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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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The exterior of the Internal Revenue Service building in Washington is seen here on March 22, 2013. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Treasury IG: IRS is reporting accurate data to Obamacare system

The IRS generally is reporting accurate income and family size information to the Obamacare's new insurance exchanges, according to a Treasury audit Tuesday that offers good news to an Obama administration dogged by questions about whether its health care law's systems actually work. Published August 5, 2014

John Kerry condemns attack on Israeli soldiers, kidnapping

Secretary of State John Kerry condemned "in the strongest possible terms" the Friday attack that killed two Israeli soldiers and led to the apparent capture of a third, saying it was an "outrageous violation of the cease-fire" negotiated in recent days. Published August 1, 2014

Israeli spokesman: No need to debate who broke the cease-fire

The spokesman for Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday there is really no debate about who broke a humanitarian cease-fire between his country and the Hamas group on the Palestinian side of the conflict that's been raging over Gaza for days. Published August 1, 2014

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in the Oval Office during the President's Daily Economic Briefing on July 30, 2009. (White House)

GOP tsunami coming as even Dem-leaning voters bolt: poll

Slightly more Americans identify as Democrat than Republican, but recently history indicates that edge isn't enough to make up for the energy GOP voters will hold this November, according to Gallup. Published August 1, 2014

** FILE ** House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., pauses during a news conference on the payroll tax cut on Capitol Hill on in this Dec. 22, 2011, file photo taken in Washington. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported early Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, that Cantor says he will step down Aug. 18 to make sure constituents have a voice during the "consequential" lame-duck session. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Eric Cantor to resign Aug. 18

Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has confirmed reports he will be stepping down from Congress later this month. Published August 1, 2014

**FILE** President Obama listens to Andres Cruz, second from left, as he has lunch with five young people at The Coupe restaurant in the Columbia Heights section of Washington on Jan. 10, 2014. The five are spearheading creative outreach efforts to connect with and help enroll young consumers through the Marketplaces or are interested in getting more involved with these efforts. Seated at the table with Obama at left is Anne Johnson. (Associated Press)

Young adults shun Obamacare mostly due to cost: survey

Despite the conventional narrative, most of the "young invincibles" aged 19 to 34 who did not sign up for health insurance during Obamacare's first round cited cost, while only one in five said they just didn't expect to need coverage, according to Deloitte. Published July 31, 2014

** FILE ** In this June 26, 2013, file photo, gay rights advocate Vin Testa waves a rainbow flag in front of the Supreme Court in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

LGBT adults still lean overwhelmingly toward Democratic Party

More than six in 10 Americans who say they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender identify as a Democrat or Democrat-leaning independent, while only 21 percent associate themselves with the Republican Party, according to Gallup. Published July 31, 2014

Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Tennessee Republican (Associated Press/File)

House GOP uses website hearing to slam Obamacare

House lawmakers spent just as much time praising or railing against Obamacare itself as it did on's failures — the main point of an oversight hearing Thursday morning — sparing a new employee of the Obama administration from absorbing much heat in the witness chair. Published July 31, 2014

U.S. attorney warns Cuomo not to interfere with anti-corruption probes

The U.S. Attorney for Manhattan has threatened to investigate New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration for possible obstruction of justice and witness tampering, after the governor canceled his own anti-corruption commission, The New York Times said. Published July 31, 2014