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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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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.

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.

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.

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.

Most Vulnerable Senators, Ranked by Their Wealth

Oct. 24, 2014

The most vulnerable senators who face the voters in less than two weeks run the gamut from multimillionaires to one of the poorest on Capitol Hill, based on Roll Call’s Wealth of Congress ranking of the minimum net worth of every single lawmaker.

The Have-Nots: 132 Members Show Negative Net Worth

Oct. 24, 2014

While the wealth of Congress surged $150 million last year and at least a third of federal lawmakers are millionaires, there’s a sizable group of have-nots in Congress too.

These Members of Congress Report Having No Assets

Oct. 22, 2014

In a Congress packed with millionaires and near-millionaires, six lawmakers stand out on the other end of the spectrum — they didn’t report a single asset on their financial disclosure forms.

Report: Don Young Talks Bull Sex, Suicide at Alaska High School

Oct. 22, 2014

Rep. Don Young reportedly stunned a crowd at Wasilla High School in Alaska by blaming suicide in part on a lack of support from family and friends and talking about sex between bulls to describe his opposition to same-sex marriage.

Wealth of Congress Jumps $150 Million

Oct. 22, 2014

It was a good year for members of Congress in one respect: their pocketbooks.

White House Touts Ebola Czar Ron Klain's Ties to Congress (Updated)

Oct. 17, 2014

Updated 12:23 p.m. | President Barack Obama has picked Ron Klain to be the Ebola czar, according to the White House, a move that appears aimed at quelling a firestorm from Congress and the public over the handling of the crisis.

Obama to Consult Congress on Ebola

Oct. 16, 2014

President Barack Obama will call members of Congress today to discuss the Ebola virus crisis, and there are hints from the White House that he might be asking for more money.

Vanita Gupta, New DOJ Civil Rights Pick, Has Supported Marijuana Legalization (Updated)

Oct. 15, 2014

Updated 3:31 p.m. | The new nominee to head the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division — American Civil Liberties Union lawyer Vanita Gupta — has backed legalizing and taxing marijuana.

New Choice to Head DOJ Civil Rights Division Has Early Conservative Support

Oct. 15, 2014

Updated 4:38 p.m. | After the last administration pick to head the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division collapsed on the Senate floor, the Obama team has lined up some conservative backing for its new choice, American Civil Liberties Union lawyer Vanita Gupta.

Obama Postpones Campaign Swing to Focus on Ebola Crisis

Oct. 15, 2014

President Barack Obama is postponing a campaign swing to New Jersey and Connecticut Wednesday to focus on the Ebola virus crisis, convening Cabinet agencies coordinating the response after a second health worker in Texas came down with the deadly disease.

White House Defends ISIS War: 'This Strategy Is Succeeding'

Oct. 14, 2014

Despite gains by ISIS in Syria and Iraq in the face of airstrikes, the White House insists President Barack Obama’s strategy to “destroy” the terrorist group remains on track.

Gallup: Georgia Runoff 'Likely'

Oct. 10, 2014

Gallup said Friday runoffs are “likely” in Georgia’s Senate and gubernatorial races, citing the high rate of independents in that state.

Confident With House Race, NRCC Cuts TV Time in Northern Virginia

Oct. 10, 2014

The National Republican Congressional Committee has canceled its broadcast television for the final two weeks of the campaign in northern Virginia’s 10th District race — a sign the GOP is confident they will keep this highly competitive seat.

Boehner, GOP Pounce on Guantanamo Report

Oct. 10, 2014

Republicans are seizing on a report that President Barack Obama is considering ways to do an end-run around Congress to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, to attack Democrats facing voters next month.

Obama: 'Suicide' for GOP if They Don't Pass Immigration (Updated)

Oct. 9, 2014

Updated 7:28 p.m. | President Barack Obama said Thursday Republicans will be committing “suicide” if they don’t pass an immigration bill.

Senators to Obama: Do Something About Hong Kong

Oct. 9, 2014

Updated 2:23 p.m. Oct. 10 | A bipartisan group of senators from across the political spectrum — from Elizabeth Warren and Patrick J. Leahy to Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio — wants President Barack Obama to speak out and act to support Hong Kong’s democracy movement.

Republicans Eye Obamacare Showdown in Lame Duck

Oct. 8, 2014

Updated 5:22 p.m. | A group of Senate Republicans have their eye on another Obamacare showdown in the lame-duck session.

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