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Tom Howell Jr.

Tom Howell Jr. covers politics for The Washington Times. He can be reached at

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Republicans Reps. Mark Meadows, Jim Jordan, Louie Gohmert, and Sen. Rand Paul at a press conference covering health care last month: These "Freedom Caucus' members are often vilified by the news media. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Obamacare favored by majority of Americans: Poll

New polling says the GOP's latest ideas on health care are unpopular and that a majority of Americans will hold President Trump and his congressional allies responsible for Obamacare's problems moving forward, underscoring the tall task before Republicans sticking to a repeal-and-replace strategy. Published April 26, 2017

President Trump is working with Mick Mulvaney (left), director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, and other members of his team to prepare for a government shutdown in case Congress can't reach a budget deal by the end of the week. (Associated Press/File)

Trump budget team downplays risk, consequences of government shutdown

President Trump and his budget team are voicing confidence that a government shutdown will be averted before Friday's deadline, even as they methodically go through an Obama-era checklist of preparations for shuttering departments and agencies just in case Congress can't agree on a spending bill in time. Published April 23, 2017

In this Jan. 14, 2017, photo, tax forms sit on a desk at the start of the tax season rush, inside the offices of tax preparation firm Infinite Tax Solutions, in Boulder, Colo. Filing taxes early could speed your return and protect your identity. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Trump limits reach of Obamacare on 2016 tax filing

Americans racing to Tuesday's tax deadline can file their returns even if they ignore the line that asks whether they had health insurance last year -- an early, visible result of President Trump's order directing agencies to limit Obamacare's reach. Published April 17, 2017