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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 [email protected].

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White House shifts reason for failing to notify Congress in Bergdahl trade

The Obama administration again shifted its explanation Tuesday for failing to notify Congress about the deal to gain the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, saying it couldn't divulge "operational details" of the secret military mission without risking the lives of U.S. soldiers who conducted the exchange. Published June 10, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 3, 2014, following a Democratic caucus lunch.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Sen. Harry Reid strikes gold with home sale

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced Monday that he sold his longtime home in the dusty town of Searchlight for $1.7 million to Nevada Milling and Mining, which plans to develop a gold mine on the property. Published June 9, 2014

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, right, stands with a Taliban fighter in eastern Afghanistan. The Taliban on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, released a video showing the handover of Bergdahl to U.S. forces in eastern Afghanistan, touting the swap of the American soldier for five Taliban detainees from Guantanamo as a significant achievement for the insurgents. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Lawmakers say fear for Bergdahl's life is no excuse for Obama's secrecy

Obama administration officials said Thursday that they feared the Islamic militants holding Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl would kill him if word of their deal to exchange him for five Taliban fighters leaked — offering the latest justification in the face of growing political controversy over why President Obama sidestepped Congress to make the trade Saturday. Published June 5, 2014

**FILE** Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid declined the Washington Redskins' offer to attend a game unless the team changes its nickname. (Associated Press)

Harry Reid blocks GOP attempt to derail EPA rules

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Wednesday blocked the first legislative attempt by Republicans to derail President Obama's proposed environmental rules that threaten to put coal-fired power plants out of business. Published June 4, 2014

FILE - This May 8, 2014 file photo shows House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaking on Capitol Hill in Washington. To congressional Republicans, "Benghazi" is shorthand for incompetence and cover-up. Democrats hear it as the hollow sound of pointless investigations. It is, in fact, a Mediterranean port city in Libya that was the site of an attack on an American diplomatic compound on the 11th anniversary of 9/11 that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. That's nearly all that U.S. politicians can agree on about Benghazi.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Bergdahl could face discipline if proven guilty of dereliction of duty

The Pentagon said Tuesday that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl may still face disciplinary action if he is found to have walked away from his post in 2009, as Obama administration officials sought to answer increasingly pointed questions about the deal that saw the U.S. release five Taliban warriors in exchange for getting the sergeant back. Published June 3, 2014

FILE - In this April 3, 2014, file photo, Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. arrives to make a statement after a closed hearing to examine certain intelligence matters in Washington. The CIA does not give up its secrets easily. Under pressure from a Senate committee to declassify parts of a congressional report on harsh interrogations of suspected terrorists, the CIA is shadowed by its reluctance to open up about its operations and its past. The CIA officials who decide which secrets can be revealed have wrestled with Congress, archivists, journalists, former CIA employees and even a former CIA director.  (AP Photo/Molly Riley, File)

Dianne Feinstein: White House sorry for 'oversight' in Bergdahl deal

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein said Tuesday that the White House told her that it was on "oversight" that Congress didn't receive the required notification about the prisoner exchange deal that secured the release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Published June 3, 2014

Sen. Mark Warner, Virginia Democrat, promised to study the new environmental rules putting coal-fired power plants on the road to extinction and listen to stakeholders. (associated press)

Sen. Mark Warner seeks middle ground in 'war on coal'

Sen. Mark Warner found himself in a tighter political bind than most Democrats over President Obama's tough new environmental rules that would put coal-fired power plants on the road to extinction. Published June 2, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. talks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 29, 2014, as Congress returns from a two week recess. A long-shot Senate Democratic effort to raise the federal minimum wage seems doomed without needed votes to overcome a procedural blockade by most Republican senators, who say the measure would be too costly for employers.  (AP Photo)

Tea Party Patriots lodge ethics complaint against Harry Reid

A leader of the Tea Party Patriots filed an ethics complaint Monday against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for "abuse of political power" in his crusade against Republican mega-donors Charles and David Koch. Published June 2, 2014

FILE - This May 17, 2014 file photo shows Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes speaking in Franklin, Ky. Democrats in this midterm election-year are figuring out whether to embrace or eschew President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul _or something in-between_ as the president argues that his party shouldn’t apologize or be defensive about his signature accomplishment. The candidates aren’t so sure. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

Kentucky's Grimes takes swing at Obama's new coal rules

Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes vowed Monday to fight "the president's attack on Kentucky's coal industry," emerging as one of the first Democrats to denounce the administration's tough new rules to cut greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. Published June 2, 2014

FILE - This May 17, 2014 file photo shows Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes speaking in Franklin, Ky. Democrats in this midterm election-year are figuring out whether to embrace or eschew President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul _or something in-between_ as the president argues that his party shouldn’t apologize or be defensive about his signature accomplishment. The candidates aren’t so sure. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

New EPA rules could burn coal state Democrats

It's not just electric companies and coal miners bracing for the Obama administration's announcement Monday of tough rules to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from America's roughly 600 coal-fired power plants, rules designed to cut U.S. power plant emissions by nearly a third in the next 15 years. Published June 1, 2014

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, California Republican, authored an amendment to a Justice Department spending bill that would prevent the federal government from interfering state medical marijuana laws. The language was approved 219-189, but still faces hurdles in the Senate. (Associated Press)

Medical marijuana scores big House win, but still faces hurdles

They won a historic vote in the House last week on relaxing federal marijuana policy, but backers said it's too early to declare victory, acknowledging that it will be a tough fight to get something through the Senate and on to President Obama this year. Published June 1, 2014

** FILE ** With the Colorado state capitol building visible in the background, partygoers dance and smoke pot on the first of two days at the annual 4/20 marijuana festival in Denver, Saturday, April 19, 2014. The annual event is the first 420 marijuana celebration since retail marijuana stores began selling in January 2014. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

House votes to halt federal meddling in medical marijuana

The House voted early Friday to halt federal prosecutions of medical marijuana users in states that have legalized the drug's use with a doctor's prescription, marking the first time a chamber of Congress has approved such a broad decriminalization. Published May 30, 2014

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2012 file photo, Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., addresses supporters during the Michigan Democratic election night party in Detroit. The Detroit Democrat has been disqualified from the August primary ballot because of problems with his nominating petitions. But Michigan election officials are expected to make a decision Friday, May 23, 2014, on Conyers' appeal. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

Rep. John Conyers' appeal denied, kept off Detroit ballot

Longtime Rep. John Conyers suffered another setback Friday in the struggle to get his name onto the Aug. 5 Democratic primary ballot in his Detroit district, as state election officials confirmed that he lacked enough signatures to qualify. Published May 23, 2014