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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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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., talks to reporters as the House Intelligence Committee holds public impeachment hearings of President Donald Trump's efforts to tie U.S. aid for Ukraine to investigations of his political opponents. Pelosi says there is clear evidence that President Donald Trump has used his office for his personal gain. She says doing that "undermined the national security of the United States." (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Pelosi to Trump: Make USMCA more than 'promises on paper' to workers

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi late Monday said her troops are willing to take up President Trump's prized rewrite of the North American trade deal once the administration drafts a way to enforce its labor provisions, saying right now the pact amounts to "promises on paper." Published November 25, 2019

Vice President Mike Pence greets troops at a mess hall at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Mike Pence makes surprise visit to Iraq

Vice President Mike Pence made a surprise weekend visit to Iraq to rally with troops, serve them a Thanksgiving lunch and offer support for Kurdish allies. Published November 23, 2019

In this Aug. 28, 2019, photo, a man exhales while using an e-cigarette in Portland, Maine. On Nov. 21, 2019, President Trump hosted a roundtable at the White House featuring vaping-industry defenders as well as vaping critics. The president signaled his support for a nationwide minimum age of 21 to buy vaping products. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Trump holds court over fiery White House summit on vaping

President Trump wants to raise the age for purchasing e-cigarettes, but he's walking a tightrope on flavored vapes between advocates who say fruity flavors hook kids and industry forces who say flavors support "mom and pop" shops and help adult smokers quit. Published November 22, 2019

President Donald Trump greets Jon Voight during a National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal ceremony in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump awards arts medal to actor Jon Voight, musician Alison Krauss

The star of "Midnight Cowboy," a best-selling author, a versatile Grammy-winning singer and the man behind a 3-Michelin-star restaurant in Virginia were among eight people awarded presidential medals recognizing achievements in the arts and humanities on Thursday. Published November 21, 2019

RNC chair: Impeachment is bringing in cash, no one 'pulling away'

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel sees a "distinct advantage" for the GOP in 2020 despite the Ukraine controversy engulfing President Trump, citing record fundraising, a Democratic slate lurching to the left and an uptick in small-donor giving even as the House pursues impeachment. Published November 21, 2019

Fall foliage covers the North Lawn of the White House, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Trump's pick for NOAA job withdraws, citing health reasons

Barry Myers, the former CEO of AccuWeather, has asked President Trump to withdraw his nomination to the top post at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), citing health reasons. Published November 20, 2019

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., arrives to talk to reporters on the morning after the first public hearing in the impeachment probe of President Donald Trump on his effort to tie U.S. aid for Ukraine to investigations of his political opponents, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. Pelosi says the president's actions in the impeachment inquiry amount to "bribery." (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Pelosi: House can act on USMCA when it's 'enforceable'

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday her Democratic troops will take up the North American trade deal when the Trump administration ensures it can enforce the agreement with Mexico and Canada. Published November 19, 2019

President Donald Trump speaks during an event on healthcare prices in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

White House announces release of two professors held in Afghanistan

The U.S. secured the release of two college professors who were kidnapped at gunpoint in August 2016 and held by Taliban forces in Afghanistan, the White House said Tuesday, a move that could help revive moribund peace talks with the militant Islamist group. Published November 19, 2019

Federal Reserve Board Chair Jerome Powell testifies to the House Budget Committee, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) ** FILE **

Trump meets with Fed chairman he once called a 'bonehead'

President Trump said Monday he had a "cordial" meeting with Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome H. Powell on the economy and interest rates despite previously attacking the central banker as a "bonehead" who doesn't understand either. Published November 18, 2019

In this Dec. 21, 2016, file photo, The Trump International Hotel at 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, is photographed in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) **FILE**

Trump Organization explores sale of D.C. hotel

Dogged by ethics questions, the Trump Organization is reportedly looking to sell the leasing rights to its marquee hotel a few blocks from the White House. Published October 25, 2019

President Donald Trump talks to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, before boarding Marine One for the short trip to Andrews Air Force Base. Trump is heading to South Carolina to speak at Benedict College in Columbia. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump defends Syrian strategy: 'We have secured the oil'

President Trump's troop pullout from Syria and Special Forces strike that killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi didn't dent his fixation on securing oil fields in the war-torn country. Published October 25, 2019

President Donald Trump shakes hands with auto racing great Roger Penske during a Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Roger Penske receives Medal of Freedom from Trump

President Trump on Thursday awarded the Medal of Freedom to auto racing mogul Roger Penske, the fourth sports legend he's bestowed the honor to since late August. Published October 24, 2019