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Tom Howell Jr.

Tom Howell Jr.

Tom Howell Jr. covers politics for The Washington Times. He can be reached at [email protected].

Articles by Tom Howell Jr.

** FILE ** In this photo taken Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, convicted felons from Yolo County arrive at the Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California may distribute condoms to prison inmates

California lawmakers are considering a measure that would allow the state to distribute condoms to prison inmates, an attempt to cut down on sexually transmitted diseases and HIV, although sex acts between inmates would remain unlawful. Published May 14, 2014

**FILE** Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, New Hampshire Democrat (Associated Press)

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen launches pro-business ad in race against Scott Brown

Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen's re-election campaign is set to launch its second TV ad buy in New Hampshire this week as it tries to stave off Republican challenger Scott Brown, the former Massachusetts senator who found a new state and renewed political ambitions this year. Published May 13, 2014

Too Liberal? Sen. Pat Roberts, a Kansas Republican who ranks as one of the most conservative members of the Senate, has acquired a primary rival who pledges to run further to the right. (Associated Press)

It's official: Sen. Pat Roberts a true Kansan

Sen. Pat Roberts can focus on his re-election bid this year, now that a state board has ruled he is a true Kansan who can be on the ballot in the Aug. 5 Republican primary. Published May 12, 2014

** FILE ** Rep. Fred Upton, House Energy and Commerce Committee chairman. (Associated Press)

Top House Republicans: We haven't forgotten about Medicare Advantage cuts

Top House Republicans on Monday signaled they haven't forgotten their push to protect an insurer-run alternative to traditional Medicare, an election-year drumbeat that shows no signs of waning even though the Obama administration in April said it would boost — not cut — payment rates under the program for seniors. Published May 12, 2014