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S.A. Miller

S.A. Miller

S.A. Miller reports from Capitol Hill on politics, policy and political campaigns for The Washington Times. He can be contacted at

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Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at the BYU Marriott Center in Provo, Utah, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Al Hartmann)

Mitt Romney still favorite of GOP voters for 2016

Republican voters haven't given up on Mitt Romney for president, putting him at the head of the pack of the potential GOP field for 2016 in a new national poll. Published November 26, 2014

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Schumer plots comeback, says Obamacare a mistake in 2010

The Democratic Party can rebound from devastating loses in the midterm elections and triumph in 2016 by embracing its affinity for big government and offering big-government solutions to middle-class economic concerns, the Senate Democrats’ top political strategist said Tuesday. Published November 25, 2014

Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, said that Mr. Obama had initiated a constitutional crisis by assuming the powers of "a monarch." (Associated Press)

‘Monarch’ tactics to haunt Democrats, Republicans warn

Citing the precedent being set by President Obama, Democrats should brace themselves for new tax cuts, a rollback of environmental regulations and a raft of other unilateral steps bestowed through executive action as soon as the next Republican president takes the oath of office, GOP lawmakers warn. Published November 20, 2014

Oscar Alfaro and Enriqueta Juarez and their daughter Gelin Alfaro, 16, become emotional as they watch President Obama's speech on his plans for a protections for undocumented immigrants because it will stop Oscar's deportation, at a watch party held at CASA de Maryland's multicultural center, Hyattsville, Maryland, Thursday. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Illegal immigrants see hope and change in Obama action

The crowd of undocumented residents waved American flags, cheered and fought back tears as they watched President Obama give a speech they had waited for years to hear, offering them a chance to gain legal status to stay in the United States. Published November 20, 2014

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Associated Press) **FILE**

GOP will turn 'nuclear option' to its advantage

Under pressure from a large faction of rank-and-file members, Senate Republican leaders are warming to the idea of keeping the rule change known as the "nuclear option" that Democrats imposed to end filibusters of nominations. Published November 19, 2014

Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz won a hotly contested race Tuesday to become the next chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Jason Chaffetz to helm House Oversight Committee

Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz won a hotly contested race Tuesday to become the next chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, putting him in charge of the panel that has doggedly pursued the Obama administration on issues ranging from the IRS targeting scandal to the Fast and Furious gun-walking operation. Published November 18, 2014

In this Oct. 20, 2014, file photo, Maryland Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan answers questions during an interview with The Associated Press in Baltimore. Gov.-elect Hogan says he remains committed to pursuing tax relief in his first year as governor, despite a projected budget shortfall of more than a half a billion dollars. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Maryland Gov.-elect Larry Hogan includes Democrats on transition team

Preparing to launch a Republican administration in deep-blue Maryland, Gov.-elect Larry Hogan on Monday introduced a transition team that included some familiar Democratic faces as he moved to avoid some of the partisan confrontations that stymied the state's last Republican governor. Published November 17, 2014

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts Democrat, listens at left as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada speaks during a news conference Thursday on Capitol Hill. (Associated Press)

New chief: Senate Democrats anoint Elizabeth Warren to leadership post

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren's meteoric political rise as a liberal rabble-rouser landed her a job on Senate Democrats' leadership team Thursday, as the party voted to return all of the top leaders who presided over last week's devastating election losses. Published November 13, 2014

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. gestures as she speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

House Dems already eyeing Nancy Pelosi successor

Many of House Democrats are privately eyeing a post-Nancy Pelosi era, saying they think she will cede power when President Obama's tenure ends in two years. Published November 11, 2014

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, of California, talks as she and Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee receive updates of Election Eay information from Greg Jackson, field director of Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee at the Democratic Party headquarters in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Democrats press for minimum wage hike after ballot successes

The success of ballot measures that raised the minimum wage in four red-leaning states provided one of the only bright spots for Democrats in an otherwise bleak midterm election and vaulted the issue to top of the agenda for President Obama and his beleaguered party. Published November 9, 2014

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner casts his vote at VOA Park in West Chester, Ohio, on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/The Cincinnati Enquirer, Cara Owsley)

House Republicans expand majority to near-historic size

The wave of GOP victories in elections Tuesday expanded the Republican majority in the House to near-record levels, sweeping out longtime Democratic incumbents in solid blue Northeast states and from some of the party's last vestiges in the South. Published November 5, 2014