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Tom Howell Jr.

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.

Obamacare medical device tax led to loss of 33,000 jobs, report says

A new survey says Obamacare's tax on medical device manufacturers forced companies to lay off or avoid hiring 33,000 workers last year — adding another arrow to the GOP's quiver as Republicans aim to portray the health care law as a job-killing program. Published February 23, 2014

**FILE** A draft copy of the 21-page Health and Human Services Department form proposed for use to apply for low-cost insurance from Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program is photographed in Washington on March 12, 2013. (Associated Press)

Feds: Medicaid fraud reached ‘epidemic levels’ in D.C. region

Federal prosecutors said Medicaid fraud has reached “epidemic levels” in the nation’s capital, as they announced charges Thursday against 25 people accused of making claims based on fake symptoms and personal home care that was never performed. Published February 20, 2014

**FILE** Sen. Rob Portman, Ohio Republican (Associated Press)

Sen. Rob Portman: Congress should tread lightly on minimum wage hike

Republican Sen. Rob Portman said Thursday that lawmakers should tread warily in sizing up a Democrat-led proposal to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, citing economic conditions and a new report that says the hike could kill a half-million jobs. Published February 20, 2014

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, stands in front of pheasants that were shot during a hunt hosted by Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in Akron, Iowa. Cruz attended the Iowa GOP's annual fundraising dinner in Des Moines, Iowa, on Friday. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Ted Cruz beats back criticism, defends his debt-limit moves

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz says he has no regrets about opposing a Senate plan to extend the nation's debt limit this month, saying party leaders should have held firm against the measure instead of green-lighting it so they could later claim they voted against it during the final vote. Published February 20, 2014

** FILE ** This Nov. 20, 2013, file photo shows former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Hillary Clinton dominates the 2016 field in Ohio, poll shows

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would trump the rest of the presidential field among Ohio voters in 2016, as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie "is stuck in traffic with other leading Republican contenders," a new poll said. Published February 20, 2014

Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper walks past the honor guard as he arrives at the National Palace in Mexico City, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Sean Kilpatrick)

Canada leader to bring up Keystone with Obama

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper spoke Wednesday to officials with the TransCanada company that wants to build the Keystone XL pipeline, shortly before he meets with President Obama at the "Three Amigos" summit in Mexico. Published February 19, 2014