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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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Poll: Little Support for Sending Combat Troops to Iraq

June 17, 2014

A new poll by Public Policy Polling shows widespread opposition to the United States sending combat troops to Iraq.

Obama Hosting Iraq Meeting With Boehner, Reid, McConnell, Pelosi

June 17, 2014

President Barack Obama will meet at the White House with the bipartisan Congressional leadership Wednesday to discuss Iraq and other foreign policy issues, according to a White House official.

Obama Sending 275 Troops to Iraq, May Send Special Forces (Updated) (Video)

June 16, 2014

Updated 7:19 p.m. | U.S. troops will not be ordered into combat in Iraq, but there will be boots on the ground.

Obama Executive Order to Ban LGBT Discrimination (Updated)

June 16, 2014

Updated 3:45 p.m. | President Barack Obama plans to use his pen to ban discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people by federal contractors — an idea that the White House has resisted for years as it pursued passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in Congress.

Obama Says He 'Will Consult Closely With Congress' on Iraq Military Action

June 13, 2014

President Barack Obama said he is considering "targeted" and "selected" military actions in Iraq, short of sending U.S. troops, to turn back rebel forces, but wants assurances that the Iraqi government will take steps to end sectarian strife.

In a statement at the White House, Obama said he will "consult with Congress" and keep the American people informed about his decision. But he said he would not be making a decision "overnight" and need Iraqi leaders to make assurances that they would make changes necessary to deal with their political problems.

"We are not going to be able to do it for them," Obama said.

Obama Considering 'Targeted' Military Action in Iraq, but Says 'Ultimately' Up to Iraqis (Video)

June 13, 2014

Updated 12:25 p.m. | President Barack Obama said he is considering “targeted” and “selected” military actions in Iraq, short of sending U.S. troops, to turn back rebel forces, but wants assurances that the Iraqi government will take steps to end sectarian strife.

Obama Could Bomb Iraq Without Congress Because War Authorization Never Expired

June 12, 2014

Updated 10:00 p.m. | President Barack Obama has the authority to wage war in Iraq without going to Congress, because the original use of force authorization remains in effect.

Tom Price Won't Run for Leadership

June 12, 2014

Rep. Tom Price of Georgia has decided not to run for leadership in the wake of Eric Cantor’s pending resignation as majority leader.

Steve King Blasts Snap Election to Replace Eric Cantor

June 12, 2014

Rep. Steve King said Thursday GOP leaders are “stacking the deck” with a snap election to replace Eric Cantor as majority leader and urged the Republican Conference to slow down and elect an “anti-amnesty” majority leader.

Cantor Announces He’s Stepping Down, Backs McCarthy for Leader

June 11, 2014

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., announced Wednesday afternoon he will resign his leadership post and endorsed Kevin McCarthy of California to replace him.

"Effective July 31st, I will be stepping down as majority leader," Cantor told reporters after an emotional meeting of House Republicans in the Capitol. His defeat has already touched off a massive leadership scramble to replace him.

But Cantor said that he would back his fellow "Young Gun" McCarthy if he runs for leader with his "full support."

Boehner Urges Unity After Cantor's Defeat

June 11, 2014

Speaker John A. Boehner urged his flock to unify Wednesday after Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s stunning downfall at a meeting in the Capitol late Wednesday.

Cantor Announces He’s Stepping Down, Backs McCarthy for Leader (Video)

June 11, 2014

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., announced Wednesday afternoon he will resign his leadership post and endorsed Kevin McCarthy of California to replace him.

Eric Cantor Defeat a Victory for Ted Cruz?

June 10, 2014

Sen. Ted Cruz’s staff appeared to be in a celebratory mood Tuesday after Eric Cantor’s shocking loss Tuesday night, and that shouldn’t come as a surprise.

Boehner to Obama: Stop the Lectures

June 10, 2014

Speaker John A. Boehner has a message for President Barack Obama: Stop with the lectures already.

White House: Don't Blame Immigration for Eric Cantor's Shocking Loss

June 10, 2014

Updated 10:14 p.m. | The White House looked to spin the shocking loss of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor Tuesday night, as President Barack Obama tries to salvage what appears to be sinking hopes for an immigration overhaul Tuesday night.

Obamas Try to Save the Bees and Butterflies

June 9, 2014

Will President Barack Obama save the honeybees and monarch butterflies? He — and First Lady Michelle Obama — apparently want to try.

On Climate Change, Landrieu Stands With Coal, Against Obama

June 8, 2014

Updated: June 6, 9:06 a.m. | Sen. Mary L. Landrieu will head to a coal-fired power plant Monday, to emphasize her opposition to President Barack Obama’s goal to take a big whack at coal as part of his plan to cut carbon emissions and tackle climate change.

The Shrinking Obamacare Individual Mandate

June 6, 2014

It’s the tax at the heart of Obamacare, but just more than 1 percent of Americans will end up paying it, according to an analysis by the Congressional Budget Office.

Leak Could Have Killed Bergdahl, Administration Warns

June 5, 2014

The Obama administration is pushing back as frustrated senators question the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

Obama: No Apology for Bergdahl Deal

June 5, 2014

President Barack Obama said Thursday he would “make no apologies” for freeing five Taliban detainees in return for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s release.

Carney 2013 Statement: No Detainee Transfer 'Without Consulting With Congress'

June 3, 2014

Amid charges from Speaker John A. Boehner that the Obama administration intentionally kept the swap of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban officials from Congress, new criticism emerged regarding a statement last year by White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.

When asked by NBC News' Kristen Welker about the potential of exchanging the five officials for Bergdahl on June 21, 2013, Carney said the White House would follow the law and consult with Congress before making any decisions.

"We would not make any decisions about transfer of any detainees without consulting with Congress," Carney said. "At this time we’ve made no decisions about the transfer of detainees. And in accordance with law, we would be consulting with Congress should we make any decisions about that ... [but] on these specific issues about individual detainees, that would be a process that is done in accordance with law."

Bergdahl Deal Didn't Break Law, White House Insists (Video)

June 3, 2014

The prisoner swap that freed Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was legal, the White House insisted Tuesday, as President Barack Obama defended the deal at a news conference in Poland.

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.

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