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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 turns to talk to the gathered media during a Christmas Eve video teleconference with members of the mIlitary at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Nearly half of Republicans think Trump repealed Obamacare: Poll

More than four in 10 Republicans think President Trump repealed Obamacare, even though much of the 2010 law remains intact after GOP efforts to repeal and replace it fell short this past year, according to a new poll. Published December 28, 2017

File-In this Feb. 11, 2016 photo, Dallas County Mosquito Lab microbiologist Spencer Lockwood sorts mosquitos collected in a trap in Hutchins, Texas, that had been set up in Dallas County near the location of a confirmed Zika virus infection. Texas Medicaid will begin providing mosquito repellent to all expectant mothers and women between the ages of 10 and 45, as public health officials grapple with the likelihood that Texas will see at least some local transmissions of the Zika virus. (AP Photo/LM Otero, file)

Number of Zika virus cases dropped dramatically

Zika has largely "burnt out" in the Americas, health experts say, with the disease that just a year ago spawned dire travel warnings, changed vacation plans and almost forced a federal government shutdown now dissipating with a whimper. Published December 27, 2017

The HealthCare.gov website is photographed in Washington on Dec. 15, 2017. A burst of sign-ups is punctuating the end of a tumultuous year for former President Barack Obamas health care law. Strong consumer interest around Fridays enrollment deadline for 2018 was seen as validation for the programs subsidized individual health insurance. But the Affordable Care Acts troubles arent over. Even if full repeal now seems off the table, actions by the Republican-led Congress and the Trump administration could undermine the ACAs insurance markets. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick

Idaho reports 95K in Obamacare signups

Nearly 95,000 Idahoans selected a 2018 health plan on the state's Obamacare exchange -- a drop from last year's tally that nonetheless thrilled state officials, citing headwinds from Washington, and adds to previously reported totals from dozens of states that used the federal HealthCare.gov website. Published December 27, 2017

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., is surrounded by media as he walks from the Capitol building on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) **FILE**

Johnson subpoenas records on Obamacare 'exemption' for Congress

Sen. Ron Johnson gave the federal personnel office an early Christmas gift Friday -- a subpoena demanding to know why it "exempted" members of Congress from Obamacare by letting them retain employer subsidies for coverage. Published December 22, 2017

President Donald Trump walks on the South Lawn as he leaves the White House in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, to visit Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Second judge blocks Trump's rollback of contraception rules

Another federal judge -- this one in California -- has blocked President Trump's decision to roll back Obama-era rules that require employers to provide free birth control as part of their health plans. Published December 21, 2017

This Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 photo shows an arrangement of pills of the opioid oxycodone-acetaminophen in New York.  (AP Photo/Patrick Sison) **FILE**

Drug-overdose deaths reached 63,000 in 2016

Drug overdoses continued to soar in 2016, claiming more than 63,000 lives as deaths tied to fentanyl skyrocketed, making it the deadliest opioid for the first time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. Published December 21, 2017

Obamacare juicier target for GOP after first swipe

After years of trying, Republicans took the first real swipe at Obamacare in their tax-cut bill this week — but far from slaking their thirst, the move has left them all the more eager to root out the rest of the health insurance law. Published December 20, 2017

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, left, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., walk to the Republican policy luncheon on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

GOP senators ask McConnell to postpone health bills

Key Senate Republicans have asked Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to push critical health care bills into the new year, saying spats over a stopgap to keep the government open made it impossible to stabilize Obamacare now. Published December 20, 2017

Rep. E. Scott Garrett (Associated Press)

Senate panel rejects Trump nominee Scott Garrett to head Ex-Im Bank

A Senate panel voted Tuesday to reject President Trump's nominee to run the Export-Import bank, undercutting conservatives who want to derail the corporate welfare agency and delivering another nomination failure to a White House plagued by them. Published December 19, 2017