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Tom Howell Jr.

Tom Howell Jr. covers politics for The Washington Times. He can be reached at

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal
(AP Photo)

States grapple with groundbreaking Supreme Court rulings on Obamacare, gay marriage

Pivotal Supreme Court rulings on same-sex marriage and Obamacare are reverberating in the states, where some officials are slow-walking overnight changes to their marriage laws and others want to retool their approaches to health care reform now that federal subsidies are on firm footing in all the states. Published June 28, 2015

In this April 16, 2015, photo, President Barack signs the bill H.R. 2 Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. On Iran, Medicare, education and trade, Republicans and Democrats have come together to make deals, and that’s something rarely seen lately. "It’s great," Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas said after the Senate followed the House’s lead this past week in overwhelmingly passing a bill overhauling the Medicare payment system for doctors. "There’s just a huge pent-up demand to actually get something done, on both sides."  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Supreme Court's Obamacare decision ripples through the states

The Supreme Court's decision to uphold Obamacare's subsidies on the federal exchange is reverberating in states that had been retooling their approach to the health care law, or at least girding for a more dramatic outcome to the closely watched case. Published June 26, 2015

President Barack Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House, Thursday, June 25, 2015, in Washington, after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the subsidies for customers in states that do not operate their own exchanges under President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama wins: Supreme Court upholds Obamacare subsidies, 6-3

The Supreme Court upheld Obamacare's ability to pay subsidies to customers throughout the U.S. in a ruling Thursday that cements the law's legal standing, delivering a resounding win to President Obama, who said it was time for Republicans to accept defeat and move on. Published June 25, 2015

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Senate panel approves long-term highway funding bill

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee unanimously approved a six-year highway bill with little fanfare Wednesday, setting up a long-term extension of funding for the nation's decaying roads and bridges if lawmakers can find a way to pay for the package. Published June 24, 2015

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, answers questions during an interview with The Associated Press in his office on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 9, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

House votes to repeal Obamacare's 'death panel'

The House voted Tuesday to repeal another piece of Obamacare, this time a Medicare cost-cutting board that opponents have decried as a "death panel" that could ration care. Published June 23, 2015

MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, a key architect of Obamacare, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, before the House Oversight Committee health care hearing. (AP Photo/Molly Riley) ** FILE **

White House brushes off revelations about Jonathan Gruber's role in crafting Obamacare

The White House Monday defended its portrayal of MIT professor Jonathan Gruber as a contractor with a limited role in crafting Obamacare, pushing back at GOP lawmakers who uncovered a steady stream of emails between President Obama's team and the economist who once commented on the "stupidity of the American voter." Published June 22, 2015