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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.

Fla. man accused of leaving boy, 7, in hot car

Authorities have charged an Afghan immigrant with neglect for leaving his 7-year-old son inside a car while he cleaned a furniture store in Jacksonville, Fla., according to local reports. Published July 14, 2014

The Rev. Bruce Prescott, left, speaks during a vigil outside a Hobby Lobby store in Edmond, Okla., Monday, June 30, 2014, in reaction to the Supreme Court's decision that some companies like the Oklahoma-based Hobby Lobby chain of arts-and-craft stores can avoid the contraceptives requirement in President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, if they have religious objections. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) ** FILE **

Medical journal piece: Hobby Lobby decision leaves too much in the air

An opinion piece published Friday in the Journal of the American Medical Association argues the Supreme Court's willingness to defend "corporate personhood" — exemplified in its Hobby Lobby decision on birth control and company health plans — is "becoming a major impediment to public health regulation." Published July 11, 2014

FILE - This 1975 file electronmicrograph from the Centers for Disease Control shows the smallpox virus. Government officials say workers cleaning a storage room at the National Institute of Health's campus in Maryland made a startling discovery last week _ decades-old vials of smallpox forgotten in a cardboard box. (AP Photo/CDC, File)

Forgotten vial of smallpox found in NIH storage room

A forgotten sample of smallpox dating back to the 1950s was found in a storage room at the Bethesda campus of the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday. Published July 8, 2014

FILE - This 1975 file electronmicrograph from the Centers for Disease Control shows the smallpox virus. Government officials say workers cleaning a storage room at the National Institute of Health's campus in Maryland made a startling discovery last week _ decades-old vials of smallpox forgotten in a cardboard box. (AP Photo/CDC, File)

Vials of smallpox virus found where they shouldn't have been: CDC

The Centers for Disease Control announced Tuesday that government employees found old vials labeled "variola," better known as smallpox, in an unused portion of an FDA lab in the Beltway area — a remarkable and unusual discovery because an international pact says smallpox samples may only be held at labs in Atlanta and Russia. Published July 8, 2014

** FILE ** In this Jan. 6, 2014, file photo, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., joined by attorneys Paul D. Clement, far left, and Rick Esenberg, second from left, announces that he has filed a lawsuit to block the federal government from helping to pay for health care coverage for members of Congress and their staffs during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. A federal judge will hear arguments this week on whether to toss a U.S. senator's lawsuit challenging rules that force congressional members and their staffs to obtain government-subsidized health insurance through small business exchanges. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Judge hears arguments in Sen. Ron Johnson's Obamacare lawsuit

A lawyer for Republican Sen. Ron Johnson told a federal court Monday that the Obama administration overstepped its bounds and gave members of Congress and their staffs illegal preferential treatment under Obamacare. Published July 7, 2014

Demonstrators on opposing sides of the immigration debate are separated by police officers Friday outside a U.S. Border Patrol station in Murrieta, California. The town was the latest flashpoint for standoffs over the transport of illegal minor immigrants.  (Associated Press)

Republicans: Obama ignored brewing border crisis

Republicans said Sunday that President Obama ignored the tide of illegal immigrant children pouring across the border for years and may have even invited it with his policy of deferring deportations, making him responsible for the current crisis of exploitation and violence. Published July 6, 2014

An Israeli ambassador said that those suspected of murdering a Palestinian teen will not be hailed as heroes, unlike what, he says, would happen in Palestine.  (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

Israel says teen murder suspects will be tried

Israeli officials vowed to prosecute six suspects arrested Sunday and accused of killing a Palestinian youth in what has been viewed as revenge for last week's murder of three Jewish teenagers. Published July 6, 2014

** FILE ** Rep. Darrell Issa, California Republican. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Rep. Darrell Issa to DOJ: Time to move on IRS case

The House's top investigator said the investigation into the IRS political targeting scandal is being held up by a Justice Department that refuses to go after Lois Lerner, the former official at the heart of the probe. Published July 6, 2014

Texas Gov. Rick Perry talks to members of the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security about the humanitarian and national security crises going on along the Texas-Mexico border Thursday July 3, 2014 in McAllen, Texas.  Perry said that the tens of thousands of Central American children entering the U.S. illegally is both a humanitarian crisis and a national security one. (AP Photo/The Monitor, Gabe Hernandez)  MAGS OUT; TV OUT

Perry: Obama administration knew about border problem for years

Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Sunday he warned the administration for years about the incoming tide of young illegal immigrants and begged for additional resources to deal with it, only to be rebuffed and left with a crisis along his state's southern border. Published July 6, 2014