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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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Sen. Joe Manchin keeps his options open for 2016

Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia is keeping his political options open for 2016, even though his Senate term would not end for another two years, according to the Charleston Gazette. Published April 18, 2014

President Barack Obama speaks about health care, Thursday, April 17, 2014, in the briefing room of the White House in Washington. The president said eight million have signed up for health insurance under Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama taunts GOP, takes televised victory lap on Obamacare

President Obama openly rebuked Republicans for their continued assault on his health care law in a televised victory lap Thursday, pointing to new data that show 8 million Americans have selected a private health plan through online exchanges and that millions more will be covered by Medicaid or their parents' insurance because of his overhaul. Published April 17, 2014

Rep. Nita Lowey urges Kerry to protect Jewish people of Ukraine

Citing "highly alarming press reports" from eastern Ukraine, Rep. Nita Lowey asked Secretary of State John Kerry to protect Jewish citizens in Donestk who are reportedly being ordered to "register" with pro-Russian militants. Published April 17, 2014

** FILE ** Former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin addresses the Conservative Political Action Committee annual conference in National Harbor, Md., Saturday, March 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Sarah Palin to campaign for Senate candidate Ben Sasse in Nebraska

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will rally this month with Ben Sasse in support of his bid to stave off GOP primary challenger Osborn next month and replace retiring Republican Sen. Mike Johanns next year, the Sasse campaign said Thursday. Published April 17, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in a nationally televised question-and-answer session in Moscow, Thursday, April 17, 2014. President Vladimir Putin on Thursday rejected claims that Russian special forces are fomenting unrest in eastern Ukraine, but recognized for the first time that the troops in unmarked uniforms who had overtaken Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula before its annexation by Moscow were Russian soldiers. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)

Putin: No plans to invade Alaska; too cold, he says

Russian President Vladimir Putin may be making inroads into eastern Ukraine, but he does not plan to replicate the incursion far to the east, in Alaska, because his country has enough cold land, according to Published April 17, 2014

FILE - This Nov. 29, 2013 file photo shows part of the website in Washington, on Nov. 29, 2013. The new year brings the big test of President Barack Obama’s beleaguered health care law: Does it work? The heart of the law springs to life Jan. 1, 2014, after nearly four years of political turmoil and three months of enrollment chaos. Patients will begin showing up at hospitals and pharmacies with insurance coverage bought through the nation’s new health care marketplaces.(AP Photo/Jon Elswick, File)

Uninsured rates lower in states that embraced Obamacare

A survey released Wednesday says the uninsured rate has declined more significantly in states that fully embraced Obamacare than in states that did not, a finding that, while unsurprising, could buoy Democrats in the short-term as they work to overcome the health law's rocky rollout and retain vulnerable Senate seats this fall. Published April 16, 2014

Minnesota the latest to employ Deloitte to fix Obamacare tech issues

Minnesota has inked a contract with Deloitte to stabilize and manage its Obamacare exchange as it prepares for the second round of enrollment this fall, joining a growing list of states that have decided to turn to the consulting company in hopes of turning around its tech fortunes. Published April 16, 2014

** FILE ** New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks at a town hall at the Somerset National Guard Armory, Tuesday, April 15, 2014, in Somerset, N.J. (AP Photo/The Daily Record, Bob Karp)

Law firm that cleared N.J. Gov. Christie in 'Bridgegate' gave 10K to RGA, which he heads

The firm that performed an in-house review of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's possible involvement in the George Washington Bridge scandal donated $10,000 to the Republican Governor's Association, which Mr. Christie heads, nine days before its lawyers issued a report that cleared the governor, according to a new report. Published April 16, 2014