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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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Obama, Hispanic Caucus Leaders to Meet Tuesday

Nov. 15, 2010

President Barack Obama will sit down with leaders of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus on Tuesday to discuss the next steps for advancing a comprehensive immigration overhaul and, in the short-term, the DREAM Act, a White House official said Monday night.

Supreme Court Orders ‘Don’t Ask’ to Stay In Effect for Now

Nov. 12, 2010

The Supreme Court has turned down a request by a gay rights group to temporarily suspend the military’s controversial “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy banning openly gay service members, CNN reported Friday.

Immigration Advocates Expect Reid to Move Bill Now

Nov. 10, 2010

Immigration reform advocates said Wednesday that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid owes “a debt” to Hispanics for helping him get re-elected, and they expect payback in the coming weeks with Senate action on a contentious immigration proposal.

Biden-Issa Meeting Set for Lame Duck

Nov. 9, 2010

Vice President Joseph Biden and incoming Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa will meet to discuss oversight of the stimulus, a White House official said Tuesday.

Obama Worried About Pace of Middle East Peace Talks

Nov. 9, 2010

President Barack Obama voiced concerns about the Middle East peace talks Tuesday and said neither side appears to be making “the extra effort” to forge a way forward together.

Senate Trio Urges Action on DADT

Nov. 9, 2010

A trio of Senators is stepping up the pressure on their colleagues to vote to repeal the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy during the lame-duck session of Congress set to kick off Nov. 15.

Fimian to Concede to Connolly Tuesday

Nov. 8, 2010

Republican Keith Fimian is expected to concede to Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) on Tuesday, the Washington Post reported Monday night.

Scramble Is on Over Senate ‘Don’t Ask’ Vote

Nov. 8, 2010

Gay rights groups are injecting new urgency into their push to pass a repeal of the military’s ban on openly gay service members in the lame-duck session as a prominent Senate Republican steps up his efforts to nix the vote.

Connolly Wins; Fimian to Concede Tuesday

Nov. 8, 2010

Republican Keith Fimian is expected to concede to Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) on Tuesday, the Washington Post reported Monday night.

Obama Hopeful for Bipartisanship in Next Congress

Nov. 7, 2010

President Barack Obama vowed Sunday to work with the newly emboldened Republicans in the next Congress but signaled he has no new strategy for staving off the partisanship that has dominated Capitol Hill for the past two years.

Issa Has No Plans to Investigate Sestak Job Offer

Nov. 5, 2010

Rep. Darrell Issa, poised to chair the panel with the power to investigate the Obama administration, is ready to drop the issue he once called an “impeachable” offense and “Obama’s Watergate.”

White House Gives Subtle Nod to Pelosi’s Leadership Bid

Nov. 5, 2010

The White House is cautiously weighing in on Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to run for Minority Leader in the next Congress, a move that put to rest days of speculation about the California Democrat’s next step after her party took a bruising in Tuesday’s elections.

Connolly Hospitalized for Undisclosed Condition

Nov. 5, 2010

Rep. Gerry Connolly has been hospitalized for an undisclosed matter but is expected to head home this weekend.

Grayson Blames Losses on Democrats’ ‘Appeasement’ Policy

Nov. 4, 2010

Rep. Alan Grayson blasted party leaders and President Barack Obama on Thursday for pursuing a “policy of appeasement” over the past two years that he said led to House Democrats getting trounced in Tuesday’s midterm elections.

Obama ‘Open’ to Tax Cut Talks

Nov. 4, 2010

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Thursday that President Barack Obama is willing to talk about extending Bush-era tax cuts to the wealthy for a year or two as part of a deal with Republicans to extend middle-class tax cuts.

Obama to Host Congressional Leaders on Nov. 18

Nov. 4, 2010

President Barack Obama has invited Congressional Democratic and Republican leaders to the White House on Nov. 18 to discuss plans for Congress’ lame-duck session.

Obama on Democratic Losses: ‘It Feels Bad’

Nov. 3, 2010

President Barack Obama cast a reflective tone Wednesday as he weighed in on the devastating blow to his party during Tuesday’s midterm elections.

A Conciliatory President Confronts a New Washington, New Electoral Map for 2012

Nov. 3, 2010

Barely a day after the midterm elections dealt a devastating blow to Democrats, President Barack Obama is already signaling that he has moved to the “what’s next” stage of his presidency — namely, to begin preparing for his 2012 re-election campaign.

Issa Will ‘Absolutely’ Step Up Subpoenas From Oversight Panel

Nov. 3, 2010

House Oversight and Government Reform ranking member Darrell Issa said early Wednesday that he “absolutely” plans to beef up the panel’s use of subpoenas when he becomes chairman as expected in January.

DeMint Crows Over Tea Party Wins

Nov. 2, 2010

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) wasted no time aligning himself with tea party candidates who won Senate seats on Tuesday — and took a shot at Republican leaders for not supporting their new conservative colleagues during their campaigns.

DeMint Won’t Say Whether He Supports Creating Tea Party Caucus

Nov. 2, 2010

Hours after taking credit for helping to bring tea party candidates to the Senate, Sen. Jim DeMint skirted questions about whether he would support creating an official tea party caucus.

GOP a Hurdle for Obama Lobbyists

Nov. 1, 2010

Obama aides who helped usher through some of the most sweeping legislative reforms in decades have a problem: Republicans, who say they have next to no relationship with the White House at a time when they are poised to hold significantly more sway in the 112th Congress.

Axelrod: We Didn’t Do Enough to Sell Agenda

Oct. 20, 2010

White House senior adviser David Axelrod admitted Wednesday that the administration didn’t do enough to help explain Democrats’ legislative accomplishments to the public over the past two years.

Obama May Align With GOP in 112th Congress

Oct. 4, 2010

President Barack Obama may find that he has some surprising new Republican allies next year. With Democrats poised to lose seats and possibly control of Congress in the midterm elections, House Republicans are looking to the next year to restart their relationship with the White House.

Democrats Want White House Help on Messaging

Sept. 29, 2010

As the 111th Congress peters out, many House Democrats are looking ahead to next year with hope for new faces — starting with a new chief of staff — and a stronger marketing strategy coming out of the White House.

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