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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].

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Dem factions curb Obama budget

Forget about Republican objections. The biggest obstacle to President Obama's progressive budget comes from Democrats from states with a lot of conservative voters, a lot of farms or a lot of old-time industry. Published March 26, 2009

Durbin: Humane Senator of the Year

Senate Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin's efforts to crack down on puppy mills and improve pet food safety earned him the title of 2008 Humane Senator of the Year. Published March 25, 2009

Geithner seeks new takeover powers

Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner pressed a congressional panel Tuesday for sweeping new powers to take over financial firms, while he fended off sharp criticism for allowing executive bonuses at bailed-out insurance giant American International Group. Published March 25, 2009

'Card-check' bill dealt setback

Sen. Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania Republican, said Tuesday that he would oppose a fiercely contested bill designed to make it easier to unionize workplaces, dealing a devastating blow to President Obama's effort to repay labor supporters with legislation they have long coveted. Published March 25, 2009

Treasury head seeks to claw back AIG bonuses

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told a congressional panel Tuesday that the administration is exploring legal avenues to recoup bonuses paid at bailed-out insurance giant American International Group. Published March 24, 2009

Senate Dems: Keep bonuses, for now

Rank-and-file Senate Democrats on Monday helped put the brakes on their own congressional leaders' frenzied dash to enact new taxes to take back executive bonuses at bailed-out Wall Street firms. Published March 24, 2009

Conyers suggests probe of ACORN

In an startling partisan shift, House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers Jr. on Thursday proposed holding hearings on claims the liberal activist group ACORN engaged in a pattern of crimes ranging from voter fraud to a mob-style "protection" racket. Published March 20, 2009

Hill panel testimony to accuse ACORN of mob tactics

A lawyer for a whistleblower on the activist group ACORN is prepared to tell a House panel Thursday that the group provided liberal causes with protest-for-hire services and coerced donations from the targets of demonstrations through a mob-style "protection" racket. Published March 19, 2009

Democrats to tap tax code to curb AIG

UPDATED: The Obama administration and Congress looked to the tax code to claw back bonuses given to traders at insurance giant American International Group Inc. while softening the losses for victims of Bernard Madoff. Published March 18, 2009

GOP blames Dems for AIG fiasco

UPDATED: Republicans on Tuesday dispensed with their bipartisan spirit of outrage over huge cash bonuses for executives bailed out by federal money, pointing a finger of blame at Democrats in control of Congress and their party leader, President Obama. Published March 18, 2009

EXCLUSIVE: AFL-CIO pledges votes for Specter

Angling for a critical Senate swing vote to pass the "card check" bill that would make it easier to form unions, Pennsylvania labor leaders promised Sen. Arlen Specter that they will switch union members from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party to help him win a tough 2010 primary election, The Washington Times has learned. Published March 16, 2009

China resolution pressures Obama

A House resolution condemning Beijing for a clash between Chinese vessels and a U.S. Navy ship last weekend threatens to up the ante at the high-profile first meeting of President Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao next month. Published March 13, 2009

Senate passes omnibus bill

The first major spending bill of the new Obama administration came stuffed with some old-fashioned pork as a $410 billion omnibus bill covering a slew of federal agencies won final approval Tuesday in the Senate. Published March 11, 2009

Democrats brand earmarks as good

Capitol Hill's top Democrats are making a full-throated effort to rebrand earmarks as good government, not a dirty word synonymous with pork-barrel hijinks. Published March 9, 2009

Senate delays spending bill vote

UPDATED: Senate Democrats beat back a series of Republican proposed changes to a $410 billion omnibus spending bill Thursday, but they couldn't muster enough votes. Published March 6, 2009

Bush policies cut from omnibus bill

Senate Democrats rejected a move Thursday to ban U.S. dollars going to a U.N. family-planning program that critics say promotes abortions, one of more than a dozen Bush administration policies being erased in a $410 billion omnibus spending bill. Published March 5, 2009

Leahy battles alone for 'truth'

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick J. Leahy's pursuit of a "truth commission" to expose possible Bush administration abuses became a lonely quest Wednesday as fellow senators skipped a hearing for more compelling events elsewhere at the Capitol. Published March 5, 2009

Top Democrats cross Obama on earmarks

UPDATED: President Obama's drive to change Washington's free-spending ways is running into a buzz saw of opposition from his party, as another top congressional Democrat on Tuesday bucked the president's plan to curb pork projects. Published March 4, 2009

Senate kills spending freeze measure

The Senate on Tuesday shot down a Republican measure that would have frozen federal spending at 2008 levels for the current fiscal year, preferring to stick with an omnibus package that increases spending by about 8 percent. Published March 3, 2009