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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.

Rep. Tim Huelskamp, Kansas Republican, said he doubts President Obama will show flexibility on the immigration policy reform issue. "If the president says he doesn't want border security, that kills the issue." Immigration may become the next battleground.

GOP skeptical Obama will negotiate on immigration

Now that a temporary solution to the partial government shutdown and debt limit are at hand, President Obama says immigration is next, but House Republicans said that's not likely. Published October 16, 2013

**FILE** President Obama, accompanied by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, announces the revamp of his contraception policy requiring religious institutions to fully pay for birth control on Feb. 10, 2012, at the White House. (Associated Press)

Obama backs Sebelius despite Obamacare website glitches

Two weeks into the federal government's disastrous launch of Obamacare's online marketplaces, the White House said Tuesday that President Obama still supports beleaguered Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in spite of calls for her resignation. Published October 15, 2013

Newark Mayor Cory Booker (center, at microphones), stands in front of fire-damaged 433 Hawthorne Ave., next to the place he calls home (left), as he talks about rescuing a neighbor. A report on a conservative website that he doesn't actually live there has his Republican challenger for the U.S. Senate asking him to come clean on where he lives. The special election is Wednesday. (Associated Press photographs)

GOP rival for Senate in N.J. challenges Booker's residency

Republican Steven Lonegan said Monday that Newark Mayor Cory Booker, his rival in the New Jersey Senate race, should come clean about where he lives following a news report that raised questions about where the Democrat calls home. Published October 14, 2013

Mike Lauriente (right) of Howard County, Md., greets fellow World War II veteran Dale Nakken, who flew from Puget Sound, Wash., as they make their way to the World War II Memorial for the Million Vet March against the closure of the monument. Story, A12. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Lots of talk, little action on debt deal in Congress

Congress spent the weekend insisting that it will reach a deal to raise the federal government's borrowing limit by Thursday but making scant progress even as all sides tried to reassure itchy financial markets ahead of the stock market opening Monday. Published October 13, 2013

Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican (Associated Press)

Sen. Lindsey Graham: Can't support a Senate deal the House will reject

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday he would not vote for a deal to reopen the government and raise the debt limit if it cannot attract support in the Republican-led House, arguing there is little point in claiming victory if a deal does not pass muster in the other chamber of Congress. Published October 13, 2013

From left, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., chair of the Senate Budget Committee, tell reporters that Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, and House Republicans are the obstacle to ending the government shutdown crisis, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013. President Barack Obama brought congressional leaders to the White House on Wednesday for the first time since a partial government shutdown began, but there was no sign of progress toward ending an impasse that has idled 800,000 federal workers and curbed services around the country. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Schumer: Boehner will 'break with tea party' on shutdown

A top Senate Democrat said Monday he thinks House Speaker John A. Boehner will eventually concede and put a "clean bill" on the chamber floor to fund federal operations and end the government shutdown. Published October 7, 2013

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz speaks at the Family Foundation of Virginia Annual Gala, Greater Richmond Convention Center, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 in Richmond, Va. Quoting from the Bible, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz told a socially conservative advocacy group that President Barack Obama’s Democratic administration is “the most hostile to religious liberty” in American history and the health reform law is its most formidable weapon against them. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Daniel Sangjib Min)

Cruz: Democrats' attacks show Republicans are 'winning'

Outspoken Sen. Ted Cruz says "inflammatory" Democratic attacks on the shutdown impasse lead him to believe the Republicans are "winning" in the hearts and minds of the American public, as the GOP attempts to negotiate cutbacks to Obamacare in exchange for funding the government and extending the nation's borrowing authority. Published October 7, 2013