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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** Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (right), Vermont Democrat, and the committee's ranking Republican, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, arrive on Capitol Hill on July 31, 2013, as the panel questioned top Obama administration officials about the National Security Agency's surveillance programs for the first time since the House narrowly rejected a proposal last week to effectively shut down the NSA's secret collection of hundreds of millions of Americans' phone records. (Associated Press)

Lawmakers leery of AT&T-DirecTV deal

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee raised alarms Monday about the proposed mega-merger of AT&T and DirecTV, saying the panel will be "looking closely at this transaction." Published May 19, 2014

President Obama greets guests on the tarmac upon his arrival at Philadelphia International Airport on Nov. 14, 2013. Obama traveled to Pennsylvania to raise campaign money benefiting the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. (Associated Press)

Senate Democrats boast bigger fundraising haul

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee finally had something to crow about, announcing Monday that it raised slightly more than its Republican counterpart in April. Published May 19, 2014

**FILE** Former Nebraska Sen. Bob Kerrey. (Associated Press)

Former Sen. Bob Kerrey: Obama should boot VA's Eric Shinseki

Former Sen. Bob Kerrey on Monday called on President Obama to fire Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki, adding his voice to the growing chorus of lawmakers and veterans groups demanding the former Army chief of staff lose his job over the scandalous mismanagement of VA hospitals. Published May 19, 2014

** FILE ** In this Oct. 3, 2013, file photo, Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., speaks at a news conference in Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Red state Democrats in risky races skip 'fairness' frenzy

The White House and Senate Democratic leaders devised an election-year messaging strategy trumpeting "fairness" issues, including raising the minimum wage, gender pay equity and giving illegal immigrants a path to citizenship. Published May 18, 2014

Rep. Fred Upton: Vladimir Putin playing at 'extortion'

Russian President Vladimir Putin's threat Thursday to cut off the natural gas supplies to Ukraine sparked outraged from House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, who called the move "extortion." Published May 15, 2014

IRS Commissioner John A. Koskinen testifies on Capitol Hill April 7 before the House Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee Budget hearing. (AP Photo)

NEW: IRS office in D.C. heavily involved in tea party assault

A year after a scorching audit revealed that the Internal Revenue Service targeted tea party groups for intrusive scrutiny, and despite an effort to clean house at the agency, many of those groups are still awaiting approval for tax-exempt status. Published May 14, 2014

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton waves to the audience at the conclusion of her address to the American Jewish Committee (AJC) Global Forum closing plenary in Washington, Wednesday, May 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Stop Hillary PAC prods FEC to act on complaint against pro-Clinton group

The Stop Hillary PAC, an organization dedicated to preventing Hillary Rodham Clinton from becoming the next president, pressured the Federal Elections Commission on Wednesday to act on a complaint that another group with the opposite goal is illegally operating as a Clinton campaign committee. Published May 14, 2014

Congressional candidate Keith Crisco, who was locked in a too-close-to-call Democratic Party primary with former "American Idol" singer Clay Aiken, died from injuries sustained in a fall on Monday. (Associated Press)

Clay Aiken congressional challenger found dead

In a stunning turn of events, North Carolina congressional candidate Keith Crisco, who was locked in a too-close-to-call Democratic primary race with former "American Idol" contestant Clay Aiken, was found dead in his home Monday, according to reports. Published May 12, 2014

Rep. Nick J. Rahall II and Sen. Joe Manchin III (rear) are Democrats from a conservative state. (Associated Press)

The coal-state Democrat may be climate casualty

President Obama's aggressive focus on climate change is intended to fire up Democrats' environmentalist base, but it's burning some of the party's most endangered incumbents. Published May 12, 2014

"I'm not aware that Congress is doing anything," said Rep. Peter A. DeFazio, Oregon Democrat. "I don't think anybody wants to wade into it." (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

States' moves on marijuana leave lawmakers dazed and confused

Capitol Hill lawmakers are dazed and confused when it comes to dealing with the growing number of states legalizing marijuana use, which has created a glaring conflict with federal statutes outlawing cannabis as a Schedule I drug — the classification for the most dangerous controlled substances. Published May 11, 2014

** FILE ** Rep. Jim Jordan. (Associated Press)

Rep. Jim Jordan: Justice Dept. won't say who will lead IRS probe

A Republican lawmaker clashed with a top Justice Department official Friday over the administration's refusal to disclose even the most basic information about its probe of the Internal Revenue Service targeting conservative groups. Published May 9, 2014

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Florida Democrat (Associated Press) **FILE**

DNC chief: Tea party has won GOP 'civil war'

The head of the Democratic National Committee said Wednesday that the victory of the candidate backed by the Republican Party establishment in the North Carolina Senate primary does not signal the decline of the tea party's power. Published May 7, 2014

Sen. Mary L. Landrieu of Louisiana, one of the Senate's most endangered Democrats, was the lead sponsor of the energy bill that included the pipeline. (Associated Press)

Push for Keystone vote puts Senate Democrats in a bind in election year

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid got stuck this week in the political tangle of the Keystone XL pipeline, caught between the party's environmentalist base that fiercely opposes it and vulnerable Senate Democrats from red states who want to vote to approve the long-stalled project. Published May 6, 2014

Massachusetts 'tossup' threatens Obama agenda

The close Senate contest in usually reliably blue Massachusetts - a race that could prove crucial to the fate of President Obama's agenda - got tighter and uglier Thursday as the Democratic Party fought to hold on to the seat of the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. Published January 15, 2010

Weiner blasts health care 'negotiation'

As President Obama prodded Democratic congressional leaders Wednesday to finish health care legislation, Rep. Anthony Weiner gave a stern warning to the White House: "We don't like negotiating with a gun to our head." Published January 13, 2010

Democrats chart dim midterm course

Facing a disgruntled electorate and bracing for losses in the November midterm elections, Democrats hope to make up ground by framing this year's campaign as a fight against Republicans who want to turn back the clock on progress. Published January 13, 2010