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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.

"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

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius speaks on the release of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report on the 'The Health Consequence of Smoking 50 Years of Progress', Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama's last-ditch plan to let Americans keep health plans has minimal impact: study

President Obama's decision to let Americans keep bare bones insurance plans that do not meet Obamacare's criteria is unlikely to send new marketplaces into a "death spiral," in which health premiums steadily rise as young, healthier people are driven out of the market in favor of older, sicker consumers Published January 21, 2014

**FILE** President Obama pauses while speaking about his signature health care law in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House on Nov. 14, 2013. (Associated Press)

D.C. restaurant: Obamacare killed our Friday buffet

The owners of a restaurant in the tony Georgetown section of Washington have canceled a popular Friday lunch buffet, saying Obamacare made it too expensive to hire the workers needed to keep the buffet going. Published January 20, 2014

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has political aspirations in Australia. Will voters Down Under see through the WikiLeaks Party's facade and vote against Mr. Assange? It's hard to say.
(Associated Press)

Wikileaks' Assange: Obama's snooping speech 'embarrassing'

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange said Friday it is clear that President Obama would not have unveiled his new spying reforms had it not been for leaks by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and other whistleblowers, calling Mr. Obama's address on the controversy "embarrassing." Published January 17, 2014

In this July 11, 2009, file photo, former CIA Director Michael V. Hayden says top members of Congress were kept well-informed about the Bush administration's post-9/11 surveillance program, with meetings that usually occurred at the White House with Vice President Dick Cheney in attendance. (Associated Press)

Ex-NSA boss Hayden: Obama to put Americans at ease with spy programs

Retired Gen. Michael Hayden, former director of the National Security Agency, said Friday that President Obama's speech on reforms to U.S. spying programs will focus on making people feel comfortable with the practices — not sweeping changes. Published January 17, 2014

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio meets with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. On Wednesday, the Republican-run House passed an immense $1.1 trillion spending package, a bipartisan compromise that all but banishes the likelihood of an election-year government shutdown.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House Republicans remain focused on Obamacare's problems

House Republicans on Thursday once again tried to shine a bright light on Obamacare’s problems and possible security flaws, as Obama administration officials admitted they were wrong about the website’s readiness but said the warning signs weren’t strong enough to convince them to delay the rollout. Published January 16, 2014

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivers his State Of The State address at the Statehouse, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Trenton, N.J. Faced with a widening political scandal that threatens to undermine his second term and a possible 2016 presidential run, Christie apologized again Tuesday, saying his administration "let down the people we are entrusted to serve" but that the issue doesn't define his team or the state. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Chris Christie favorability remains high despite 'Bridgegate'

New Jersey voters are giving Gov. Chris Christie the benefit of the doubt as he fights for his political life over a traffic-jam scandal, according to new polling that says more residents see him as a leader than as a bully who takes swipes at political foes. Published January 15, 2014

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman announces Jan. 16, 2012, his withdrawal from the Republican presidential race in Myrtle Beach, S.C. (Associated Press)

Jon Huntsman tapped as Atlantic Council chairman

Former Utah governor and GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman Jr. has been tapped to lead the Atlantic Council, a nonpartisan think tank in Washington that promotes "constructive leadership and engagement" in international affairs. Published January 15, 2014