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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.

VP Joe Biden to cheer on U.S. at the World Cup in Brazil

Vice President Joseph Biden will get a taste of "joga bonito" — the beautiful game — by traveling to Brazil this June to cheer on the U.S. national team in the World Cup, the White House said Monday. Published April 14, 2014

In this March 12, 2014 photo, Reat Underwood, of Stillwell, Kan., performs a vocal audition for the 45th season of Theatre in the Park at Overland Park, Kan. Underwood along with his grandfather William Lewis Corporon were both killed by a gunman at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kan., on Sunday, April 13, 2014.  (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, Susan Pfannmuller) LOCAL MEDIA OUT

Mother recounts loss of son in Kansas shootings

With remarkable poise, the mother of the 14-year-old boy killed alongside his grandfather near a Jewish community center in Kansas City's suburbs gave a heart-wrenching account Monday of her loss just 24 hours earlier. Published April 14, 2014

**FILE** Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew pauses while speaking about the U.S. economy, next steps for financial reform, and the Treasury Department's international agenda, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Treasury Secretary Lew: U.S. ready to impose more sanctions on Russia

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said Monday the United States and its allies are "fully prepared" to impose additional sanctions on Russia if it continues to whip up unrest in the eastern part of Ukraine, the new focal point of turmoil after Russian President Vladimir Putin moved quickly to annex the Crimea. Published April 14, 2014

**FILE** Rep. Kevin Yoder, Kansas Republican (Associated Press/The Kansas City Star)

Kansas Rep.: Killings 'struck all of us personally'

Rep. Kevin Yoder of Kansas said the shooting deaths of three people at Jewish sites Sunday in the Kansas City suburbs appeared to be "driven by hate" and "struck all of us personally." Published April 14, 2014

President Barack Obama listens as his nominee to become Human Services secretary, current Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell, speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Friday, April 11, 2014, where the president announced he would nominate Burwell to replace Kathleen Sebelius.  The moves come just over a week after sign-ups closed for the first year of insurance coverage under the so-called Obamacare law. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

GOP Rep.: Obama picked budget chief for HHS to cook Obamacare numbers

Rep. Marsha Blackburn on Monday doubled down on her belief that President Obama nominated his budget chief to replace Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius so that the administration could doctor the figures when it comes to Obamacare's delicate economics. Published April 14, 2014

Members of the ATF and FBI search a house belonging to Fraiser Glenn Cross, also known as Frazier Glenn Miller, near Marionville, Mo., The Lawrence County Mo. sheriff and Missouri State Highway Patrol are also on the scene. (AP Photo/Springfield News-Leader, Nathan Papes)

Obama, Kansas leaders react to shootings at Jewish centers

President Obama and other political leaders are reacting to reports that three people were killed at or near Jewish centers outside of Kansas City, offering condolences to the victims' families and pledging to assist the investigation. Published April 14, 2014

President Barack Obama and his nominee to become Health and Human Services secretary, Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell, right, listen as outgoing HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Friday, April 11, 2014, where the president made the announcment. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Sebelius: I made it clear to Obama that I was leaving

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who led the rocky rollout of Obamacare and surprised D.C. observers by stepping down this week, said that if President Obama wanted to talk her out of leaving, he didn't even get the chance. Published April 13, 2014

President Barack Obama hugs outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius as he stands with Vice President Joe Biden and his nominee to be her replacement, Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Friday, April 11, 2014, in the Rose Garden f the White House in Washington. The moves come just over a week after sign-ups closed for the first year of insurance coverage under the so-called Obamacare law.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

HHS nominee Burwell faces tight scrutiny

Lawmakers dug in Sunday for a proxy war over the new health care law, now that President Obama has selected a well-known manager to replace Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and lead his signature program into a new era. Published April 13, 2014

Obama hails Sebelius, pivots to Sylvia Mathews Burwell to clean up troubled Obamacare

President Obama hailed departing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius as a tireless leader who turned around the troubled rollout of his health care law — one week after he failed to mention her in cheering the millions of enrollees his sweeping overhaul brought in from October to March. Published April 11, 2014

Medicare chief Marilyn Tavenner pauses while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing as the panel seeks reassurances about problems with the debut of the Affordable Care Act. Republicans on the committee emphasized their longstanding criticism of the law, citing examples of cancellations and increased costs while raising questions about cyber-security for healthcare.gov. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Government paid out billions in suspect Medicare claims — report

Medicare paid out $2 billion in error because nearly a third of the claims it reviewed did not adequately document face-to-face encounters with beneficiaries who seek home health services such as nursing care or physical therapy, a federal inspector general has found. Published April 10, 2014