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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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Rapper 50 Cent, also known as Curtis Jackson, throws out the first pitch at a Mets game.

WATCH 50 Cent throw away his street cred

Rapper 50 Cent may have sold tons of records and been shot nine times, but his street cred veered off course Tuesday night in New York. Published May 28, 2014

Sen. Thad Cochran (left) of Mississippi appears to be the only longtime Republican officeholder to face a tough challenge in his primary battle for re-election this year. State Sen. Chris McDaniel also has status among voters by having a high political post. (Associated Press)

Club for Growth hammers Miss. Sen. Cochran ahead of primary

The conservative Club for Growth continued its assault on incumbent senators Wednesday, releasing an ad buy that paints Republican Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi as a "liberal" who needs to give way to primary challenger Chris McDaniel. Published May 28, 2014

**FILE** Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (right), Kentucky Republican, speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 29, 2011, as Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, Utah Republican, looks on. (Associated Press)

Senate GOP: HHS may have purposely misled on Obamacare subsidies

A trio of top Senate Republicans have asked the Health and Human Services Department's inspector general to look at whether the agency misrepresented its ability to verify Obamacare consumers' incomes and issue the correct amount in subsidies to help them buy coverage on the new health exchanges. Published May 27, 2014

Obamacare enrollees happy with coverage: survey

A new survey released by Enroll America, a nonprofit and Obama administration ally that rallied people to Obamacare, shows largely positive reviews from people who picked up coverage because of the law during its six-month enrollment period. Published May 27, 2014