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Tom Howell Jr.

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In this Feb. 22, 2017, photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting on the Federal budget in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. For the past eight years, thousands of conservative activists have descended on Washington each spring with dreams of putting a Republican in the White House. This year, they're learning reality can be complicated. With Trump's presidential victory, the future of the conservative movement has become entwined with an unconventional New York businessman better known for his deal-making than any ideological principles. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump whacks FBI over 'national security leakers,' wants them rooted out

President Trump accused the FBI on Friday of failing to prevent sensitive leaks to the media, as the administration beats back news that White House officials asked the agency to knock down reports about alleged contact between the Trump campaign and Russia last year. Published February 24, 2017

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with manufacturing executives at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

U.S. voters split over NAFTA's impact: Gallup poll

President Trump has called NAFTA the "worst trade deal in history," but a poll released Friday says U.S. voters are deeply divided on whether it's been good for the nation. Published February 24, 2017

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski speaks during a news conference Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, in Juneau, Alaska. Murkowski, a Republican and Alaska's senior U.S. senator, spoke to reporters after delivering her annual address to a joint session of the Alaska Legislature. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

Lisa Murkowski won't vote to scrap Medicaid expansion if Alaska wants it

Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she will not vote to repeal Obamacare's expansion of Medicaid so long as state lawmakers in Alaska want to keep it, a bold stance that underscores the challenge before GOP leaders who want to dismantle the 2010 health law and phase out its vast expansion of government insurance for the poor. Published February 23, 2017

Cleone Hermsen expresses her concern at a meeting with Sen. Joni Ernst, Iowa Republican. (Associated Press)

Ads push Republicans to act against Obamacare, remind voters why

Republican-aligned groups poured millions of dollars into ad campaigns Wednesday urging Congress to gut and replace Obamacare, hoping to remind voters why they disliked the health care law and to stiffen spines among wavering Republicans on Capitol Hill. Published February 22, 2017

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. meets with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ** FILE **

Support for Obamacare repeal has dipped since Trump took office: Poll

The share of voters who want Congress to fully or partially scrap Obamacare has dipped noticeably since January, according to a poll released Wednesday that finds zeal for repeal is waning even as President Trump and congressional Republicans craft plans to gut and replace the law with market-oriented reforms. Published February 22, 2017

Sami Jamaleddine, left, signs up for health insurance offered under the Affordable Care Act with insurance agent Michael Khoury, right, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, in Miami. The enrollment period for the federal health care law known as "Obamacare" ends at the end of the day Tuesday. The Republican-lead Senate has passed a measure to take the first step forward on dismantling President Barack Obama's health care law. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Humana latest insurer to exit Obamacare exchanges

Humana, a major health insurer, said Tuesday that it will pull out of the Obamacare marketplace after this year, delivering yet another blow to a program that was already on life support. Published February 14, 2017