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Emily Miller

Emily Miller

Emily Miller is senior editor of opinion for The Washington Times. She is the author of “Emily Gets Her Gun … But Obama Wants to Take Yours” (Regnery 2013). Miller won the 2012 Clark Mollenhoff Award for Investigative Reporting from the Institute on Political Journalism.

Articles by Emily Miller

"I don't think there's anything more important for a jobs measure than China trade," says Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat. The Senate has adjourned for the rest of the week. (Associated Press)

MILLER: Government shutdown threat returns

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is worried House Republicans might try to save a little money with the budget they're set to release next week. The Nevada Democrat got wind the plan will authorize less than the absolute maximum amount allowed under the debt-ceiling deal signed into law last summer. Published March 14, 2012

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, wants to add almost $7 billion in disaster aid to a temporary funding bill crafted to avert a government shutdown when the new fiscal year begins Oct. 1. (Associated Press)

MILLER: Reid stalls, unemployed wait

Sen. Harry Reid puts politics before jobs for 13 million out-of-work Americans. Look no further than his decision this week to put off a vote that would help small businesses grow and create jobs. Instead, the Nevada Democrat is wasting time looking for lifetime employment for 17 well-paid judges. The Democratic Senate needs to stop obstructing and start prioritizing. Published March 13, 2012

President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign fundraiser for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid D-Nev., in Las Vegas, Thursday, July 8, 2010.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

MILLER: Obama's last-ditch appointments

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is up to his dirty political tricks. He's sitting on the jobs bill that passed the House last week with 390 votes and has the president's endorsement. Instead of taking it up, the Nevada Democrat announced on Monday he will force votes this week on 17 of President Obama's lifetime judicial nominees. Mr. Reid is manufacturing this fight to paint Republicans as obstructionists in a tight election year. Published March 12, 2012

** FILE ** Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican (Associated Press)

MILLER: Backbone in the budget season

You can always count on politicians to max out their credit line. Plans for 2013 already have Washington nearing the spending limit set last summer in the Budget Control Act. Congressional Republicans struck that deal with President Obama, letting him raise the debt ceiling by $2.1 trillion in exchange for less spending. Published March 8, 2012

Illustration: Medicaid safety net by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

MILLER: Ending Medicaid's Washington tour

All four Republican presidential candidates want to save money by block-granting Medicaid funding back to the states. The House-passed budget included this necessary entitlement reform as a step on the way to tackling the nation's debt crisis. Until now, however, there was no legislative vehicle to make it happen. So a conservative coalition of House Republicans filled the gap with a bill that would give states flexibility to run their own health care programs for the poor. Published March 7, 2012

D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson confers with council Chairman Kwame R. Brown on Tuesday.  Mr. Mendelson favored the income-tax increase; Mr. Brown opposed it. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

MILLER: Gun owners win a round

After four years of trying to hide from the Supreme Court's Heller decision, the Dis- trict realized its gun laws had to change. On Tuesday, the city council voted unanimously to relax firearm registration requirements. The process to fix the law started just a few weeks after The Washington Times began a series documenting D.C.'s excessive hurdles to gun ownership. Published March 6, 2012

D.C. Mayor-elect Vincent C. Gray introduces his public-safety team, flanked by Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier, whom he renamed, and Paul A. Quander Jr., his pick as deputy mayor for public safety. (Associated Press)

MILLER: D.C.'s crime solution: Be a victim

Washington residents are up in arms, though not armed. With violent crime up 40 percent in the first two months of the year - including double the number of robberies at gunpoint - residents are looking for ways to protect themselves. Elected officials and police have no solution. Published March 1, 2012

A TAXING MOVE: D.C. Council member Mary M. Cheh confers with fellow council member Phil Mendelson on Tuesday. Mr. Mendelson led the charge in a push to increase the city's income-tax rate on high-income earners. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

MILLER: Victory for gun rights in D.C.

