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: Jan 5, 2010, Source: Washington Monthly

Chairman Jim Greer said he "cannot be a participant in the shredding and tearing of the fabric of the Republican Party."

Posted on: Jan 5, 2010, Source: Washington Monthly

Right now, there are no incentives to tell the truth. One NYU professor wants to change that.

Posted on: Jan 2, 2010, Source: Washington Monthly

The media is not calling him on it like they should.

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

Democrats are striking back at the absurd Republican attacks against the President's counter-terrorism policies.

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

Ideally, Americans would see through the baseless condemnations of the White House, and recognize them for what they are: petty and stupid.

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

Bush and Cheney spent around $150 million on abstinence programs that failed miserably. So why do anti-sex advocates insist on throwing money down the hole?

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.

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

More softballs than summer camp. The Obama administration is understandably vexed.

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

There have been plenty of painful missed opportunities, but as first years go, this isn't bad.

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

The chutzpah!

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

There's no mystery here. The debate is over. The stimulus has made a real, positive difference.

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

Joe Lieberman will work with Republicans to kill health care reform, no matter the consequences for the millions who are counting on this bill to pass.

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

According to a White House insider, Obama will discuss both a surge and an exit strategy in a two-hour address Dec. 1.

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

Another month, another justification.

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

According to pollsters.

Posted on: Nov 19, 2009, Source: Washington Monthly

If our political landscape were slightly saner, Republicans would embrace this bill with both arms.

Posted on: Nov 19, 2009, Source: Washington Monthly

Wow.

Posted on: Nov 19, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Holder literally burst out laughing when confronted with this absurd line of questioning.

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

This time it's Washington Times editor Wesley Pruden. And it's pretty shocking.

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

Far enough to completely contradict themselves, apparently.

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

What will happen to the terrible amendment to the health care bill?

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