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

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Vice President Mike Pence speaks at a campaign fundraiser for Republican candidate for 6th congressional district Karen Handel at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, Friday, June 9, 2017. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Pence says Obamacare repeal remains chief priority

Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday said eliminating Obamacare remains the chief priority for the administration, as it works with congressional Republicans to replace the law before the summer is over. Published June 10, 2017

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, after the House pushed through a health care bill, in this Thursday, May 4, 2017, file photo. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Tom Price, Democrats spar over Obamacare's future

President Trump's health secretary on Thursday refused to commit his boss to making critical Obamacare payments through the coming year, infuriating Democrats who say the administration is sabotaging the insurance markets to bolster its case for repeal. Published June 8, 2017

Rep. Al Green, Texas Democrat, called for the impeachment of President Trump last week while visiting his congressional district office in Houston. (Associated Press)

Al Green: I'm drafting articles of impeachment

Rep. Al Green, a maverick Democrat, said Wednesday he is drafting articles of impeachment against President Trump, alleging the Republican president broke the law in May and must be held to account. Published June 7, 2017

President Donald Trump speaks about health care at Cincinnati Municipal Lunken Airport in Cincinnati, Ohio, Wednesday, June 7, 2017. Shown are PlayCare co-owner Rays Whalen, left, and CSS Distribution Group President Dan Withrow and their families.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump meets with 'Obamacare victims' to whip up support for repeal

President Trump told Congress on Wednesday to keep toiling and send him a health care bill, saying Obamacare is in "absolute turmoil" and claiming victims in Ohio and other places as Republicans struggle to reach consensus on a replacement plan. Published June 7, 2017

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., flanked by Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., left, and Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, meets with reporters at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

McConnell: Senate close to Obamacare repeal bill

Senate GOP leaders said Tuesday they're "close" to settling on their own plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, as pressure mounts on them to deliver on their health promises before the August recess. Published June 6, 2017

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 9, 2017 file photo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers one of his State of the State addresses in New York's One World Trade Center building. New York officials estimate the House of Representatives' Thursday, May 4, 2017 bill to overhaul the Affordable Care Act would lead to 2.7 million residents losing coverage and the state losing up to $6.9 billion in federal Medicaid money. Cuomo said such cuts would reduce support for hospitals, nursing homes and 7 million New Yorkers who rely on the program. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo moves to enshrine Obamacare protections

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday said he will require insurers to cover Obamacare's "essential" health benefits and charge healthy and sick people the same amount, declaring his progressive state won't "stand idly by" as Republicans in Congress try to dismantle the 2010 health care law. Published June 5, 2017

In this July 8, 2016, file photo, a pharmacist holds a package of EpiPens epinephrine auto-injector, a Mylan product, in Sacramento, Calif. Businesses will be allowed to stock EpiPens used to treat people having life-threatening allergic reactions under AB1386, which allows pharmacies to dispense the devices to colleges, private businesses and other venues that have a plan in place for using them. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Chuck Grassley: EpiPen maker overcharged taxpayers nearly $1.3B

Mylan Pharmaceuticals, the maker of EpiPens for allergy sufferers, may have overcharged taxpayers as much as $1.27 billion by misclassifying their life-saving devices under Medicaid's drug rebate program from 2006 to 2016, a government watchdog has informed Sen. Charles E. Grassley of Iowa. Published June 1, 2017

Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., chair of the Senate Republican Caucus, speaks with reporters at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, July 24, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ** FILE **

GOP health plan gets low marks, heaping pressure on Senate: Poll

Americans continue to view Obamacare more favorably than the House-passed plan to repeal it, according to a Wednesday poll that finds the public is increasingly wary of how the GOP replacement would affect them if it were passed by the Senate and signed into law. Published May 31, 2017

President Trump took a victory lap during an address to U.S. troops in Italy on Saturday. "I think we hit a home run no matter where we went," Mr. Trump said at Naval Air Station Sigonella, in Sicily. (Associated Press)

Trump's trip abroad thrills Republicans, disappoints Democrats

President Trump declared he knocked it out of the park during his first overseas trip and prominent Republicans agreed Sunday, saying he reassured allies and talked tough when necessary, though Democrats argued that he fell short and faces stiffer tests back home. Published May 28, 2017

In this photo taken Dec. 8, 2016, the Capitol Building as seen in Washington. Congress wrapped up the 114th session early Saturday, a tumultuous two years marked by the resignation of a House speaker, a fight over a Supreme Court vacancy, bipartisan bills on health care and education and inaction on immigration and criminal justice. The new Congress will be sworn-in Jan. 3, 2017.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

GOP health care plan could harm anti-opioid efforts

The House GOP's health care bill would leave 14 million fewer people on Medicaid and force other patients to pay thousands of dollars more for substance abuse treatment, analysts said, in what some lawmakers fear would be a major step backward in the national battle against opioid addiction. Published May 28, 2017

U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, addresses the California Democratic Party convention, Saturday, May 20, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) ** FILE **

Schiff: Reports on back-channeling with Russia 'very concerning'

Rep. Adam Schiff of California on Sunday said reports that White House adviser Jared Kushner sought a secret channel to talk with the Russians would be "very concerning," if true, considering the Kremlin's alleged interference in the U.S. election. Published May 28, 2017

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk from Marine One across the South Lawn to White House in Washington, Saturday, May 27, 2017, as they return from Sigonella, Italy. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Trump picks fight with media upon return to U.S.

President Trump on Sunday picked up where he left off upon his arrival home from a nine-day overseas trip, using his phone and thumbs to attack the media on Twitter and decry the steady stream of governmental leaks that are embarrassing the White House. Published May 28, 2017

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly (Associated Press) **FILE**

DHS chief cites Manchester leak as 'borderline' treason

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on Sunday said "it's borderline, if not over the line of treason" to leak highly classified information gleaned from foreign intelligence, citing Britain's alarm at seeing details of its probe into the Manchester terror bombing in the U.S. press. Published May 28, 2017


Cassidy: Senate health bill will outdo House plan

Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana said Sunday his chamber plans to outdo a House-passed health bill that would repeal and replace Obamacare but, according to estimates, would result in 23 million fewer people holding insurance a decade from now. Published May 28, 2017

Senate Judiciary subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism Chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., questions former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, and former National Intelligence Director James Clapper, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, May 8, 2017, during the subcommittee's on Crime and Terrorism hearing: "Russian Interference in the 2016 United States Election." Committee ranking member Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., listens at right. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Graham skeptical of report on Kushner, Russians

Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said Sunday that he is highly suspicious of the latest bombshell allegations to roil White House -- that President Trump's son-in-law tried to set up a secret channel of communications between the transition team and the Kremlin. Published May 28, 2017

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio listens during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 23, 2016. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Senators fed up with flow of illicit opioids through mail

Senators from both parties said Thursday they're growing impatient with foreign postal services that do not provide electronic data to U.S. inspectors hoping to intercept packages that contain highly dangerous opioids. Published May 25, 2017

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Speaker Ryan defends health care plan amid CBO score furor

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan defended the Republican health care bill Thursday amid blowback over formal estimates that said the plan would result in 23 million fewer people holding coverage and dramatically hike prices for sicker Americans in certain states. Published May 25, 2017