The District has moved one step closer to showing due respect to the Second Amendment. Potential gun owners will now save hours of their time and hundreds of dollars as a council committee voted to eliminate hurdles meant to discourage the law-abiding from keeping arms in the nation's capital. Published February 29, 2012

Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, offers his "Back in Black" plan to reduce the federal deficit during a news conference Monday. It attempts to explain how to reduce the deficit by more than $900 billion during the next 10 years. (Associated Press)

MILLER: Congress needs rehab

In treating addiction, experts say admitting there is a problem is the first step to recovery. Steps Two through 12 require stopping the drug of choice and taking action not to start again. When it comes to a spending and legislating addiction, Congress can't get past Step One. In order to tackle the nation's $15.4 trillion debt, Washington must stop creating new programs and start eliminating the excess. Published February 28, 2012

Florida Gov. Rick Scott

MILLER: Rick Scott's zero-percent tax

Florida Gov. Rick Scott joined fellow state executives for dinner at the White House Sunday night. Before the rib-eye steak or Maryland crab mac & cheese hit the plates, the first-term Republican served President Obama with a letter about corporate taxes. Published February 27, 2012

Christa Bowers, of Greenhouse Gas Services, explained wind power yesterday at the Washington International Renewable Energy Conference. (Tom Ramstack/The Washington Times)

MILLER: Obama doubles down on windmills

President Obama winked and nodded his intention Wednesday to close tax loopholes in exchange for lower tax rates. It was just for show. One day later, the commander in chief flew Air Force One to Florida to reiterate his support for expanding tax carve-outs for his political allies. Published February 23, 2012

Illustration: Corporate taxes by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

MILLER: Obama will cut taxes?

After two years of reading speeches and making vague promises, President Obama on Wednesday finally released a concrete tax proposal. His administration had intended to release this plan next week, but it saw the opportunity to upstage Mitt Romney by handing it out three hours before the GOP nomination hopeful could announce his own reforms. The Obama agenda isn't convincing. Published February 22, 2012


MILLER: Cantor's small-business drive

Small business has taken a beating in this brutal economy. Combine the developed world's highest corporate tax rate with the constant stream of new regulation flowing from the Obama administration, and it's no wonder the economy is stalled. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor wants to provide some relief so the backbone of our economy can start hiring and investing again. Published February 21, 2012

** FILE ** President Barack Obama (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

MILLER: Republicans cave on payroll tax deal

House Republican leaders are doing everything they can to avoid political conflict with President Obama. The price tag for accommodation just went up $101 billion after Friday's vote to extend the 2 percent payroll tax cut. Republicans said they had no choice, blaming the bad deal on political pressure, but they had already rolled over once before. Extending this policy another year does nothing to stimulate the economy. Published February 20, 2012

** FILE ** President Barack Obama pauses during a news conference, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, in the White House briefing room in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

MILLER: Obama's bleak view of African-Americans

President Obama's 2013 budget doesn't address the nation's debt crisis. Instead, it is a blatant attempt to pander to his base in an election year. To make the goal even more obvious, the White House released fact sheets targeted to key constituencies highlighting programs the administration believes are suited to their needs. Published February 16, 2012

Illustration: Fast and Furious by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

MILLER: Obama's fast and furious spin

President Obama is using his budget to advance an anti-gun agenda just before the election. One particularly sneaky provision buried deep within his submission to Congress Monday would, if enacted, allow the mistakes of the "Fast and Furious" gun-walking scandal to be repeated. Published February 15, 2012

Illustration: Debt cliff by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

MILLER: How Obama will waste your money

President Obama clings to the fantasy that he can tax and spend the country out of malaise and into prosperity. Instead of showing restraint in the face of our $15.4 trillion debt, the budget he released Monday included $1.5 trillion in new outlays that will ensure plenty of cash for programs that inspire his liberal base in an election year. Published February 14, 2012

Copies of the fiscal 2013 budget are delivered and ready to be picked up on Feb. 13, 2012, at the Cannon House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

MILLER: Obama's dire second-term pitch

President Obama pitched the American people Monday on what he would do with the economy in a second term. His latest annual budget promises bigger government, higher taxes and much higher debt. No Republicans, and likely few Democrats, will want to buy what he's selling. Published February 13, 2012

Illustration by Donna Grethen

MILLER: Obama's war against success

President Obama is waging war against personal success and economic prosperity. Raising taxes on Americans is the centerpiece of his re-election campaign, a plan that respects no earthly or heavenly bounds. This became clear at the national prayer breakfast earlier this month where Mr. Obama oddly opined that tax hikes coincide with the teachings of Jesus Christ. Published February 10, 2012

Illustration: Balanced budget by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

MILLER: Obama's predictable budget

President Obama will deliver his budget to Capitol Hill Monday, one week past the statutory deadline. This will be his fourth, and possibly final, proposal for how Americans' hard-earned money should be spent. It is a chance to show leadership on tackling the nation's crushing $15.3 trillion debt. Published February 9, 2012