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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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** FILE ** Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin pauses while organizing the start of an Election Day demonstration on the lawn of the Capitol in Washington on Nov. 2, 2010. (Associated Press)

IRS rule change is 'double-speak,' Tea Party Patriots leader says

Tea Party Patriots leader Jenny Beth Martin said Friday that she doesn't trust the Internal Revenue Service's plan to go back and rewrite proposed new rules governing tax-exempt status for nonprofit groups that engage in some political activity. Published May 23, 2014

FILE - In this June 18, 2010, file photo, the firing squad execution chamber at the Utah State Prison in Draper, Utah, is shown. Used mostly in the 19th and 20th centuries, it was also used in 1977 in Utah to execute Gary Gilmore, the first inmate put to death after the U.S. Supreme Court allowed capital punishment to resume, and two other Utah inmates. Some experts consider it the quickest and least painful method. (AP Photo/Trent Nelson, Pool, File)

Tennessee brings back electric chair as lethal injection supplies dry up

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam signed a bill into law that brings back the electric chair for inmates facing death sentences, while Wyoming lawmakers are mulling whether to use a firing squad — all in response to the shortage of drugs used to make lethal injections for prisoners. Published May 23, 2014

Supporters of the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act say it would give law-abiding citizens the ability to protect themselves when they travel, but critics say it eviscerates states' rights to uphold their own firearms standards by allowing gun owners who obtain permits in states with lesser requirements to carry in all 50 states. (Associated Press/File)

Democrats want $60 million to study guns

Democrats in the House and Senate are pushing to spend $60 million for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to research gun violence, rekindling a debate over whether political agendas taint these taxpayer-funded studies. Published May 22, 2014

President Barack Obama listens to Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki, as soldiers who are part of the Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride, race past, Wednesday, April 17, 2013, on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, during an event honoring the seventh annual Soldier Ride. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Americans split on blame for VA scandal: Poll

Americans are divided about who to blame for the scandal at Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals, but more say it's VA Secretary Eric Shinseki than President Obama, found a new poll released Thursday. Published May 22, 2014

FILE - In this May 1, 2009 file photo, Washington Redskins Marko Mitchell puts his helmet on during their NFL football minicamp practice at their training facility in Ashburn, Va. Half of the U.S. Senate says it's time to change the name of the Washington Redskins. Forty-nine Democratic senators wrote NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday, May 22, 2014. They say racism and bigotry do not belong in professional sports.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Senate Democrats demand 'Redskins' name change

Senate Democrats are putting pressure on the National Football League to force the Washington Redskins to change its team name, which they said reflects "racism and bigotry." Published May 22, 2014

Republican candidate for Senate Jack Kingston speaks to supporters during an election-night watch party Tuesday, May 20, 2014 in Atlanta. Kingston will face David Perdue in a run-off election. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Georgia's GOP runoff rivals come out swinging

The remaining two Republicans in the U.S. Senate race in Georgia didn't waste any time before starting the mudslinging Wednesday, attacking each other on national TV just hours after they survived a crowded field in Tuesday's primary vote to make it into a July 22 runoff. Published May 21, 2014

President Barack Obama listens to Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki, as soldiers who are part of the Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride, race past, Wednesday, April 17, 2013, on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, during an event honoring the seventh annual Soldier Ride. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Obama to call Shinseki onto the carpet for VA health care debacle

President Obama will speak Wednesday morning immediately after meeting with embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, as outrage and criticism mounts from both parties over the White House response to the expanding scandal of mismanagement at VA hospitals. Published May 21, 2014

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney listens during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Monday, May 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

White House struggles to get story straight on VA scandal; Obama still mum

With criticism and anger mounting on both sides of the aisle, the White House on Tuesday struggled to explain exactly when President Obama learned of lengthy wait times and false reporting at Veterans Affairs health care facilities but defended its larger effort to improve care for the nation's veterans. Published May 20, 2014

** FILE ** In this May 16, 2014, photo Kentucky Republican senatorial candidate Matt Bevin speaks with reporters on the steps of the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Mitch McConnell a 'pretend' conservative, Matt Bevin says

Tea party-backed candidate Matt Bevin took to national TV Monday for a last-ditch attack on incumbent Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell, warning that he just "pretends" to be conservative to win re-election. Published May 20, 2014

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., speaks at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research Alexander Hamilton Award Dinner, Monday, May 12, 2014, in New York. Ryan and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush courted some of Wall Street’s most powerful political donors Monday night, competing for attention from tuxedoed hedge fund executives gathered in midtown Manhattan as the early jockeying in the 2016 presidential contest quietly continues. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Voters give GOP edge on No. 1 issue: The economy

American voters say the economy is the top issue in this year's elections for Congress, and they give Republicans a slight edge over Democrats as best able to handle it, found a new poll released Tuesday. Published May 20, 2014

Dr. Ben Carson speaks at the Values Voter Summit in October, 2013. (Doug Wetzstein/special to The Washington Times)

A 'very upset' W.H. told Dr. Carson to apologize for prayer breakfast speech

Famed pediatric brain surgeon Dr. Ben Carson, who became a conservative leader after giving a National Prayer Breakfast speech that was considered critical of the Obama administration, revealed Tuesday that the he was prodded afterwards to personally apologize to President Obama. Published May 20, 2014