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Steven T. Dennis


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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Iran Gets Everything for Free if Congress Overrides Deal, White House Says (Updated)

July 17, 2015

Updated 4:16 p.m. | White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest warned Iran would get what it wants even if Congress overrides the Iran nuclear deal.

Confident Obama Challenges Iran Deal Critics

July 15, 2015

A confident and combative President Barack Obama said Wednesday critics of his nuclear deal with Iran haven’t offered up a logical alternative.

GOP Cries Foul on Obama's Commutations of Drug Offenses

July 14, 2015

A group of House Republicans led by Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte torched President Barack Obama’s use of the pardon power to commute sentences of drug offenders and is demanding answers from Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

Players to Watch in the Iran Deal Debate

July 14, 2015

Congress rushed to react to President Barack Obama’s Iran deal Tuesday — and will have plenty to chew through in the next two months or so before voting on it.

Iran Deal Faces Test in Congress (Updated) (Video)

July 14, 2015

Updated 9:55 a.m. | President Barack Obama’s Iran deal will face a moment of truth in Congress within the next three months, but seems very likely to clear that hurdle.

Senate Democrats Warn White House on Iran Arms Embargo

July 13, 2015

Ending the arms embargo on Iran — something White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest refused to rule out Monday — is causing the administration trouble with Capitol Hill Democrats.

Will Obama's Criminal Justice Efforts End in Big Amnesty?

July 13, 2015

After President Barack Obama’s immigration legislation push collapsed on Capitol Hill, he embarked on a massive executive amnesty.

White House on Cuba: Ambassador? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Ambassador

July 13, 2015

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s statement on Fox News Sunday that it’s unlikely the Senate will confirm any nominee as ambassador to Cuba doesn’t sit well at the White House.

Josh Earnest Pre-Sells Iran Deal

July 13, 2015

The ink isn’t dry yet on an Iran deal, but the White House already sounds ready to blast its critics as warmongers.

Katherine Archuleta Resigns as OPM Director (Updated)

July 10, 2015

Updated 1:17 p.m. | Katherine Archuleta resigned Friday as director of the Office of Personnel Management, one day after disclosing that tens of millions of OPM accounts had been hacked — far more than initially disclosed.

Josh Earnest Torches GOP on Confederate Flag, Scalise, Donald Trump (Updated)

July 9, 2015

Updated 3:43 p.m. | White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest ripped House Republicans in the dispute over flying Confederate flags in federal cemeteries — tying it to the election of Rep. Steve Scalise as majority whip and the recent remarks by Donald Trump, though not by name.

Obama Ties Budget Veto Threat to National Security

July 6, 2015

President Barack Obama tied his veto threats on the budget to national security Monday, calling things such as education, research and other items key, over the long term, to the defense of the United States.

Obama Launches Preemptive Strike on Scott Walker, 2016 GOP Field

July 2, 2015

President Barack Obama touted his push for a host of benefits for workers in Gov. Scott Walker’s Wisconsin — while lampooning the rest of the 2016 GOP field.

Defying Boehner, Obama to Open Cuba Embassy (Updated)

July 1, 2015

Updated 1:41 p.m. | Defying Speaker John A. Boehner, President Barack Obama announced plans Wednesday to normalize relations with Cuba and reopen the U.S. embassy in Havana.

McConnell Once Wanted Reagan on $10 Bill, Now Says Replacing Hamilton Is 'Terrible Idea'

July 1, 2015

When Ronald Reagan died, Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., proposed replacing Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill with the Republican president.

Let Puerto Rico Go Bankrupt? Maybe.

June 29, 2015

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.

Rick Renzi Appeal Denied, Limiting Congress' 'Speech or Debate' Immunity

June 29, 2015

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.

Obama Sings 'Amazing Grace' After Sweeping Call for Action

June 26, 2015

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.

Same-Sex Marriage Supreme Court Decision Caps Historic Week for Obama (Updated) (Video)

June 26, 2015

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.

Obamacare SCOTUS Win Sets Up Huge Week for Obama (Updated) (Video)

June 25, 2015

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 Senators Defend Jefferson Davis

June 24, 2015

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 May Face First Veto Override: Medical Device Tax

June 18, 2015

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.

After Charleston Shootings, Obama Rips Gun Politics (Video)

June 18, 2015

Obama Faults Washington Politics For ‘Gun Violence’

White House Upgrades Defense Veto Threat (Video)

June 17, 2015

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.

Obama Won't Sign TPA Without TAA 'Path' (Video) (Updated)

June 17, 2015

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.

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