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In the "good news, bad news," department: prolific, reasoned, well informed, and literate political blogger Steve Benen is giving up his online blog "Political Animal" and moving to work for Rachel Maddow at MSNBC. He has done a consistently superb job of providing genuine balance in analyzing the political foibles and triumphs of the past four years, and he will be sorely missed. Pay your respects here, and let's all hope that his work is equally accessible over at MSNBC.