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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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Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., walks to his office after arriving on Capitol Hill on Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 in Washington. The federal government remains partially shut down and faces a first-ever default between Oct. 17 and the end of the month. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Election beating yet to turn Senate Democrats against Harry Reid

Despite devastating loses, Senate Democrats showed little sign of ditching the leadership team that led them to an Election Night disaster. Sen. Harry Reid, the Nevada Democrat who will lose his job as majority leader in the new GOP-run Senate, appeared ready to run for minority leader. Published November 4, 2014

Kansas Republican Gov. Sam Brownback talks to supporters during a campaign event Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, in Topeka, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Closely watched races for Senate, governor driving hordes of Kansans to polls

Officials in Kansas reported Tuesday that voter enthusiasm is on par with what they saw during the presidential election two years ago, with wait times up to a half-hour long as the nation eyes its Senate contest between Republican Pat Roberts and independent challenger Greg Orman. Published November 4, 2014

Else Trinidad gets help  from Omar Bonet of SRA international about information regarding ACA health insurance options in Paterson, NJ, Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/The Record of Bergen County, Viorel Florescu) (AP Photo/The Record, VIOREL FLORESCU)

18 state AGs side with Obama in health subsidies dispute

Eighteen states that implemented Obamacare in three discrete ways filed a legal brief Monday that says qualified Americans should enjoy the health law's tax credits no matter where they live, effectively joining the fight against high-profile lawsuits that claim federal assistance should only flow to certain states. Published November 3, 2014

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly during an event with American health care workers fighting the Ebola virus, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Obama praises health care workers, 'American exceptionalism' in Ebola fight

President Obama on Wednesday forcefully defended U.S. health care workers returning from the Ebola outbreak's front lines in West Africa as "heroes" deserving respect, in a White House pep rally designed to lift up volunteers fighting the virus at its source while rebuking those who let "fear" and "hysteria" dictate the country's response. Published October 29, 2014