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: Oct 7, 2009, Source: Washington Monthly

The bill would cost $829 billion over the next decade, achieve $81 billion in deficit reduction, and cover 94% of the population.

Posted on: Oct 6, 2009, Source: Washington Monthly

Seventy-three percent of those polled said their opinion was directly affected by the election of Barack Obama.

Posted on: Oct 6, 2009, Source: Washington Monthly

In addition to Bob Dole and Tommy Thompson, Mark McLellan and Arnold Schwarzenegger have indicated they support Obama's plan.

Posted on: Oct 5, 2009, Source: Washington Monthly

Obviously, the public's desire for bipartisanship is pretty limited.

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

I honestly can't think of the last time I've seen so many high-profile Americans root so enthusiastically against their own country.

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

Thomas Sowell's latest column for National Review notes that President Obama and his team are "brainy." He sees this as a problem.

Posted on: Oct 1, 2009, Source: Washington Monthly

The tide continues to turn.

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

Just so we're clear, a leading conservative writer at one of the premier conservative political outlets, argued publicly against a woman's right to vote.

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

There is an unmistakable trend in right-wing rhetoric in the direction of extremism and violence; the conservative contingents have gone stark raving mad.

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

Turns out former New York Lt. Gov and supposed health care "analyst" Betsy McCaughey, (R), has been been pandering to special interests for years.

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

"Going Rogue: An American Life," Palin's 400 page memoir, is slated to hit shelves Nov. 17.

Posted on: Sep 28, 2009, Source: ThinkProgress

The line between the analysis offered by "serious" conservative voices and the unbalanced tirades of the nutty conservative fringe has all but disappeared.

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

Take that, "24" fans.

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

It seems as if Beck may be marginalizing himself in a way that will, if we're all really lucky, make him permanently toxic to those who take politics seriously.

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

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R) of Oklahoma sure is on a roll when it comes to attacking the White House.

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

After a career of bashing all things bilingual, the former speaker of the house has launched a news web site for Hispanic people.

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

The GOP keeps saying it agrees with 80 percent of what's in the current bill. So why all the pressure to scrap it?

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

"Those who say we are scrapping missile defense in Europe are either misinformed or misrepresenting what we are doing," Gates said.

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

A new poll suggests that's the case.

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

This scene from last night's "The O'Reilly Factor," had to be some kind of mistake. It sounded like Fox News' Bill O'Reilly endorsed a public option.

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