Steve Benen

Steve Benen is an MSNBC contributor, and a producer for The Rachel Maddow Show. He wrote the Washington Monthly‘s Political Animal from 2008 to 2012. His background includes publishing The Carpetbagger Report, and writing for a variety of publications, including Talking Points MemoThe American Prospect, the Huffington Post, and The Guardian. He has also appeared on NPR’s “Talk of the Nation,” Air America Radio’s “Sam Seder Show,” and XM Radio’s “POTUS ’08.”

Steve received his Master’s degree from the George Washington University in 1996, and has written for Democratic candidates nationwide. He lives in Vermont with his wife.


A new ‘Target’ for the AFA

A NEW ‘TARGET’ FOR THE AFA….As religious right groups go, the American Family Association doesn’t the kind of money, members, or influence some of its better known competitors have, but when it comes to boycotts, nobody comes close to the AFA. The AFA’s targets have included Disney, Ford, Crest toothpaste, Volkswagen, Tide detergent, Clorox bleach,… Read more »

Just a Bubp in the road

JUST A BUBP IN THE ROAD….Last week, Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-Ohio) lashed out at Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) on the House floor, and relayed remarks she claimed to have received from Marine Colonel Danny Bubp: “[He] asked me to send Congressman Murtha a message, that cowards cut and run, Marines never do.” As Avedon noted… Read more »

The GOP’s Scanlon Nightmare

THE GOP’S SCANLON NIGHTMARE….Uber-activist Paul Weyrich told the LA Times a few weeks ago, “I’ve been talking to some [Republican] members who are scared to death” by the Abramoff affair. Weyrich added, “That one has the potential for blowing into something far larger.” With this in mind, it’s difficult to overstate just how much Michael… Read more »

Woodward speaks

WOODWARD SPEAKS….A day after the Washington Post’s ombudsman, Deborah Howell, smacked Bob Woodward around in a very public way, Woodward hopes to redeem himself, starting tonight with an interview with CNN’s Larry King. (9pm eastern, check local listings) By way of Think Progress, CNN has offered a sneak preview of what we can expect from… Read more »

Cheney’s pride of ownership

CHENEY’S PRIDE OF OWNERSHIP….Slate’s Fred Kaplan wrote a compelling piece last week about the White House’s defense of the war in Iraq. Kaplan’s point made sense at the time, but I don’t think Bush and Cheney are sticking to the original script. President George W. Bush has suddenly shifted rhetoric on the war in Iraq…. Read more »