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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 Mexico decides to use HealthCare.gov for 2015

New Mexico has decided to use the federal HealthCare.gov website for another year instead of shifting to its own platform to enroll people in Obamacare plans, a new report said. Published July 29, 2014

** FILE ** A Sunday, June 9, 2013, file photo provided by The Guardian newspaper in London shows Edward Snowden, who worked as a contract employee at the U.S. National Security Agency. (AP Photo/The Guardian, File)

ACLU: Unprecedented U.S. spying has chilling effect on reporters and sources

U.S. spying programs are making government sources too skittish to divulge sensitive information to reporters, especially on computer-based technology, making it difficult for journalists to hold powerful entities to account, according to a 120-page report released Monday. Published July 28, 2014

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, Michigan Republican, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 6, 2013. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Rep. Mike Rogers: Lock Israel-Palestine negotiators in a room

Rep. Mike Rogers on Monday said peace negotiators need to be locked in a room to "sit down and try to work out the issues" before the conflict between Israel and extremist Palestinian fighters from Hamas deepens with more bloodshed. Published July 28, 2014

** FILE ** Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)

States confident on Obamacare subsidies despite rulings of courts

States shifting to the federal Obamacare Web platform this year — and those trying to get away from it — are confident their consumers can get government subsidies to help them pay for health coverage, even if the courts uphold a ruling that restricts the tax credits to insurance exchanges established by a state. Published July 27, 2014

"I would say that our team does not practice together, we don't think together, we don't share information together, we don't work together," said Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas, who dropped out of the race for majority leader last week. "I'm for unity. I'm for a person who understands unity." (associated press)

House panel OKs resolution to sue president for Obamacare delays

The Republican-led House is set to take up a measure next week that authorizes Speaker John A. Boehner to sue President Obama over how he implemented parts of Obamacare, adding to the many legal squabbles that surround the health care overhaul this summer. Published July 24, 2014

Insurers cough up refunds to subscribers under Obamacare ‘80-20 rule’

Obamacare's foes and supporters offered competing views Wednesday of how the law is affecting the average American's pocketbook, with Republicans saying the program plays fast and loose with taxpayer dollars while the Obama administration boasted the law has saved consumers billions. Published July 23, 2014

President Barack Obama shares a humorous moment with a group of doctors from around the country in the Oval Office, Oct. 5, 2009, prior to a health insurance reform event at the White House.
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

D.C. appeals panel deals big blow to Obamacare subsidies

Millions of Americans are not entitled to government health insurance subsidies under Obamacare because of the way the law is written, a divided three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday. Published July 22, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 15, 2014, during a news conference about competing bills from the Democrats and Republicans on employee health coverage and birth control under the Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Nominee to U.N. aviation body approved

The Senate approved one of President Obama's fundraisers Monday to fill a vacancy on the United Nations body that investigates aviation incidents like the Malaysia Airlines crash that is roiling eastern Ukraine. But first, his nomination ruffled a political saga on U.S. soil. Published July 21, 2014