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S.A. Miller

S.A. Miller reports from the White House on politics, policy and political campaigns for The Washington Times. He can be contacted at smiller@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by S.A. Miller

Bush signs $700B bailout bill

President Bush has signed the $700 billion bailout package, moments after Congress gave Wall Street the financial lifeline it was seeking when the House reversed course and approved it on Friday. Published October 3, 2008

McCain presses GOP, Clinton on bailout

Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain nudged his party toward agreement on an economic rescue on Friday and even opened dialogue with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. Published September 27, 2008

Bailout political grist for challengers

Challengers are beginning to hammer congressional incumbents for backing Wall Street moguls over Main Street taxpayers in the evolving investment-industry bailout effort. Published September 26, 2008

Obama mum on market crisis

Sen. Barack Obama opted Friday not to divulge details of his recovery plan for the financial crisis after a morning meeting with his top economic advisers, fearing it would stir Wall Street jitters. Published September 20, 2008

McCain, Obama campaign in enemy territory

The two presidential nominees are invading enemy territory, stalking their rival's strongholds in battleground states, not necessarily to flip counties to their column but to reduce the margin of defeat in pivotal precincts. Published September 19, 2008

Obama descends on Pa. to woo key voters

The tightening race in this must-win state spurred a blitz by Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama's campaign to woo back female and independent voters as the candidate's surrogates went on the attack against Republican vice-presidential candidate Gov. Sarah Palin. Published September 16, 2008

Clinton tries to win back women for Obama

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, who in a brutal Democratic primary fight drove a wedge between female voters and Sen. Barack Obama in this critical electoral state, worked to repair the damage Sunday and stem a recent shift of white female voters to the Republican ticket. Published September 15, 2008

Obama backs off 50-state strategy against McCain

Barack Obama is pulling back from his 50-state plan as John McCain has solidified Republican support, turning November's presidential election into a contest for the same handful of states that have swung the last two contests. Published September 12, 2008

Obama slams McCain over war, education

Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama - down in the polls - intensified his attacks Tuesday, accusing his Republican rival, Sen. John McCain, of botching the war on terror and ignoring the United States' lagging schools. Published September 10, 2008

Independents flocking to McCain

John McCain has gotten a jolt of support right where he wanted it - from independent voters - and now holds a healthy lead over Barack Obama in the chase for that key constituency. Published September 9, 2008

Obama courting rural voters

Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama wooed rural and small-town voters Thursday in this Republican bastion of a town that his party usually writes off, saying the state and its blue-collar workers are the lynchpin of his electoral strategy. Published September 5, 2008

Obama touts economy in critical swing states

Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama staked out turf in critical swing states this week as Republicans convened in Minnesota, repeatedly depicting his rival, Sen. John McCain, as a wealthy, aging war hero. Published September 4, 2008

Biden appeals to Jews to head off GOP inroads

Democratic vice-presidential nominee Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. touted an "unstinting" record of defending Israel as he stumped Tuesday in South Florida to shore up support among Jewish voters, a usually reliable Democratic bloc that Republicans are aggressively courting this year. Published September 3, 2008

Irate Clinton backers push for promotion

A coalition of Democrats who can't get over Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton losing the presidential nomination is trying to install her as the party's majority leader in the Senate. Published August 30, 2008

Obama readies attack strategy

Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama will use the 68-day sprint to the election finish line to unleash a hard-hitting campaign attack that casts Republican opponent Sen. John McCain as a well-heeled, aging war hero who is out of touch with most Americans. Published August 29, 2008

Obama aims to enlist support of military

Sen. Barack Obama, angling for veteran and military voters from rival Sen. John McCain, pledged Wednesday to rebuild the Department of Veterans Affairs and claimed his Republican foe would continue President Bush's policies that he says neglect troops returning from war. Published August 28, 2008

Obama focuses on economy as nomination nears

Sen. Barack Obama kept his campaign focused on the economy Tuesday, warning a crowd of airline mechanics threatened with layoffs that presidential rival Sen. John McCain would leave them in the lurch the same way he said President Bush did during the last eight years. Published August 27, 2008

Clinton voters buck Obama's bid

Barack Obama's bid for party unity at the Democratic National Convention is being challenged by angry supporters of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton who refuse to let heal wounds from a brutal primary fight that their candidate lost. Published August 26, 2008

Obama reaches out to swing states

Obama struck a populist chord Sunday and sharpened attacks on his Republican rival for being well-heeled and out of touch, as he began a series of swing-state stops before accepting the Democratic presidential nomination later this week. Published August 26, 2008

Obama to outline contrast from foe

Sen. Barack Obama says his acceptance speech for the presidential nomination Thursday will not attempt soaring rhetoric but offer a "workmanlike" outline of policies that draw a stark distinction with Republican Sen. John McCain. Published August 26, 2008