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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.

President Obama (Associated Press)

Obama's radio address describes health insurance as a 'right'

President Obama on Saturday offered one of his strongest defenses to date of his signature domestic achievement, lambasting Republican critics of his health care law as obstructionists who are playing politics with the well-being and economic security of millions of Americans. Published August 17, 2013

**FILE** U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, Iowa Democrat, speaks in Dubuque, Iowa, on Oct. 29, 2010. (Associated Press)

New GOP ads hit Obamacare 'exemption,' Iowa congressman

The National Republican Senatorial Committee on Friday will take their first swipe at Democrats in the wake of an Obama administration decision to let federal lawmakers and their staffs keep the government subsidy that offsets much of their insurance premiums costs — even though they will enter state-based health exchanges under "Obamacare." Published August 16, 2013

New York City mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner participates in a candidate's forum in New York on Aug. 13, 2013. (Associated Press)

NYC mayoral race tight, but Weiner lags behind the field

A new survey on the New York City mayoral race shows disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner continuing to slide, while Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is now neck-and-neck with City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. Published August 16, 2013

Screen grab of the Republican "Duck Hunt" ad targeting Sen. Mary Landrieu.

Mary Landrieu targeted in 'Duck Hunt' ad

Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu is the target of a new Republican ad that riffs off the popular Nintendo game "Duck Hunt," a B-side to the Super Mario Bros. classic that features zig-zagging birds and a mocking dog. Published August 15, 2013

**FILE** Attorney General Eric Holder, the nation's top law enforcement official, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on May 15, 2013, before the House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing on the U.S. Department of Justice. (Associated Press)

Newt Gingrich: AG Eric Holder got it right on sentencing reform

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. got it right when he called this week for a major shift away from harsh minimum sentences for certain drug crimes in an attempt to cut down an inflating federal prison population. Published August 15, 2013

D.C. groups get grants to help residents with health law

City officials in the nation's capital on Wednesday awarded $6.4 million in grants to nearly three dozen community groups tasked with helping residents navigate benefits within the new health care law. Published August 14, 2013

D.C. exchange awards grants to promote Obamacare

City officials in the nation's capital on Wednesday awarded $6.4 million in grants to nearly three dozen community groups charged with helping residents navigate benefits within the new health care law. Published August 14, 2013

** FILE ** Oklahoma Attorney General E. Scott Pruitt. (Screen grab from http://www.oag.ok.gov)

Judge: Oklahoma can pursue case against Obamacare tax credits

A federal judge says the state of Oklahoma can pursue a lawsuit against the Obama administration that claims the federal government is unlawfully extending tax credits to states that opted not to set up their own insurance exchanges under the new health care law. Published August 13, 2013

**FILE** Former New York Gov. George E. Pataki (Associated Press)

Former New York Gov. Pataki: Stop-and-frisk tactic has helped city

Former New York Gov. George Pataki on Tuesday defended the Bloomberg administration's use of a controversial crime-fighting tactic that's been linked to racial profiling, saying it's been a catalyst for New York City's decades-long turnaround from seedy to family-friendly. Published August 13, 2013

**FILE** House Speaker John Boehner, Ohio Republican, takes questions from reporters at a Capitol Hill news conference on Aug. 1, 2013, as Congress prepares to leave Washington for a five-week recess. (Associated Press)

House Dems to Boehner: Restore food-stamp funding in farm bill

House Democrats called on Speaker John A. Boehner to restore food-stamp funding to any future iteration of the farm bill, a direct response to the GOP's decision this year to strip the nutrition program from the legislation despite its longstanding use as bait for urban liberals to support rural farm subsidies. Published August 13, 2013