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Steven T. Dennis


Steven T. Dennis has been CQ Roll Call¹s White House correspondent since 2011. He also serves as Roll Call¹s Senate leadership editor and edits the WGDB blog. Previously, he worked stints as congressional leadership editor, Senate leadership reporter and a House leadership reporter at Roll Call starting in 2007. He first started covering Congress for CQ as a budget reporter in 2005. Before that, he worked as the State House bureau chief for The Gazette Newspapers in Annapolis, as the Montgomery County government reporter for The Montgomery Gazette, and as a reporter and copy editor at The Herald-Mail in Hagerstown, Md. He first covered Congress while a student at the University of Maryland in 1993 for the College of Journalism's Capital News Service wire.

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Obama Ties Budget Veto Threat to National Security

July 6, 2015

President Barack Obama tied his veto threats on the budget to national security Monday, calling things such as education, research and other items key, over the long term, to the defense of the United States.

Obama Launches Preemptive Strike on Scott Walker, 2016 GOP Field

July 2, 2015

President Barack Obama touted his push for a host of benefits for workers in Gov. Scott Walker’s Wisconsin — while lampooning the rest of the 2016 GOP field.

Defying Boehner, Obama to Open Cuba Embassy (Updated)

July 1, 2015

Updated 1:41 p.m. | Defying Speaker John A. Boehner, President Barack Obama announced plans Wednesday to normalize relations with Cuba and reopen the U.S. embassy in Havana.

McConnell Once Wanted Reagan on $10 Bill, Now Says Replacing Hamilton Is 'Terrible Idea'

July 1, 2015

When Ronald Reagan died, Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., proposed replacing Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill with the Republican president.

Let Puerto Rico Go Bankrupt? Maybe.

June 29, 2015

Let Puerto Rico Go Bankrupt. That’s something Puerto Rico’s voice in Congress supports, as does Jeb Bush, and now, maybe, the White House.

Rick Renzi Appeal Denied, Limiting Congress' 'Speech or Debate' Immunity

June 29, 2015

When the Supreme Court declined to hear former Rep. Rick Renzi’s latest appeal Monday, it was the latest blow to Congress’ ability to shield its work from prosecutors under the Constitution’s Speech or Debate Clause.

Obama Sings 'Amazing Grace' After Sweeping Call for Action

June 26, 2015

On perhaps the most remarkable day of his presidency, Barack Obama touched a crowd of thousands in Charleston, S.C., leading them in singing ‘Amazing Grace’ after issuing a stirring call to action as he eulogized state Sen. Clementa Pinckney and the others slain a week ago.

Same-Sex Marriage Supreme Court Decision Caps Historic Week for Obama (Updated) (Video)

June 26, 2015

Updated 11:51 a.m. | Same-sex marriage will now be legal throughout the United States — putting another monumental exclamation point to President Barack Obama’s presidency.

Obamacare SCOTUS Win Sets Up Huge Week for Obama (Updated) (Video)

June 25, 2015

Updated 12:29 p.m. | President Barack Obama’s enormous 6-3 win in the Supreme Court upholding subsidies nationwide for Obamacare — and preserving his signature domestic accomplishment — sets up what has the makings of the biggest week of his second term.

Mississippi Senators Defend Jefferson Davis

June 24, 2015

Mississippi’s two senators are ready to change the state flag, but they still honor and defend Jefferson Davis, the man who served as the president of the Confederacy and whose statue stands prominently in the U.S. Capitol’s National Statuary Hall.

Obama May Face First Veto Override: Medical Device Tax

June 18, 2015

President Barack Obama has his work cut out for him if he’s going to avoid House Republicans nixing part of the Affordable Care Act with a veto override.

After Charleston Shootings, Obama Rips Gun Politics (Video)

June 18, 2015

Obama Faults Washington Politics For ‘Gun Violence’

Obama Won't Sign TPA Without TAA 'Path' (Video) (Updated)

June 17, 2015

Updated 12:12 p.m. June 18 | President Barack Obama isn’t going to support a strategy that gives him half a loaf on his trade agenda, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters Wednesday.

White House Upgrades Defense Veto Threat (Video)

June 17, 2015

No more weasel words. President Barack Obama will veto the Defense Appropriations bill unless there’s a deal to raise domestic spending, Josh Earnest told reporters Wednesday.

Pelosi and Obama: On a Break (Video)

June 16, 2015

It goes without saying that no one has meant more to President Barack Obama’s agenda than Nancy Pelosi. So when she abandoned ship and knifed his trade agenda last week at the last minute, it stunned the White House and created a rare, sharp schism at the top of Democratic leadership.

Obama's Weekend: Prince, Stevie Wonder, Golf. Pelosi?

June 15, 2015

President Barack Obama hosted a massive party over the weekend with Prince and Stevie Wonder and played a round of golf. One thing he didn’t do was talk to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

SNAFU Time Again for the White House on TPA, Pelosi

June 12, 2015

After Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi stuck a knife in President Barack Obama’s trade agenda in a rambling speech that shocked many in her flock and the White House, the administration is left to once again try and pick up the pieces.

Obama: 450 More Troops to Iraq to Counter ISIS

June 10, 2015

President Barack Obama has authorized sending up to 450 additional U.S. troops to Iraq to help fight the Islamic State terror group, but the troops won’t be heading into direct combat with the group also known as ISIS or ISIL.

Dirksen Evacuated for Bomb Threat (Updated) (Video)

June 9, 2015

Updated 1:29 p.m. | Capitol Police have reopened several floors of the Dirksen Senate Office Building Tuesday after investigating a bomb threat.

Frustrated Obama Fights Courts, Congress, ISIS, Putin (Updated) (Video)

June 8, 2015

Updated 3:25 p.m. | The “fourth quarter” of President Barack Obama’s presidency isn’t exactly going according to plan.

Obama on Fighting ISIS: 'We Don't Yet Have a Complete Strategy' (Video)

June 8, 2015

A frustrated President Barack Obama said he needs the Pentagon and the Iraqis to form a strategy to ramp up training of Iraqi troops to take on ISIS after the terror group’s recent gains.

Will Obama Put a Woman on the $20 Bill? (Video)

June 4, 2015

There’s one executive action President Barack Obama could take that appears to be gaining momentum — putting a woman on the $20 bill.

In 'Fast-Track' Pitch, Obama Ready to Fight Unions in Democratic Primaries

June 3, 2015

President Barack Obama will protect pro-trade Democrats in party primaries against unions and others opposed to his “fast-track” trade agenda, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Wednesday.

Senate Clears USA Freedom Act After Ending Rand Paul Filibuster (Updated)

June 2, 2015

Updated 6:09 p.m. | The Senate passed an overhaul of Patriot Act surveillance provisions Tuesday after rejecting the pleas of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and putting an end to Rand Paul’s filibuster.

White House: Congress Should Be Subject to FOIA (Updated)

June 2, 2015

Updated 6:34 p.m. | FOIA for thee, not for me.

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