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S.A. Miller

S.A. Miller is the Politics Editor for The Washington Times. He can be contacted at [email protected].

Articles by S.A. Miller

Obama puts clout to test in N.J.

President Obama campaigned Sunday across this solidly blue state, trying to save the struggling re-election bid of Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine, whose loss in Tuesday's vote would cast doubts over the president's ambitious agenda and signal trouble ahead for other Democratic candidates next year. Published November 2, 2009

GOP takes wait-and-see tack on health

Capitol Hill Republicans, hammered repeatedly by the Democratic majority for nitpicking President Obama's health care overhaul but not offering an alternative, say they're keeping their cards close to the vest until the endgame on the House floor. Published November 1, 2009

Grayson's remarks drive voters 'Nuts'

A group of outraged Florida voters has launched the Web site MyCongressmanIsNuts.com in a drive to oust Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson, the outspoken lawmaker who grabbed national headlines after it was revealed that, among other comments, he called an adviser to the Federal Reserve chairman a "K Street whore" in a radio interview in September. Published October 31, 2009

Critics denounce Dem. lawmaker as 'nuts'

A group of angry Florida voters has launched the Web site MyCongressmanIsNuts.com in a drive to oust Democrat Rep. Alan Grayson, the outspoken congressman who grabbed national headlines earlier this month by calling an adviser to the Fed chairman a "K Street whore." Published October 30, 2009

New bill targets 'distracted flying'

Sen. Robert Menendez, spurred by revelations that two Northwest Airlines pilots were tapping away on laptop computers when they overshot an airport by 150 miles, announced Thursday that he will introduce "distracted flying" legislation to prohibit the use of nonessential portable electronics in the cockpit. Published October 29, 2009

GOP lawmakers call for probe of donor perks

Congressional Republicans called for an investigation into perks President Obama handed out to top Democratic donors following a report in The Washington Times that the party's money men got VIP access to the White House, private briefings from administration advisers, and invitations to important speeches and town-hall meetings. Published October 28, 2009

Work flow slows as House awaits health bill

The House on Tuesday took up a resolution to honor the 2,560th birthday of Confucius -- and that's pretty much all the floor business Democratic leaders scheduled for the day, as noncontroversial bills fill up the empty hours for lawmakers awaiting health care legislation. Published October 28, 2009

Democrats play defense in 2009 elections

The Iraq war and President Bush have faded from voters' thoughts in the year since President Obama won the White House, leaving this year's Democratic candidates to justify $787 billion in stimulus spending despite lingering high unemployment and pushing a health care overhaul amid widespread voter skepticism. Published October 27, 2009

Low black-voter turnout threatens Dems in Va., N.J. races

Voter doldrums - especially among blacks far less energized than they were for Barack Obama's historic presidential bid last year - pose problems for Democrats struggling in the governors' races in Virginia and New Jersey. Published October 23, 2009

Legal fund aids defense of woman in ACORN sting

A defense fund for the woman sued by ACORN for posing as a prostitute to expose abuses at the community activist group is drawing support for a lengthy and expensive legal battle, the woman's lawyer said Monday. Published October 20, 2009

Seniors reap aid, still wary of health reform

President Obama's push for a $250 bonus for Social Security recipients is but the latest in a series of paydays and promises the administration has showered on seniors. Published October 19, 2009

Tea partiers, GOP regulars scuffle in N.Y. House race

Republican officials turned to a conservative icon and invoked an anti-tax pledge Thursday to salvage the slumping campaign of a New York congressional candidate competing with a more conservative third-party challenger, part of an ongoing battle between the fiscally hawkish "tea party" movement and the Republican establishment. Published October 16, 2009

Insurers, others attack health reform

The insurance industry came off the bench too late in the game to block Senate Finance Committee approval Tuesday of a health care overhaul bill. Published October 14, 2009

Maverick geologist lauds greenhouse gas

Fueled by doomsday climate-change predictions, Democratic lawmakers want to slap strict limits on carbon-dioxide emissions, the Obama administration has designated the gas a pollutant and President Obama boasted to the United Nations that "we know what needs to be done" in curtailing CO2 pollution. But geologist H. Leighton Steward says they got it all wrong. Published October 13, 2009

Obama puts union strings on federal jobs

Delivering on President Obama's promise to boost the labor movement, the administration has announced a $35 million federal construction project in New Hampshire that requires union representation for the workers and forces nonunion employees to pay dues and contribute to a union pension fund. Published October 7, 2009

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