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: Jul 17, 2009, Source: Washington Monthly

As long as there are not real issues to criticize, or real problems to address, why not waste everyone's time criticizing a throw?

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

In an unexpected move, the AMA delivered a caveat-free endorsement of Obama's plan.

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

When the White House signaled that the president would spend this week investing time and attention on health care reform, officials weren't kidding.

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

The more Reid takes this seriously, the better the chances we'll see some long overdue legislative progress on the issue.

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

If I didn't know better, I might think Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) has a preoccupation with issues related to race and ethnicity.

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

Kline's nightmarish vision of a cost-effective program with "very clear advantages" doesn't sound scary at all.

Posted on: Jul 13, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Only 6% of scientists in a recent Pew study identified as Republican.

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

A strong public option should net somewhere in the neighborhood of $150 billion in savings over ten years.

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

Noonan characterizes Palin as everything that's wrong with Republican politics in the 21st century.

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

This is one contorted excuse.

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

It's not enough for Bayh to vote with Republicans on key issues, he wants to help the GOP ensure there is no vote.

Posted on: Jul 8, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Eliot Spitzer has to be kicking himself right now for resigning so quickly.

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

Rahm Emanuel hinted that a trigger option was on the table.

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

The lasting impact of the "Tea Parties" in April has been minimal. Today's gatherings will be even less effective.

Posted on: Jul 3, 2009, Source: AlterNet

There have been plenty of Senate Majority Leaders in history who members feared and wouldn't dare cross. Reid isn't one of them.

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

And for some reason, major newspapers seem compelled to keep publishing his thoughts on the subject.

Posted on: Jul 2, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Strange -- they usually have so much to say about other people's sex lives.

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

Former CIA official Michael Scheuer has taken some provocative policy positions over the years, but I never thought he'd go this far.

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

Shouldn't the GOP get hit harder when one of its ranks (yet again) fails to live up to the moral standard it espouses?

Posted on: Jun 26, 2009, Source: Washington Monthly

In his last column for the Washington Post, Froomkin congratulates journalists who did their jobs -- and exposes those who didn't.