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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. Diane Black, Tennessee Republican, speaks May 17, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Rep. Diane Black: Obamacare's subsidy issue was predictable

Rep. Diane Black on Monday lambasted the Obama administration over a weekend report that says the government is issuing subsidies that are too high or too low to people who purchase health coverage under Obamacare. Published May 19, 2014

** FILE ** Gov. Mike Pence, Indiana Republican, said states need to have the "freedom and flexibility to craft policies" on CNN's "State of the Union." (Associated Press)

Heritage isn't sold on Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's Medicaid plan

The Heritage Foundation, a top conservative think tank, says they are disappointed with Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's proposal to overhaul the state's Medicaid program, saying his consumer-oriented reforms are freighted with uncertainty and high costs. Published May 16, 2014

** FILE ** Glenn Greenwald is surrounded by the media as he arrives for the Polk Awards luncheon on Friday April 11, 2014, in New York. Greenwald of The Guardian came to New York to share a George Polk Award for national security reporting on National Security Agency surveillance. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Glenn Greenwald dishes on what it took to work with Edward Snowden

Pulitzer-prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald, who helped to blow the lid off secretive U.S. spying programs last year, said Thursday he was leery at first of Edward Snowden's offer to speak about the programs over a secure line of cyber communication. Published May 15, 2014

Obama's HHS pick gets a boost from Republican Sen. Tom Coburn

Sylvia Mathews Burwell, President Obama's pick to replace Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, got a boost from a key Republican source Wednesday as she sat down for her second grilling on Capitol Hill. Published May 14, 2014

**FILE** Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vermont independent (Associated Press)

Senate to hold hearing on VA problems Thursday

The Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs will hold a hearing Thursday on the state of the VA health care, as debate rages on Capitol Hill about backlogs and long wait times that may have harmed, or even killed, veterans in the Phoenix area and elsewhere. Published May 14, 2014

** FILE ** In this photo taken Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, convicted felons from Yolo County arrive at the Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California may distribute condoms to prison inmates

California lawmakers are considering a measure that would allow the state to distribute condoms to prison inmates, an attempt to cut down on sexually transmitted diseases and HIV, although sex acts between inmates would remain unlawful. Published May 14, 2014