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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’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 Faults Washington Politics For ‘Gun Violence’
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Updated 1:29 p.m. | Capitol Police have reopened several floors of the Dirksen Senate Office Building Tuesday after investigating a bomb threat.
Updated 3:25 p.m. | The “fourth quarter” of President Barack Obama’s presidency isn’t exactly going according to plan.
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.
There’s one executive action President Barack Obama could take that appears to be gaining momentum — putting a woman on the $20 bill.
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.
Updated 6:34 p.m. | FOIA for thee, not for me.
President Barack Obama will deliver a eulogy Saturday at Beau Biden’s burial Mass in Wilmington, Del., Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s office announced.
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.
Updated 11:52 p.m. | The Senate voted overwhelmingly to advance the USA Freedom Act Sunday evening, but too late to prevent Sen. Rand Paul from being able to force a short-term expiration of Patriot Act surveillance authorities at midnight.
Updated May 31 3:49 p.m. | Rand Paul’s presidential campaign wants to portray his fight to block any Patriot Act extension as a faceoff against President Barack Obama. But the Kentucky senator is waging an increasingly lonely battle.
Updated 7:17 p.m. | A senior administration official warned Congress would be playing “national security Russian roulette” if they fail to pass a Patriot Act extension by Sunday night.