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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.

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Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, Arizona Republican, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Sept. 22, 2015. (Associated Press)

John McCain: Airstrike on Afghan hospital was avoidable

Sen. John McCain blamed the airstrike that hit an Afghan hospital run by Doctors Without Borders on the "fog of war" and the Obama administration's withdrawal of U.S. troops from the war zone. Published October 4, 2015

Donald Trump has been pushing the Republican Party into areas where many candidates prefer not to be. He has helped force immigration to the top of the issues for many Republican primary voters and sent fellow candidates scrambling to recalibrate their own stances. (Associated Press)

Donald Trump: Obama 'great divider' on guns

Donald Trump on Sunday said President Obama made himself a "great divider" of Americans by pushing for more gun-control laws in response to last week's mass shooting at an Oregon community college. Published October 4, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at the University of Chicago in Chicago, in this Sept. 28, 2015, file photo. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty) ** FILE **

Bernie Sanders picks immigration activist to woo Hispanic voters

Democratic presidential contender Sen. Bernard Sanders on Friday added a director of Latino outreach to his team, as his huge fundraising haul last quarter propels his campaign into a new phase to woo key voting blocs need to win the nomination. Published October 2, 2015

Rep. Alan Grayson, Florida Democrat, listens during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on Oct. 1, 2009. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Rep. Alan Grayson uses Benghazi committee to wallop fellow Democrat

The political fight over the Benghazi committee spread Friday to the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate in Florida, where Rep. Alan Grayson blasted fellow Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy for voting in favor of creating a "political witch hunt." Published October 2, 2015

Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a White House Champions of Change Law Enforcement and Youth meeting in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington on Sept. 21, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Don't look for Joe Biden at first Democratic debate: report

Vice President Joseph R. Biden intends to skip the first Democratic presidential debate to be held in two weeks in Las Vegas, delaying his decision about entering the race until later this month, CNN reported Thursday. Published October 1, 2015

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., left, accompanied by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., speaks to reporters outside the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, after a meeting with President Barack Obama.    (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Pelosi: Benghazi probe's focus on Clinton breaks ethics rules

Democrats are trying to shut down the Benghazi investigative committee two weeks before the panel is scheduled to hear testimony, saying a top House Republican unwittingly exposed the political goals of the long-running probe. Published October 1, 2015

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton checks her phone after attending a U.S.-Russia meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam on July 23, 2010. The revelation that Mrs. Clinton used an off-the-books email account during her time as secretary of state has raised fresh questions about her credibility heading into 2016. (Associated Press)

Clinton emails increasingly classified; 1 in 20 messages contained secrets

More than 5 percent of the latest batch of emails from former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, released Wednesday, contain classified information -- or twice the rate of the previous releases, raising tricky questions about whether the department is finding more secrets or being more thorough in screening the messages. Published September 30, 2015

Among the powerful to have a front seat for Pope Francis' address in Washington were Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Anthony M. Kennedy, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Secretary of State John F. Kerry. (Associated Press)

Pope Francis' message reaches far beyond the Catholic faithful

The outpouring of acclaim for Pope Francis and his message of tolerance and compassion, which he delivered in a historic address to Congress and events in three U.S. cities over the past six days, came from Americans of every religious persuasion -- not just Roman Catholics -- and even from those who are not at all religious. Published September 27, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. looks over the crowd during a speech at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) **  FILE **

Bernie Sanders uses Pope Francis in fundraising pitch

Sen. Bernard Sanders used Pope Francis in a fundraising appeal Thursday for his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, telling supporters that he and the pontiff were both pursuing the same social justice agenda. Published September 25, 2015

A school girl, who's parents work at the Philippine Embassy, adjusts her tradition head dress while her friend looks on outside the Apostolic Nunciature, the Vatican's diplomatic mission in the heart of Washington, as they wait for Pope Francis to depart en route to the Capitol to address a joint meeting of Congress Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015.  (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Children complete scene for Pope Francis

The faces of children dotted the crowd peering up at Pope Francis on a balcony of the Capitol, a presence he gave a special blessing as he greeted the masses. Published September 24, 2015

Pope Francis arrives in the popemobile at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015, for the Canonization Mass for Junipero Serra. (Tony Gentile/Pool Photo via AP)

Immigration activists look for boost from Pope Francis

As tens of thousands of people gathered on the West Front of the Capitol to glimpse Pope Francis, a group of activists chanted and sang in support of citizenship for illegal immigrants. Published September 24, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley attends a round table meeting with regulators, business owners and activists from the state's marijuana industry in Denver on Sept. 17, 2015. O'Malley repeated his pledge to reclassify marijuana under federal drug laws if elected. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Martin O'Malley goes gunning for Donald Trump

Democratic presidential hopeful and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, who has made proposals for tough new gun-control laws a cornerstone of his campaign, on Tuesday accused Donald Trump of "shameless pandering to the National Rifle Association." Published September 22, 2015

A veteran Democratic campaign strategist says Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton's comeback in the polls is more about rival Sen. Bernard Sanders slipping than Mrs. Clinton rallying because of her campaign's charm offensive. (Associated Press)

Hillary Clinton's free fall in polls stops amid a charm offensive

After two weeks of Hillary Rodham Clinton's charm offensive to repair her image that has been damaged by the email scandal, her free fall in the polls stopped Monday with a new survey that showed her rebounding to increase her lead over rival Sen. Bernard Sanders. Published September 21, 2015