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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 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)

D.C. appeals panel deals big blow to Obamacare subsidies

Millions of Americans are not entitled to government health insurance subsidies under Obamacare because of the way the law is written, a divided three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday. Published July 22, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 15, 2014, during a news conference about competing bills from the Democrats and Republicans on employee health coverage and birth control under the Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Nominee to U.N. aviation body approved

The Senate approved one of President Obama's fundraisers Monday to fill a vacancy on the United Nations body that investigates aviation incidents like the Malaysia Airlines crash that is roiling eastern Ukraine. But first, his nomination ruffled a political saga on U.S. soil. Published July 21, 2014

** FILE ** In this Monday, June 30, 2014, file photo, customers walk to a Hobby Lobby store in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Half of Colorado voters are OK with Hobby Lobby decision, poll shows

Exactly half of Colorado voters think the Supreme Court got it right when it said closely held corporations may opt out of an Obamacare rule that requires employers to include contraception in their health plans, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday. Published July 21, 2014

**FILE** Christian Noboa of the Russia side Rubin Kazan challenges Artem Milevskiy (right) of Ukraine's Dynamo Kiev during their Group F Champions League soccer match in Kiev on Sept. 16, 2009. (Associated Press)

Violence on the edge of Europe forces soccer officials to act

With tensions mounting on the fringes of Europe, officials decided this week to ban competitive soccer matches in Israel and to make sure teams from the Ukraine and Russia are not drawn to play each other in the continent's top club competitions. Published July 17, 2014

Sen. Orrin Hatch, Utah Republican, addresses a crowd during the Utah Republican Party nominating convention, in Sandy, Utah, on April 26, 2014. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Orrin Hatch blasts Democratic birth-control bill as 'stupid politics'

Senate Republicans blasted a Democratic bill Wednesday to reverse the Supreme Court's "Hobby Lobby" ruling on birth control as "really stupid politics" that treads on religious liberty, cuing up a partisan fight over messaging to women voters ahead of the fall's midterms elections. Published July 16, 2014

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Democrats use 'Hobby Lobby' ruling to rally base

Conservatives are playing defense on birth control even though the Supreme Court handed them a win in its "Hobby Lobby" ruling last month, as liberal foes highlight what the fallout could mean for women who want free contraception under Obamacare. Published July 15, 2014

**FILE** Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 3, 2014. (Associated Press)

Mitch McConnell fires back at Democrats: Obamacare harms women

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell pushed back Tuesday at Democrats' claims the GOP is harming women with their support of the Supreme Court's recent birth-control decision by highlighting the less popular aspects of Obamacare as a whole. Published July 15, 2014

**FILE** Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada speaks July 8, 2014, to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Associated Press)

Reid: GOP's Obamacare lawsuit is something out of 'The People's Court'

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid labeled House Republicans as hypocrites Monday for deciding to sue President Obama over his unilateral delays to Obamacare's "employer mandate" despite their own votes to delay the rule and other parts of the signature overhaul. Published July 14, 2014