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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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Stories by Steven T. Dennis:

Bergdahl 'Innocent Until Proven Guilty'

June 3, 2014

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could be prosecuted for the circumstances surrounding his capture by the Taliban, but is “innocent until proven guilty,” the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff suggested Tuesday.

Dingell: Clean Air Act Not Intended to Regulate Climate Change

June 2, 2014

The dean of the House, Rep. John D. Dingell, said Monday that the Obama administration isn’t using the Clean Air Act as it was intended by imposing new rules regulating greenhouse gases to combat climate change.

A Spectacular Math Fail on EPA Rule Costs

June 2, 2014

Sen. Roy Blunt’s office sent out a press release with a spectacular math fail that made the new EPA regulations on power plants look far more expensive than even the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s own study suggests.

Obama Power Plant Rules Take a Big Swing at Big Coal

June 2, 2014

President Barack Obama is bypassing Congress to take a big swing at Big Coal — with the EPA announcing a sweeping new cap-and-trade system to reduce carbon pollution from power plants.

Unemployment Extension: Score One for Gridlock

June 1, 2014

It’s official: Gridlock is winning the battle over an unemployment extension. It’s June 1, the day after a Senate-passed unemployment benefits extension would have expired, and advocates are no closer to restoring them.

Secret Hillary Clinton Lunch Update: Jay Carney Doesn't Tell All

May 30, 2014

Outgoing White House Press Secretary Jay Carney defended President Barack Obama’s right to meet secretly with people of his choosing, blaming the lack of transparency about a lunch with Hillary Rodham Clinton Thursday in part on timing.

Josh Earnest's Flashback Friday

May 30, 2014

Josh Earnest is about to have a big new job as the next White House press secretary. Since it’s Flashback Friday, we dug up another story about one of Earnest’s career moves — 12 years ago.

Obama Announces Eric Shinseki's Resignation (Updated) (Video)

May 30, 2014

Updated 11:53 a.m. | President Barack Obama announced Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki’s resignation Friday morning, following numerous calls from Congress for new leadership in the wake of the VA scandal.

Obama's Secret Lunch With Hillary Clinton

May 29, 2014

I was about to leave the White House after a ho-hum day as pool reporter Thursday when Yahoo’s Olivier Knox noticed a tweet from People Magazine indicating Hillary Rodham Clinton had met with President Barack Obama at the White House.

Obama Gives Boehner One More Chance to Pass Immigration (Updated) (Video)

May 27, 2014

Updated 8:20 a.m. May 28 | President Barack Obama won’t act to reduce deportations on his own until the end of the summer — giving Speaker John A. Boehner one more chance to vote on an immigration overhaul.

Obama Plans to Keep Troops in Afghanistan Until 2016 (Updated) (Video)

May 27, 2014

Updated 3:26 p.m. | President Barack Obama announced Tuesday he intends to keep thousands of troops in Afghanistan beyond 2014, but would pull out most of the remaining forces by the end of 2016.

Isla Vista Shooting Prompts Consideration of Mental Health Bills

May 27, 2014

Mental health bills are getting a fresh look after the Isla Vista massacre, with lawmakers in both chambers and both parties pushing Congress to act.

Obama Wants to Keep Troops in Afghanistan After 2014

May 26, 2014

President Barack Obama is fond of saying the war in Afghanistan will “end” this year, but he still plans to keep troops in the country indefinitely.

Portman Never Pressed Boehner on Unemployment Extension

May 26, 2014

Rob Portman, who provided the key vote to pass an unemployment extension in the Senate, never pressed Speaker John A. Boehner to hold a vote on it in the House.

Elliot Rodger Sparks New Call for Mental Health Bill

May 25, 2014

Elliot Rodger — the man accused by police of committing a massacre Friday night in California — sparked a renewed call to pass a mental health bill in Congress.

Elliot Rodger Shooting Prompts Feinstein to Blame NRA 'Stranglehold' on Guns

May 25, 2014

Elliot Rodger’s shooting spree had Sen. Dianne Feinstein lamenting the “stranglehold” the NRA has over gun laws.

VFW Torches Burr in Spat Over VA Scandal, Shinseki (Updated)

May 24, 2014

Updated 2:41 p.m. May 25 | The Veterans of Foreign Wars leadership blistered Sen. Richard Burr after the North Carolina Republican penned an open letter late Friday impugning the staff of veterans groups for not calling for new leadership at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

No Action on Unemployment Extension as Senate Leaves Town

May 22, 2014

None of the long-shot scenarios for additional Senate action on an unemployment extension materialized before the Senate skipped town for another recess Thursday.

50 Senators Tell NFL to Rename Washington Redskins (Video)

May 22, 2014

Half of the Senate is urging NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to change the name of the Washington Redskins.

Carney: 'A Shame' Unemployment Extension Is Going Nowhere

May 21, 2014

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday it's "a shame" that House Republicans haven't passed an unemployment extension — and suggested they should act without requiring something in return.

"It is our view that these are benefits that ought to be extended to Americans — to millions of Americans who need them," Carney said. "We do not view it as a cynical horse-trading exercise to achieve some ideological objective."

Carney: 'A Shame' Unemployment Extension Is Going Nowhere (Video)

May 21, 2014

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday it’s “a shame” that House Republicans haven’t passed an unemployment extension — and suggested they should act without requiring something in return.

Obama to Make Statement on VA Crisis After Meeting With Shinseki, Nabors

May 21, 2014

Updated 10:09 a.m. | President Barack Obama will make a statement at 10:45 a.m. after meeting with Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki and Deputy Chief of Staff Rob Nabors at the White House as the VA crisis continued to mushroom overnight.

Obama Demands Improvements at VA, but Doesn’t Fire Shinseki

May 21, 2014

President Barack Obama is demanding that Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki make immediate improvements for veterans, but has decided not to fire him, for now, as a scandal over allegations of manipulated wait time reports spreads to dozens of facilities.

"If these allegations prove to be true, it is dishonorable, it is disgraceful, and I will not tolerate it, period," Obama said in a statement in the White House briefing room, followed by a brief news conference.

Obama promised accountability and punishments for anyone found responsible for misconduct at VA facilities.

Obama Demands Improvements at VA, but Doesn't Fire Shinseki (Video)

May 21, 2014

Updated 2:07 p.m. | President Barack Obama is demanding that Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki make immediate improvements for veterans, but has decided not to fire him, for now, as a scandal over allegations of manipulated wait time reports spreads to dozens of facilities.

Unemployment Extension Amendment Offered on Tax Cut Bill

May 17, 2014

Sen. Jack Reed wants to add a one-year unemployment extension to the Senate’s $85 billion tax cut bill, but his amendment is a long-shot to pass the Senate, let alone become law.

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