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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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Federal study: Uninsured rate down 2 points from 2013

The percentage of Americans who lacked health insurance in the first three months of this year is down 2 points from the same period last year, according to a federal study released Tuesday that fueled Democrats' claims that Obamacare is working. Published September 16, 2014

Sen. Thomas R. Carper, Delaware Democrat (Associated Press)

D.C. statehood hearing seeks 'thoughtful solution' to lack of voting rights

A Democratic senator held the first congressional hearing on D.C. statehood in 20 years to "restart the conversation" about the city's lack of voting representation on Capitol Hill, but the discussion barely got off the ground before a top Republican quickly dismissed the summit as a one-sided look at a measure that's going nowhere. Published September 15, 2014

Sen. Lindsey Graham says the Chris Christie scandal is a reflection on the New Jersey governor even though some of his aides were at the center of it. "It seems to me that this whole bridge thing reinforces a narrative that's troublesome about the guy. He's kind of a bully," the South Carolina Republican says. (Associated Press)

Republicans unconvinced Obama taking Islamic State threat seriously enough

The Obama administration struggled Sunday to define its strategy for beating back the Islamic State in Iraq and particularly in Syria, where its plan to rely on moderate fighters at this stage is complicating President Obama's sales pitch to Congress and his legacy of winding down wars in the Middle East. Published September 14, 2014

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Rep. Michael McCaul, Texas Republican (Associated Press) **FILE**

Rep. McCaul: Islamic State doesn't fit into Obama's 'narrative'

The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee said Sunday that President Obama can't seem to "get his head around" the threat the Islamic State poses as it grabs territory in Iraq and Syria and releases gruesome videos of hostage beheadings. Published September 14, 2014

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said in an email to employees that bonuses were an appropriate way for taxpayers to reward the agency that polices them. "I believe that rewarding our high-performing employees is a vital investment for our nation's tax system," he said. (Associated Press)

Bipartisan doubts emerge on IRS ability to handle Obamacare

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen went to Capitol Hill Wednesday to talk about Obamacare. But inevitably, he faced questions about the political targeting scandal that hit the revenue agency shortly before he took the reins. Published September 10, 2014

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