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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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In this April 16, 2015, photo, President Barack signs the bill H.R. 2 Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. On Iran, Medicare, education and trade, Republicans and Democrats have come together to make deals, and that’s something rarely seen lately. "It’s great," Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas said after the Senate followed the House’s lead this past week in overwhelmingly passing a bill overhauling the Medicare payment system for doctors. "There’s just a huge pent-up demand to actually get something done, on both sides."  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Supreme Court's Obamacare decision ripples through the states

The Supreme Court's decision to uphold Obamacare's subsidies on the federal exchange is reverberating in states that had been retooling their approach to the health care law, or at least girding for a more dramatic outcome to the closely watched case. Published June 26, 2015

President Barack Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House, Thursday, June 25, 2015, in Washington, after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the subsidies for customers in states that do not operate their own exchanges under President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama wins: Supreme Court upholds Obamacare subsidies, 6-3

The Supreme Court upheld Obamacare's ability to pay subsidies to customers throughout the U.S. in a ruling Thursday that cements the law's legal standing, delivering a resounding win to President Obama, who said it was time for Republicans to accept defeat and move on. Published June 25, 2015

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Senate panel approves long-term highway funding bill

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee unanimously approved a six-year highway bill with little fanfare Wednesday, setting up a long-term extension of funding for the nation's decaying roads and bridges if lawmakers can find a way to pay for the package. Published June 24, 2015

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, answers questions during an interview with The Associated Press in his office on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 9, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

House votes to repeal Obamacare's 'death panel'

The House voted Tuesday to repeal another piece of Obamacare, this time a Medicare cost-cutting board that opponents have decried as a "death panel" that could ration care. Published June 23, 2015

MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, a key architect of Obamacare, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, before the House Oversight Committee health care hearing. (AP Photo/Molly Riley) ** FILE **

White House brushes off revelations about Jonathan Gruber's role in crafting Obamacare

The White House Monday defended its portrayal of MIT professor Jonathan Gruber as a contractor with a limited role in crafting Obamacare, pushing back at GOP lawmakers who uncovered a steady stream of emails between President Obama's team and the economist who once commented on the "stupidity of the American voter." Published June 22, 2015

The White House this week once again is zeroing in on climate change, a top priority for President Obama during his final 18 months in office. (Associated Press)

CBO cautions Obamacare foes about full repeal

Obamacare stretches into much of the U.S. economy, and outright repealing it, as Republicans are gearing up to try one last time, would be a tricky proposition, according to the latest estimates from Congress' official scorekeeper. Published June 21, 2015

Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington in this June 4, 2013, file photo. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

House votes to repeal medical device tax

The House voted Thursday to repeal Obamacare's tax on medical devices, setting the stage for a legislative tweak to the contentious health law that could actually make it through Congress. Published June 18, 2015

Rep. Charles Boustany, Lousiana Republican (Associated Press)

House GOP offers plan to deal with Obamacare ruling

House Republicans pushed a plan Wednesday to extend Obamacare's subsidies for the rest of the year if the Supreme Court this month says dozens of states are no longer eligible for the tax credits that have helped millions afford insurance under the law. Published June 17, 2015

People display a representation of the Liberian flag as they celebrate Liberia being an Ebola free nation in Monrovia, Liberia, Monday, May 11, 2015. Liberians are gathering in the streets of the capital to celebrate the end of the Ebola epidemic in this West African country. Monday's festivities come after the World Health Organization declared over the weekend that Liberia was finally Ebola-free. (AP Photo/ Abbas Dulleh)

NIH teams with Liberia for study of Ebola survivors

The U.S. government is teaming up with Liberia to find out what happens to Ebola survivors in the long run, studying whether previously infected persons can transmit the deadly virus through close or sexual contact and if they've built enough immunity to thwart future infection. Published June 17, 2015

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Florida Republican, has raised concerns about the U.S.' ability to conduct large-scale reconstruction efforts. (Associated Press)

Loss of Obamacare subsidies would hit the South hardest: report

Obamacare supporters got personal Tuesday, targeting congressional Republicans whose districts would stand to lose the most if the Supreme Court rules later this month that the administration has been breaking the law in paying part of residents' health insurance costs. Published June 16, 2015

House Oversight Committee member Rep. Thomas Massie, Kentucky Republican (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Patent-reform bill hit from both sides of the aisle

A reform bill aimed at cracking down on so-called "patent trolls" is being rushed through the House without adequate debate on what it could do to smaller inventors, a bipartisan group of lawmakers said Tuesday. Published June 16, 2015

Paul Ryan      Associated Press photo

House set to repeal Obamacare tax on medical devices

The GOP-led House is set to repeal Obamacare's medical device tax this week, forcing Democrats either to stand by President Obama's signature law at all costs or side with industry groups who say the tax on pacemakers, artificial joints and other products is a job killer that stifles innovation. Published June 15, 2015