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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 smiller@washingtontimes.com.

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In this file photo taken May 29, 2014, Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor participates in a Little Rock, Ark., news conference. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)

Mark Pryor fumbles question on Obama's Ebola plan

Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor hemmed and hawed when asked whether the Obama administration has done a good job handling the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, which has infected five Americans and spread terror across the United States. Published October 7, 2014

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va. speaks during a town hall forum in Reston, Va, Monday, Sept 8. 2014. Warner and his Republican opponent Ed Gillespie made their pitches to northern Virginia's tech community at the town hall forum. The Northern Virginia Technology Council hosted the town hall forum. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)

Mark Warner leads big in Virginia Senate race

Heading into the final four weeks of campaigning, Virginia Sen. Mark Warner hold a commanding lead over Republican challenger Ed Gillespie, showed a new poll released Tuesday. Published October 7, 2014

Sen. Kay Hagan, North Carolina Democrat, has been polling strong and energizing her base while Republican candidate for Senate Thom Tillis is struggling to gain the support of more conservative members of the GOP. (Associated Press)

Tillis struggles for conservative support in North Carolina Senate bid

North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan was supposed to be one of the most vulnerable Senate Democrats this year but she has managed to consistently lead in the polls, as Republican challenger Thom Tillis struggles to muster the support of tea party voters he needs to win in November. Published October 5, 2014

Incumbent Democratic Rep. Carol Shea-Porter is facing off against Republican challenger and former Rep. Frank Guinta for the third time. Ms. Shea-Porter first won the seat in the 2006 midterm election, lost to Mr. Guinta in 2010, and won again in 2012. (Associated Press)

In New Hampshire race, a re-re-run reflects the national mood

New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District has become the chief bellwether for American political trends over the last decade, with a Democrat winning the district in 2006, losing it in 2010, regaining it in 2012 — and now facing a tight battle again. Published October 2, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky Democrat, who is challenging incumbent Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell,  on Monday unveiled a social-media campaign dubbed "#AlisonCares." It plays off Mrs. Grimes' stump speech, in which she declares, "Mitch McConnell doesn't care. I do!" (Associated Press)

Grimes' embrace of Obamacare is at arm's length

Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes has carefully avoided endorsing Obamacare in her run for U.S. Senate in Kentucky, but Monday she inched closer to identifying herself with the president's namesake health care law by launching an "AlisonCares" ad campaign. Published September 29, 2014

Sen. Kay Hagan, North Carolina Democrat, has borne the brunt of attacks from challenger Thom Tillis, who accuses her of absenteeism from Senate Armed Services Committee meeting. Mrs. Hagan, in turn, has alleged Mr. Tillis is "waffling" about how he'd confront the Islamic State threat. (Associated Press)

Election attack ads unveiled on heels of Syria bombings

The rise of terrorist threats has put the U.S. on a war footing and pushed national security issues to the forefront of political campaigns, with several U.S. Senate candidates trading jabs this week over who is weak on protecting America. Published September 23, 2014

"Enough is enough, and they need to provide answers to why they think illegal immigrants should be eligible for Obamacare." Sen. David Vitter said. (Associated Press)

GOP: Obamacare 'bending over backwards' for illegals

The Obama administration has dragged its feet on revoking Obamacare coverage for people who can't prove U.S. citizenship or legal residency, allowing some of the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. to continue enjoying taxpayer-funded benefits, a Republican senator charged Monday. Published September 22, 2014

Rep. Raul Grijalva, Arizona Democrat. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Voters' concerns about Islamic State terrorists corner dovish Democrats

Members of Congress are back home this week and facing a barrage of questions from constituents worried about the threat from the terrorist army that calls itself the Islamic State and about President Obama's plan to fight it in part by arming a ragtag band of Syrian rebels. Published September 21, 2014

**FILE** Rep. Greg Walden, Oregon Republican, smiles as he heads to the House Ways and Means Committee room on Capitol Hill in Washington on Feb. 16, 2012, to join the bipartisan House and Senate conferees in signing the the compromise agreement. (Associated Press)

Immigration, terrorism issues push voters to GOP: Rep. Greg Walden

With just 45 days until the elections, the House Republicans' campaign chief said Friday that the increasing prominence of immigration and national security issues has bolstered the GOP's already-strong position for expanding its majority in Congress. Published September 19, 2014

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (Associated Press) **FILE**

Go South, Chris Christie: N.J. governor hits trail in Carolinas

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is making a campaign swing Tuesday through the Carolinas, boosting the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in North Carolina and bolstering his own presidential ambitions with events in the early primary state of South Carolina. Published September 16, 2014