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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

Schwarzenegger's deficit plan hit

Counties and cities across California are protesting Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's plan to raid their property- and gas-tax funds to help plug a $24 billion budget hole that threatens to bankrupt the state within weeks. Published June 17, 2009

Landmark tobacco bill passes Senate

The Senate overwhelmingly passed legislation Thursday that for the first time would bring down the full force of the government's regulatory hammer on the tobacco industry. Published June 12, 2009

Senate passes landmark tobacco bill

The Senate overwhelmingly passed legislation Thursday that for the first time would bring down the full force of the government's regulatory hammer on the tobacco industry. Published June 11, 2009

Tobacco-control bill clears hurdle

The Senate easily overcame a final legislative hurdle Wednesday to a bill that for the first time would give the Food and Drug Administration the authority to regulate tobacco products. Published June 11, 2009

Gun controllers say rampage aids cause

Gun-control advocates seized on the Holocaust Museum shooting Wednesday to call on Congress to reverse its drift toward loosening firearms restriction. Published June 11, 2009

Poll: 45% oppose stimulus spending

Nearly half of Americans say in a new survey that the government should stop spending the remainder of the Obama administration's $787 billion economic stimulus package, and doubt that the spending will create new jobs. Published June 11, 2009

Senate set to pass landmark tobacco bill

The Senate easily overcame a last legislative hurdle Wednesday to a bill that for the first time would give the Food and Drug Administration the authority to regulate tobacco products. Published June 10, 2009

Poll: More favor halting stimulus spending

Nearly half of Americans say the government should stop spending the remainder of the Obama administration's $787 billion economic stimulus program and doubt that the spending will create new jobs, according to a new poll. Published June 10, 2009

D.C. voting rights bid put on hold

The District's long quest for a voting member in the U.S. House of Representatives ended in disappointment Tuesday as House Democrats said they put the bill on hold indefinitely. Published June 10, 2009

Graham, Lieberman fight to block release of detainee photos

Sens. Lindsey Graham and Joe Lieberman on Tuesday threatened to bring the chamber's business to a standstill as they fight to save legislation that would bar the release of photographs showing apparent U.S. abuses of suspected terrorist detainees. Published June 9, 2009

GOP seeks to trim stimulus, cut deficit

With the economy showing signs of recovery, fiscally conservative economists and Republican lawmakers are suggesting that the large unspent portion of the nearly $800 billion stimulus fund should be redirected to slash this year's nearly $2 trillion annual deficit. Published June 8, 2009

Poll: Cheney, Pelosi almost equally polarizing

As if getting on the CIA's bad side were not worrisome enough, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi now finds she is as unpopular with the American public as the often-maligned former Republican Vice President Dick Cheney. Published June 6, 2009

For Gitmo's detainees, no place to go

President Obama isn't finding any takers in the U.S. to house the terrorism detainees now being held at the military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Published June 5, 2009

GOP eyes GM takeover as election tool

Republicans plan to use the government takeover of General Motors Corp. as ammunition in their bid to defeat congressional Democrats next year, saying its a glaring example of big government intrusion into the marketplace that will rankle average voters. Published June 2, 2009

Center-left, center-right? Attitude surveys conflict

The 2008 election is in the history books, but the fight over the true sentiments of the American voter remains as lively as ever, with two new surveys offering conflicting views on whether the U.S. body politic leans a bit to the left or a bit to the right. Published June 2, 2009

Byrd hospital stay extended by staph infection

The health of Sen. Robert C. Byrd, the longest serving member in Senate history, has taken a turn for the worse and prompted doctors to extend the lawmaker's hospital stay, his office said Monday. Published June 1, 2009