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Tom Howell Jr.

Tom Howell Jr. covers politics for The Washington Times. He can be reached at thowell@washingtontimes.com.

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Sen. Lamar Alexander, Tennessee Republican, said the GOP should work to repeal the Affordable Care Act "step by step," saying the speed of the changes will depend on how large the Republican majority is in the House. Others still argue for a full repeal of the presidents signature health law. (Associated Press Photographs)

Republicans' attempts at Obamacare replacement stall

The GOP push to replace Obamacare is stuck in neutral, with Republicans deeply fractured over what to do and fearful of giving President Obama and his Democratic allies an easy target ahead of November's elections. Published June 3, 2014

Russia's national soccer team players Sergei Ignashevich, center, Dmitri Kombarov, second from left, and Igor Denisov, left, attend a training session ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil at the Eduard Streltsov Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Russia will play with South Korea, Algeria and Belgium in the Group H of World Cup soccer matches. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

Russia gears up for World Cup, despite protests from U.S. senators

Russia national soccer team coach Fabio Cappello on Monday named the 23 players he will take to the World Cup — a team that, if two U.S. senators had their way, would not be heading to Brazil in light of Russian President Vladimir Putin's questionable role in the deadly unrest that's roiling Ukraine. Published June 2, 2014

** FILE ** Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell, right, and his wife Elaine Chao wave to his supporters following his victory in the Republican primary Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at the Marriott Louisville East in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

McConnell leads Grimes by 7 points in new poll

With the Kentucky party primaries for U.S. Senate in the books, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell now holds a 7-point lead over his Democratic challenger, Alison Lundergan Grimes, according to a new poll. Published May 30, 2014

FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2013 file photo, Red Cross and UNICEF medics administer polio and measles vaccinations to children at an evacuation center for typhoon survivors more than two weeks after Typhoon Haiyan ravaged the city of Tacloban, Leyte province in central Philippines. Measles cases in the last five months have caused more U.S. illnesses than in any entire year since 1996, according to numbers released by the Center for Disease control and Prevention on Thursday, May 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File)

Measles at a 20-year high: CDC

The Centers for Disease Control said this week the 288 cases of measles reported during the first five months of the year mark a 20-year high, and nearly all have been tied to international travel by unvaccinated people. Published May 30, 2014

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

Bickering over Cover Oregon nears all-out war

The fight over Oregon's failed Obamacare exchange is getting nasty, with Gov. John Kitzhaber threatening legal action against the vendor that built the website while the company accuses state officials of incompetence. Published May 30, 2014

FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2013 file photo, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton adjusts her glasses during a Global Townterview at the Newseum in Washington.  Clinton says in an excerpt from her upcoming book that she wishes she could go back and revisit some of her decisions but she is "proud of what we accomplished" at the State Department. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Hillary Clinton to sit down with Fox News in June: Report

Hillary Rodham Clinton, the former secretary of state and presumed front-runner for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, is scheduled to do an interview next month with Fox News, according to reports. Published May 29, 2014

** FILE ** In this 2013 file photo, House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, deemed Mr. Snowden "a traitor" for disclosing information that "puts Americans at risk" and "shows our adversaries what our capabilities are." (Associated Press)

John Boehner: Edward Snowden is still a traitor

Famed National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden divided the nation by divulging classified information about U.S. spying programs, with one camp labeling him a hero and the other saying he should be prosecuted. Published May 29, 2014

In this image taken from video provided by NBC News on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, Edward Snowden, a former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor, speaks to NBC News anchor Brian Williams during an NBC Exclusive interview. Snowden told Williams that he worked undercover and overseas for the CIA and the NSA. (AP Photo/NBC News)

Edward Snowden: I have no relationship with Russia

Famed NSA leaker Edward Snowden says he has not been approached by Russian President Vladimir Putin and could not share sensitive information about U.S. spying programs even if he wanted to. Published May 29, 2014