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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].

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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

Landrieu cites need for mental health aid

Sen. Mary L. Landrieu opened a hearing Tuesday on disaster recovery by praising a series of reports in The Washington Times this week that exposed the mental health crisis gripping post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans. Published August 5, 2009

House Dems break health impasse

House Democratic leaders Wednesday cut a deal with rebellious moderates to advance a stalled health care reform bill, only to meet fresh roadblocks from more liberal members in the bid to pass President Obama's top legislative priority. Published July 30, 2009

House committee has breakthrough on health bill

UPDATED: House Democratic leaders have reached an agreement with a group of rebellious conservative Blue Dogs that will allow the stalled health care reform package to move through a key committee. Published July 29, 2009

Senators: Loan discounts were 'courtesy'

Two powerful Senate Democrats said Tuesday that they knew they got low mortgage-rate deals in a lender's VIP program but thought the special treatment was a "courtesy" or the same as "frequent flier" discounts. Published July 29, 2009

CBO boosts Obama's health care plan

President Obama and his Democratic allies, scrambling to broker a health care deal Monday, finally got an upbeat assessment from Congress' official scorekeeper when it said the plan for government-run coverage would not force out private insurers. Published July 28, 2009

Poll: President's popularity suffers in health reform push

For the first time since President Obama entered the Oval Office, a majority of voters disapprove of the president's job performance in a Rasmussen tracking poll - a downturn that has the potential to sap the White House's clout as it begins the heavy lifting required for health care reform. Published July 25, 2009