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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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Liberians election workers watch as a voter washes her hands before casting her votes, during the senate election in Monrovia, Liberia. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. Health workers manned polling stations across Liberia on Saturday as voters cast their ballots in a twice-delayed Senate vote that has been criticized for its potential to spread the deadly Ebola disease. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)

Sen. Chris Coons sees progress against Ebola in Liberia

Sen. Chris Coons, the first member of Congress to visit the West African heart of the Ebola outbreak, said Monday that U.S. government and nonprofit aid has resulted in demonstrable progress against the virus in Liberia. Published December 22, 2014

Birds fly past at sun set as smoke emits from a chimney at a factory in Ahmadabad, India, Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. The momentum from a historic U.S.-China pact to resist global warming is showing signs of fading at the U.N. climate talks in Peru as the familiar rich-poor conflict persists over who should do what to keep the planet from overheating. The conference's high-level phase begins Tuesday. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

Manufacturers association chief sees little hope for Obamacare relief

Resurgent U.S. manufacturers face headwinds from Obamacare's mandates and taxes, but the law's namesake has two more years in the White House and public benefits will be hard to reel back despite the recent midterm election results, National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons said. Published December 17, 2014

This photo provided by the Service Employees International Union show a couple reviewing health care plans at an Affordable Care Act enrollment event sponsored by SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West and Community Coalition, in Los Angeles Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/SEIU, Michael Chavez) ** FILE **

Obama says works 'flawlessly'

President Obama says the federal Obamacare exchange works "flawlessly" and that returning customers should "go shopping" before the end of the day for a good deal on coverage that starts Jan. 1. Published December 15, 2014

Rep. Ron DeSantis, Florida Republican, is among those members of Congress who received a "100 percent" rating in his voting record for supporting conservative legislation.  (Associated Press)

House GOP won't force Obamacare on staffers

Senate Republicans' vote this week to make their staffers use the Obamacare exchanges has put the spotlight on their House colleagues, who refused to do the same in a vote earlier this year, leaving them in a tenuous political position. Published December 11, 2014