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S.A. Miller

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

House Democrats challenge CIA records

UPDATED: House Democrats on Tuesday challenged the accuracy of CIA records showing who was briefed on enhanced interrogation techniques, with Appropriations Committee Chairman David R. Obey saying they have discovered an inaccuracy in the records. Published May 19, 2009

Democrats struggling with Gitmo plan

Senate Democrats struggled Monday to shore up support for President Obama's plan to close the Guantanamo Bay detention camp for terrorism suspects, which has emerged as a chief sticking point for a $91 billion spending bill for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Published May 19, 2009

CIA rejects deceit charge from Pelosi

The CIA chief said Friday that it was not agency "policy or practice to mislead Congress" after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused intelligence officials of lying to her and other lawmakers about harsh interrogation methods. Published May 16, 2009

Pelosi admits waterboard briefing

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday acknowledged for the first time that in 2003 she was told waterboarding and other tough tactics were being used on suspected terrorists and did not object to them. Published May 15, 2009

Bill fails to solve Guantanamo debate

New money to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan won passage in the House and cleared a key Senate committee Thursday, but fierce debate continued over whether to provide money for President Obama's plan to close the terrorist detention camp at Guantanamo Bay. Published May 15, 2009

Pelosi: Bush 'misled' Congress on waterboarding

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday said the Bush administration "misled Congress" with inaccurate and incomplete information about harsh interrogation techniques for terrorism suspects and denied being briefed by the CIA about them. Published May 14, 2009

Republicans block Interior nominee

Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked President Obama's nomination for the No. 2 post at the Interior Department, the latest in a series of partisan clashes over personnel as the White House tries to advance its ambitious agenda. Published May 14, 2009

Obama: Photo release would endanger troops

UPDATED: The president has reversed course and decided to fight the release of photos of apparent abuse of suspected terrorist detainees, a move driven by his newfound belief that the photos would hurt the military. Published May 13, 2009

Republicans block Obama pick for Interior

Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked President Obama's nomination for the No. 2 post at the Interior Department, the latest in a series of partisan clashes over personnel as the White House tries to advance its ambitious agenda. Published May 13, 2009

Waterboarding's wake widening

Democrats brushed aside questions about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, but as hearings begin Wednesday it was clear that questions about who knew and approved of enhanced interrogation techniques have expanded. Published May 13, 2009

Dems award Specter a chairmanship

Senate Democratic leaders on Thursday gave Sen. Arlen Specter the chairmanship of a key Judiciary subcommittee, pacifying the veteran Pennsylvania lawmaker after his shaky start as the chambers newest Democrat. Published May 8, 2009

Senator, bucking leaders, to seek Gitmo funds

The Senate's top appropriator Monday vowed to restore funding President Obama requested to close the Guantanamo Bay prison camp, challenging his own Democratic Party leaders who expressed skepticism about the administration's plan. Published May 7, 2009

War bill omits funds for Gitmo closure

House Democratic leaders bucked the White House on Monday by unveiling a war spending bill that does not fund President Obama's plan to close Guantanamo Bay prison camp and requires the administration to submit a progress report with performance benchmarks for the escalated mission in Afghanistan. Published May 5, 2009

Unions benefit from Obama decisions

President Obama has moved quickly to demonstrate his solidarity with the labor movement, making a series of policy and personnel moves dramatically reshaping the landscape to give unions a better foothold. Published May 5, 2009

Dems don't fund bid to close Gitmo

House Democratic leaders Monday dropped President Obama's request for $81 million to close the Guantanamo Bay prison camp, bowing to strong Republican criticism that the administration lacks a plan to relocate terror suspects detained there. Published May 4, 2009

Obama loses against banks in Congress

Senate Democrats handed President Obama a rare congressional setback Thursday by helping to scrap his plan to give bankruptcy judges the power to force banks to reduce mortgages payments for struggling homeowners. Published May 1, 2009

Donors demand refund from Specter

Sen. Arlen Specter's switch to the Democratic Party is prompting his campaign donors large and small to demand their money back, including several Republican senators whose political action committees gave tens of thousands of dollars to the Pennsylvania lawmaker. Published April 30, 2009

Amtrak delays continue as track cleared

UPDATED: Amtrak passengers along the Northeast Corridor are experiencing delays Wednesday as a result of a water-main break south of Baltimore. Published April 29, 2009

Hill battle on war spending looms

President Obama's $83.4 billion war-spending bill is headed for an unexpectedly tough time on Capitol Hill, where Republicans are scrutinizing the funding priorities and rank-and-file Democrats want to include performance benchmarks for the Afghanistan mission. Published April 26, 2009

Budget deal could set up health care plan

Senate and House Democrats were on the brink of a budget deal Friday that could clear the way to pass President Obama's yet-to-be-written health care overhaul plan with a fast-track process circumventing a Republican filibuster. Published April 25, 2009