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: Sep 17, 2009, Source: Washington Monthly

In one of the more dramatic departures from the previous administration, President Obama announced this morning that U.S. policy is changing course.

Posted on: Sep 16, 2009, Source: Washington Monthly

The insurance industry is being protected from not just public competition, but co-op competition.

Posted on: Sep 16, 2009, Source: Washington Monthly

Matt Latimer, a former Bush speechwriter, has penned a new book detailing the mismanaged administration.

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

If you're not reading conservative blogs, you're missing out on all kinds of fascinating insights you probably won't find anywhere else.

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

A new CNN poll shows increases in public approval on nearly every issue.

Posted on: Sep 11, 2009, Source: Washington Monthly

Sen Kent Conrad clarifies Senate Finance Committee position on health coverage for immigrants. Is it necessary?

Posted on: Sep 11, 2009, Source: Washington Monthly

At the risk of being unkind, I think ABC is getting the better end of this personnel change.

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

By most indications, the left was pleased with last night's address, and the right wasn't. But what about Ben Nelson and Olympia Snowe?

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

Today's news means the Gang of Six's relevance no longer matters -- the Finance Committee is moving forward.

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

Cable news networks should steer clear of framing the issue in "Palin v. Obama" terms. That's what the GOP wants.

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

At the heart of conservative thought is the rule of 'no handouts.' But is falling back on this belief a sign of GOP desperation?

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

If Republicans actually unveiled their plan for health care, it would lose them the debate. And elections for years to come.

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

Politics in 2009 is very silly.

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

And to think, this disgraced former Bush administration official struggled to find a job in the legal profession. Imagine that.

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

Not everyone at the town halls was a screaming right-winger.

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

The White House is preparing for the next stage in the fight for reform.

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

The House minority leader claimed yesterday that a public option did not represent America's "mainstream."

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

In 2005, Judd Gregg wanted to use reconciliation to sanction Arctic drilling. So why is he whining about it now?

Posted on: Aug 31, 2009, Source: Washington Monthly

There's widespread confusion, to be sure, but there's also a large group who deliberately embrace the lies they've been told.

Posted on: Aug 28, 2009, Source: Washington Monthly

One of these days, it sure would be nice if Republicans felt the need to denounce this kind of radical, vile rhetoric.

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