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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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President Donald Trump poses for photos with Paraguay's President Mario Abdo Benitez at the White House, Friday, Dec. 13, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Trump sums it up: 'A wild week'

Buoyed by trade deals and buffeted by an impeachment inquiry, President Trump stated the obvious Friday during a White House sit-down with a foreign leader. Published December 13, 2019

President Donald Trump smiles during a luncheon with members of the United Nations Security Council in the Cabinet Room at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump, China agree on initial trade deal: 'They want it, and so do we!'

President Trump has agreed to an initial trade deal that requires China to purchase a large amount of U.S. farm products in exchange for tariff relief, placing him close to a second significant trade win amid the furor over his pending impeachment. Published December 12, 2019

In this July 10, 2018, photo bottles of medicine ride on a belt at a mail-in pharmacy warehouse in Florence, N.J. (Associated Press) **FILE**

House Democrats tee up vote on partisan drug-price bill

House Democrats teed up a Thursday vote on their contentious drug-pricing bill by appealing to Republicans' loyalty to President Trump, saying the effort echoes his 2016 rhetoric on government negotiation and his push to align prices with other countries'. Published December 11, 2019

President Donald Trump speaks with reporters on the South Lawn of the White House before departing for a campaign rally in Hershey, Pa, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Trump says impeachment articles 'very weak'

President Trump on Tuesday said bipartisan approval of his North American trade deal is the "silver lining" to a morning that began with Democrats unveiling articles of impeachment against him. Published December 10, 2019

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., accompanied by House Congress members speaks at a news conference to discuss the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) trade agreement, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Pelosi, Trump reach deal on North American trade agreement

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Trump administration agreed Tuesday to a rewrite of the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement, with Democrats announcing the breakthrough minutes after they called President Trump a threat to democracy who must be impeached. Published December 10, 2019

Sen. Lamar Alexander, Tennessee Republican, called the deal on the surprise medical bills and raising tobacco purchasing age "a very good Christmas present" should Congress choose to unwrap it now. (Associated Press)

Lawmakers find common ground on legislation despite impeachment

Whether because impeachment or in spite of it, Congress is teed up for a series of bipartisan wins this month, proving that even the acrimony of trying to remove President Trump from office does not mean he can't work with them. Published December 8, 2019

In this Dec. 5, 2019, photo, President Donald Trump speaks at a luncheon with members of the United Nations Security Council in the Cabinet Room at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump doesn't think Kim Jong Un will rain on his 2020 parade

President Trump on Saturday said he doesn't think North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will lash out in a way that disrupts the U.S. campaign season, despite Pyongyang's short-range missile launches and bellicose language. Published December 7, 2019

White House chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow talks with reporters outside the White House, Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Election, impeachment won't affect China talks: Kudlow

The U.S. and China are negotiating "around the clock" but it is unclear if they will reach a phase-one trade deal this month or if talks will slip into the campaign year, President Trump's top economic adviser said Friday. Published December 6, 2019

President Donald Trump speaks as he meets with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte during the NATO summit at The Grove, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, in Watford, England. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Trump derides impeachment findings as 'joke'

President Trump on Wednesday derided House impeachment findings as a "joke" and questioned whether Democrats who drafted a report on his Ukraine dealings love their country or not. Published December 4, 2019