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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

Rush opposes Durbin's call

Rep. Bobby Rush, a leading black lawmaker from Chicago, said Tuesday he opposed a special election to fill the Illinois Senate seat of President-elect Barack Obama, saying the process would take too long and would leave minority candidates at a disadvantage in the race to replace the Senate's only African-American. Published December 9, 2008

State court upholds Sen. Craig conviction

Sen. Larry Craig lost another bid Tuesday to clear his name from a sex-solicitation conviction as a Minnesota court rejected his appeal. Published December 9, 2008

UPDATED: Hopes dim for quick auto rescue

UPDATED: The Senate's top Republican poured cold water on plans for a $15 billion taxpayer bailout of Detroit's Big Three on Tuesday, as his Democratic counterpart said hopes for quick passage of the emergency funding bill appeared to be slipping away. Published December 9, 2008

Majority union members oppose bailout

Congress' plans for an automaker bailout are so unpopular with voters that even a majority of union members oppose taxpayer-funded handouts for Detroit's Big Three, a poll released Monday showed. Published December 8, 2008

Doubt cast on public financing reform

President-elect Barack Obama's record-shattering $750 million campaign fundraising total spurred renewed calls to reform the public financing system, but Washington insiders wonder whether Capitol Hill Democrats have the political will to do it after winning the White House under current rules. Published December 8, 2008

Hoyer challenges Bush on union rights

House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer demanded Friday that the attorney general explain why President Bush took away collective bargaining rights from employees at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), who had union representation for 30 years before the adminstration last month deemed it a threat to national security. Published December 6, 2008

Hoyer asks why union's rights repealed

House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer demanded Friday the attorney general explain why President Bush repealed collective bargaining rights from employees at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), who had union representation for 30 years before the administration last month deemed it a threat to national security. Published December 5, 2008

Chambliss wins re-election in Georgia

Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss won re-election Tuesday in the Georgia runoff, giving the party a face-saving victory in an otherwise dismal election cycle and dashing Democrats' hope for a supermajority to ram their agenda through Congress. Published December 3, 2008

Palin adds boost to Senate runoff

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin added a jolt of star power Monday to the final day of campaigning in Georgia's closely watched runoff election, drawing huge crowds for incumbent Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss and imploring voters to send him back to Washington to check Democrats' domination of Congress. Published December 2, 2008

Obama lends his voice to Senate runoff

President-elect Barack Obama's promise of post-partisan politics got put on hold as he lent his voice to the roaring battle over Georgia's runoff election for the U.S. Senate, trying to help Democrats win a supermajority. Published November 30, 2008

Palin back on campaign trail in Georgia

ATLANTA | Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will stump Monday with Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss in Georgia to jumpstart the incumbent's campaign after the long holliday weekend. Published November 25, 2008

Senate runoff seen favoring Chambliss

Democrat Jim Martin is aided by Barack Obama's organization, but he remains an underdog against incumbent GOP Sen. Saxby Chambliss in a Georgia runoff election seen as key for the U.S. Senate's balance of power. Published November 25, 2008

Boehner: GOP firmly against 'card check'

House Republican Leader John A. Boehner said Democrats' use of secret ballots to chose its leadership was ironic because the party wants to nix workers' rights to a secret voting in deciding whether to unionize. Published November 21, 2008

Democrats let Lieberman keep post

Senate Democrats spared Sen. Joe Lieberman from a threatened expulsion from the caucus and loss of his committee chairmanship despite smoldering anger at his siding with Republicans during the presidential race and campaigning against President-elect Barack Obama. Published November 19, 2008

Lieberman keeps Senate chairmanship

Senate Democrats spared Sen. Joe Lieberman from a threatened expulsion from the caucus or loss of his committee chairmanship despite smoldering anger at his siding with Republicans during the presidential race and campaign against President-elect Barack Obama. Published November 18, 2008

Voting record clouds Obama's judge picks

President-elect Barack Obama will be the first president to have participated in Senate filibusters of judicial nominees. Conservatives say his voting record will leave him hard-pressed to call for bipartisan help on his picks. Published November 17, 2008

Hillary evades reports of State post

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday sidestepped reports she is in line for a Cabinet post in President-elect Barack Obama's administration. Published November 15, 2008

Hillary Clinton mum on State post

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton sidestepped Friday reports she is in line for a Cabinet post in President-elect Barack Obama's administration. Published November 14, 2008

Gore says no to 'Climate Czar' role

President-elect Barack Obama's transition team is flirting with creating a White House "Climate Czar," but climate change crusader Al Gore says he doesn't want the job. Published November 13, 2008

Obama team fights rumors on Nunn

President-elect Barack Obama's transition team Wednesday bucked reports that Sam Nunn, former chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, would play a leading role in reworking the Pentagon for the next administration. Published November 12, 2008