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: Aug 6, 2009, Source: Washington Monthly

Relax wingnuts: the Government is not collecting names or asking people to report on one another.

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

In this environment, it's hard to anticipate just how paranoid some people will choose to be.

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

It was a tough competition, but we have a winner.

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

Republicans continue to suggest health care reform isn't especially important, and the status quo isn't so bad. I'm not sure why.

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

The NYT ran a piece alleging MSNBC and Fox made to make Olbermann and O'Reilly stop attacking each other.

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

Here's a closer look at the taxpayer-subsidized coverage members of Congress have.

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

They will go the distance to prevent people from getting publicly-administered insurance.

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

Cantor (R-Va.) never seemed especially concerned about czars before, but he seems awfully worked up about the issue now.

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

Cornyn must have a pretty short memory.

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

"I'm on the side of conservatives getting back to core conservative values," Vitter said. Oh really?

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

Dobbs called Maddow a "teabagging queen." What does that mean? And has Dobbs completely lost it?

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

Sen. George Voinovich (R) of Ohio is retiring next year, and apparently feels a little more comfortable speaking his mind.

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

How the Obama White House has been trying, perhaps a little too hard, to avoid the mistakes of the last serious campaign to reform health care.

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

They seem to have an extreme aversion to substance.

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

The president responds to Harry Reid's announcement that the Senate will not take up health reform until after the August recess.

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

The network's chief task? Debunking the myths of its resident "birther."

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

The industry's spin is, at a minimum, highly misleading.

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

Remember when Republicans would say that Eric Cantor is a credible, serious voice, who deserves to be taken seriously? Good times.

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

Right-wingers are obsessively looking for misguided stimulus expenditures. That'd be great -- if only they got their facts straight.

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

Republicans don't want Obama to be the president who finally delivers the overhaul Americans have been waiting for over the last several decades.

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