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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 before signing the "Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act," in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Thursday, May 24, 2018, in Washington (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

American Medical Assoc. slams Trump's Title X proposal

The nation's top doctors' lobby condemned President Trump's push to create a firewall between federal funds for family planning and abortion services, saying Thursday it amounts to a "gag order" that will intrude on the doctor-patient relationship. Published May 24, 2018

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., emerges from the chamber just after key conservatives in the rebellious House Freedom Caucus helped to kill passage of the farm bill which had been a priority for GOP leaders, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, May 18, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ** FILE **

House panel advances GOP welfare-reform bill

The House Ways and Means Committee approved Thursday a massive overhaul of the country's welfare system that would push more people on the public dole to look for work, hoping to wean them off benefits altogether. Published May 24, 2018

In this May 22, 2018, photo, schoolchildren wash their hands to help contain the Ebola outbreak before entering a classroom in the north-western city of Mbandaka, in Congo. Congo's health ministry announced six new confirmed Ebola cases and two new suspected cases Tuesday as vaccinations entered a second day in an effort to contain the deadly virus in the city of more than 1 million. (Mark Naftalin/UNICEF via AP)

WHO alerts African border countries to defend against Ebola

The World Health Organization said Wednesday it is working with nine countries that neighbor the Democratic Republic of Congo to prevent the spread of an Ebola outbreak that's been tied to dozens of deaths. Published May 23, 2018

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2015, file photo, Dan Diaz holds a photo of his late wife, Brittany Maynard, taken on their wedding day, during a rally calling for California Gov. Jerry Brown to sign right-to-die legislation at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. A California judge on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, threw out a 2016 state law allowing the terminally ill to end their lives, ruling it was unconstitutionally approved by the Legislature. Maynard moved to Oregon from California to legally end her life in 2014. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

House passes 'Right to Try' bill for dying patients

The House passed a bill Tuesday that lets dying patients try medicines that haven't won full regulatory approval, handing President Trump the bipartisan win he had demanded during his State of the Union speech this year. Published May 22, 2018

This screen grab shows the main page of the healthcare.gov website in Washington, on Monday, May 21, 2018. A major government survey finds that the U.S. clung to its health insurance gains last year, a surprise after President Donald Trump's repeated attempts to dismantle Obamacare. The survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is out May 22, and finds that 9.1 percent of Americans were uninsured in 2017, or a little more than 29 million people. (HealthCare.gov via AP)

CDC: Uninsured rate holds steady one year into Trump era

The U.S. uninsured rate held steady from 2016 to 2017 despite fears that President Trump's arrival would upend Obamacare's coverage gains, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. Published May 22, 2018

Dr. Guyauma Ngoyi Mwamba, centre, representative of the Democratic Republic of Congo on Expanded Program on Immunization, is administered with a vaccine during a vaccination campaign in Mbandaka, Congo Monday, May 21, 2018. Congo's health minister says a nurse has died from Ebola in Bikoro, the rural northwestern town where the outbreak began, as the country begins a vaccination campaign. (AP Photo/John Bompengo)

Congo begins trial Ebola vaccination amid widening outbreak

The first health care workers lined up Monday to receive a trial vaccine for Ebola in Congo as world health officials play catch-up in getting promising preventive measures to market for emerging health threats. Published May 21, 2018

In this photo taken Monday, May 14, 2018, members of a Red Cross team don protective clothing before heading out to look for suspected victims of Ebola, in Mbandaka, Congo. (Karsten Voigt/International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies via AP) ** FILE **

Ebola outbreak isn't a global emergency yet: WHO

The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo is not considered a global health emergency -- at least not yet, the World Health Organization announced Friday, saying it is hopeful it can stamp out the widening outbreak despite fear the disease will travel along the Congo River "highway" to major capitals. Published May 18, 2018

Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb listens during an interview with The Associated Press in New York on Monday, March 5, 2018. Gottlieb said Monday that he needs more staffers to intercept opioids that are being disguised as other drugs and supplements. (AP Photo/Kathy Young)

FDA calls out companies who block generic makers

Moving to implement President Trump's drug-pricing plan, the Food and Drug Administration on Thursday started naming brand-name drug makers who shut out competition by preventing generic makers from obtaining samples of their product. Published May 17, 2018

In this photo taken on Sunday, May 13, 2018, a health care worker wears virus protective gear at a treatment center in Bikoro Democratic Republic of Congo. Congo's latest Ebola outbreak has spread to a city of more than 1 million people, a worrying shift as the deadly virus risks traveling more easily in densely populated areas. Two suspected cases of hemorrhagic fever were reported in the Wangata health zones that include Mbandaka, the capital of northwestern Equateur province. The city is about 150 kilometers (93 miles) from Bikoro, the rural area where the outbreak was announced last week, said Congo's Health Minister Oly Ilunga. (AP Photo/John Bompengo)

WHO says Ebola outbreak spread to Congo city

Officials have discovered a case of the deadly Ebola virus in a port city of 1 million people in the Democratic Republic of Congo, sparking fears Thursday the latest outbreak has broken out of the remote rural areas where it started and could spiral out of control. Published May 17, 2018

In this Jan. 21, 2018, photo, lights shine inside the U.S. Capitol Building as night falls in Washington, and Congress continues to negotiate during the federal government shutdown. The deal that ended the government shutdown also further cut taxes, adding billions more to the national deficit. The tax cuts were a little noticed element of the much discussed deal, which provided funding to keep government agencies operating for about three weeks and renewed a popular health insurance program for poor children. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)

Bill aims to stop shipping of opioids through U.S. mail

The House Ways and Means Committee advanced legislation Wednesday to require shippers sending packages into the U.S. to provide more data on what's being sent — part of an effort in Congress to close down a major pipeline delivering illegal synthetic opioids across the country. Published May 16, 2018

President Donald Trump speaks during an event about prescription drug prices with Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Friday, May 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

HHS Secretary Alex Azar: Trump drug-price plan is boldest 'in history'

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II on Monday said the idea of directly negotiating drug prices under Medicare did "come up" in talks with President Trump but they settled on free-market solutions to avoid ending up with the kind of drug rationing he said plagues European countries. Published May 14, 2018

This undated colorized transmission electron micrograph file image made available by the CDC shows an Ebola virus virion. (Frederick Murphy/CDC via AP, File)

WHO ferries vaccine to Ebola-stricken Congo

The Democratic Republic of Congo has cleared the way for the World Health Organization to deploy a trial vaccine against a deadly outbreak of Ebola in the northwestern part of the country. Published May 14, 2018

President Donald Trump speaks during an event about prescription drug prices with Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, right, in the Rose Garden of the White House, Friday May 11, 2018, in Washington  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump vows to end 'rip-offs' at the pharmacy counter

President Trump said Friday he will put "American patients first" by speeding cheaper drugs to market, forcing companies to disclose prices and leveraging trade deals to put U.S. consumers on a level playing field with those abroad. Published May 11, 2018