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Jennifer Bendery


Jennifer Bendery is Roll Call’s White House correspondent. Prior to taking over the beat in January 2010, she covered House and Senate leadership for three years. Jennifer’s other experience includes four years of reporting on the Texas State Legislature for GalleryWatch in Austin, Texas, and three years of covering health care policy for a number of national weekly newsletters based in Providence, R.I. She also worked in marketing for the San Francisco offices of book publisher John Wiley & Sons.

Bendery no longer works at Roll Call.

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Stories by Jennifer Bendery:

Gates Endorses Pork-Laden Omnibus Over CR

Dec. 16, 2010

Defense Secretary Robert Gates gave cover to President Barack Obama on Thursday to sign off on a massive omnibus spending bill stuffed with thousands of earmarks totaling more than $8 billion.

House Passes ‘Don’t Ask’ Repeal; Fate Rests in Senate

Dec. 15, 2010

The House passed a stand-alone bill on Wednesday that would repeal the ban on openly gay service members, shipping the measure to the Senate, where its future is unclear.

Obama Renews Pitch for Congress to Approve Tax Deal

Dec. 15, 2010

President Barack Obama made an eleventh-hour appeal to Congress on Wednesday morning to pass the $858 billion tax cut package “as swiftly as possible” when it comes up for a vote in the Senate later in the day and in the House later this week.

Daly Leaving Pelosi’s Office After Nine Years

Dec. 14, 2010

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced Tuesday that longtime Communications Director Brendan Daly is leaving for the private sector.

Divide-and-Conquer Plan Put to the Test by Obama

Dec. 13, 2010

President Barack Obama is making waves with his first foray into triangulation — and so far, his strategy appears to be paying off.

Biden, Skelton Huddle, Possibly on DADT

Dec. 13, 2010

Vice President Joseph Biden sat down Monday with ousted House Armed Services Chairman Ike Skelton to discuss a number of issues, according to the White House.

Gibbs: Congress Not Leaving This Week

Dec. 13, 2010

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Monday what Hill staffers itching to leave town for the holidays don’t want to hear: The lame-duck session is likely to extend beyond this week.

Clinton Urges Democratic Support for Tax Deal

Dec. 10, 2010

President Barack Obama on Friday brought in a heavy hitter to help build Democratic support for his tax deal: Bill Clinton.

Gibbs: Unhappy Democrats Should Come Up With Alternative

Dec. 9, 2010

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Thursday that President Barack Obama sympathizes with Democrats angry about the tax deal he brokered with Senate Republicans but challenged his party to come up with another way forward that all sides can agree on.

Biden Expands Job Profile

Dec. 8, 2010

The White House may have finally figured out the secret to charming Republicans on Capitol Hill: Vice President Joseph Biden.

Obama Chides Democratic Critics of Tax Deal

Dec. 7, 2010

President Barack Obama on Tuesday came out swinging at Democratic critics of his tax deal with GOP leaders, saying his party will “never get anything done” if its members refuse to compromise to advance their priorities.

Tax Deal Opponents Shut Down White House Phones

Dec. 7, 2010

Liberal activists angry about President Barack Obama’s concession on tax cuts for upper-income Americans crashed two phone lines at the White House and are gearing up for another onslaught of calls to Senate Democratic leaders.

Weiner Accuses Obama of ‘Punting on Third Down’

Dec. 6, 2010

Rep. Anthony Weiner ripped President Barack Obama on Monday for cutting a deal with Republicans to extend tax cuts for upper-income Americans without putting up a fight for core Democratic ideals.

On Tax Cuts, Liberals Wanted Obama to Fight

Dec. 6, 2010

As a final tax package with perks for the wealthy comes into focus, liberal Democrats appear to be the losers in President Barack Obama’s first major post-election deal, a trend that they may have to get used to in the next Congress.

Biden, House Democratic Leaders Meet Again on Tax Deal

Dec. 6, 2010

House Democratic leaders are heading to the White House on Monday afternoon for another meeting with Vice President Joseph Biden to try to broker a deal on tax cuts, Capitol Hill sources confirmed.

Obama, Biden Meet With Top Democrats to Finalize Tax Deal

Dec. 5, 2010

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden huddled privately with Congressional Democratic leaders in two weekend strategy sessions aimed at resolving the tax cut debate, Hill sources confirmed Sunday.

McConnell: No ‘Don’t Ask’ Vote This Year

Dec. 5, 2010

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Sunday that Congress is unlikely to vote this year on repealing the military’s ban on openly gay service members because of time constraints.

Senate ‘Disappoints’ Obama

Dec. 4, 2010

President Barack Obama said Saturday he was “very disappointed” by the Senate’s failure to advance bills aimed at extending Bush-era middle-class tax cuts, but vowed to redouble his efforts to strike a bipartisan deal in the coming days.

Obama Thanks Troops for ‘Extraordinary Service’

Dec. 3, 2010

President Barack Obama sought to give a morale boost to U.S. troops in Afghanistan on Friday, telling a crowd of nearly 4,000 soldiers in Bagram that the nation is united behind them this holiday season.

Obama: Korean Trade Agreement Finalized

Dec. 3, 2010

President Barack Obama announced Friday that the United States and South Korea have reached an agreement on a revised trade deal that he hopes will clear the path for Congressional approval in the coming months.

Obama Grants First Pardons of His Presidency

Dec. 3, 2010

President Barack Obama pardoned nine people Friday for crimes ranging from cocaine distribution to illegal possession of government property, in his first pardons as president.

Obama Makes Surprise Visit to Afghanistan

Dec. 3, 2010

President Barack Obama made a surprise visit to Afghanistan on Friday to meet with U.S. troops and talk to Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

Republicans Blame Democrats for Rise in Jobless Rate

Dec. 3, 2010

Democrats and Republicans continued sparring over economic policies Friday as new numbers showed unemployment rising from 9.6 percent to 9.8 percent in November, the highest rate since April.

House Vote on DREAM Act Possible Next Week

Dec. 2, 2010

House Democratic leaders are considering a vote on the DREAM Act on Wednesday, a senior House Democratic aide said Thursday.

Gibbs: Talk of Tax Cut Deal “Inaccurate”

Dec. 2, 2010

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs on Thursday praised House Democrats for passing a permanent extension of Bush-era middle-class tax cuts but said negotiators still have a ways to go in reaching a bipartisan tax deal.

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