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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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Obama's Own Words on Immigration Are Republicans' Best Ammo

Nov. 20, 2014

President Barack Obama spoke so many times against taking broad executive action to end deportations that he’s left Republicans with an arsenal of ammo to use against him.

Obama Previews Primetime Immigration Address

Nov. 19, 2014

In a video posted to Facebook, President Barack Obama said he will announce his immigration executive actions Thursday night and speak again in Las Vegas on Friday at Del Sol High School.

Obama says in the video he will lay out what he can do with his "lawful authority" as president while still working with Congress on an immigration overhaul.

Speaker John A. Boehner's spokesman Michael Steel, however, said taking action on his own would "ruin" chances of getting anything done.

'Emperor Obama' Warned Against Immigration Executive 'Amnesty'

Nov. 19, 2014

With the White House appearing near to announcing a broad executive amnesty in the coming days, a spokesman for Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, warned of blowback.

Obama Will Announce Immigration Action in Primetime (Video)

Nov. 19, 2014

In a video posted to Facebook, President Barack Obama said he will announce his immigration executive actions Thursday night and speak again in Las Vegas on Friday at Del Sol High School.

Obama Full Speed Ahead on EPA Climate Regulations; Your Move, McConnell

Nov. 17, 2014

President Barack Obama’s administration is dismissing incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s vow to target the EPA’s efforts to cap carbon emissions and what he calls the “War on Coal.”

Boehner: GOP Will Fight Obama 'Tooth and Nail' on Immigration

Nov. 13, 2014

Speaker John A. Boehner said Republicans will fight "tooth and nail" against President Barack Obama's plans to act on immigration by himself, and didn't rule out a government shutdown.

"We're going to fight the president tooth and nail if he continues down this path," the Ohio Republican said at a press conference introducing the new GOP leadership team. "This is the wrong way to govern. This is exactly what the American people said on Election Day they didn't want. And so, all the options are on the table."

Boehner is facing pressure from conservatives to pre-emptively defund any amnesty, but that could lead to a shutdown fight.

"We're going to have conversations with our members and when we have a decision, we'll let you know. ... Our goal here is to stop the president from violating his oath of office and violating the Constitution. It's not to shut down the government."

Claire McCaskill Opposes Reid Staying as Leader

Nov. 13, 2014

Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri told reporters Thursday she would not vote for Sen. Harry Reid as the Democratic leader as the party heads into the minority.

Boehner Will Fight 'Tooth and Nail' Against Obama's Executive Amnesty, Doesn't Rule Out Shutdown (Updated) (Video)

Nov. 13, 2014

Updated 5:58 p.m. | Speaker John A. Boehner said Republicans will fight “tooth and nail” against President Barack Obama’s plans to act on immigration by himself, and didn’t rule out a government shutdown.

Mitch McConnell Unanimously Elected Majority Leader by GOP (Updated) (Video)

Nov. 13, 2014

Updated 6:10 pm. | Senate Republicans have unanimously elected Mitch McConnell to be majority leader.

White House: Obama Hasn't Decided on Immigration Specifics

Nov. 12, 2014

While Fox News has obtained documents purporting to show a possible 10-point plan for executive action on immigration by President Barack Obama, the White House says the president hasn’t made a final decision on specifics yet.

Schumer Expects Loretta Lynch Confirmation Will Be Delayed

Nov. 12, 2014

Senate Democrats won’t likely step on the gas to ensure the confirmation of Loretta Lynch as President Barack Obama’s attorney general pick, according to No. 3 Democrat Charles E. Schumer.

Report: U.S. Wealth Grows By $31.5 Trillion During Obama Presidency

Nov. 10, 2014

President Barack Obama’s tenure hasn’t done much for the Democratic Party given the shellacking at the polls last week, but it’s coincided with a huge surge in wealth.

Immigration Threatens Loretta Lynch's Confirmation

Nov. 8, 2014

Top Republicans want Loretta Lynch’s nomination to be attorney general delayed until they are in charge of the Senate — and they are insisting she divulge whether she supports the president’s plan to act without Congress on a major immigration amnesty.

Confirmation Gauntlet Expected for Loretta Lynch

Nov. 7, 2014

Hours after the White House insisted President Barack Obama hadn’t made a decision on a new attorney general, officials announced he is nominating Loretta Lynch, a U.S. attorney in New York.

Immigration Showdown: Defiant Obama Tells GOP He Will Act

Nov. 7, 2014

President Barack Obama’s fancy post-election lunch with congressional leaders Friday turned contentious as expected over the issue of immigration, with the Republicans warning him strongly against taking action on his own and the president in turn pointing out their own failure to act.

Obama Wants $5.6B for ISIS War, Sends More Troops to Iraq

Nov. 7, 2014

President Barack Obama is asking Congress for $5.6 billion more for the war against ISIS, and is sending another 1,500 troops to Iraq.

Obama Struggles to Read the Public, Congress

Nov. 5, 2014

For any politician, losing the public — and the message they are sending — is a dangerous thing. And in the wake of one of the worst drubbings for his party in memory, due in large part to his own persistent unpopularity, President Barack Obama didn’t seem to have any answers Wednesday.

McConnell, Boehner, Pelosi and Reid Invited to White House

Nov. 4, 2014

The big four congressional leaders have been invited to the White House on Friday afternoon for a post-election meeting, which could set the tone for how President Barack Obama can work with Congress — or not — in his last two years in office.

Obama Approval Rating Rises; White House Predicts Democrats Will Keep Senate

Nov. 3, 2014

The final Obama approval rating before the midterm elections is in — and it isn’t stopping the White House from declaring they expect Democrats to keep control of the Senate tomorrow anyway.

Obama Approval Rating Drops Again in Gallup Poll (Updated)

Nov. 2, 2014

Updated 7:20 p.m. | With two days before Election Day, the Gallup poll has the President Barack Obama’s approval rating approaching the worst of his presidency.

Obama's Midterm Approval Rating Among Lowest in Decades

Oct. 31, 2014

President Barack Obama’s approval rating in the Gallup poll ranks near the lowest of any recent president ahead of a midterm election — narrowly topping George W. Bush’s rating in 2006, when Democrats swept into power.

The Attack Ads Harry Reid Didn't Want You to See

Oct. 30, 2014

Harry Reid’s strategy of blocking amendments all year was intended with one clear objective in mind — protecting his majority.

Democrat Wants Obama to Stop the 'Chickenshit' Sideshows

Oct. 30, 2014

The “chickenshit” continues to hit the fan in Congress. A senior Democratic senator wants President Barack Obama to hold whoever anonymously insulted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accountable.

Terrorism Threat Prompts Jeh Johnson to Order Security Upgrade at Federal Buildings

Oct. 28, 2014

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is ordering a security upgrade against the threat of terrorism for federal buildings across the country, he announced Tuesday.

Democrats Run From Harry Reid

Oct. 28, 2014

Harry Reid’s caucus is running from him on the campaign trail, but that doesn’t mean a revolt is in the works — yet.

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