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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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House Bill Fully Funds Obama's Ebola Request

Sept. 10, 2014

House Republicans plan to fully fund President Barack Obama’s $88 million request for countering the Ebola outbreak in a rare win for the administration.

The 10 'Poorest' Members of Congress for 2014 (Video)

Sept. 7, 2014

Roll Call’s annual list of the 10 “poorest” members of Congress contains one majority whip, one party chairman, one formerly impeached judge and one senator.

Obama to Meet With Reid, McConnell, Boehner, Pelosi

Sept. 6, 2014

President Barack Obama will meet Tuesday with the top four congressional leaders, with foreign policy on the agenda, according to a senior Senate aide.

Obama Punts on Immigration Until After Elections (Updated)

Sept. 6, 2014

Updated 11:46 a.m. | President Barack Obama intends to delay an announcement of executive actions related to immigration until after the mid-term elections, a source with direct knowledge of the White House decision confirmed to CQ Roll Call.

Obama: We'll 'Destroy' ISIS

Sept. 5, 2014

In his harshest words to date, President Barack Obama vowed to “destroy” the terrorist group ISIS, also known as the Islamic State or ISIL.

Obama Plans for Immigration Action 'Soon'

Sept. 5, 2014

Updated 12:49 p.m. | President Barack Obama brushed off a question Friday at the end of the NATO summit about delaying his immigration executive actions until after the November elections — saying he expects to make an announcement “soon.”

Fox News Radio Reporter Mike Majchrowitz Remembered at White House

Sept. 2, 2014

Updated 4:26 p.m. | Fox News Radio White House reporter Mike Majchrowitz has died following a long struggle with throat cancer, and the White House and his colleagues are marking his passing.

Obama Hasn't Decided When to Act on Immigration

Sept. 2, 2014

President Barack Obama might act in the next few weeks on immigration. Or he might not. He might wait until after the November elections. But politics isn’t his top priority.

Still Waiting for Obama's Strategy to Fight ISIS in Syria

Sept. 2, 2014

As news broke Tuesday that the Islamic State had posted a video claiming to show the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff, the White House still hasn’t figured out how to take on the group in Syria.

Obama Approves New Strikes in Iraq

Aug. 30, 2014

President Barack Obama may not have a strategy yet for striking ISIS in Syria, but he’s widening his campaign against the Islamic State terror group in Iraq.

Obama on ISIS: 'We Don't Have a Strategy' (Updated) (Video)

Aug. 28, 2014

Updated 6:26 p.m. | President Barack Obama said Thursday it’s premature to go to Congress to authorize a strategy to defeat ISIS — because he doesn’t have one yet.

Obama on ISIS: 'We Don't Have a Strategy'

Aug. 28, 2014

President Barack Obama said Thursday it's premature to go to Congress to authorize a strategy to defeat ISIS — because he doesn't have one yet.

"We don't have a strategy yet," Obama told reporters after being asked about striking ISIS in Syria, saying he didn't want to "put the cart before the horse."

The line — sure to be repeated often by his critics — came as Republicans have been repeatedly demanding a strategy to defeat ISIS.

Obama said he's asked the military for options to take on ISIS, but a decision to expand strikes into Syria isn't imminent and he suggested it would not happen before Congress returns from recess.

Russian Stock Market Up Despite Jay Carney 'Short' Talk

Aug. 28, 2014

It’s been more than five months since CQ Roll Call asked Jay Carney about the stock market in Russia — and he talked about shorting it. You’d have lost a bundle if you followed that advice.

White House: Government Shutdown Threat Won't Change Our Immigration Plans (Video)

Aug. 27, 2014

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest warned Republicans against trying to defund the president’s coming executive actions granting deportation relief to illegal immigrants.

Guilty Plea: Iowa State Senator Paid for Ron Paul Switch

Aug. 27, 2014

A former Iowa state senator pleaded guilty to concealing payments he received from former Rep. Ron Paul’s presidential campaign to switch his support from Rep. Michele Bachmann.

Former Fattah Aide Pleads Guilty in Campaign Fraud (Updated)

Aug. 27, 2014

Updated 5:27 p.m. | A longtime former aide and political consultant for Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., has pleaded guilty to a number of federal charges in campaign finance fraud schemes.

Obama Authorizes Airstrikes Against ISIL in Iraq

Aug. 7, 2014

President Barack Obama has authorized airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq to protect U.S. personnel in Erbil and to shield about 40,000 people trapped on Sinjar Mountain from genocide.

Obama Signs VA Overhaul

Aug. 7, 2014

President Barack Obama signed the overhaul of the Department of Veterans Affairs Thursday at Fort Belvoir in Virginia — but not before dinging the Senate for failing to confirm more of his nominees for senior VA jobs.

Several members of Congress received shoutouts from the president: Sens. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., and Richard M. Burr, R-N.C., and Reps. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., and Michael H. Michaud, D-Maine.

Obama called the long wait times "outrageous" and suggested the bill would help newly appointed VA Secretary Robert McDonald get rid of employees who have engaged in misconduct.

President Defends Executive Action Post-GOP Lawsuit

Aug. 6, 2014

President Barack Obama pushed back on the idea that he’s an imperial president Wednesday, saying that while he is considering additional executive orders on immigration and in other areas, he is “bound by the Constitution.”

Boehner: Time for Obama to Reassess Afghanistan Withdrawal Strategy

Aug. 5, 2014

Speaker John A. Boehner says it’s time for President Barack Obama to reassess his strategy for withdrawing from Afghanistan after an attack left a general dead.

Michele Bachmann: 'Handcuff' the 'Lawless President's Hands'

Aug. 2, 2014

Tea party firebrand Michele Bachmann suggested late Friday on the House floor that Congress should put handcuffs on the "lawless president's hands" — a remark that brought a rebuke from the chair and appears to violate House rules.

The Minnesota Republican made the figurative remark while speaking on the floor during debate on legislation ending the president's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program granting deportation relief and work permits to some children brought to the United States illegally by their parents. The legislation also would prohibit President Barack Obama from expanding the program to other illegal immigrants as the president reportedly is considering whether to expand the program to as many as 5 million people.

Bachmann said House passage of the bill would "put a handcuff on one of the president's hands" and said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., should bring the Senate back and pass the bill.

Michele Bachmann: 'Handcuff' the 'Lawless President's Hands' (Video)

Aug. 2, 2014

Tea party firebrand Michele Bachmann suggested late Friday on the House floor that Congress should put handcuffs on the “lawless president’s hands” — a remark that brought a rebuke from the chair and appears to violate House rules.

Senate Passes Funding for Israel's Iron Dome

Aug. 1, 2014

The Senate passed a supplemental spending bill for Israel’s Iron Dome air defense system Friday, after most senators had gone home for the August recess.

Senate Sends Highway Patch to the President, Heads for August Recess

July 31, 2014

Updated 9:25 a.m. | The Senate cleared a $10.8 billion House bill patching the Highway Trust Fund to the president’s desk Thursday in its last legislative vote before heading out of town for the August recess.

Cantor to Resign From Congress (Updated)

July 31, 2014

Updated 8:54 a.m. | Rep. Eric Cantor will resign from Congress effective Aug. 18, he said in an interview with the Richmond Times-Dispatch posted at midnight.

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