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The website is still up and running, days after congressional Republicans imposed a deadline to begin their promised Obamacare repeal. (Associated Press)

Obamacare final open enrollment period closing

Obamacare entered its final hours of open enrollment — perhaps its last ever — under a cloud of uncertainty this week, as President Trump did little to prop up the program he's now tasked with administering. Published January 30, 2017

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and others listen as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington on Dec. 8, 2016. (Associated Press) **FILE**

GOP leaders eye health care, tax overhaul by August recess

Congressional Republicans leaders outlined an aggressive agenda Thursday for the first 200 days of their partnership with President Trump, pledging to overhaul the U.S. health care and tax systems while looking for up to $15 billion to pay for Mr. Trump's border wall with Mexico. Published January 26, 2017

President Barack Obama arrives on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. In today's inauguration ceremony Donald J. Trump becomes the 45th president of the United States. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Voters in deep-red states report being helped by Obamacare

Poor adults in red states that expanded Medicaid under Obamacare were twice as likely to say the law had helped them than harmed them, according to a study released Wednesday that underscores the challenge before Republicans who want to revamp the program as part of their repeal-and-replace strategy. Published January 25, 2017

Health and Human Services Secretary-designate Rep. Tom Price faced tough questions on Capitol Hill by senators concerned over abortion restrictions. (Associated Press)

Trump moves to end Obama's cost-free birth control mandate

The Trump administration will have to make quick decisions about Obamacare's mandate of cost-free birth control, facing looming legal and political deadlines that will determine just how much flexibility the new president wants to give on the thorny issue. Published January 23, 2017

Vice President Mike Pence administers the oath of office the Defense Secretary James Mattis, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, in the Vice Presidential Ceremonial Office in the Eisenhower Executive Office building on the White House grounds in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Senate confirms Trump's defense, homeland security picks

The Senate confirmed President Trump's defense and homeland security secretaries Friday, helping fill out his national security team just hours after he was sworn in -- but Democrats were mounting roadblocks to the rest of the Cabinet. Published January 20, 2017

Statuary Hall in the Capitol is set for a luncheon with the newly sworn in president and vice president, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017 in Washington. President-elect Donald Trump will become the 45th United States president when he's sworn in today. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Pomp and circumstance continues after Trump sworn in

President Trump kicked off his presidency by upgrading from the fast-food and taco bowls of his campaign to a formal Capitol luncheon of Maine lobster and beef with juniper jus among the most powerful people in Washington -- including his vanquished foe, Hillary Clinton. Published January 20, 2017