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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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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

**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