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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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At the Supreme Court on Wednesday, six years after Obamacare became law, faith-based charities will try to convince justices that they deserve the same exemptions for contraception coverage as houses of worship and family-owned corporations. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy cast the key votes in earlier rulings. (Associated Press)

Faith charities eye Justice Kennedy in Obamacare birth control fight

When faith-based charities come to the Supreme Court on Wednesday, they will once again be aiming their arguments squarely at Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, hoping to convince him that they deserve the same carve-out from Obamacare's birth control rules that actual houses of worship enjoy. Published March 21, 2016

In this Jan. 18, 2016, file photo, a researcher holds a container of female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes at the Biomedical Sciences Institute at Sao Paulo University in Brazil. The Zika virus is mainly transmitted through bites from the same kind of mosquitoes that can spread other tropical diseases, like dengue fever, chikungunya and yellow fever. (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)

Hillary Clinton to Congress: Approve Obama's $1.9B Zika request now

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton told Congress Friday to swiftly approve President Obama's $1.9 billion request to fight the Zika virus at home and abroad, saying the outbreak linked to serious birth defects is "real," "dangerous" and threatening U.S. shores. Published March 18, 2016

In this Sept. 24, 2014, file photo, health care workers load a man suspected of suffering from the Ebola virus onto an ambulance in Kenema, Sierra Leone. (AP Photo/Tanya Bindra, File)

WHO: Sierra Leone is Ebola-free again

The World Health Organization on Thursday said Sierra Leone is Ebola-free once again, after a mid-January flareup spoiled West Africa's efforts to stamp out the two-year outbreak that killed more than 11,000 people. Published March 17, 2016

House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, R-Ga., joined at left by Vice-Chairman Todd Rokita, R-Ind., presides over a markup session as the panel presses ahead with a 10-year balanced budget plan that cuts federal health care programs and agency budgets. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House Republicans forge ahead with budget amid conservatives' rebellion

The House Budget Committee approved a 10-year spending plan Wednesday that might still be doomed, as Republican leaders who raved about its policy goals still face objections from rank-and-file conservatives who oppose spending levels the parties agreed to last fall. Published March 16, 2016

Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Maryland Democrat (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Chris Van Hollen on GOP budget: We're not running out the door

Rep. Chris Van Hollen blasted a House GOP-authored budget Wednesday and then tried to take the high road, saying Democrats will at least go through the motions of marking up a fiscal blueprint after Republicans ignored President Obama's proposal. Published March 16, 2016

A report by Sen. Ben Sasse, Nebraska Republican, said Obamacare exchanges had nearly 6 percent fewer insurers competing on them in 2016. (Associated Press)

Ben Sasse: Obamacare has fewer insurer options in 2016

Obamacare customers in nearly two thirds of U.S. counties had three or fewer insurers to choose from in 2016, a GOP senator said Monday in an office report that argues President Obama oversold his signature law as a catalyst for competition. Published March 14, 2016

FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2016, file photo, an Aedes aegypti mosquito is photographed through a microscope at the Fiocruz institute in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil. A field trial releasing genetically modified mosquitoes in Florida would not harm humans or the environment, according to documents released Friday, March 11, 2016 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The agency's Center for Veterinary Medicine released a preliminary finding of no significant impact for the trial of a method that aims to reduce populations of the mosquito that spreads dengue, chikungunya and the Zika virus among humans.  (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

FDA gives preliminary approval to anti-Zika trial in Florida

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday tentatively approved a British company's request to release its genetically modified mosquitoes in the Florida Keys, a trial aimed at slashing the number of insects that carry Zika virus. Published March 11, 2016

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell speaks at the Treasury Department in Washington on July 28, 2014. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

HHS awards $94 million to combat opioid crisis

The Obama administration awarded $94 million in Obamacare money Friday to health centers on the front lines of the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic, one day after Democrats complained that a Senate-passed bill to combat the crisis lacked necessary funding. Published March 11, 2016