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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].

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** 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

President Barack Obama shares a laugh with outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Friday, April 11, 2014, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington to announce he would nominate current Budget director Sylvia Mathews Burwell to replace Sebelius. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Despite Obamacare problems, some Dems want Sebelius to run for Senate: report

Despite the rocky rollout of and her decision to leave President Obama's cabinet next month, Democrats are urging Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to run for a Senate seat in Kansas against her old friend, Republican Sen. Pat Roberts, The New York Times said. Published April 16, 2014

This screen image shows the website for Maryland's online health care exchange. (State of Maryland via Associated Press)

Many states avoiding paying for glitchy health care sites

Glitches in the Obamacare rollout last year weren't limited to the federal government. A number of states whose health care exchanges were riddled with errors now are withholding or trying to claw back more than $100 million from the contractors they blame for the foul-ups. Published April 15, 2014


Senior House Democrat open to GOP Obamacare fix

Rep. Charlie Rangel, the influential New York Democrat who frequently defends Obamacare from the dais, said he is open to letting Americans shop for insurance across state lines — a key talking point for GOP lawmakers who want to repeal and replace the president's health care law with their own reforms. Published April 15, 2014