Ben Smith is a staff writer for The Politico and a co-founder of Room Eight. He created two others of New York City's top political blogs: The Daily Politics at The New York Daily News and The New York Observer's Politicker. He has worked in the past for The Indianapolis Star, The Wall Street Journal Europe, and The New York Sun. He also writes occasionally about New York politics for The New Republic. Ben grew up on the Upper West Side and lives in Brooklyn's 40th Councilmanic District.
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