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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 - In this undated file photo posted on Monday, June 30, 2014 by the Raqqa Media Center of the Islamic State group, a militant extremist group, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, fighters from extremist Islamic State group parade in Raqqa, Syria. In staging airstrikes against Islamic State extremists in Syria, the U.S. may find itself in a confounding morass teeming with jihadis, rebel rivalries and sectarian hatred. (AP Photo/Raqqa Media Center of the Islamic State group, File)

Islamic State now 30,000 fighters strong, CIA says

The terrorist army known as Islamic State grown to between 20,000 and 30,000 fighters, according to the CIA, making the force targeted in President Obama's new military offensive about three times the size previously estimated. Published September 12, 2014

This June 3, 2014, file photo shows Iowa Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst speaking in Des Moines, Iowa. The first midterm elections since both parties embraced a historic change in campaign finance, and with it a sea of campaign cash, will mean for most voters an avalanche of television ads trying to reach the few able to be swayed and willing to vote. In the nation's closest races for U.S. Senate, that translates into "price per vote" that could easily double what was spent in the 2012 presidential election.  (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Braley, Ernst deadlocked in Iowa Senate race: poll

Less than two month before the election, just one percentage point separates Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley and Republican Joni Ernst in the race for U.S. Senate in Iowa, according to a new poll released Friday. Published September 12, 2014

U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., greets supporters during appearance at a campaign headquarters in northwest Denver suburb of Wheat Ridge, Colo., on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Colorado Senate race is a toss-up, poll shows

With less than eight weeks until the election, the U.S. Senate race in Colorado is a statistical dead heat and "could go either way," said a new poll released Friday. Published September 12, 2014

** FILE ** Sen. Joe Manchin III, West Virginia Democrat. (Associated Press)

Democratic lawmakers press for details of Obama's war plan

Democratic lawmakers rallied Thursday behind President Obama's strategy to destroy the terrorist army known as Islamic State, but also pressed for more details that would better assure them the plan will succeed. Published September 11, 2014

** FILE ** Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett speaks during the government and industry lunch, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, during the second day of Penn State's annual Ag Progress Days in Rock Springs near State College, Pa. (AP Photo/Centre Daily Times, Nabil K. Mark)

Pennsylvania's GOP governor sinking fast in re-election bid: poll

Democratic challenger Tom Wolf has a commanding 24-point lead over Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett in a new poll released Thursday, beating the incumbent on every issue with likely voters with just eight weeks until the election. Published September 11, 2014

**FILE** A line of cars wait to enter the United States from Canada in Blaine, Wash., on July 21, 2009. (Associated Press)

American fined $5,000 for border jump with bike

U.S. Border Patrol agents slapped a $5,000 fine on an American citizen this week for slipping into the United States from Canada on a mountain bike, the agency announced Wednesday. Published September 10, 2014

**FILE** Rep. Shelley Moore Capito as speaks at Tamarack during the Working for Jobs Rally in Beckley, W.Va., on Aug. 19, 2014. Looking on are Sen. Evan Jenkins and Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. (Associated Press)

NRA enters West Virginia's U.S. Senate race

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito picked up a National Rifle Association endorsement in the race for U.S. Senate in West Virginia, the gun rights group announced Wednesday. Published September 10, 2014

Tourists visit the National Mall in Washington, D.C. (Andrew S. Geraci/The Washington Times) ** FILE **

More bad news for Senate Democrats: GOP favored in key regions

Voters in key regions want Republicans to win control of the U.S. Senate, making it that much harder in an already tough year for Democrats to hold onto their thin majority in the upper chamber, said a new poll released Wednesday. Published September 10, 2014

**FILE** A caregiver picks out a marijuana bud for a patient at a marijuana dispensary in Denver on Sept. 18, 2012. (Associated Press)

Welfare recipients can use debit cards for marijuana

Welfare recipients can't use their EBT cards at liquor stores but they can at marijuana dispensaries in states such as Colorado that have legalized pot, Sen. Jeff Sessions revealed Tuesday. Published September 9, 2014