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Tom Howell Jr.

Tom Howell Jr. covers politics for The Washington Times. He can be reached at thowell@washingtontimes.com.

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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

Tom Price says he will sell off his stock holdings to avoid any conflicts of interest or the appearance of a conflict. (Associated Press)

Tom Price's stock trades raise hurdle to HHS confirmation

Rep. Tom Price is quickly shooting to the top of the list of most embattled Trump nominees ahead of his confirmation hearing Wednesday as Democrats accuse him of ethical lapses, saying he may have used his position in Congress to try to enrich himself. Published January 17, 2017

House passes budget to begin Obamacare repeal-and-replace process

The House passed a 2017 budget Friday that lays the groundwork for dismantling Obamacare, brushing aside intra-GOP anxiety and defiant Democrats to launch the repeal-and-replace strategy staked out by President-elect Donald Trump. Published January 13, 2017

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Associated Press/File)

Senate approves Jan. 27 deadline to draft Obamacare repeal legislation

Senate Republicans on Thursday imposed a deadline on their plans to dismantle President Obama's health care law, saying Americans are demanding relief from rising prices and dwindling choices even if the path toward a replacement is politically perilous. Published January 11, 2017

 In this Oct. 24, 2016, file photo, the HealthCare.gov 2017 web site home page as seen in Washington. On Jan. 20, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order that takes aim at the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act, which requires Americans to buy health insurance or pay a penalty to the government at tax time. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) **FILE**

Obamacare signups reach 11.5 million, outpacing previous year

The latest round of Obamacare sign-ups is running ahead of pace compared to a year earlier, the administration said Tuesday, providing backup for Democrats who say the law isn't spiraling out of control and only needs fixes, not a full repeal. Published January 10, 2017

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell (Associated Press) **FILE**

HHS's Burwell to GOP: Delayed health plan is not what Americans deserve

President Obama's top health official on Monday used her final public defense of Obamacare to accuse Republicans of scheming to cut benefits under the banner of "state flexibility," while daring them to devise a plan that doesn't take a step backward on health care. Published January 9, 2017

President-elect Donald Trump

Trump blames Democrats' weak cyberdefenses, sees no need to penalize Putin

President Obama and senior congressional Republicans said Sunday it is clear that Russia hacked emails to interfere with the U.S. election, but President-elect Donald Trump rejected talk of punishing Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying Democrats and the White House invited attacks through weak cyberdefenses. Published January 8, 2017