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Tom Howell Jr.

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

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Campbell Wisconsin bans protest banners on highway overpasses.

Wisconsin duo sue city over anti-Obama banner ban

Two men sued a small Wisconsin town on Monday, arguing an ordinance banning them from posting American flags or anti-President Obama signs on overpasses was an attempt to “eviscerate” their First Amendment rights. Published February 3, 2014

** FILE ** Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, before the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on the difficulties plaguing the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Grim prognosis: No system to fix sign-up errors in HealthCare.gov

People who sought coverage on the federal Obamacare website are not able to fix errors that occurred when they tried to sign up on the balky system, leaving more than 20,000 Americans scrambling to scale back payments that are too high or obtain the correct health plan, according to a news report. Published February 3, 2014

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

States resume efforts to gut Obamacare

After Obamacare's rocky rollout, lawmakers in state capitals around the country are back in session for the new year and once again going after the new health law, trying to stamp it out or obstruct its implementation within their borders. Published January 30, 2014

President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Jan. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

President ignores Obamacare stumbles while taunting GOP to try to do better

"I know that the American people are not interested in refighting old battles," President Obama told Congress in his State of the Union Address. "So again, if you have specific plans to cut costs, cover more people, and increase choice — tell America what you’d do differently. Let’s see if the numbers add up." Published January 28, 2014

** FILE ** In this Dec. 17, 2013, file photo, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Congress takes Obamacare contraception battle to court

Congress took its battle over Obamacare and contraception to court Tuesday, with Democrats filing legal briefs with the Supreme Court arguing the administration’s coverage mandate promotes public health, and senior Republicans countering that it flouts religious freedom laws for which they had voted. Published January 28, 2014

GOP senators offer blueprint to fix Obamacare

Republican senators on Monday announced a sweeping plan to fix the most unpopular parts of Obamacare, ditching the individual mandate requiring Americans to have coverage but still offering taxpayer help for those looking to buy policies. Published January 27, 2014

FILE - This Dec. 20, 2013, file image shows part of the HealthCare.gov website in Washington, that notes to enroll by Dec. 23 for coverage starting as soon as Jan. 1, 2014. Anticipating heavy traffic on the government's health care website, the Obama administration effectively extended Monday's deadline for signing up for insurance by a day, giving people in 36 states more time to select a plan. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick, File)

D.C. finding success enrolling key youths in Obamacare

Young people aren't signing up fast enough for President Obama's health law -- except in the District, which is actually doing a pretty good job of getting them enrolled by going to where the youngsters are. Published January 26, 2014

"That was just a grab bag of misinformation and distortion coming from him," Rep. Peter King, New York Republican, says about comments made by Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, on "Fox News Sunday."

U.S., Russia at odds over Olympics safety

Icy relations between United States and Russia haven’t warmed enough to ensure a safe Winter Olympics in Sochi next month, federal lawmakers said Sunday. Published January 26, 2014