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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].

Articles by S.A. Miller

McCain slams court decision

Sen. John McCain said Sunday that President Obama's tougher talk about fighting terrorism after the attempted Christmas airline bombing does not match his decision to try the bomber in civilian court. Published January 11, 2010

Kaine: GOP 'civil war' ace in hole

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine said Democrats will do better than expected in this year's midterm elections because the Republican Party is being torn apart by an internal "civil war" with conservative activists. Published January 11, 2010

McCain: Obama terror talk, policy don't match

Sen. John McCain said Sunday that President Obama's tougher talk about fighting terrorism following the attempted Christmas airliner bombing does not match his decision to try the bomber in civilian court. Published January 10, 2010

Senate panel gavels set to change hands in '11

Surprise retirement announcements by two high-ranking Senate Democrats this week started a game of musical chairs to fill top seats in the committee system. Published January 8, 2010

'Tea party' head warns GOP of Fla. repeat

A founder of the "tea party" movement said Wednesday he had a warning for Republican state leaders: Back conservative candidates or else other states will suffer the same backlash that toppled Florida's Republican Party chairman this week. Published January 7, 2010

Tea Party head warns GOP of Fla. repeat

A founder of the Tea Party movement said Wednesday he had a warning for Republican leaders: Back conservative candidates or else other states will suffer the same backlash that toppled Florida's Republican Party chairman this week. Published January 6, 2010

Recruits for 2010 put glee in GOP

Conservative and Republican candidates who sat on the sidelines during the Democratic electoral surges of 2006 and 2008 are jumping into the 2010 midterm elections with renewed confidence after President Obama's first year in office. Published January 6, 2010

Dems tout year of wins but wait for more Obama priorities

The Senate's Christmas Eve passage of health care reforms capped a year of legislative victories for the Democrats, including a $787 billion economic stimulus and measures to expand government health insurance for poor children and fortify workplace discrimination laws. Published December 31, 2009

N.Y. Sen. Gillibrand appears safe in seat

Democratic freshman Sen. Kristin Gillibrand is one of her party's most vulnerable incumbents, but New York Republicans can't come up with a political heavyweight to knock her on the ropes, and her campaign gains momentum with each passing day. Published December 29, 2009

Obama union push stymies contractors

President Obama's plan to force contractors to hire union workers for large government construction projects is proving easier said than done, confusing and costlier than expected. Published December 27, 2009

Obama's union push costly, confusing

President Obama's plan to force contractors to hire union workers for large government construction projects is proving easier said than done, confusing and costlier. Published December 26, 2009

Primary foe has yuletide jeer for Specter

Not even warm holiday wishes can soothe Pennsylvania's brutal Democratic primary fight between incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter and Rep. Joe Sestak. Published December 23, 2009

Democratic congressman defects to GOP

Rep. Parker Griffith of Alabama switched his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican on Tuesday, a startling defection from the majority party in the House that underscores the difficulties facing Democrats in midterm elections next year. Published December 23, 2009

Revision gives nonprofit insurers tax breaks

Among the changes Senate Democratic leaders made to the health care package was giving nonprofit health insurance companies a limited exemption from the excise tax levied on insurers. Published December 20, 2009

Dems give insurers tax break in final bill

UPDATED: Senate Democratic leaders say last-minute changes to the health care bill include giving nonprofit health insurance companies an exemption from the excise tax on insurers, a revision pushed by Sen. Carl Levin, who is a major recipient of campaign contributions form mega nonprofit Blue Cross Blue Shield. Published December 19, 2009

Liberals irked by Obama's compromises

Liberal Democrats in and out of Congress are expressing mounting frustration with President Obama and what they say are decisions by the president discarding major elements of their agenda. Published December 17, 2009

Lawmakers' fine dining on taxpayers' tab

Lean economic times didn't stop members of Congress from splurging taxpayer dollars on food and drink, including a $6,090 meal tab racked up in a single day by Guam Delegate Madeleine Z. Bordallo during a visit home with members of the House Natural Resources Committee, according to a new report. Published December 15, 2009

House members eat up tax dollars

A new report shows that lean economic times didn't stop members of Congress from splurging taxpayer dollars on food and drink, including a $6,090 meal tab racked up in a single day by Guam Delegate Madeleine Z. Bordallo. Published December 14, 2009

Powerful lawmakers clash over $3B Army contract

In a classic example of how hometown interests rule on Capitol Hill when money is at stake, Texas and Wisconsin lawmakers are slugging it out over whose state takes home a disputed $3 billion defense contract. Published December 14, 2009

Left rankled over Obama war remarks

Antiwar Democrats on Capitol Hill are bristling at President Obama's remarks about the need to wage "just wars" in his acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize last week in Oslo. Published December 13, 2009