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Steve Benen

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, 9.24.21

Today's edition of quick hits.

Kayleigh McEnany targets Biden, accidentally makes Trump look worse

Kayleigh McEnany wanted to blame Joe Biden for last year's U.S. murder rate. But Biden wasn't president last year — but McEnany's former boss was.

Latest evidence shows Trump's team knew election lies weren't true

Late last year, Team Trump examined election conspiracy theories and discredited them. Others on Team Trump peddled the bogus claims anyway.

House Democrats pass new bill to codify Roe v. Wade protections

The Women's Health Protection Act has gone from an afterthought in Democratic politics to a new staple of the party's legislative agenda.

Friday's Campaign Round-Up, 9.24.21

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

McConnell won't rule out blocking possible Biden SCOTUS nominees

Mitch McConnell won't rule out blocking Joe Biden's future Supreme Court nominees. Is Stephen Breyer listening?

GOP Senate hopeful characterizes pregnancies from rape as 'inconvenient'

Telling women impregnated by rapists that their circumstances are merely "inconvenient" is likely to be a tough sell.

Texas Republicans join the parade of unneeded election 'audits'

The Arizona Republicans' utterly bonkers "audit" of 2020 election results is coming to an ignominious end, but Texas' is just getting started.

Panel investigating Jan. 6 subpoenas top members of Trump's team

As the Jan. 6 select committee issues new subpoenas, Trump says he wants the public to "see the real facts," even while vowing to hide the facts.

Sham audit backfires on Arizona GOP, Biden won by a wider margin

Trump had told people the Arizona audit "could undo" the 2020 presidential election. That was bonkers at the time; it's much worse now.

Thursday's Mini-Report, 9.23.21

Today's edition of quick hits.