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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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Rep. Rosa DeLauro, Connecticut Democrat, and the Congressional Progressive Caucus are opposed to granting President Obama the ability to fast-track trade deals. (Associated Press)

Progressives push back on fast-track trade deals

The most liberal House Democrats are breaking with President Obama over trade deals, using a coalition that includes unions, teachers, environmentalists and possibly tea party members to try to kill trade legislation that is one of the few areas of agreement between the White House and the Republican-run Congress. Published January 8, 2015

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. speaks about raising wages during the forum AFL-CIO National Summit, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, at Gallaudet University in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Elizabeth Warren lays out liberal agenda in campaign-style speech to union allies

Sounding ever the presidential contender, liberal firebrand Sen. Elizabeth Warren outlined a sweeping Democratic agenda Wednesday that included raising the minimum wage, breaking up Wall Street banks and raising taxes on big business to help shore up entitlement programs and pay for infrastructure projects. Published January 7, 2015

U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch is seen in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, after President Barack Obama nominated her to be the next Attorney General succeeding Eric Holder. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Obama's deportation amnesty trips up AG pick Loretta Lynch in confirmation talks

Federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch, President Obama's pick to be the next attorney general, failed Wednesday to convince Sen. David Vitter that she wouldn't be an accomplice to the president's executive action that could granted deportation amnesty for up to 5 millions of illegal immigrants. Published January 7, 2015

Give and Take: House Speaker John A. Boehner took the gavel and gave a kiss to Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi during the opening session of the 114th Congress.

Obama, Democrats clash with new GOP majority as 114th Congress convenes

The 114th Congress convened at noon Tuesday, and by 1 p.m. Democrats already had thrown a wrench into the works, setting roadblocks in the way of the new Republican majority in the Senate and signaling that midterm election defeats have not chastened President Obama or his top lieutenants on Capitol Hill. Published January 6, 2015

Republicans seem intent on using Harry Reid's own "nuclear option" against him.  (Associated Press)

GOP taking wait-and-see approach for rule change

As Republicans took control of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, they grew increasingly comfortable with keeping the rule change known as the "nuclear option" that Democrats imposed to end filibusters of nominations and confirm President Obama's picks. Published January 6, 2015

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a liberal star in the Democratic Party, is expected to champion the minimum wage issue when she delivers the keynote speech Wednesday at the AFL-CIO's "Summit on Raising Wages," where Labor Secretary Thomas Perez also is scheduled to speak. (Associated Press)

Democrats vow to raise minimum wage despite smaller ranks

They ceded ground in Congress, but Democrats vowed it will not deter them from their call to raise the minimum wage, declaring a $10.10 rate to be the centerpiece of a populist economic agenda designed to stymie the GOP and set the table for a 2016 resurgence. Published January 5, 2015

FILE - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley speaks with reporters in his office inside the Maryland State House in Annapolis, Md., in this April 7, 2014 file photo. O'Malley was returning to Iowa on Saturday, July 26, 2014 headlining a fundraiser for state Sen. Rita Hart in Clinton, a town on the banks of the Mississippi River, and another event in North Liberty for Kevin Kinney, a Johnson County sheriff's deputy seeking an open state Senate seat. After a Saturday night speech in Omaha to help the Nebraska Democratic Party, O’Malley was joining with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Hatch, who is challenging Republican Gov. Terry Branstad, for fundraisers in western Iowa on Sunday and a canvassing kickoff in Sioux City. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Md. governor to commute sentences of state's last four death row inmates

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley announced Wednesday that he intended to commute the sentences of the state's last four inmates on death row, saying it did not "serve the public good" to leave the men in limbo since the state had abolished the death penalty. Published December 31, 2014

Gov.-elect Hogan warns Maryland to brace for budget cuts, reduced services

Gov.-elect Larry Hogan warned Marylanders on Tuesday to brace for budget cuts and reduced services as he works to erase massive deficits and rein in out-of-control government spending, budget issues that he said would dominate the upcoming General Assembly session. Published December 30, 2014

The hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was punctuated by false leads since it disappeared with 239 people aboard about an hour after leaving Kuala Lumpur for Beijing in March. (Associated Press)

Search for missing Malaysian airliner trickles to single ship

A single ship continued a lonely search last week across a vast expanse of the southern Indian Ocean for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 that disappeared nearly 10 months ago — no longer listening for "pings" from the black box or subject to around-the-clock coverage by CNN or accompanied by a massive flotilla that once included the U.S. 7th Fleet and helped make it the largest and most expensive search in aviation history. Published December 24, 2014

Tom Coburn cast his final vote as a senator Tuesday night, and was the first to flee the chamber floor, returning to the citizen part of "citizen legislator." By Wednesday afternoon he was back in Oklahoma, driving to his home in Muskogee. (Associated Press)

Tom Coburn rankles Harry Reid in farewell Senate disputes

It takes a certain kind of senator to single-handedly block a bill that supporters say would save veterans from committing suicide. But that's exactly what Sen. Tom Coburn did last week, facing down withering pressure from veterans groups and insinuations from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that he will have the blood of veterans on his hands because he's refusing to let the bill through. Published December 17, 2014

In a Dec. 3, 2012 file photo, crews work on construction of the TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline near County Road 363 and County Road 357, east of Winona, Texas. In the run-up to a razor-thin vote, Sen. Mary Landrieu beseeched fellow Democrats on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, to provide the support necessary to approve the Keystone XL pipeline.  (AP Photo/Tyler Morning Telegraph, Sarah A. Miller, File)

Keystone pipeline will be job No. 1 for GOP-run Senate

A bill to authorize the long-stalled Keystone XL oil pipeline will be the first business taken up next year by the Republican-run Senate, incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday. Published December 16, 2014