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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

Rangel rakes in cash from island rum scrum

The outcome of a legislative tussle over rum taxes between Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands remains in doubt, but there is already one clear winner -- the House's top tax writer, Rep. Charles B. Rangel. Published October 6, 2009

Trial lawyers lobby sinks $6.2M in debt

The trial lawyers lobby has been awash in debt and bleeding members - just as it embarks on a national campaign to block any clampdown on medical malpractice lawsuits as part of President Obama's health care overhaul. Published September 28, 2009

ACORN sues Breitbart, loses IRS gig

ACORN on Wednesday sued the duo who shot hidden-camera videos that are damaging the organization's reputation and the Web site that aired them. Published September 24, 2009

Justice Dept.'s grants to ACORN probed

The Justice Department's independent inspector general, facing calls for more federal scrutiny of ACORN, opened an investigation of the department's grants to the embattled liberal community activist group. Published September 22, 2009

Health reformers targeting 'enemies'

The plan for a series of grass-roots demonstrations Tuesday to promote President Obama's health care agenda calls for tightly scripted events and an "escalation" of efforts against "enemies" of reform. Published September 19, 2009

Health reformers plan 'escalation' against 'enemies'

The field plan for a series of grassroots demonstrations Tuesday to push President Obama's health care agenda show the events will be tightly scripted with plans for "escalation," but organizers insist there is no comparison to rowdy town hall meetings and "tea party" protests challenging White House policies that they say conservatives staged. Published September 19, 2009

ACORN loses its funding, allies in House

House Democrats on Thursday unexpectedly abandoned their longtime ally ACORN, joining Republicans in an overwhelming vote to end all federal funding for the embattled liberal activist group. Published September 18, 2009

House joins Senate in cutting ACORN funding

The House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly Thursday to end all federal funding for the liberal community activist group ACORN, the latest blow to the embattled organization. Published September 17, 2009

ACORN calls its actions 'indefensible'

The liberal activist group ACORN, calling the actions of some of its employees "indefensible," surrendered to public pressure Wednesday and promised to better police itself. Published September 17, 2009

Videos jeopardize ACORN's funding

The liberal activist group ACORN rakes in millions of dollars in federal taxpayer dollars a year - at least $53 million since 1994 for its housing programs alone - but that largess now is in jeopardy. Published September 16, 2009

Malpractice plan low on support

When President Obama reached across the aisle in his health care speech to Congress last week by directing the Department of Health and Human Services to authorize state experiments to reform malpractice law, he managed to disappoint both Republicans, who saw it as an empty gesture, and trial lawyers, who felt betrayed by a Democratic ally. Published September 15, 2009

ACORN fires back at critics after sting

The liberal activist group ACORN, reeling after hidden-camera videos showed its employees giving tax advice to a woman posing as a prostitute, went on the offensive Saturday by criticizing conservative critics. Published September 13, 2009

Pelosi: Obama's speech an all-time great

Kennedy, Roosevelt, Lincoln — President Obama matched them all. At least that is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's take on the president's health care speech Wednesday night. Published September 10, 2009

Public option splits House Democrats

The House's top two Democrats on Tuesday came out on opposite sides of creating a government-run insurance option, exposing a rift in the health care debate that President Obama must try to bridge. Published September 9, 2009

Florida Sen. Martinez to step down

Republican Sen. Mel Martinez announced Friday he will be resigning his seat in the coming weeks, saying he was stepping down more than a year before his first term expires in order spend more time at home in Florida. Published August 8, 2009

Martinez confirms plans to step down

Florida Republican Sen. Mel Martinez plans to announce his resignation as soon as Friday afternoon, according to Republican officials familiar with the one-term senator's plans. Published August 7, 2009

Senate OKs $2B for 'clunkers' extension

The Senate passed a $2 billion expansion of the popular "cash for clunkers" program Thursday, overcoming a series of roadblocks thrown up by Republican amendments that would have stalled the automobile rebates until the fall. Published August 7, 2009

'Cash for clunkers' extension en route to Senate

The White House-backed $2 billion expansion of the "cash for clunkers" program inched toward a final Senate vote by week's end, amid Democratic threats Wednesday to postpone the chamber's August recess. Published August 6, 2009

'Clunker' support gains some traction

President Obama's push for a $2 billion expansion of the "cash for clunkers" program has won support from a previously skeptical pair of senators who wanted stronger pollution-fighting mandates, but the measure still faces a close Senate vote. Published August 5, 2009