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Tom Howell Jr.

Tom Howell Jr. covers politics and the White House for The Washington Times. He can be reached at [email protected].

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In this photo taken June 28, 2019, delivery men push cartons of beverage past a Chinese clothing store in Beijing. China's economic growth slowed to its lowest level in a decade in the quarter ending in June, adding to pressure on Chinese leaders as they fight a tariff war with Washington. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan) ** FILE **

Trump says a 'long way to go' on China trade

The U.S. could impose new tariffs on China "if we want," President Trump said Tuesday, warning there's a "long way to go" in sealing a trade pact as the Chinese drag their feet on a commitment to American farmers. Published July 16, 2019

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin speaks during a news briefing at the White House, in Washington, Monday, July 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Treasury airs concerns about cryptocurrency, Facebook's Libra

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Monday said the Trump administration, fearing the misuse of shadowy banking channels, will force Facebook or other providers of cryptocurrency to behave like traditional financial institutions if they move forward with their plans. Published July 15, 2019

Former President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign rally for Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams at Morehouse College Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) ** FILE **

Judges skeptical of Obamacare constitutionality

A federal appeals court sympathized Tuesday with Republicans who say Obamacare's "individual mandate" to hold insurance is no longer constitutional, though signaled they're reluctant to decide which parts of the program should fall with it. Published July 9, 2019

Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y., speaks to reporters following the weekly policy lunches on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) ** FILE **

Democrats go on offense ahead of Obamacare showdown

Democrats highlighted the political peril Monday of an anti-Obamacare lawsuit that's set for argument before a federal appeals court later this week, vowing to punish President Trump and anyone else backing the attempt to overturn the 2010 health law. Published July 8, 2019

In this Feb.19, 2019, file photo, children line up to enter a tent at the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children in Homestead, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

Democrats to make probe of immigrant detention center conditions a priority

Lawmakers return to Washington this week more divided than ever and facing a series of new immigration policy crises, with an urgency to troubling conditions at the border for illegal immigrants, with President Trump sparking a clash over the 2020 census, and with the Homeland Security Department preparing a round of deportations of illegal immigrant families. Published July 7, 2019