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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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President Donald Trump speaks during an event in the Rose Garden at the White House to declare a national emergency in order to build a wall along the southern border, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Trump praises use of death penalty for drug traffickers

President Trump revived his praise of foreign nations that use the death penalty to crack down on drug trafficking Friday, suggesting in a speech on border security it's a better way to deal with addiction than study groups who "eat lunch" and "waste a lot of time." Published February 15, 2019

This Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, file photo shows a page from the 2019 U.S. Medicare Handbook in Washington. Medicare Advantage enrollees get a new, second chance to find the right health coverage for 2019. The government added another enrollment window that started Jan. 1 and lasts until March 31. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Democrats roll out bill to let Americans buy into Medicare at 50

Amid the hype over "Medicare for all," Democrats' likely health-care path in the new Congress is more akin to "Medicare for more" -- allowing people 50 and older to buy into the government's health insurance program for seniors. Published February 13, 2019

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo talks about his upcoming meeting with President Donald Trump during a news conference in the Red Room at the state Capitol Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, in Albany, N.Y. New York pays more in taxes to the federal government than any other state. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo airs concerns over tax deduction cap with Trump

President Trump listened to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo complain Tuesday about a provision in the GOP tax overhaul that's walloping higher earners in the Empire State, the White House said, but the president feels the Democratic governor should consider slashing state taxes as a path to relief. Published February 12, 2019

President Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the El Paso County Coliseum, Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, in El Paso, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Trump road-tests 2020 campaign lines at El Paso rally

President Trump snapped into campaign mode Monday, using a Texas rally to slam political rivals as socialists and say he'll do whatever it takes to deliver what he promised voters in 2016 -- a "big, beautiful" wall on the southern border. Published February 11, 2019

Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, speaks during a news conference in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) ** FILE **

HHS pushes for digital health records in key programs by 2020

The Trump administration on Monday said it will require doctors, hospitals and insurance plans operating within federal programs to deliver medical records and claims in an easy-to-use digital format by 2020. Published February 11, 2019

White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said proposed funding is all over the map and that Democrats' are pushing to cap the number of detainee beds for people who cross into the U.S. illegally, causing talks to stall. (Associated Press)

White House won't rule out another government shutdown

The White House said Sunday it cannot rule out another government shutdown as it gets mixed signals from Democrats and Republicans racing a Friday deadline to fund President Trump's border-wall demands and keep federal operations humming. Published February 10, 2019

In this Feb. 2, 2019, file photo, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam speaks during a news conference in the Governor's Mansion in Richmond, Va.  Northam clung to his office Tuesday, Feb. 5, amid intense political fallout over a racist photo in his 1984 medical school yearbook and uncertainty about the future of the state's government. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Ralph Northam: As a doctor, I can help Virginia heal

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam refused to resign Sunday despite widespread calls for him to step down over a racist yearbook picture that set off chaos in Richmond and a reckoning among white persons who've worn blackface. Published February 10, 2019

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg announces that he will not seek another term as mayor Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, during a news conference at his office in South Bend, Ind. (Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune via AP)

2020 Democrat Pete Buttigieg endorses idea of Green New Deal

Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg on Sunday endorsed a Green New Deal, saying the blueprint needs fine-turning but provides a framework for addressing climate change and revamping the Rust Belt economy. Published February 10, 2019

DOJ opposes House's attempt to intervene in Obamacare suit

The Trump administration told an appeals court Friday it opposes House Democrats' attempts to intervene in a court battle against Obamacare, arguing the legislative branch is veering out of its lane and that blue states already stepped in. Published February 8, 2019

In this Nov. 15, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a conference at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

WH economic council: Trump isn't 'sabotaging' Obamacare

Halfway through his four-year term, President Trump hasn't able to deliver on a campaign promise to get rid of Obamacare. Instead, the administration said Friday, the White House has found a way to make it work for everyone. Published February 8, 2019

President Donald Trump listens to a question from a reporter after signing the National Security Presidential Memorandum to Launch the "Women's Global Development and Prosperity" Initiative in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

House Democrats push bill to force release of Trump's tax returns

The Treasury would enter "uncharted territory" if it refused the House tax-writing panel's demand for someone's tax returns, an expert told lawmakers Thursday, as Democrats set the table for a potential showdown with President Trump. Published February 7, 2019