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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.

An investigator works at the scene of a shooting at a supermarket, in Buffalo, N.Y., Monday, May 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Buffalo shooting sparks debate, finger-pointing over ‘great replacement’ theory

The White House said Monday that the racially motivated mass shooting in upstate New York is "another vivid reminder" of the need to prevent hate-driven terrorism, as President Biden prepared to visit Buffalo in the wake of a tragedy that symbolizes his oft-repeated reason for seeking the White House in 2020. Published May 16, 2022

McDonald's restaurant is seen in the center of Dmitrov, a Russian town 75 km., (47 miles) north from Moscow, Russia, on Dec. 6, 2014. Mcdonald's says it's started the process of selling its Russian business, which includes 850 restaurants that employ 62,000 people. The fast-food giant pointed to the humanitarian crisis caused by the war, saying holding on to its business in Russia is no longer tenable, nor is it consistent with Mcdonald's values. The Chicago-based company had temporarily closed its stores in Russia but was still paying employees. (AP Photo/FILE)

McDonald’s is severing ties with Russia, will sell off restaurants

McDonald's said Monday it will sell off its restaurants in Russia because of the nation's invasion of Ukraine and resulting turmoil, a major exit for a company that became a symbol of western capitalism after the fall of communism in Moscow. Published May 16, 2022

Work is done on a house under construction in Sacramento, Calif., on Feb. 11, 2021. A plan released by the California Air Resources Board on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, suggests California require all new homes built starting 2026 to have electric appliances including heaters and stoves. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Biden unveils regulatory steps aimed at housing shortfall

President Biden announced a plan Monday to increase the supply of housing and combat soaring costs by preserving affordable units and using federal funding to reward states that use their zoning and land-use laws to provide more options. Published May 16, 2022

President Joe Biden speaks during a visit to Jeff O'Connor's farm in Kankakee, Ill., Wednesday, May 11, 2022. (Tiffany Blanchette/The Daily Journal via AP)

Biden tells global leaders to resist COVID-19 complacency

President Biden told global leaders Thursday to contend with both the coronavirus and complacency by expanding COVID-19 vaccinations and thwarting variants that could disrupt the shift to post-pandemic life, even as he grumbled that lawmakers at home were stymying his own ambitions. Published May 12, 2022