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Steve Benen

"The Rachel Maddow Show" producer and Maddowblog editor

Steve Benen is a producer for "The Rachel Maddow Show," the editor of MaddowBlog and an MSNBC political contributor. He's also the bestselling author of "The Impostors: How Republicans Quit Governing and Seized American Politics."

Steve Benen is a producer for "The Rachel Maddow Show," the editor of MaddowBlog and an MSNBC political contributor. He's also the bestselling author of "The Impostors: How Republicans Quit Governing and Seized American Politics."

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Friday’s Mini-Report, 1.27.23

Today’s edition of quick hits.

Despite recent failures, RNC’s Ronna McDaniel wins another term

As RNC chair, Ronna McDaniel has suffered a series of electoral and legal setbacks. Party members elected her to a fourth term anyway.

Kari Lake has a lucrative incentive to push conspiracy theories

Donald Trump found that the more he lied about his election defeat, the more money he raised. It’s a lesson Kari Lake appears to have learned quite well.

Friday’s Campaign Round-Up, 1.27.23

Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.

Trump lawyer Eastman faces possible disbarment, among other troubles

The bad news for John Eastman is that he might lose his law license. The worse news is that this isn't the Republican lawyer's only problem.

The GOP clearly hasn’t thought through its DirecTV complaints

Republican rhetoric about DirecTV isn’t just hysterical, it’s also increasingly weird for a party that claims to care about free-market principles.

List of Trump criminal investigations gets unexpectedly longer

John Durham's investigation into Donald Trump's suspected financial crimes adds to the list of criminal investigations surrounding the former president.

As their debt ceiling scheme advances, the GOP still has no plan

What’s scarier than Republicans launching a debt ceiling crisis? Republicans launching a debt ceiling crisis without anything resembling an actual plan.

Details expose Barr’s Durham probe as a law enforcement scandal

John Durham's probe set out to uncover a scandal. New details help prove that Bill Barr's partisan investigation actually became a scandal.

Thursday’s Mini-Report, 1.26.23

Today’s edition of quick hits.

U.S. economy continues to grow and beat expectations

“This economy is resilient,” one economist explained. “And the White House can reasonably take some credit here and run a nice big victory lap."