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S.A. Miller

S.A. Miller is a senior national correspondent for The Washington Times. He can be contacted at [email protected].

Articles by S.A. Miller

Sotomayor deflected Republicans before

Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor can expect a confirmation hearing grilling over her perceived biases in rulings and comments she made condoning judicial activism, but she has experience at deflecting senators' pointed questions. Published May 27, 2009

GOP senators promise a fair hearing

Senate Republicans waded cautiously into a possible Supreme Court confirmation fight with President Obama, promising a fair hearing of nominee Sonia Sotomayor while vowing "careful scrutiny" of her qualifications and her ability to render impartial judgments. Published May 26, 2009

Democrats in power hand victories to NRA

President Obama and his allies in Congress have given the gun lobby a string of victories - from forgoing new gun laws to easing restrictions already on the books - since Mr. Obama took office and Democrats assumed complete command of political power in Washington. Published May 26, 2009

Senate upholds IMF contribution

The Senate blocked a Republican bid to strip a $100 billion contribution to the International Monetary Fund from President Obama's emergency war-spending bill, as the legislation moved toward passage late Thursday evening. Published May 22, 2009

A champion for veterans on Capitol Hill

House Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Bob Filner is rushing from a staff meeting at his Capitol Hill office to the House floor to cast a vote against President Obama's funding request for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, all the while beaming as he reminisces about the billions of dollars in benefits he has championed for veterans of those and earlier wars. Published May 21, 2009

Dems reject funding to close Gitmo

Senate Democrats broke Tuesday with President Obama over funds to close the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, refusing to bankroll the project until the White House presents a plan for relocating hundreds of terrorism suspects imprisoned there. Published May 20, 2009

GAO details abuse cases in schools

The use of seclusion and physical restraint in schools to discipline children has resulted in hundreds of possible abuse cases during the past two decades, including some ending in death, according to a government report released Tuesday. Published May 20, 2009

House Democrats challenge CIA records

UPDATED: House Democrats on Tuesday challenged the accuracy of CIA records showing who was briefed on enhanced interrogation techniques, with Appropriations Committee Chairman David R. Obey saying they have discovered an inaccuracy in the records. Published May 19, 2009

Democrats struggling with Gitmo plan

Senate Democrats struggled Monday to shore up support for President Obama's plan to close the Guantanamo Bay detention camp for terrorism suspects, which has emerged as a chief sticking point for a $91 billion spending bill for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Published May 19, 2009

CIA rejects deceit charge from Pelosi

The CIA chief said Friday that it was not agency "policy or practice to mislead Congress" after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused intelligence officials of lying to her and other lawmakers about harsh interrogation methods. Published May 16, 2009

Pelosi admits waterboard briefing

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday acknowledged for the first time that in 2003 she was told waterboarding and other tough tactics were being used on suspected terrorists and did not object to them. Published May 15, 2009

Bill fails to solve Guantanamo debate

New money to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan won passage in the House and cleared a key Senate committee Thursday, but fierce debate continued over whether to provide money for President Obama's plan to close the terrorist detention camp at Guantanamo Bay. Published May 15, 2009

Pelosi: Bush 'misled' Congress on waterboarding

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday said the Bush administration "misled Congress" with inaccurate and incomplete information about harsh interrogation techniques for terrorism suspects and denied being briefed by the CIA about them. Published May 14, 2009

Republicans block Interior nominee

Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked President Obama's nomination for the No. 2 post at the Interior Department, the latest in a series of partisan clashes over personnel as the White House tries to advance its ambitious agenda. Published May 14, 2009

Obama: Photo release would endanger troops

UPDATED: The president has reversed course and decided to fight the release of photos of apparent abuse of suspected terrorist detainees, a move driven by his newfound belief that the photos would hurt the military. Published May 13, 2009

Republicans block Obama pick for Interior

Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked President Obama's nomination for the No. 2 post at the Interior Department, the latest in a series of partisan clashes over personnel as the White House tries to advance its ambitious agenda. Published May 13, 2009

Waterboarding's wake widening

Democrats brushed aside questions about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, but as hearings begin Wednesday it was clear that questions about who knew and approved of enhanced interrogation techniques have expanded. Published May 13, 2009

Dems award Specter a chairmanship

Senate Democratic leaders on Thursday gave Sen. Arlen Specter the chairmanship of a key Judiciary subcommittee, pacifying the veteran Pennsylvania lawmaker after his shaky start as the chambers newest Democrat. Published May 8, 2009

Senator, bucking leaders, to seek Gitmo funds

The Senate's top appropriator Monday vowed to restore funding President Obama requested to close the Guantanamo Bay prison camp, challenging his own Democratic Party leaders who expressed skepticism about the administration's plan. Published May 7, 2009

War bill omits funds for Gitmo closure

House Democratic leaders bucked the White House on Monday by unveiling a war spending bill that does not fund President Obama's plan to close Guantanamo Bay prison camp and requires the administration to submit a progress report with performance benchmarks for the escalated mission in Afghanistan. Published May 5, 2009