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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.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks at the Republican Jewish Coalition, Saturday, March 29, 2014, in Las Vegas. Several possible GOP presidential candidates gathered in Las Vegas as Sheldon Adelson, a billionaire casino magnate, looks for a new favorite to help on the 2016 race for the White House. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

N.J. Democrat: Too early to say what Christie knew about Bridgegate

A top Democrat in New Jersey's Legislature said Sunday it is "far too early" to conclude whether Gov. Chris Christie knew about toll-lane closings that caused massive traffic problems near the George Washington Bridge and sparked a political scandal that could roil the 2016 presidential race. Published March 30, 2014

** FILE ** Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, pauses during an interview with The Associated Press, Friday, May 3, 2013, in Portland, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Down the stretch, Obamacare races to win numbers game

President Obama and his supporters are encouraging Americans to "get covered" in the final hours of the health care law's enrollment period, a six-month trial that courted disaster and criticism but could end with the White House claiming victory on its own terms. Published March 30, 2014

President Obama announced on Thursday that 6 million people have enrolled in health exchanges, putting the administration over its revised goal four days before the deadline. (Associated Press)

Obamacare health exchange enrollment meets goal

President Obama said Thursday that 6 million people have enrolled in health exchanges, putting the administration over its revised goal with four days to spare before the deadline. Published March 27, 2014

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius defends President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act, as she answers questions from Republican members of the House Ways and Means Committee during its review of President Obama’s budget requests, Wednesday, March 12, 2014, on Capitol Hill in Washington.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Deadline for health care enrollment open-ended

The Obama administration that it doesn't know how many people will take advantage of the latest extension to buy insurance on the health care exchanges, in a move that signals just how determined President Obama is to make his law's economics work. Published March 26, 2014

**FILE** Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, center, flanked by Rep. Joe Pitts, R-Pa., left, and Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

GOP lawmakers slam latest Obamacare delay

Congressional Republicans lined up Wednesday to cry foul over the Obama administration's decision to let people sign up for health plans on the Obamacare marketplace even if they do not finish the process by Monday's deadline. Published March 26, 2014

Herschel Pecker of Washington, D.C., left, and others rallying on both sides of the debate over private insurance plans must cover birth control at a rally outside the Supreme Court as the court hears oral arguments in Affordable Care Act challenges, the Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, March 25, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Supreme Court justices seek contraceptive compromise

The Supreme Court searched Tuesday for ways to let women get birth control without the government forcing their employers to cover the cost, as justices tried to balance business owners' religious rights against allowing religious objections to a broad range of public policy issues. Published March 25, 2014

** FILE ** Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius defends President Barack Obama's health care law, the Affordable Care Act, as she answers questions from Republican members of the House Ways and Means Committee during its review of President Obama's budget requests, Wednesday, March 12, 2014, on Capitol Hill in Washington.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

GAO sees hurdles blocking e-records

Government investigators say unclear standards and funding problems are thwarting medical providers from shifting to electronic health records and sharing their data, an ambition that's supposed to save the U.S. health care system billions of dollars each year. Published March 24, 2014

Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Gaylord Hotel, National Harbor, Md., Friday, March 7, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Rick Perry leaves options open for 2016 White House run

The Texas governor, who is winding down his 14-year tenure in Austin, had to drop out of the GOP presidential primary race for president in 2012 after he failed to pick up wins in the early states. Published March 24, 2014

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, center, Malaysia's Minister for Transport Hishamuddin Hussein, left, and director general of the Malaysian Department of Civil Aviation, Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, delivers a statement to the media regarding the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner MH370, Saturday, March 15, 2014 in Sepang, Malaysia. Najib said Saturday that investigators believe the missing Malaysian airliner's communications were deliberately disabled, that it turned back from its flight to Beijing and flew for more than seven hours. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

Malaysian PM: Flight 'ended in southern Indian Ocean'

Malaysia's prime minister said Monday the missing airplane that's befuddled investigators and anguished passengers' families for two weeks is presumed lost over the Indian Ocean in a spot far off the west coast of Australia. Published March 24, 2014

A Malaysian women stand in front of messages board and well wishes to people involved with the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner MH370, Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Sepang, Malaysia. The Malaysian passenger jet missing for more than a week had its communications deliberately disabled and its last signal came about seven and a half hours after takeoff, meaning it could have ended up as far as Kazakhstan or deep in the southern Indian Ocean, Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak said Saturday. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Malaysia P.M. to discuss 'new developments' in search for plane

Malaysia's prime minister is set to address "new developments" in the search for the plane that disappeared somewhere over the Indian Ocean two weeks ago, befuddling investigators and leaving the families of the missing passengers in anguish. Published March 24, 2014

New York's Yankees trump Mets — even in Queens

A frequently cited polling group known for political analysis has delved into the nation's traditional pastime, finding folks in the Big Apple favor the New York Yankees 61-27 percent over the Mets, even in Queens. Published March 24, 2014