Stories by Steve Benen

Steve Benen is "blogger in chief" of the popular Washington Monthly online blog, Political Animal. His background includes publishing The Carpetbagger Report, and writing for a variety of publications, including Talking Points Memo, The American Prospect, the Huffington Post, and The Guardian. He has also appeared on NPR's "Talk of the Nation," MSNBC's "Rachel Maddow Show," Air America Radio's "Sam Seder Show," and XM Radio's "POTUS '08." subscribe to Steve Benen's feed

Posted on: Jan 25, 2010, Source: Washington Monthly

So much for "compassionate conservatism."

Posted on: Jan 22, 2010, Source: Washington Monthly

A consensus is forming around the axiom that the only way forward is forward.

Posted on: Jan 22, 2010, Source: Washington Monthly

The main hurdle standing in the way of Dems delivering on their agenda is a dysfunctional system that empowers a small congressional minority to kill the majority's agenda.

Posted on: Jan 21, 2010, Source: Washington Monthly

Allowing the health bill to fail now is insane.

Posted on: Jan 21, 2010, Source: Washington Monthly

Gloom is not the best strategy.

Posted on: Jan 19, 2010, Source: Washington Monthly

Bush administration officials used the cloak of counter-terrorism to abuse civil liberties, ignore the law, and violate Americans' privacy? Imagine that.

Posted on: Jan 18, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Steele and Palin seem to be taking advantage of GOP anarchy to make money.

Posted on: Jan 15, 2010, Source: Washington Monthly

Seems to be the case. This offers an amazing opportunity for Democrats.

Posted on: Jan 14, 2010, Source: Washington Monthly

Every time I hear Palin try to answer any question on any subject, it reminds me of a Bart Simpson classroom presentation.

Posted on: Jan 12, 2010, Source: Washington Monthly

Scrapping this policy is not just a priority for the LGBT community -- it's a sought after step for anyone who rejects discrimination, and supports equality and fairness.

Posted on: Jan 8, 2010, Source: Washington Monthly

Maybe now the political establishment can drop the pretense that this persona still exists.

Posted on: Jan 8, 2010, Source: Washington Monthly

This tension matters a great deal -- the former wants smaller government; the latter wants bigger government to discriminate against people they don't like.

Posted on: Jan 7, 2010, Source: Washington Monthly

Getting a climate bill done this year will be "a tough slog," but it may yet come together.

Posted on: Jan 6, 2010, Source: Washington Monthly

Oh shucks.

Posted on: Jan 5, 2010, Source: Washington Monthly

Chairman Jim Greer said he "cannot be a participant in the shredding and tearing of the fabric of the Republican Party."

Posted on: Jan 5, 2010, Source: Washington Monthly

Right now, there are no incentives to tell the truth. One NYU professor wants to change that.

Posted on: Jan 2, 2010, Source: Washington Monthly

The media is not calling him on it like they should.

Posted on: Dec 30, 2009, Source: Washington Monthly

Democrats are striking back at the absurd Republican attacks against the President's counter-terrorism policies.

Posted on: Dec 30, 2009, Source: Washington Monthly

Ideally, Americans would see through the baseless condemnations of the White House, and recognize them for what they are: petty and stupid.

Posted on: Dec 29, 2009, Source: Washington Monthly

Bush and Cheney spent around $150 million on abstinence programs that failed miserably. So why do anti-sex advocates insist on throwing money down the hole?

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