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Tom Howell Jr.

Tom Howell Jr.

Tom Howell Jr. covers politics for The Washington Times. He can be reached at

Articles by Tom Howell Jr.

Screen grab of the Republican "Duck Hunt" ad targeting Sen. Mary Landrieu.

Mary Landrieu targeted in 'Duck Hunt' ad

Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu is the target of a new Republican ad that riffs off the popular Nintendo game "Duck Hunt," a B-side to the Super Mario Bros. classic that features zig-zagging birds and a mocking dog. Published August 15, 2013

D.C. groups get grants to help residents with health law

City officials in the nation's capital on Wednesday awarded $6.4 million in grants to nearly three dozen community groups tasked with helping residents navigate benefits within the new health care law. Published August 14, 2013

D.C. exchange awards grants to promote Obamacare

City officials in the nation's capital on Wednesday awarded $6.4 million in grants to nearly three dozen community groups charged with helping residents navigate benefits within the new health care law. Published August 14, 2013

**FILE** House Speaker John Boehner, Ohio Republican, takes questions from reporters at a Capitol Hill news conference on Aug. 1, 2013, as Congress prepares to leave Washington for a five-week recess. (Associated Press)

House Dems to Boehner: Restore food-stamp funding in farm bill

House Democrats called on Speaker John A. Boehner to restore food-stamp funding to any future iteration of the farm bill, a direct response to the GOP's decision this year to strip the nutrition program from the legislation despite its longstanding use as bait for urban liberals to support rural farm subsidies. Published August 13, 2013

** FILE ** Oklahoma Attorney General E. Scott Pruitt. (Screen grab from

Judge: Oklahoma can pursue case against Obamacare tax credits

A federal judge says the state of Oklahoma can pursue a lawsuit against the Obama administration that claims the federal government is unlawfully extending tax credits to states that opted not to set up their own insurance exchanges under the new health care law. Published August 13, 2013

**FILE** Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, talks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 7, 2013. (Associated Press)

Rand Paul: Obamacare authors have 'really small brains'

Sen. Rand Paul outlined his fears about President Obama's health care law on "The Daily Show" late Monday, arguing "dinosaur syndrome" has prevented well-intentioned authors of the law from crafting effective reforms. Published August 13, 2013

Tunisian women pray near the Zitouna mosque for the Eid al-Fitr prayer, Thursday, Aug.8, 2013, in Tunis. The prayer is taking place at the so-called "Departure Sit-in" on the Bardo square, where people demand the resignation of the ruling moderate islamic Ennahda Party. Tunisians ousted their longtime dictator in January 2011, touching off the Arab Spring uprisings. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)

Tunisians quickly losing faith in their government: poll

A new poll shows Tunisians are quickly losing confidence in their Islamist-led government, with support dropping from 56 percent in March 2012 to 32 percent in May of this year — a notable shift in a region beset by regime changes and unrest at the confluence of religious and democratic principles. Published August 13, 2013

**FILE** Former New York Gov. George E. Pataki (Associated Press)

Former New York Gov. Pataki: Stop-and-frisk tactic has helped city

Former New York Gov. George Pataki on Tuesday defended the Bloomberg administration's use of a controversial crime-fighting tactic that's been linked to racial profiling, saying it's been a catalyst for New York City's decades-long turnaround from seedy to family-friendly. Published August 13, 2013

Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich, a Republican, had proposed expanding Medicaid, but the state legislature balked. Now the state is considering a series of proposals that would resurrect and codify the expansion. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Medicaid expansion quandary

A half-dozen states are still trying to decide whether to expand Medicaid enrollment within their borders under the new federal health care law, more than three years after the law was signed and a year after the Supreme Court gave them an easy way to opt out. Published August 12, 2013

** FILE ** Sen. Tim Scott, South Carolina Republican (

Sen. Tim Scott: Harry Reid should apologize for remarks on race

Republican Sen. Tim Scott wants Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to apologize for saying in a Friday radio interview that he hopes GOP-led opposition to President Obama is "based on substance and not the fact that he's African-American." Published August 12, 2013