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: Dec 29, 2009, Source: Washington Monthly

The GOP is desperate to politicize the attempted terrorism. That's probably not a good idea.

Posted on: Dec 26, 2009, Source: Washington Monthly

A roundup.

Posted on: Dec 25, 2009, Source: Washington Monthly

The passage of health reform is a revelation of just how desperately change is needed and how difficult it will be to achieve.

Posted on: Dec 24, 2009, Source: Washington Monthly

If it passes, it's just not likely to be unpassed -- here's why.

Posted on: Dec 22, 2009, Source: Washington Monthly

The award was bequeathed by Politifact, an independent fact-checker.

Posted on: Dec 22, 2009, Source: Washington Monthly

Franken's measure passed, 68 to 30.

Posted on: Dec 21, 2009, Source: Washington Monthly

McCain's attacks are the height of stupidity.

Posted on: Dec 18, 2009, Source: Washington Monthly

Let's kill the effort -- and tens of thousands of uninsured humans -- so staffers don't have to drive in the messy weather.

Posted on: Dec 17, 2009, Source: Washington Monthly

Any chance the Big Dog has any sway with Nelson?

Posted on: Dec 17, 2009, Source: Washington Monthly

The bizarre John Birch Society has slowly been welcomed into the fold as conservatives have become more extreme.

Posted on: Dec 15, 2009, Source: Washington Monthly

An administration official said today that dozens of terrorism suspects from Guantanamo will be moved to Thomson Correctional Facility.

Posted on: Dec 13, 2009, Source: Washington Monthly

A round-up!

Posted on: Dec 10, 2009, Source: Washington Monthly

The public option has basically been negotiated away. And Lieberman is still not satisfied.

Posted on: Dec 10, 2009, Source: Washington Monthly

There are still some Republican officials who are outraged by their party's moderation. Amazing.

Posted on: Dec 9, 2009, Source: Washington Monthly

Dean calls it "incrementalism in the right direction."

Posted on: Dec 9, 2009, Source: Washington Monthly

The Nebraska senator seems to think they're the equivalent of free money. They're not.

Posted on: Dec 8, 2009, Source: Washington Monthly

You've almost got to feel bad for the House minority whip.

Posted on: Dec 7, 2009, Source: Washington Monthly

The Senator from Arizona seems grumpy these days.

Posted on: Dec 4, 2009, Source: Washington Monthly

Brown wants to co-sponsor legislation by some of the most outspoken opponents of health-care reform.

Posted on: Dec 3, 2009, Source: Washington Monthly

Often, anxieties about the national debt are indicative of anxieties over the economy and unemployment.

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