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Steven T. Dennis

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Steven T. Dennis has been CQ Roll Calls White House correspondent since 2011. He also serves as Roll Calls 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's Own Words on Immigration Are Republicans' Best Ammo

Nov. 20, 2014

President Barack Obama spoke so many times against taking broad executive action to end deportations that hes left Republicans with an arsenal of ammo to use against him.

Obama Announces Executive Actions on Immigration

Nov. 20, 2014

President Barack Obama outlined executive actions to fix existing immigration laws Thursday night during a nearly 15-minute speech from the East Room of the White House.

The executive actions themselves are numerous and sweeping, and in many ways go far beyond the more than 4 million people who officially will be eligible for work permits and protected from deportation.

Obamas administration will order immigration agents to prioritize deportations of criminals and recent arrivals and let people who are not on that priority list go free.

Officials acknowledged though that Illegal immigrants without records would be less likely to encounter immigration enforcement.

Obama to Republicans: Don't Shut Down the Government Again (Video)

Nov. 20, 2014

President Barack Obamas forceful, emotional speech announcing his immigration executive action had a not-so-subtle message to Republicans: Dont try and stop me.

Obama Would Veto Any Bill Undoing Immigration Executive Action (Updated) (Video)

Nov. 20, 2014

Updated 6:52 p.m. | President Barack Obama would veto any legislation hatched by Republicans to undo his immigration executive action granting relief to millions, according to a senior administration official.

Obama Previews Primetime Immigration Address

Nov. 19, 2014

In a video posted to Facebook, President Barack Obama said he will announce his immigration executive actions Thursday night and speak again in Las Vegas on Friday at Del Sol High School.

Obama says in the video he will lay out what he can do with his "lawful authority" as president while still working with Congress on an immigration overhaul.

Speaker John A. Boehner's spokesman Michael Steel, however, said taking action on his own would "ruin" chances of getting anything done.

'Emperor Obama' Warned Against Immigration Executive 'Amnesty'

Nov. 19, 2014

With the White House appearing near to announcing a broad executive amnesty in the coming days, a spokesman for Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, warned of blowback.

Obama Will Announce Immigration Action in Primetime (Video)

Nov. 19, 2014

In a video posted to Facebook, President Barack Obama said he will announce his immigration executive actions Thursday night and speak again in Las Vegas on Friday at Del Sol High School.

Obama Full Speed Ahead on EPA Climate Regulations; Your Move, McConnell

Nov. 17, 2014

President Barack Obamas administration is dismissing incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnells vow to target the EPAs efforts to cap carbon emissions and what he calls the War on Coal.

Boehner Will Fight 'Tooth and Nail' Against Obama's Executive Amnesty, Doesn't Rule Out Shutdown (Updated) (Video)

Nov. 13, 2014

Updated 5:58 p.m. | Speaker John A. Boehner said Republicans will fight tooth and nail against President Barack Obamas plans to act on immigration by himself, and didnt rule out a government shutdown.

Boehner: GOP Will Fight Obama 'Tooth and Nail' on Immigration

Nov. 13, 2014

Speaker John A. Boehner said Republicans will fight "tooth and nail" against President Barack Obama's plans to act on immigration by himself, and didn't rule out a government shutdown.

"We're going to fight the president tooth and nail if he continues down this path," the Ohio Republican said at a press conference introducing the new GOP leadership team. "This is the wrong way to govern. This is exactly what the American people said on Election Day they didn't want. And so, all the options are on the table."

Boehner is facing pressure from conservatives to pre-emptively defund any amnesty, but that could lead to a shutdown fight.

"We're going to have conversations with our members and when we have a decision, we'll let you know. ... Our goal here is to stop the president from violating his oath of office and violating the Constitution. It's not to shut down the government."

Claire McCaskill Opposes Reid Staying as Leader

Nov. 13, 2014

Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri told reporters Thursday she would not vote for Sen. Harry Reid as the Democratic leader as the party heads into the minority.

Mitch McConnell Unanimously Elected Majority Leader by GOP (Updated) (Video)

Nov. 13, 2014

Updated 6:10 pm. | Senate Republicans have unanimously elected Mitch McConnell to be majority leader.

White House: Obama Hasn't Decided on Immigration Specifics

Nov. 12, 2014

While Fox News has obtained documents purporting to show a possible 10-point plan for executive action on immigration by President Barack Obama, the White House says the president hasnt made a final decision on specifics yet.

Schumer Expects Loretta Lynch Confirmation Will Be Delayed

Nov. 12, 2014

Senate Democrats wont likely step on the gas to ensure the confirmation of Loretta Lynch as President Barack Obamas attorney general pick, according to No. 3 Democrat Charles E. Schumer.

Report: U.S. Wealth Grows By $31.5 Trillion During Obama Presidency

Nov. 10, 2014

President Barack Obamas tenure hasnt done much for the Democratic Party given the shellacking at the polls last week, but its coincided with a huge surge in wealth.

Immigration Threatens Loretta Lynch's Confirmation

Nov. 8, 2014

Top Republicans want Loretta Lynchs nomination to be attorney general delayed until they are in charge of the Senate and they are insisting she divulge whether she supports the presidents plan to act without Congress on a major immigration amnesty.

Confirmation Gauntlet Expected for Loretta Lynch

Nov. 7, 2014

Hours after the White House insisted President Barack Obama hadnt made a decision on a new attorney general, officials announced he is nominating Loretta Lynch, a U.S. attorney in New York.

Obama Wants $5.6B for ISIS War, Sends More Troops to Iraq

Nov. 7, 2014

President Barack Obama is asking Congress for $5.6 billion more for the war against ISIS, and is sending another 1,500 troops to Iraq.

Immigration Showdown: Defiant Obama Tells GOP He Will Act

Nov. 7, 2014

President Barack Obamas fancy post-election lunch with congressional leaders Friday turned contentious as expected over the issue of immigration, with the Republicans warning him strongly against taking action on his own and the president in turn pointing out their own failure to act.

Obama Struggles to Read the Public, Congress

Nov. 5, 2014

For any politician, losing the public and the message they are sending is a dangerous thing. And in the wake of one of the worst drubbings for his party in memory, due in large part to his own persistent unpopularity, President Barack Obama didnt seem to have any answers Wednesday.

McConnell, Boehner, Pelosi and Reid Invited to White House

Nov. 4, 2014

The big four congressional leaders have been invited to the White House on Friday afternoon for a post-election meeting, which could set the tone for how President Barack Obama can work with Congress or not in his last two years in office.

Obama Approval Rating Rises; White House Predicts Democrats Will Keep Senate

Nov. 3, 2014

The final Obama approval rating before the midterm elections is in and it isnt stopping the White House from declaring they expect Democrats to keep control of the Senate tomorrow anyway.

Obama Approval Rating Drops Again in Gallup Poll (Updated)

Nov. 2, 2014

Updated 7:20 p.m. | With two days before Election Day, the Gallup poll has the President Barack Obamas approval rating approaching the worst of his presidency.

Obama's Midterm Approval Rating Among Lowest in Decades

Oct. 31, 2014

President Barack Obamas approval rating in the Gallup poll ranks near the lowest of any recent president ahead of a midterm election narrowly topping George W. Bushs rating in 2006, when Democrats swept into power.

The Attack Ads Harry Reid Didn't Want You to See

Oct. 30, 2014

Harry Reids strategy of blocking amendments all year was intended with one clear objective in mind protecting his majority.

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