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Tom Howell Jr.

Tom Howell Jr.

Tom Howell Jr. covers politics and the White House for The Washington Times. He can be reached at

Articles by Tom Howell Jr.

In this March 27, 2020, photo, Rep. Thomas Massie, Kentucky Republican, talks to reporters before leaving Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) **FILE**

Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky tests positive for virus

Rep. Thomas Massie, who is not vaccinated for COVID-19, said Thursday he has tested positive for the coronavirus and thinks his symptoms are manageable because of a prior infection at the start of the pandemic. Published January 20, 2022

A man protests on the street against the compulsory COVID-19 vaccination that will be decided in the parliament today in Vienna, Austria, Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022. (AP Photo/Lisa Leutner)

Austria poised to mandate COVID-19 vaccine for all adults

Austria said Thursday it would try to entice COVID-19 vaccine holdouts with a prize lottery, a move to sweeten perspectives around the shots before parliament approves a national vaccine mandate. Published January 20, 2022

Carhartt opens its new store in Detroit's midtown, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. The Carhartt store is on Cass Avenue on the first floor of a building that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It will be the 20th company-owned retail store for Carhartt, which is based in Dearborn. (Charles V. Tines/The Detroit News via AP) **FILE**

Carhartt forges ahead with vaccine mandate despite Supreme Court ruling

The Carhartt apparel company is the latest to find itself in the middle of the COVID-19 wars after an internal memo informed employees the company would forge ahead with its vaccine mandate despite a Supreme Court ruling striking down President Biden's testing requirement on unvaccinated workers. Published January 19, 2022

Registered nurse Scott McGieson wears an N95 mask as he walks out of a patient's room in the acute care unit of Harborview Medical Center, Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) ** FILE **

Biden to send 400M high-quality masks to pharmacies, health centers

President Biden will make 400 million N95-grade masks available for free in tens of thousands of pharmacies and community health centers as part of efforts to control the winter spike of the coronavirus, the administration said Wednesday. Published January 19, 2022