The administration on Friday said consumers will find a sleeker, easier-to-use when Obamacare's third round of sign-ups begins Nov. 1. Published October 23, 2015

House votes to gut Obamacare through budget process

The House voted Friday to scrap Obamacare's most unpopular mandates and taxes, putting in motion a plan to dismantle the law through the budget process despite Democratic derision and conservative-driven complaints the bill doesn't go far enough. Published October 23, 2015

Rep. Paul Ryan had been reluctant to give up his role as head of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee and precious weekends with his family, so he demanded support from every wing of the party by Friday. (Associated Press)

Paul Ryan officially announces House speaker bid

Congressman Paul Ryan confirmed Thursday he will run for the speaker's gavel, capping a tumultuous week in which every faction of House GOP warmed to the reluctant candidate. Published October 22, 2015