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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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Pelosi and Obama: On a Break (Video)

June 16, 2015

It goes without saying that no one has meant more to President Barack Obama’s agenda than Nancy Pelosi. So when she abandoned ship and knifed his trade agenda last week at the last minute, it stunned the White House and created a rare, sharp schism at the top of Democratic leadership.

Obama's Weekend: Prince, Stevie Wonder, Golf. Pelosi?

June 15, 2015

President Barack Obama hosted a massive party over the weekend with Prince and Stevie Wonder and played a round of golf. One thing he didn’t do was talk to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

SNAFU Time Again for the White House on TPA, Pelosi

June 12, 2015

After Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi stuck a knife in President Barack Obama’s trade agenda in a rambling speech that shocked many in her flock and the White House, the administration is left to once again try and pick up the pieces.

Obama: 450 More Troops to Iraq to Counter ISIS

June 10, 2015

President Barack Obama has authorized sending up to 450 additional U.S. troops to Iraq to help fight the Islamic State terror group, but the troops won’t be heading into direct combat with the group also known as ISIS or ISIL.

Dirksen Evacuated for Bomb Threat (Updated) (Video)

June 9, 2015

Updated 1:29 p.m. | Capitol Police have reopened several floors of the Dirksen Senate Office Building Tuesday after investigating a bomb threat.

Frustrated Obama Fights Courts, Congress, ISIS, Putin (Updated) (Video)

June 8, 2015

Updated 3:25 p.m. | The “fourth quarter” of President Barack Obama’s presidency isn’t exactly going according to plan.

Obama on Fighting ISIS: 'We Don't Yet Have a Complete Strategy' (Video)

June 8, 2015

A frustrated President Barack Obama said he needs the Pentagon and the Iraqis to form a strategy to ramp up training of Iraqi troops to take on ISIS after the terror group’s recent gains.

Will Obama Put a Woman on the $20 Bill? (Video)

June 4, 2015

There’s one executive action President Barack Obama could take that appears to be gaining momentum — putting a woman on the $20 bill.

In 'Fast-Track' Pitch, Obama Ready to Fight Unions in Democratic Primaries

June 3, 2015

President Barack Obama will protect pro-trade Democrats in party primaries against unions and others opposed to his “fast-track” trade agenda, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Wednesday.

Obama to Deliver Eulogy at Beau Biden Burial Mass

June 2, 2015

President Barack Obama will deliver a eulogy Saturday at Beau Biden’s burial Mass in Wilmington, Del., Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s office announced.

White House: Congress Should Be Subject to FOIA (Updated)

June 2, 2015

Updated 6:34 p.m. | FOIA for thee, not for me.

Senate Clears USA Freedom Act After Ending Rand Paul Filibuster (Updated)

June 2, 2015

Updated 6:09 p.m. | The Senate passed an overhaul of Patriot Act surveillance provisions Tuesday after rejecting the pleas of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and putting an end to Rand Paul’s filibuster.

Senate Advances Patriot Act Overhaul, but Too Late to Foil Rand Paul (Updated)

May 31, 2015

Updated 11:52 p.m. | The Senate voted overwhelmingly to advance the USA Freedom Act Sunday evening, but too late to prevent Sen. Rand Paul from being able to force a short-term expiration of Patriot Act surveillance authorities at midnight.

It's Rand Paul vs. Almost Everybody on Patriot Act (Updated)

May 30, 2015

Updated May 31 3:49 p.m. | Rand Paul’s presidential campaign wants to portray his fight to block any Patriot Act extension as a faceoff against President Barack Obama. But the Kentucky senator is waging an increasingly lonely battle.

Congress Playing 'Russian Roulette' If They Block Patriot Act Extension, Official Warns (Updated)

May 27, 2015

Updated 7:17 p.m. | A senior administration official warned Congress would be playing “national security Russian roulette” if they fail to pass a Patriot Act extension by Sunday night.

Obama Wants USA Freedom Act by Midnight Sunday

May 26, 2015

President Barack Obama reupped his push Tuesday for the Senate to pass the USA Freedom Act by 12 a.m. Monday to avoid the Patriot Act’s surveillance authorities from going dark.

Senate Passes Trade Promotion Authority (Updated)

May 22, 2015

Updated 10:20 p.m. | The Senate passed President Barack Obama’s Trade Promotion Authority package Friday, sending the precursor to major trade deals with Asia and Europe to the House.

McConnell Says Senate Could Finish Friday 'With Cooperation' (Video)

May 21, 2015

The senior senator from Kentucky might need to have a little chat with the junior senator from Kentucky.

Obama to Havana? Would 'Relish' Cuba Trip

May 21, 2015

President Barack Obama’s bucket list for his remaining time in office has at least one sunny destination on it: Havana, Cuba.

Despite Ramadi, White House Says ISIL Strategy a Success

May 19, 2015

Despite the takeover of the Iraqi city of Ramadi by the Islamic State terror group, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest contended Tuesday that President Barack Obama’s strategy to defeat the group, also known as ISIS or ISIL, has been a success.

After Ramadi, Boehner Calls on Obama to Change Course on ISIL

May 18, 2015

The fall of the Iraqi city of Ramadi has Speaker John A. Boehner once again urging Barack Obama to develop a new strategy to win the war against the Islamic State terror group, also known as ISIL or ISIS. But so far, the White House is staying the course.

McConnell Threatens Memorial Day Recess

May 18, 2015

It’s time to start threatening recess.

Elizabeth Warren: You Can't Trust Barack Obama's Promises

May 18, 2015

After President Barack Obama called out Elizabeth Warren for being a politician “like everybody else,” the Massachusetts senator is calling out the president, suggesting you can’t trust his promises.

Are We Losing the War Against ISIL?

May 15, 2015

It seemed like the right question to ask, with fighters from the Islamic State terror group making sweeping gains in Ramadi, the capital of Anbar Province in Iraq — “Are we losing this war?”

Reid: O'Malley Who? Leader Dismisses All but Clinton

May 15, 2015

Harry Reid, in classic Harry Reid style, utterly dismissed the presidential aspirations of his Senate colleague Bernard E. Sanders, former Sen. Jim Webb and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley in one biting sentence in an interview airing Friday.

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