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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 - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley speaks with reporters in his office inside the Maryland State House in Annapolis, Md., in this April 7, 2014 file photo. O'Malley was returning to Iowa on Saturday, July 26, 2014 headlining a fundraiser for state Sen. Rita Hart in Clinton, a town on the banks of the Mississippi River, and another event in North Liberty for Kevin Kinney, a Johnson County sheriff's deputy seeking an open state Senate seat. After a Saturday night speech in Omaha to help the Nebraska Democratic Party, O’Malley was joining with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Hatch, who is challenging Republican Gov. Terry Branstad, for fundraisers in western Iowa on Sunday and a canvassing kickoff in Sioux City. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Md. governor to commute sentences of state's last four death row inmates

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley announced Wednesday that he intended to commute the sentences of the state's last four inmates on death row, saying it did not "serve the public good" to leave the men in limbo since the state had abolished the death penalty. Published December 31, 2014

Gov.-elect Hogan warns Maryland to brace for budget cuts, reduced services

Gov.-elect Larry Hogan warned Marylanders on Tuesday to brace for budget cuts and reduced services as he works to erase massive deficits and rein in out-of-control government spending, budget issues that he said would dominate the upcoming General Assembly session. Published December 30, 2014

The hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was punctuated by false leads since it disappeared with 239 people aboard about an hour after leaving Kuala Lumpur for Beijing in March. (Associated Press)

Search for missing Malaysian airliner trickles to single ship

A single ship continued a lonely search last week across a vast expanse of the southern Indian Ocean for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 that disappeared nearly 10 months ago — no longer listening for "pings" from the black box or subject to around-the-clock coverage by CNN or accompanied by a massive flotilla that once included the U.S. 7th Fleet and helped make it the largest and most expensive search in aviation history. Published December 24, 2014

Tom Coburn cast his final vote as a senator Tuesday night, and was the first to flee the chamber floor, returning to the citizen part of "citizen legislator." By Wednesday afternoon he was back in Oklahoma, driving to his home in Muskogee. (Associated Press)

Tom Coburn rankles Harry Reid in farewell Senate disputes

It takes a certain kind of senator to single-handedly block a bill that supporters say would save veterans from committing suicide. But that's exactly what Sen. Tom Coburn did last week, facing down withering pressure from veterans groups and insinuations from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that he will have the blood of veterans on his hands because he's refusing to let the bill through. Published December 17, 2014

In a Dec. 3, 2012 file photo, crews work on construction of the TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline near County Road 363 and County Road 357, east of Winona, Texas. In the run-up to a razor-thin vote, Sen. Mary Landrieu beseeched fellow Democrats on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, to provide the support necessary to approve the Keystone XL pipeline.  (AP Photo/Tyler Morning Telegraph, Sarah A. Miller, File)

Keystone pipeline will be job No. 1 for GOP-run Senate

A bill to authorize the long-stalled Keystone XL oil pipeline will be the first business taken up next year by the Republican-run Senate, incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday. Published December 16, 2014

"Without a threat of a government shutdown, this sets up a direct challenge to the president's unilateral actions on immigration when we have new majorities in both chambers of Congress," House Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio told reporters after meeting in a closed-door session with his Republican caucus on Capitol Hill. Lawmakers face a midnight deadline to pass a budget. (Associated Press photographs)

Leadership courts centrist support for $1.1T spending bill as shutdown looms

Congressional leaders were trying to hold the center in the run-up to Thursday's government shutdown deadline, with Senate Democrats and House Republicans pleading for their troops to back a $1.1 trillion spending bill that had those on both extremes of the ideological spectrum fuming. Published December 10, 2014

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, joined at left by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., wraps up a meeting with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, following a House GOP caucus meeting.  With time running short before Congress adjourns, Republicans and Democrats agreed Tuesday on a $1.1 trillion spending bill to avoid a government shutdown and delay a politically-charged struggle over President Barack Obama's new immigration policy until the new year. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

GOP scrambles for votes as conservatives, liberals balk at $1.1T spending bill

The IRS takes a $300 million cut and the EPA's staffing is reduced to levels not seen since the 1980s under the $1.1 trillion spending bill written by congressional negotiators, and which GOP leaders are pleading with their members to support ahead of key showdown votes this week. Published December 10, 2014

Maryland Gov.-elect Larry Hogan vowed to roll back proposed regulations that would limit phosphorus runoff from farms, siding with Eastern Shore farmers who rely on phosphorus-rich chicken manure for fertilizer. (Associated Press)

Larry Hogan vows fight against Martin O'Malley anti-farm regulations

After weeks of promising bipartisanship and refusing to make policy announcements that might rile Democratic lawmakers, Maryland Gov.-elect Larry Hogan has picked his first political fight, coming out swinging against environmentalists and their powerful allies in the General Assembly. Published December 8, 2014

17 states file lawsuit in bid to halt Obama amnesty order

Seventeen states and governors sued the Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday in a bid to halt President Obama's new deportation amnesty, saying he violated the Constitution and broke federal laws by granting tentative legal status to millions of illegal immigrants. Published December 3, 2014

President Barack Obama meets with community leaders at the Copernicus Community Center in Chicago to discuss immigration reform, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. Obama visited his hometown to promote his executive action on immigration. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

GOP vows to fight Obama's amnesty early next year

House Republicans emerged from a closed-door meeting Tuesday to say they are leaning toward funding the government now, but setting up a fight early next year over President Obama's temporary amnesty. Published December 2, 2014