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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.

Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina will offer the GOP rebuttal to President Biden's speech before a joint session of Congress this week. (Associated Press)

Sen. Tim Scott: 'Socialist dreams' won't help America thrive

Sen. Tim Scott said "Washington schemes" and "socialist dreams" won't deliver America from its pandemic doldrums, using a prime-time GOP rebuttal Wednesday to decry Democrats as divisive virtue-signalers and promote free market reforms over the big-spending plans President Biden outlined to a joint session of Congress. Published April 28, 2021

President Joe Biden speaks to a joint session of Congress Wednesday, April 28, 2021, in the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. (Michael Reynolds/Pool via AP)

Biden begs all Americans to get shots: 'They're available'

President Biden reprised his role as America's vaccine pitchman Wednesday in a joint address to Congress like no other, saying there is work to do against COVID-19 but one of "the greatest logistical achievements our country has ever seen" is starting to pay dividends. Published April 28, 2021

Feds raid Rudy Giuliani's New York City home

Federal investigators on Wednesday raided former New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani's home and office as part of an ongoing investigation into his dealings in Ukraine. Published April 28, 2021

Gibraltar, two tiny Asian countries near widespread coronavirus immunity

Tiny Asian countries and the British territory Gibraltar are nearing widespread immunity against COVID-19 and are gaining a sense of normalcy, proving it pays to be small and have a steady supply of shots if you want to zip ahead in the global vaccination race. Published April 25, 2021

A COVID-19 patient receives oxygen inside a car provided by a Gurdwara, a Sikh house of worship, in New Delhi, India, Saturday, April 24, 2021. Indias medical oxygen shortage has become so dire that this gurdwara began offering free breathing sessions with shared tanks to COVID-19 patients waiting for a hospital bed. They arrive in their cars, on foot or in three-wheeled taxis, desperate for a mask and tube attached to the precious oxygen tanks outside the gurdwara in a neighborhood outside New Delhi. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

U.S. sending aid to India amid COVID-19 crisis

The U.S. is sending protective gear, therapeutic drugs and raw materials for vaccines to India as it battles a catastrophic wave of COVID-19 cases that is taxing its health system, depleting oxygen supplies and forcing cremation centers to operate around the clock. Published April 25, 2021

Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, appears before a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing to discuss vaccines and protecting public health during the coronavirus pandemic on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, in Washington. (Michael Reynolds/Pool via AP) ** *FILE **

NIH chief: Resuming J&J vaccine without limits is 'right decision'

National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins on Sunday said federal regulators and advisers made the right call in resuming the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for everyone, saying its benefits in fighting COVID-19 outweigh the threat of rare blood clots seen in a handful of recipients. Published April 25, 2021

Vice President Kamala Harris speaks to the virtual Leaders Summit on Climate, from the East Room of the White House, Thursday, April 22, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

VP Kamala Harris: American people want a result in George Floyd reform effort

Vice President Kamala Harris on Sunday increased pressure on the Senate to pass legislation that would overhaul policing policies in the wake of ex-police officer Derek Chauvin's murder conviction, saying the "American people, in a bipartisan way," are demanding a shake-up. Published April 25, 2021

Biden to employers: Offer vaccination incentives

President Biden said Wednesday the government will reimburse small employers who give paid time off to workers who step out for a COVID-19 vaccine and need time to recover from any side effects. Published April 21, 2021

Exterior view of the European Medicines Agency, EMA, in Amsterdam's business district, Netherlands, Tuesday, April 20, 2021. Experts at the European Medicines Agency are preparing to present the conclusions of their investigation later on Tuesday into possible links between the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine and very rare cases of unusual clotting disorders detected in the U.S. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

European regulators on J&J vaccine: Blood clots are 'rare side effects'

Unusual blood clots should be listed as "very rare" side effects of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, European regulators said Tuesday, swiftly replicating the warning it put on a similar vaccine while the U.S. waits days for federal advisers to plot a way forward. Published April 20, 2021