Sept. 17, 2014

Steven T. Dennis

Bio:

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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Kaine Introduces Limited ISIS War Authorization

Sept. 17, 2014

Sen. Tim Kaine is introducing a limited war authorization against ISIS, even as Congress is set to jet out of town without an authorization vote before the elections.

Congress Ducks War Authorization Vote

Sept. 16, 2014

Congress appears set to sprint for the exits after voting to fund President Barack Obama’s new war on ISIS — although not by name — after rejecting a smattering of calls from lawmakers to go on record explicitly debating and authorizing it.

Mark Sanford Surprised Maria Belen Chapur With Facebook Post; She Blames Politics For Breakup

Sept. 14, 2014

Mark Sanford asked fiancee Maria Belen Chapur to wait two more years for a wedding. She said no — and Sanford then surprised her by writing that epic, now infamous Facebook post announcing the breakup and blaming the split on an ugly custody battle with his ex-wife, Jenny Sanford.

Earnest: 'The United States is at War with ISIL'

Sept. 12, 2014

The White House is not ducking the word “war.”

Press Secretary Josh Earnest acknowledged the United States is “at war with ISIL” during a Friday news conference, but was also insistent in noting it will not be like the previous Iraq War, reiterating no ground forces would be engaged in combat.

"In the same way that the United State is as war with al-Qaida and its affiliates around the globe, the United States is at war with ISIL," Earnest said. "This is not a situation of ISIL against the United States. ISIL is waging a war against the broader international community.”

Mark Sanford Calls Off Engagement in Epic Facebook Post

Sept. 12, 2014

In an epic Facebook post, Rep. Mark Sanford announced he is calling off his engagement with Maria Belén Chapur because of the stress of an ongoing custody dispute with his ex-wife, Jenny Sanford.

How Obama Will Pay for His War (Video)

Sept. 12, 2014

The White House doesn’t know yet how much the new war with ISIS will cost, but it knows how it will pay for it: the all-purpose war funding credit card.

Congress Locked in ISIS War Muddle

Sept. 11, 2014

President Barack Obama’s prime-time ISIS war speech Wednesday night came as congressional leaders — and a restive rank and file — continued to wrestle with what role, if any, they should play.

Menendez Drafting New Authorization for ISIS War

Sept. 10, 2014

Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Robert Menendez said Wednesday that President Barack Obama’s new plan to “destroy” ISIS will eventually require congressional authorization, and promised his committee will begin drafting one.

Obama Announces Strategy to Destroy ISIS

Sept. 10, 2014

President Barack Obama wants the approval of Congress as he announces a broad new air war against ISIS, including strikes in Syria, but says he already has the authority he needs.

In a speech outlining a new strategy to destroy the group also known as ISIL or the Islamic State, Obama announced an extensive air campaign with no set end date, and plans to rely on others to engage in a ground war — Iraqi forces in Iraq, and Syrian moderates in Syria.

“I have made it clear that we will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are. That means I will not hesitate to take action against ISIL in Syria, as well as Iraq. This is a core principle of my presidency: if you threaten America, you will find no safe haven,” Obama said.

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 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.”

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 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.

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.

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'

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.

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.

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.

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