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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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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in the Oval Office during the President's Daily Economic Briefing on July 30, 2009. (White House)

GOP tsunami coming as even Dem-leaning voters bolt: poll

Slightly more Americans identify as Democrat than Republican, but recently history indicates that edge isn't enough to make up for the energy GOP voters will hold this November, according to Gallup. Published August 1, 2014

** FILE ** House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., pauses during a news conference on the payroll tax cut on Capitol Hill on in this Dec. 22, 2011, file photo taken in Washington. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported early Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, that Cantor says he will step down Aug. 18 to make sure constituents have a voice during the "consequential" lame-duck session. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Eric Cantor to resign Aug. 18

Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has confirmed reports he will be stepping down from Congress later this month. Published August 1, 2014

**FILE** President Obama listens to Andres Cruz, second from left, as he has lunch with five young people at The Coupe restaurant in the Columbia Heights section of Washington on Jan. 10, 2014. The five are spearheading creative outreach efforts to connect with and help enroll young consumers through the Marketplaces or are interested in getting more involved with these efforts. Seated at the table with Obama at left is Anne Johnson. (Associated Press)

Young adults shun Obamacare mostly due to cost: survey

Despite the conventional narrative, most of the "young invincibles" aged 19 to 34 who did not sign up for health insurance during Obamacare's first round cited cost, while only one in five said they just didn't expect to need coverage, according to Deloitte. Published July 31, 2014

** FILE ** In this June 26, 2013, file photo, gay rights advocate Vin Testa waves a rainbow flag in front of the Supreme Court in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

LGBT adults still lean overwhelmingly toward Democratic Party

More than six in 10 Americans who say they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender identify as a Democrat or Democrat-leaning independent, while only 21 percent associate themselves with the Republican Party, according to Gallup. Published July 31, 2014

Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Tennessee Republican (Associated Press/File)

House GOP uses website hearing to slam Obamacare

House lawmakers spent just as much time praising or railing against Obamacare itself as it did on's failures — the main point of an oversight hearing Thursday morning — sparing a new employee of the Obama administration from absorbing much heat in the witness chair. Published July 31, 2014

U.S. attorney warns Cuomo not to interfere with anti-corruption probes

The U.S. Attorney for Manhattan has threatened to investigate New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration for possible obstruction of justice and witness tampering, after the governor canceled his own anti-corruption commission, The New York Times said. Published July 31, 2014

Obama admin to blame for woes, $840M cost: GAO

Obamacare's balky federal website was doomed last fall by poor management within the Obama administration, cost overruns and shifting deadlines and requirements, government investigators say in a report for Congress. Published July 30, 2014

This photo provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows an Ebola virus. (AP Photo/CDC)

U.S. woman with Ebola is stable, improving, son says

The son of Nancy Writebol, a missionary from North Carolina who contracted the Ebola virus in Liberia, said Wednesday his mother is improving during her fight against the deadly virus. Published July 30, 2014