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: Nov 5, 2009, Source: Washington Monthly

The problem, according to conservatives, is that you have insurance. And good policy will take it away from you.

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

This is despite Wilson's voting down of an appropriations bill that contained special funding to battle H1N1.

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

The bill is so outlandishly aristocratic, it might just be a gift for Dems.

Posted on: Nov 2, 2009, Source: Washington Monthly

Right-wing nihilists are deliberately driving moderates from the party ranks.

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

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) excoriated Republicans on Thursday for stalling more than 200 executive and judicial nominees.

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

You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you just might find, you get what you can pass in a House caucus with 51 Blue Dogs.

Posted on: Oct 27, 2009, Source: Washington Monthly

Here's how Lieberman's B.S. has evolved.

Posted on: Oct 27, 2009, Source: Washington Monthly

Besides "no", that is.

Posted on: Oct 23, 2009, Source: Washington Monthly

Frank Gaffney missed the sanity train long ago.

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

"What Vice President Cheney calls 'dithering, President Obama calls his solemn responsibility to the men and women in uniform and the American public,'" Gibbs said.

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

It's nice to John Kerry get some well-deserved credit.

Posted on: Oct 20, 2009, Source: Washington Monthly

Critiquing the White House for calling out Fox's propagandizing and hate-mongering is not objectivity; it's lunacy.

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

Grassley appears to be offering at least tacit support for radical "Tenther" theories that insist that health care reform may be unconstitutional.

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

The ugly intersection of paranoia, bigotry and McCarthyism.

Posted on: Oct 14, 2009, Source: Washington Monthly

It's pretty unusual for a Senate Majority Leader to testify as a witness at a committee hearing, so I was glad to see Harry Reid (D-Nev.) make an exception today on a key issue.

Posted on: Oct 14, 2009, Source: Washington Monthly

Uber-conservative Lindsay Graham set off lunatic fringe.

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

Snowe, a moderate Republican from Maine, announced she will vote for the current bill. Here's why that news is both good and bad.

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

"Keep America Safe," an organization that will likely do anything but what its name promises, was created by Liz Cheney and Bill Kristol.

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

You'd think he'd have something to say about these foiled terror plots of late.

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

Because ... well, because he's not entirely stable.

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