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.


Obama’s future

OBAMA’S FUTURE….For a man with only 11 months in the Senate under his belt, Barack Obama has a knack for impressing people. The sage of money and finance, America’s second-richest man, seldom becomes invested in politicians. But [Warren Buffett] has made an exception for the junior senator from Illinois, which is precisely why Obama has… Read more »

Quote of the Day

QUOTE OF THE DAY….I imagine it’s difficult for adamant supporters of the war in Iraq to understand when people change their mind about the value of the war, but when faced with grieving parents, who’ve lost sons or daughters in Iraq, members of Congress should probably avoid questioning the parents’ sanity. “You’ll have a parent… Read more »

An innocent man?

AN INNOCENT MAN?….Discussions over the death penalty can include a variety of compelling angles, but one argument that’s tough get around is the fact that it’s one of the only forms of punishment that can’t be undone. It’s something to keep in mind when considering what happened in Texas to Ruben Cantu. Texas executed its… Read more »

The Denver Three

THE DENVER THREE….The Bush White House’s “Bubble Boy” policies — which, for years, have excluded anyone from presidential events that isn’t a pre-screened sycophant — have become the stuff of legend. But there’s always been something a little different about the Denver Three. In March, Denver residents Alex Young, Karen Bauer, and Leslie Weise obtained… Read more »

Who’s the Boss?

WHO’S THE BOSS?….Votes on symbolic resolutions are so common in Congress, they hardly ever spark any controversy at all. Lawmakers from both parties, in both chambers, honor someone from their district or state, they give a laudatory speech, and their resolution passes unanimously. It couldn’t be any more routine. Unless, that is, the resolution is… Read more »