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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

Warner to deliver keynote address at convention

Sen. Barack Obama tapped Mark Warner to deliver the keynote address on the second night of the Democratic National Convention, boosting the former Virginia governor's run for U.S. Senate and the party's bid to steal the state from Republicans in the presidential race. Published August 14, 2008

McCain reminds voters of Obama’s ‘bitter’ gaffe

Sen. John McCain reminded Pennsylvanians Tuesday that presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama said the state's small-town voters "cling to guns and religion" because they are "bitter," a gaffe that possibly contributed to Mr. Obama's loss in the state primary and might haunt his general election campaign in this battleground. Published August 13, 2008

Challengers render Franken run a joke

A lifetime of blue jokes and biting satire have proved a heavy load for Democrat Al Franken to carry in his U.S. Senate run, giving opponents an arsenal of potshots and even spurring a last-minute primary challenger who says the "Saturday Night Live" veteran is just too vulgar for Minnesotans. Published August 12, 2008

Michelle Obama courts vital military families

Michelle Obama told military wives faced with their husbands' multiple tours of duty, low military pay and health care concerns that help is on its way Wednesday, as the Democratic presidential candidate deployed his wife to court military families considered vital to flipping this historically Republican state. Published August 7, 2008

Democrats hit shutdown threat

Democratic leaders slammed Republicans on Monday for threatening to force a government shutdown this fall unless Congress lifts the ban on offshore oil drilling and for simultaneously demanding lawmakers return from the August recess to vote on more drilling. Published August 5, 2008

Rangel files for ethics probe of own actions

Rep. Charles B. Rangel took the unusual step Wednesday of filing an ethics complaint against himself, hoping an ethics probe will allay criticism he abused his office by using congressional stationery to solicit funds for a college center that bears his name. Published July 24, 2008

Energy legislation stalls on partisan bickering

Congress spun toward an impasse on energy legislation Tuesday as Republicans and Democrats talked past each other about how to cure America's gas-price woes. Published July 23, 2008

Gore introduces green challenge to U.S.

Former Vice President Al Gore harnessed his star power Thursday to push global warming to the forefront of election politics, challenging the nation to embark on an Apollo-style project to convert all electricity production to wind, solar and other renewable energy within 10 years. Published July 18, 2008

Capitol Hill hits low in ratings

Self-proclaimed Democrats - disgruntled by the failure of their party's leaders to keep key campaign promises - pushed Congress' job-approval rating to an all-time low in a Gallup Poll out Wednesday. Published July 17, 2008

Green groups bolster lobby against offshore drilling

Environmental groups are scrambling to shore up opposition in the Democrat-led Congress to more offshore oil drilling, countering the push for added domestic production by President Bush and voters pinched by rising gasoline prices. Published July 16, 2008

GOP fuels gas-price anger in N.Y. race

New York Republicans are fanning voter anger over rising gas prices and high taxes in an effort to oust Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand, a freshman Democrat whose upstate district is considered one of the few places where embattled House Republicans could pick up a seat this year. Published July 15, 2008

Gunfight at the ACLU corral

Gun rights are so popular in Nevada that they are backed by even the state chapter of a liberal group that conservatives usually love to hate. And Republicans are in clover. Published July 14, 2008

Democrats bash war, but promote Iraq generals

Senate Democrats, who cooled their anti-war rhetoric as the Iraq body count plummeted and America's economic woes stole the headlines, insist the overwhelming vote Thursday to promote the top two U.S. generals in Iraq was not a vindication of President Bush's war policy. Published July 11, 2008

Congress backs FISA, hands victory to Bush

Congress granted final passage Wednesday to new laws for spy-agency eavesdropping on terror suspects abroad; Sen. Edward M. Kennedy returned to the Senate for a decisive Medicare vote. Published July 10, 2008

Baker, Christopher aim to boost war powers

A plan by former Secretaries of State James A. Baker III and Warren Christopher that would enhance Congress' war powers received a warm bipartisan welcome Tuesday from Capitol Hill lawmakers, who applauded the idea of playing a larger role in deciding when to go to war. Published July 9, 2008

GOP intensifies call for offshore drilling

Senate Republicans pressed the chamber's Democratic majority Monday to drop its opposition to more offshore oil drilling as the average price of gasoline hit a new high of nearly $4.11 per gallon. Published July 8, 2008

Obama vows to establish own faith office

Sen. Barack Obama promised Tuesday to embrace, but revamp, President Bush's faith-based initiative, in a move to the center as he courts religious voters but one that risks offending liberal voters who opposed the creation as a First Amendment encroachment. Published July 2, 2008

Rising expenses drain family savings

A majority of Americans say they have had to raid their life savings to meet the rising costs of food and gasoline — a trend that continued Monday with crude oil prices hitting another record high. Published July 1, 2008

Search for digital contraband hit

Terrorist suspects and child pornographers have been caught upon entering the U.S. when their laptops were searched by authorities, but some Senate Democrats want to restrict routine "suspicionless" digital intrusions. Published June 30, 2008

Clinton returns to Capitol Hill

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, despite the heartbreaking loss of the presidential nomination that once seemed inevitably hers, put on a brave smile Tuesday as she returned to the Capitol for the first time since conceding defeat to Sen. Barack Obama. Published June 25, 2008