Stories by Steven T. Dennis:
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.
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.
Jan. 16, 2014
Majority Leader Harry Reid’s position on legalizing medical marijuana has evolved.
Jan. 13, 2014
The White House’s campaign to keep Congress from messing with its carefully constructed talks with Iran over its nuclear program have stepped into overdrive after support for a new round of sanctions threatens to reach veto-proof majorities.
Jan. 7, 2014
President Barack Obama is heading into the next year looking in many ways past a gridlocked Congress — eyeing regulations and other ways of acting on his stalled agenda.
Dec. 20, 2013
After the toughest year of his presidency, Barack Obama on Friday called on Congress to make 2014 “a year of action” and promised to keep pushing for an immigration overhaul, an extension of unemployment benefits and other items.
Dec. 20, 2013
Updated 11:23 a.m. | It’s official — President Barack Obama announced Friday his intention to nominate Sen. Max Baucus as ambassador to China.
Dec. 19, 2013
Shortly after 26 senators signed on to a new bipartisan Iran sanctions bill, the White House declared it veto bait.
Dec. 18, 2013
Updated 11:14 a.m. | Newly minted White House counselor John Podesta has apologized for a remark that likened House Republicans to a “cult worthy of Jonestown” after getting called out by Speaker John A. Boehner’s spokesman.
Dec. 13, 2013
President Barack Obama has accepted Speaker John A. Boehner’s invitation to deliver the State of the Union address on Tuesday, Jan. 28.
Dec. 11, 2013
This isn’t the budget deal President Barack Obama has been seeking for the past three years. It’s certainly not the deal he might have been able to conjure a year ago, when he had Republicans desperate to extend the expiring Bush tax cuts. But for a weakened president under water in the polls and facing the prospect of endless stalemate in Congress, it appears to be better than nothing.
Dec. 10, 2013
Just in time for the holidays, Republicans and Democrats have reached a bipartisan budget deal that would avoid tax increases, shrink the sequester by $63 billion over the next two years and modestly lower the long-term deficit.
Nov. 27, 2013
Sometimes to save the patient, you have to chop off a limb. The Obama administration is doing just that with the underperfoming HealthCare.gov website, announcing Wednesday that it will give up on opening the exchange for small businesses for another year and will rely on direct enrollment through insurance companies and brokers instead.
Nov. 23, 2013
Updated 12:08 a.m. Nov. 24 | President Barack Obama has a sales job to do with Congress after he announced an interim deal Saturday night that will halt Iran’s nuclear program — although not dismantle it — in return for a partial rollback of sanctions.
Nov. 21, 2013
President Barack Obama strongly backed the use of the “nuclear option” in the Senate to end filibusters of nominations and seemed to push for a broader end to the use of filibusters to stall legislation as well.
Nov. 21, 2013
Senate Democrats’ decision to invoke the “nuclear option” Thursday against filibusters of some nominations clears the way for Rep. Melvin Watt to lead the Federal Housing Finance Agency.
Nov. 18, 2013
President Barack Obama will personally woo senators on Iran Tuesday as he looks to buy time for his diplomatic efforts.
Nov. 15, 2013
Updated 4:04 p.m. | President Barack Obama vowed to veto legislation that would let insurers keep selling old policies to new customers, as well as revive them for existing customers for another year, but 39 Democrats defied him and their party leadership Friday and voted for the bill.
Nov. 14, 2013
A deeply frustrated President Barack Obama moved to quell a growing revolt in his party Thursday morning, announcing an administrative fix that would let health insurance companies extend existing policies for a year.
Nov. 12, 2013
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney torched a House Republican bill aimed at fulfilling President Barack Obama’s promise that people can keep their health care plans if they like them — even as Obama continues to look for a fix of his own.
Nov. 7, 2013
Speaker John A. Boehner wants the president to keep his promise to let people keep their health plans if they like them, not just apologize for failing to do so.
Nov. 6, 2013
Updated 3:50 p.m. | President Barack Obama heard an earful at the White House Wednesday from Senate Democrats running for re-election next year who are fuming about the Affordable Care Act’s rocky rollout.
Nov. 5, 2013
When a loyal leader on your own team says there is a “crisis of confidence” surrounding your signature initiative, you’ve got trouble.
Nov. 4, 2013
Month after month, year after year, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney has deflected questions about whether President Barack Obama will issue an executive order protecting gay contractors from workplace discrimination. But not issuing the order was part of a calculated strategy to reach this point — with the Employment Non-Discrimination Act about to pass the Senate.
Nov. 1, 2013
A federal appeals court has ruled the contraception coverage mandate in the Affordable Care Act violates the free exercise of religion.