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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.

Rep. Michael C. Burgess, Texas Republican (Associated Press)

House GOP pushes bill to let insurers ignore Obamacare standards

The House Rules Committee cleared the way Tuesday for another debate on poking holes in Obamacare — this time over a bill that would let insurers offer employer-based health plans that do not comply with the law's coverage standards for several more years. Published September 9, 2014

FILE - This May 12, 2014, file photo shows former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush as he speaks at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research Alexander Hamilton Award Dinner, in New York. The Associated Press has tracked the movements and machinations of more than a dozen prospective presidential candidates including Bush. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Jeb Bush circle to donors: Give us right of first refusal

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's advisers are asking political donors not to commit to other potential 2016 candidates until he decides whether to take a run at the GOP nomination for president, according to the Wall Street Journal. Published September 5, 2014

Rep. Tom Cotton, Arkansas Republican is running for the U.S. Senate seat now held by U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, a Democrat. (Associated Press)

Cotton-Pryor race in Arkansas a dead heat: CNN poll

Republican congressman Tom Cotton leads Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor by 2 points in a closely watched battle in Arkansas that could determine which party controls the Senate, according to a CNN poll of likely voters. Published September 5, 2014

This Aug. 9, 2011, file photo shows a Wall Street street sign near the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Banking and real estate industries back in public's good graces

Americans have a positive image of banking industry for the first time since 2007 and a positive view of the real estate industry for the first time since 2006, proving each sector is recovering from the doldrums of a financial recession precipitated in large part by a mortgage-linked housing bubble, according to a new survey. Published September 5, 2014

FILE- This Aug. 8, 2014, file photo shows Kentucky Democratic senatorial candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes as she speaks to a group of supporters during a political rally at the Hal Rogers Center in Hazard, Ky. The first midterm elections since both parties embraced a historic change in campaign finance, and with it a sea of campaign cash, will mean for most voters an avalanche of television ads trying to reach the few able to be swayed and willing to vote. In the nation's closest races for U.S. Senate, that translates into "price per vote" that could easily double what was spent in the 2012 presidential election. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

Mitch McConnell opening lead over Alison Grimes: polls

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has opened up a lead over Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes in the battle to retain his Kentucky seat and shepherd Republicans into the Senate majority, according to two new polls. Published September 4, 2014

FILE - This Nov. 29, 2013, file photo shows a part of the HealthCare.gov website, photographed in Washington. The administration is warning hundreds of thousands of consumers they risk losing taxpayer-subsidized health insurance unless they act quickly to resolve issues about their citizenship and immigration status. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick, File)

Health care spending expected to pick up, grab bigger share of GDP

U.S. health care spending is projected to accelerate and outpace economic growth in the coming years due to an upswing in the economy, an aging population and increased health coverage under Obamacare, government actuaries said Wednesday. Published September 3, 2014