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Steven T. Dennis

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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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Takeaways From Obama's Big Iran Deal Win

Sept. 2, 2015

With Sen. Barbara Mikulski providing the deciding vote, President Barack Obama has won the fight over his Iran deal — sealing for now a key legacy item and preventing what would have been a catastrophic defeat for his presidency. Here are some key takeaways:

Ex-Hill Intern Makes Facebook Fortune, Joins White House

Sept. 1, 2015

A 24-year-old former Capitol Hill intern who has already struck it rich with an app bought by Facebook has joined the White House as the first ever “Director of Product.”

Obama's Alaska Climate Action Call Skips Over Congress

Sept. 1, 2015

It probably shouldn’t come as a surprise that President Barack Obama didn’t bother mentioning Congress when he made his remarks on climate change in Alaska late Monday. Republican leaders, after all, uniformly vilify his efforts to clamp down on carbon emissions.

Alaska Visit, Denali Naming Highlights Obama's Bucket List

Aug. 31, 2015

President Barack Obama’s renaming of Mount McKinley to Denali has raised the hackles of Speaker John A. Boehner, but the rest of his Alaska trip may rile the GOP even more as the president highlights the effects of climate change and his go-it-alone plans to tackle it.

Jimmy Carter Talks Brain Cancer Diagnosis, Treatment

Aug. 20, 2015

Former President Jimmy Carter said he’s at ease despite having cancer in four parts of his brain and his expectation that additional cancers will show up in his body.

Rubiocare Would Upend Traditional Health Insurance

Aug. 18, 2015

Sen. Marco Rubio’s proposed health care alternative would dramatically alter the health insurance landscape in America — well beyond repealing Obamacare.

Democrats' Heir Apparent Looks Past Obama Era on Iran Deal

Aug. 11, 2015

The White House may want Charles E. Schumer tossed overboard as the next Democratic leader, but presidents don’t get a vote.

White House: Up to Senate Democrats Whether to Dump Chuck Schumer

Aug. 7, 2015

A day after a posse of former White House aides torched Sen. Charles E. Schumer over his rejection of the Iran deal, Press Secretary Josh Earnest politely but firmly knocked the senior senator from New York.

Schumer Opposes Iran Deal (Updated)

Aug. 6, 2015

Updated 12:14 a.m. | Charles E. Schumer, the No. 3 Senate Democrat and one of President Barack Obama’s closest allies, announced late Thursday he will oppose the Iran deal and urge his colleagues to join him, just one day after Obama slammed the critics of the Iran deal as making common cause with hardliners in Iran chanting “death to America.”

Obama Allies Blast Schumer on Iran Deal, Talk of New Leader (Updated) (Video)

Aug. 6, 2015

Updated 12:14 a.m. | Did Sen. Charles E. Schumer just open himself up to a serious challenge to lead Senate Democrats in 2017? Top allies of the president say yes — and a major liberal advocacy group now wants him gone.

McConnell Shuts Down Planned Parenthood Shutdown Talk (Video)

Aug. 6, 2015

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell dismissed the growing talk that the fight over Planned Parenthood might result in a government shutdown come Oct. 1 — nor, he said, would he allow a default on the debt.

Senate Is Working Again Despite Ted Cruz and Co., McConnell Says (Video)

Aug. 6, 2015

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell touted the new Senate under his leadership Thursday — one with far more productivity and votes than under his predecessor — and he isn’t about to let Ted Cruz, or anyone else, derail it.

Democratic Support Building For Iran Deal

Aug. 5, 2015

With President Barack Obama making another pitch for his Iran deal today, his administration’s unprecedented lobbying effort with Capitol Hill Democrats has been bearing fruit.

Democrats Vote to Filibuster Planned Parenthood Defunding Bill (Updated)

Aug. 3, 2015

Updated 6:33 p.m. | Planned Parenthood funding will continue despite outrage — mostly from Republicans — over videos showing officials discussing the sale of aborted body parts.

Josh Earnest: Planned Parenthood Videos 'Fraudulent'

July 30, 2015

Strong words today from the White House over those Planned Parenthood videos showing officials with the nation’s leading abortion provider discussing the sale of aborted body parts. But not for Planned Parenthood.

Obama's Late Night Lobbying on Iran Deal

July 30, 2015

President Barack Obama has been working late to ensure he gets to votes on the Iran deal.

Becerra Won't Run for Senate

July 30, 2015

Ending months of speculation, House Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra announced Thursday he won’t run for Senate.

Then There Were Two: Massie Joins Meadows, Wants to Fire Boehner

July 29, 2015

A second Republican has signed on to the effort to fire Speaker John A. Boehner.

Fattah Buttonholed Obama Directly, According to Indictment

July 29, 2015

The Department of Justice’s indictment of Rep. Chaka Fattah alleges the Pennsylvania Democrat’s quid-pro-quo scheme included an in-person effort to get President Barack Obama to give a lobbyist an ambassadorship.

Indicted Rep. Chaka Fattah Is a Frequent White House Visitor (Video)

July 29, 2015

It’s not every day that a frequent White House guest and political ally of the president is indicted on public corruption charges. But Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., who was indicted Wednesday by the Department of Justice, has been to the White House dozens of times to meet with President Barack Obama, according to public visitor logs.

Why GOP's Obamacare Reconciliation Effort Is Doomed

July 28, 2015

Republicans are touting — again — another doomed effort to repeal Obamacare while President Barack Obama remains president.

Hillary Clinton Won't Tell Keystone XL Position Until 2017

July 28, 2015

Hillary Rodham Clinton had an unusual dodge for a yes-or-no question from a voter on whether she would sign a bill approving the Keystone XL pipeline: Wait until I’m president.

Obama Dings Cruz, Cotton, Huckabee and Trump

July 27, 2015

In a news conference in Ethiopia, President Barack Obama responded at length to Mike Huckabee’s comment that the Iran deal is marching Israelis to “the door of the oven” — saying it was part of a pattern of attacks that “would be ridiculous if it wasn’t so sad.”

Despite Rebukes, Ted Cruz Doubles Down on Charge McConnell Lied (Updated)

July 26, 2015

Updated 5:05 p.m. | The Senate opened Sunday with a reading by the Senate President Pro Tem Orrin G. Hatch of the Senate’s rules of decorum, in an apparent rebuke of Sen. Ted Cruz calling Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a liar on Friday. And things got more personal from there.

Ted Cruz Hasn't Corrected CodePink Debate Flub

July 24, 2015

A day later, Sen. Ted Cruz still hasn’t acknowledged he flubbed one on Iran during a debate with CodePink.

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