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S.A. Miller

S.A. Miller

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

Articles by S.A. Miller

Obama: McCain’s for ‘Joe the CEO’

RICHMOND | Sen. Barack Obama beat back criticism that his tax plan is socialism and bad for small business owners such "Joe the Plumber" by accusing Sen. John McCain of lavishing tax cuts on the rich. Published October 22, 2008

McCain cites Biden on Obama’s inexperience

Sen. John McCain revisited criticism Monday that Sen. Barack Obama's lack of experience would risk national security, following a prediction by the Democrat's running mate that an international crisis will test Mr. Obama within six months if he is elected president. Published October 21, 2008

McCain strategy warns of socialism

With two weeks left until Election Day, Sen. John McCain and conservative leaders have a last-ditch warning for the nation's mostly moderate voters: Published October 21, 2008

House raps Bush office’s political activity

The Bush administration's political affairs office orchestrated an aggressive strategy to use taxpayer-funded trips to help elect Republican candidates, says a draft House report that recommends eliminating the office in future administrations or revamping laws to prevent such activity. Published October 16, 2008

Lame-duck session eyed to OK stimulus

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi vowed Wednesday to hold a lame-duck session to pass a $200 billion economic-stimulus package likely to include rebates to middle-class taxpayers, despite recent failure to enact less ambitious plans and Republican charges it is a "spending hike to exploit the nation's economic troubles." Published October 16, 2008

ACORN scandal elicits vote-theft charge

Republicans are depicting Sen. Obama as trying to "steal" the election by linking him to a growing voter fraud scandal, deploying language typically used by Democrats when they have been on the losing end of a tight race. Published October 15, 2008

McCain, GOP ads rip Obama over Ayers

Sen. John McCain's campaign intensified attacks Friday on his rival's ties to shady Chicago characters such as 1970s bomber William Ayers, but Sen. Barack Obama vowed not to let it distract voters. Published October 11, 2008

Obama camp downplays ACORN payments

Sen. Barack Obama's campaign distanced itself from its $800,000 payment linked to the liberal ACORN organization, which is under investigation in several states where it is suspected of filing fraudulent voter registrations. Published October 10, 2008

Voter-fraud task force raids office backing Obama

A Nevada task force Tuesday raided the headquarters of a Democrat-allied group that helps low-income people vote, setting off a skirmish over efforts to expand the electorate on behalf of Barack Obama. Published October 8, 2008

Congress told: Lehman sought millions for execs

Lehman Brothers doled out more than $20 million in bonuses to top executives just four days before the investment giant declared bankruptcy and accelerated the credit market collapse that resulted in a $700 billion bailout approved last week, documents revealed Monday at a House hearing showed. Published October 7, 2008

Lehman gave $20 million in bonuses before bust

Lehman Brothers doled out bonuses to executives just days before it declared bankruptcy and accelerated the credit market collapse that resulted in a $700 billion bailout approved last week. Published October 7, 2008

In debates, candidates differ little

A defining exchange in the first presidential debate opened with Republican Sen. John McCain's incredulous condemnation of the threat by Democrat Sen. Barack Obama to launch unilateral military strikes against terrorist outposts in Pakistan, a U.S. ally. Published October 7, 2008

Main Street, Wall Street share blame

For every "greedy" Wall Street banker, there were millions of Main Street Americans willing to live beyond their means. Published October 5, 2008

Bush signs Wall Street bailout

Congress on Friday gave Wall Street the financial lifeline it was seeking and President Bush immediately signed it into law, as the House reversed course and approved a $700 billion bailout package. Published October 4, 2008

Bush signs $700B bailout bill

President Bush has signed the $700 billion bailout package, moments after Congress gave Wall Street the financial lifeline it was seeking when the House reversed course and approved it on Friday. Published October 3, 2008

McCain presses GOP, Clinton on bailout

Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain nudged his party toward agreement on an economic rescue on Friday and even opened dialogue with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. Published September 27, 2008

Bailout political grist for challengers

Challengers are beginning to hammer congressional incumbents for backing Wall Street moguls over Main Street taxpayers in the evolving investment-industry bailout effort. Published September 26, 2008

Obama mum on market crisis

Sen. Barack Obama opted Friday not to divulge details of his recovery plan for the financial crisis after a morning meeting with his top economic advisers, fearing it would stir Wall Street jitters. Published September 20, 2008

McCain, Obama campaign in enemy territory

The two presidential nominees are invading enemy territory, stalking their rival's strongholds in battleground states, not necessarily to flip counties to their column but to reduce the margin of defeat in pivotal precincts. Published September 19, 2008

Obama descends on Pa. to woo key voters

The tightening race in this must-win state spurred a blitz by Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama's campaign to woo back female and independent voters as the candidate's surrogates went on the attack against Republican vice-presidential candidate Gov. Sarah Palin. Published September 16, 2008