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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 10, 2021, file photo, a health care worker injects a man with a dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine during a mass vaccination campaign, at the Maria Simmons elementary school in Vieques, Puerto Rico. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti, File)

Beer and Benjamins: States dangle incentives for vaccine holdouts

Still leery of the COVID-19 vaccine? State workers in Maryland will be $100 richer if they get a shot, while Connecticut residents will be drinkin' good in the neighborhood if they flash their vaccination card at Applebee's and other eateries. Published May 4, 2021

Vehicles move through a nearly empty Times Square during the coronavirus pandemic, Saturday, May 23, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Lessons learned: No more long pandemic lockdowns

The U.S. shut down much of the economy, and still more than half a million Americans died from COVID-19 while children lost out on school, shops shuttered and Congress spent $6 trillion on relief, sparking a consensus that prolonged lockdowns cannot be the treatment of choice for future pandemics. Published May 3, 2021

In this March 30, 2021, file photo, German federal police officers check passengers arriving from Palma de Mallorca for a negative coronavirus test as they arrive at the airport in Frankfurt, Germany. The European Commission proposed Thursday, April 29, 2021, issuing Digital Green Certificates to EU residents to facilitate travel across the 27-nation bloc by the summer 2021, as long as they have been vaccinated, tested negative for COVID-19 or recovered from the disease. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)

EU: Time to open up to COVID-19 vaccinated tourists

The European Commission proposed Monday to open member countries to vaccinated tourists from the U.S. and other places by early summer while including an "emergency brake" in case the COVID-19 picture suddenly worsens from aggressive variants. Published May 3, 2021

White House: Biden will deploy a middle-ground approach to N. Korea

The White House said Friday it completed a review of its North Korea policy and will continue to seek denuclearization but strike a middle-ground between the strategies that President Biden's predecessors deployed with little success. Published April 30, 2021

In this photo provided by the U.S. Air Force, pallets of oxygen tanks sit in the 60th Aerial Port Squadron warehouse on Tuesday, April 27, 2021, at Travis Air Force Base, Calif. The United States is donating medical supplies to assist the country of India in its fight against COVID-19. The donation of 440 oxygen cylinders and regulators, one million N95 masks and one million COVID-19 rapid diagnostic kits, will be transported to India aboard a U.S. Air Force C-5M Super Galaxy. (Alexander Merchak/U.S. Air Force via AP)

U.S. military planes with COVID-19 aid reach India: White House

A pair of military planes loaded with COVID-19 aid left the U.S. late Thursday for India as the Asian country battles an unprecedented viral surge that is depleting oxygen supplies and bringing the health system to the brink of collapse. Published April 30, 2021

Vice President Kamala Harris speaks at a vaccination site at M&T Bank Stadium, Thursday, April 29, 2021, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

VP Harris: 'American aspiration' defined first 100 days

Vice President Kamala Harris on Thursday said "American aspiration" defined the first 100 days of the Biden presidency as she tied an improving economic outlook to Democrats' big-spending plans and a vaccine rollout that is starting to show dividends but risks stalling out. Published April 29, 2021

This May 17, 2018 file photo shows packs of menthol cigarettes and other tobacco products at a store in San Francisco. U.S. health regulators will announce a new effort Thursday, April 29, 2021, to ban menthol cigarettes, according to a Biden administration official. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

FDA moves to ban menthol cigarettes, flavored cigars

The Biden administration moved Thursday to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars, cheering anti-smoking groups who have long said the products harm minorities while sparking fears that Black smokers will flock to illicit markets and face unfair prosecution. Published April 29, 2021