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Tom Howell Jr.

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

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This Oct. 10, 2013, file photo, shows an EpiPen epinephrine auto-injector, a Mylan product, in Hendersonville, Texas. Mylan reports earnings Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski, File)

FDA approves first generic version of lifesaving EpiPen

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved the first generic competitor to Mylan's EpiPen, offering allergy sufferers the possibility of a lower-cost option than the brand name drug that drew scrutiny after price hikes. Published August 16, 2018

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is pictured delivering remarks on efforts to combat violent crime in America during an appearance at the United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Georgia on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Macon, Ga. (AP Photo/John Amis) ** FILE **

Trump floats idea of federal opioids lawsuit

President Trump on Thursday hinted he wants the Justice Department to file its own lawsuit against certain opioid companies, instead of just cheering on efforts by the states. Published August 16, 2018

In this Feb. 11, 2016, file photo, Dallas County Mosquito Lab microbiologist Spencer Lockwood sorts mosquitoes collected in a trap in Hutchins, Texas, that had been set up in Dallas County near the location of a confirmed Zika virus infection. (AP Photo/LM Otero, file)

NIH begins Zika vaccine trial

Zika virus has all but disappeared from the U.S., but the government said Thursday it's preparing for future outbreaks with a vaccine trial among dozens of adults in Baltimore and Vermont. Published August 16, 2018

Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway, speaks to a member of the media outside the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Friday, June 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Kellyanne Conway rejects Omarosa's claims of Trump racial slurs

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on Sunday flatly rejected former White House aide Omarosa Manigault-Newman's claims that President Trump used racist slurs against black people and called Ms. Conway's husband a "goo-goo" because he is part Filipino. Published August 12, 2018

"What you had is a, I think, a message from the voters to the Republicans that you've got to stop the chaos and you've got to get more in tune and stop alienating people and try to figure out how do families do better," Ohio Gov. John Kasich told NBC's Meet the Press. (Associated Press)

Ohio Gov. John Kasich: GOP needs unifying message, less chaos

Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Sunday said the GOP needs to find a unifying message to tamp down the "chaotic environment" that seems to dominate political discourse today, citing a narrow victory for Republican Troy Balderson in a special congressional election that should have been a slam dunk for his party. Published August 12, 2018

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar speaks during a Senate Finance Committee hearing on prescription drug pricing, Tuesday, June 26, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) ** FILE **

HHS chief to states: Don't spoil Trump's 'short-term' health plans

The Trump administration is asking its critics to cool it over their Obamacare rhetoric, saying the new "skimpy" plans the Health Department wants to allow are a way to create more choices, not to undermine the 2010 health-care law. Published August 9, 2018

Albuquerque officer Ryan Holets holds his newly adopted daughter, Hope, after being recognized by the city of Albuquerque on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. In September, Holets convinced a pregnant woman he found using heroin to let him adopt her unborn child. That baby, Hope, is now recovering for being born with an addiction. Holets and his wife have four other children. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras) ** FILE **

CDC: Share of opioid-addicted women giving birth spiked with crisis

The share of pregnant women who gave birth while hooked on opioids more than quadrupled as the U.S. addiction crisis exploded, the government said Thursday in the first multistate analysis of the epidemic's potential impact on newborns and their moms. Published August 9, 2018

In this March 22, 2017, file photo President Donald Trump , left, and Texas State Sen. Dawn Buckingham, right, listen as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Seema Verma speaks during a meeting on women in healthcare in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File) **FILE**

Trump gives Medicare plans new tool to squeeze Big Pharma

The Trump administration said Tuesday it will allow private plans operating under Medicare to place patients on the most cost-effective drugs first, before turning to more expensive alternatives if they don't work. Published August 7, 2018