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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.

Allen Millette adds to the growing pile of snow in his yard in New Bedford, Mass., Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015. The National Weather Service is reporting snowfall over a foot across eastern Massachusetts, with pockets near 2 feet. (AP Photo/Standard Times, David W. Oliveira)

Obamacare enrollment deadline gets winter weather extension

First it was man-made website glitches, and now it's Mother Nature's wrath that have given Obamacare supporters the excuse to extend application deadlines in the second open enrollment for the health exchanges. Published February 17, 2015

The Obama administration predicted this year that as many as 6 million Americans will pay a penalty on their 2014 taxes. (Associated Press)

Democrats urge Obama to give the uninsured more time to sign up, avoid Obamacare penalty

With the second Obamacare enrollment period in the books, congressional Democrats are already calling on the administration to give those who missed Sunday's deadline more time. They say it's unfair to expect health care consumers to have followed the law's coverage mandate because their first round of Obamacare taxes aren't due until April. Published February 16, 2015

Outgoing Ebola czar Ron Klain listens as President Barack Obama speaks about the Ebola outbreak response by the U.S. in West Africa, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in the South Court Auditorium of the White House complex in Washington. Obama plans to withdraw most US military troops fighting Ebola outbreak in West Africa. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Ron Klain, Ebola czar, stepping down: White House

President Obama said Thursday that his Ebola czar, Ron Klain, is planning to return to the private sector, signaling a further wind-down in the fight against the deadly virus that's killed over 9,000 in West Africa. Published February 12, 2015

A woman is injected by a health care worker, left, as she takes part in an Ebola virus vaccine trial, at one of the largest hospital's Redemption hospital in Monrovia, Liberia, Monday, Feb. 2, 2015. A large-scale human trial of two potential Ebola vaccines got under way in Liberia's capital Monday, part of a global effort to prevent a repeat of the epidemic that has now claimed nearly 9,000 lives in West Africa. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)

Obama lauds U.S. troops, workers in fight against Ebola

President Obama on Wednesday praised U.S. troops and aid workers who entered Ebola's hot zone in West Africa as paragons of American leadership who've set the stage for victory over the deadly virus that's killed more than 9,000. Published February 11, 2015

Sen. Christopher Murphy, Connecticut Democrat joined with fellow Democrats and Republicans Tuesday to encourage parents to vaccinate their children amid a recent measles outbreak in the U.S. (Associated Press)

Congress shows bipartisan support for vaccinations

Congressional lawmakers said Tuesday that well-educated parents who refuse to immunize their children against measles and other diseases are eroding decades of medical progress in America, delivering a bipartisan show of unity after top Republican presidential contenders last week stumbled over the issue. Published February 10, 2015

FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2014 file photo, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell speaks in Miami. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas accused Burwell of being "contemptuous" of Congress on Wednesday by sidestepping about the Obama administration's preparations for a Supreme Court challenge to President Barack Obama's health care law. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)

Obamacare subsidies cut premiums by average of 72 percent: HHS

Obamacare enrollees who qualify for subsidies on the federal exchange will see their monthly premiums drop by an average of 72 percent in 2015 due to the help from taxpayers, the Obama administration said Monday in a report that underscores the stakes of a health showdown before the Supreme Court this term. Published February 9, 2015

President Barack Obama, a basketball fan, mourned the death of University of North Carolina coaching legend Dean Smith.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

White House mourns passing of UNC basketball legend Dean Smith

President Obama mourned the death of University of North Carolina coaching legend Dean Smith, praising the basketball legened and Medal of Freedom winner Sunday as a "gentleman and a citizen" on and off the court. Published February 8, 2015

This Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, file photo shows the Anthem logo at the company's corporate headquarters in Indianapolis. Health insurer Anthem said in a statement Wednesday Feb. 4, 2015, that hackers infiltrated its computer network and accessed a swathe of personal information about current and former customers including their incomes and street addresses. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

Anthem, health insurer, hacked; Social Security numbers exposed

Anthem, the nation's second-largest health insurer, says it was the victim of a "very sophisticated" cyberattack that may have exposed the names and Social Security numbers of tens of millions of past and present members. Published February 5, 2015