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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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Administration Cool to Sequester Flexibility

May 31, 2013

Three months into the sequester, the White House still doesn’t want more flexibility in how it implements the across-the-board cuts, with the administration still banking on a broader summer budget deal instead.

Rand Paul's Math Doesn't Add Up

May 22, 2013

Sen. Rand Paul is still using an obsolete GOP talking point that Roll Call debunked back in March — and since then, he’s only gotten more wrong.

Obama Kept in Dark by Staff on IRS Targeting

May 20, 2013

Top White House staff, including Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, knew that a potentially damaging inspector general’s report on the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of tea party groups was looming but decided not to inform President Barack Obama.

Senate Immigration Bill Could Benefit Hiring of Immigrants Over U.S. Citizens

May 17, 2013

The current draft of the Senate’s immigration overhaul appears to give some employers a $3,000-a-year incentive to hire a newly legalized immigrant rather than an American citizen in order to avoid the new employer mandates in the health care law.

Obama Defends Battle Against National Security Leaks

May 16, 2013

President Barack Obama defended his administration’s effort to stamp out national security leaks amid the controversy over the seizure of Associated Press phone records by the Justice Department.

Obama Calls IRS Scrutiny of Conservatives 'Outrageous,' Dismisses Benghazi Dispute as 'Sideshow'

May 13, 2013

President Barack Obama said it would be “outrageous” if the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative groups and that he would hold the agency accountable, while angrily dismissing the new reports last week over the editing of Benghazi talking points by his administration as a “sideshow” trumped up by his political opponents.

Obama Nominates Pritzker for Commerce Secretary, Froman for Top Trade Post

May 2, 2013

President Barack Obama Thursday tapped longtime Democratic fundraiser and billionaire businesswoman Penny Pritzker to lead the Commerce Department and economic adviser Michael Froman as the U.S. Trade Representative in a Rose Garden ceremony Thursday morning.

Obama Challenges Congress on Its Refusal to End Sequester

April 30, 2013

President Barack Obama chided Congress Tuesday for failing first to prevent, and now to stop, the sequester and defended his decision to sign a legislative fix carved for the Federal Aviation Administration to prevent air traffic delays.

Obama, Lawmakers Praise Capture of Bombing Suspect

April 19, 2013

President Barack Obama praised the capture of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Friday night, even as he mourned those who lost their lives. He also vowed to pursue answers for the victims about what happened and whether anyone provided assistance.

Gun Loss Shouldn't Deter Obama Charm Offensive, Republicans Say

April 19, 2013

Several Republican senators say President Barack Obama should keep up his charm offensive despite seeing his gun agenda shredded April 17 by a minority of the Senate.

Wicker Hired Ricin Suspect As Elvis Impersonator

April 18, 2013

Sen. Roger Wicker told reporters Thursday that, about a decade ago, he met the man who was arrested on charges of sending him a ricin-laced letter.

Obama to Dine with Senators -- Democrats This Time

April 16, 2013

Guess who’s going out to dinner again? Another dozen senators will dine with President Barack Obama Wednesday night at the Jefferson Hotel, but this time they will be Democrats.

Obama on Boston Blasts: 'We Will Hold Them Accountable'

April 15, 2013

As the tragic scene continued to unfold near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, officials in Washington, D.C., enhanced visible security and lawmakers sent prayers to those affected by the explosions.

Obama Signs Partial Repeal of STOCK Act

April 15, 2013

President Barack Obama signed a partial repeal of the STOCK Act on Monday, with the White House citing national security concerns in canceling a planned online database of investment information of top congressional staffers and administration employees.

Obama Urges Voters to Pressure Congress to Act on Guns

April 8, 2013

An angry President Barack Obama made an emotional plea in Hartford, Conn., for the American people to pressure Congress to pass his gun control agenda.

White House, Reid Criticize GOP Filibuster Threat on Guns

April 8, 2013

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Monday slammed Senate Republicans for threatening to block debate on legislation designed to address gun violence.

Obama Plans Full-Court Press on Guns

April 5, 2013

President Barack Obama will keep ramping up the public pressure on his gun control agenda next week, as the issue gathers steam in the Senate for debate this month. And the president, the vice president and the first lady are all slated to take part.

Has Obama Given Up on Republicans?

April 4, 2013

Fewer than 75 days into his second term, President Barack Obama already seems resigned to the reality that big chunks of his second-term agenda will die without Nancy Pelosi holding the speaker’s gavel.

They're Federal Workers, Too: Obama, Begich to Give Up Some Pay

April 3, 2013

President Barack Obama will give up 5 percent of his salary in solidarity with federal employees facing furloughs, joining Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and a few members of Congress, according to a senior administration official.

Carney Says Administration Didn't Mislead on Sequester

April 2, 2013

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters Tuesday that the White House didn’t mislead the public about the dangers of the sequester as he was questioned on the issue by Ed Henry of Fox News.

Obama Budget to Propose $100 Million for Brain Research

April 2, 2013

President Barack Obama announced Tuesday morning he will seek $100 million for brain research in the budget he presents next week, aside from his efforts to end the sequester’s hit on science.

Kid Prez Takes Over 1600 Penn

April 1, 2013

A web-anointed “Kid President” took over briefly at the White House today, at least on YouTube.

West Wing Spared From Sequester Cuts, So Far

April 1, 2013

The sequester doesn’t appear to have hit the West Wing of the White House particularly hard.

Breakthrough Reached Between Business, Labor on Guest-Worker Program

March 30, 2013

Labor and business groups have agreed on the details of a new guest-worker program, likely removing a major hurdle to an immigration deal in the Senate, according to two sources familiar with the negotiations.

'Don't Get Squishy' on Guns, Obama Tells Congress

March 28, 2013

President Barack Obama rejected pessimism in the Capitol over his gun control agenda Thursday, telling Congress “don’t get squishy” and vowing not to forget the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn.

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