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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.

President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Jan. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

President ignores Obamacare stumbles while taunting GOP to try to do better

"I know that the American people are not interested in refighting old battles," President Obama told Congress in his State of the Union Address. "So again, if you have specific plans to cut costs, cover more people, and increase choice — tell America what you’d do differently. Let’s see if the numbers add up." Published January 28, 2014

** FILE ** In this Dec. 17, 2013, file photo, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Congress takes Obamacare contraception battle to court

Congress took its battle over Obamacare and contraception to court Tuesday, with Democrats filing legal briefs with the Supreme Court arguing the administration’s coverage mandate promotes public health, and senior Republicans countering that it flouts religious freedom laws for which they had voted. Published January 28, 2014

GOP senators offer blueprint to fix Obamacare

Republican senators on Monday announced a sweeping plan to fix the most unpopular parts of Obamacare, ditching the individual mandate requiring Americans to have coverage but still offering taxpayer help for those looking to buy policies. Published January 27, 2014

FILE - This Dec. 20, 2013, file image shows part of the website in Washington, that notes to enroll by Dec. 23 for coverage starting as soon as Jan. 1, 2014. Anticipating heavy traffic on the government's health care website, the Obama administration effectively extended Monday's deadline for signing up for insurance by a day, giving people in 36 states more time to select a plan. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick, File)

D.C. finding success enrolling key youths in Obamacare

Young people aren't signing up fast enough for President Obama's health law -- except in the District, which is actually doing a pretty good job of getting them enrolled by going to where the youngsters are. Published January 26, 2014

"That was just a grab bag of misinformation and distortion coming from him," Rep. Peter King, New York Republican, says about comments made by Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, on "Fox News Sunday."

U.S., Russia at odds over Olympics safety

Icy relations between United States and Russia haven’t warmed enough to ensure a safe Winter Olympics in Sochi next month, federal lawmakers said Sunday. Published January 26, 2014

** FILE ** Kentucky Gov. Steven L. Beshear. (Associated Press)

Beshear a lonely Southern fan of Obamacare

Kentucky Democratic Gov. Steven Beshear on Friday unabashedly lauded his state's success in rolling out Obamacare in the face of state voters who never warmed to President Obama and a pair of Republican senators who bash the new health law at every turn. Published January 24, 2014

Rep. Fred Upton, Michigan Republican (Associated Press)

Moody's downgrades health insurers, citing Obamacare

The nation’s health insurers have been damaged by the shaky Obamacare rollout, a top credit-rating agency said as it downgraded the industry’s outlook Thursday — even as new numbers suggested President Obama’s health law is showing some successes. Published January 23, 2014

**FILE** Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Sebelius urges mayors to back Medicaid expansion

President Obama’s top health official urged the nation’s mayors to take an active role in demanding their states expand Medicaid, calling out Texas, Florida and Georgia as states that put low-income residents at risk of losing out on any form of subsidized coverage. Published January 22, 2014

In this Dec. 19, 2013, file photo, a passer-by walks near an entrance to a Target retail store in Watertown, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File) **FILE**

Target sends part-time workers to Obamacare

Retail giant Target Corp. has decided to drop its health care plan for part-time workers, citing low participation and saying its workers will be better off applying for coverage under the Obamacare insurance exchanges. Published January 22, 2014