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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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Feinstein: CIA Spied on Intelligence Committee (Full Speech)

March 11, 2014

Senate Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein on Tuesday accused the CIA of spying on her committee’s computers without authorization — in possible violation of the law and the Constitution — and suggested the CIA may have also tried to engage in an effort to intimidate her staff.

Read Feinstein's Full Speech Blasting the CIA (Updated) (Video)

March 11, 2014

Senate Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein on Tuesday accused the CIA of spying on her committee’s computers without authorization — in possible violation of the law and the Constitution — and suggested the CIA may have also tried to engage in an effort to intimidate her staff.

Roll Call Round Table: After Cummings-Issa Dust-Up, a Look Back at Nasty House Fights

March 7, 2014

Just how nasty was the brouhaha between Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa and ranking member Elijah E. Cummings, anyway? And how did the resulting floor fight over a resolution to rap Issa on the knuckles compare to other partisan stunts?

These are questions that came up Thursday morning in our editorial meeting as Congressional Black Caucus members put forth the measure, and once we got going, the stories started flying. Bill Thomas crying! Nancy Pelosi turning out the lights and locking the House chamber! The days when legislative spats were settled with fisticuffs! Sure, partisan rancor these days is bad, but things have definitely been worse.

Issa Apologizes to Cummings, but Accuses Him of 'Hissy Fit' (Updated)

March 6, 2014

Updated March 7, 6:20 p.m. | In an interview with his local newspaper, Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa said he has apologized to Rep. Elijah E. Cummings for cutting off his microphone at a Wednesday hearing — although in a separate interview he told Fox News that Cummings had a “hissy fit” and “broke the decorum of the House.”

Democrats Block Obama's DOJ Nominee Debo Adegbile

March 5, 2014

Seven Senate Democrats joined Republicans to block President Barack Obama’s pick of Debo P. Adegbile to lead the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division amid a controversy over his legal defense of convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Democrats Defect, Sink Obama's Civil Rights Pick (Updated) (Video)

March 5, 2014

Updated: 2:17 p.m. | Seven Senate Democrats joined Republicans to block President Barack Obama’s pick of Debo P. Adegbile to lead the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division amid a controversy over his legal defense of convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Cummings to Issa: 'You Cannot Run a Committee Like This'

March 5, 2014

House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., cut off Rep. Elijah E. Cummings’ microphone and adjourned this morning’s hearing on the IRS while Cummings was still speaking — marking a new low in the pair’s rocky relationship.

Issa Cuts Off Cummings at IRS Hearing (Updated) (Video)

March 5, 2014

Updated 11:57 a.m. | House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., cut off Rep. Elijah E. Cummings’ microphone and adjourned this morning’s hearing on the IRS while Cummings was still speaking — marking a new low in the pair’s rocky relationship.

Boehner, GOP Dismiss Obama Budget, While Murray Sees Potential Compromises

March 4, 2014

The instant-reaction kabuki of party leaders to the president’s budget announcement has a certain predictable nature, and this year was no different.

Obama's $3.9 Trillion Budget Takes More Realistic Approach

March 4, 2014

President Barack Obama’s budget for fiscal 2015 is perhaps his most realistic to date. Grand bargains are out. Grand new proposals are out, too.

Boehner Predicts He Will Keep Speaker's Gavel, Calls Putin a 'Thug'

March 3, 2014

Updated 6:59 p.m. | Speaker John A. Boehner told The Cincinnati Enquirer he will seek to remain the speaker in the next Congress and is confident his conference will keep him in the top slot.

The Giant Transportation Budget Gap in One CBO Chart

Feb. 26, 2014

The Congressional Budget Office, in one chart, sums up the looming disaster in the nation’s highway trust fund:

Rep. John Dingell's Retirement Announcement

Feb. 24, 2014

The dean of the House, Rep. John D. Dingell, is announcing his retirement to the Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber of Commerce. Here’s the Michigan Democrat’s speech as prepared for delivery:

Boehner, Obama to Meet in Oval Office

Feb. 24, 2014

Updated 8:19 p.m. | Speaker John A. Boehner and President Barack Obama will meet in the Oval Office at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to the White House schedule.

Social Security Cuts Still 'on the Table' but Not in Obama's Budget

Feb. 20, 2014

Updated 2:19 p.m. | President Barack Obama’s decision to drop a proposal to trim cost-of-living increases for Social Security and many other federal benefits from his budget cheered liberals on and off Capitol Hill — although the White House clarified the offer remains “on the table.”

Debt Limit Could Have Been Exempt From Filibuster

Feb. 20, 2014

Last week’s climactic vote to advance a suspension of the debt limit didn’t have to be so hard.

Carney: Democrats Will Not Lose the Senate

Feb. 18, 2014

Asked Tuesday about the possible Republican takeover of the Senate in the November midterms, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney rejected the premise.

Senate Votes to Send Debt Limit to Obama With Help From Republican Leaders (Updated)

Feb. 12, 2014

Updated 4:14 p.m. | The Senate voted to send a one-year debt limit suspension to President Barack Obama’s desk Wednesday, after a high-drama cliffhanger that ended when Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Minority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, voted “aye” to end a filibuster.

Biden Boasts Democrats Want Him to Campaign for Them

Feb. 7, 2014

As he discussed his interest in a run for the presidency in 2016, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. noted Friday that he is in demand on the stump in the midterm elections.

Polls Show No Impact From State of the Union Address

Feb. 1, 2014

Tens of millions of Americans watched President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, but the speech had no appreciable impact on his depressed poll numbers.

Deep Partisan Split on Obama Speech

Jan. 28, 2014

Democrats loved the president’s speech; Republicans hated it. What else is new?

Minimum Wage Hike Appears DOA in House

Jan. 28, 2014

President Barack Obama will push for a hike in the minimum wage tonight during his State of the Union address, but that proposal isn’t going anywhere if Speaker John A. Boehner has anything to say about it — and he’s not a fan of the president’s newly announced decision to hike the wage for federal contractors, either.

Obama Tries to Put Snowden Behind Him

Jan. 17, 2014

President Barack Obama announced a host of tweaks and trims to the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs on Friday, aimed at quelling the firestorm created by Edward Snowden’s leaks.

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