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Former Sen. Feingold on the Loss of Liberties

After the release of former Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold’s new book, “While America Sleeps: A Wake-up Call for the Post-9/11 Era,” Salon columnist Glenn Greenwald spoke with him about the deliberate curtailment of American civil liberties over the last 10 years.

Posted on Feb 25, 2012 READ MORE


Fixing Public Financing

Barack Obama’s decision to forgo public funds will bring joy to opponents of campaign finance reform. But to say that Obama has killed public financing is to miss the point.

Posted on Jun 23, 2008 READ MORE


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Senate Lets Telecoms Off the Hook

This might be a moment when Democratic supporters wonder what all the “changing of the guard” fuss was about when Dems took control of Congress in 2006: On Tuesday, the Senate effectively voted in favor of granting telecommunication companies retroactive immunity for their cooperation in the National Security Agency’s warrantless wiretapping program.

Posted on Feb 12, 2008 READ MORE


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Feingold’s Quick and Easy Guide to FISA

Lawmakers who take a principled stand on the tough and often complex issues that face our nation typically struggle to condense the relevant intricacies into a comprehensible sound bite. Here, Sen. Russ Feingold bucks the trend as he explains the administration’s plan for spying on Americans.

Posted on Jan 29, 2008 READ MORE


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Feingold Sheds the Kid Gloves

Sen. Russ Feingold didn’t wait long after the obligatory declaration of respect to lay into Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker during Tuesday’s testimony before the Senate. One particularly contentious moment occurred after the senator asked, “When can we expect the troop deaths to decline in Iraq?”

Posted on Sep 11, 2007 READ MORE


Democrats Will Try Again to End War Funding

Sen. Russ Feingold, Majority Leader Harry Reid and eight other Senate Democrats have decided to respond to Bush’s veto with an amendment that would halt war funding if troops were not safely withdrawn from Iraq by March 31, 2008. Exceptions would include operations against terrorist organizations, training for Iraqi soldiers and protection of U.S. infrastructure and personnel.

Posted on May 8, 2007 READ MORE


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Feingold Slams Warner-Levin Resolution

Sen. Russ Feingold unloads on both Dems and GOP’ers for making only empty gestures on ending the Iraq war. Feingold, like Rep. Dennis Kucinich, is one of the few elected officials with guts on this issue. Give this video a look.

Posted on Feb 6, 2007 READ MORE


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2006 MVPs: Most Valuable Progressives

The Nation’s John Nichols singles out those progressives he feels deserve special recognition for their work in 2006, including Russ Feingold (above) and members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

Posted on Dec 31, 2006 READ MORE


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Feingold: Iraq Report a ‘Washington Inside Job’

Sen. Russ Feingold critiques the Iraq Study Group report and argues for a more holistic approach to counter-terrorism: “The Iraq Study Group essentially sees Iraq the same way that most of official Washington does—as the be-all and end-all of our foreign and national security policy. Nothing could be further from the truth….”

Posted on Dec 8, 2006 READ MORE


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Feingold Questions Study Group’s Judgment

Flipping through the news channels on Wednesday, one would have seen an endless parade of pundits and politicians praising the Iraq Study Group’s report.  One exception was a man who was critical of the war before it was in style, Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.), who told “Countdown’s” Keith Olbermann: “The fact is, this commission was composed apparently entirely of people who did not have the judgment to oppose this Iraq war in the first place….” Watch it

Posted on Dec 7, 2006 READ MORE


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Not Born to Run

While some of us are still recovering from our post-midterm hangovers, politicians already have their sights set on the 2008 presidential election.  Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) countered expectations today by announcing he would not seek his party’s nomination for president, choosing instead to focus on his work in the Senate.

Posted on Nov 12, 2006 READ MORE


Bush’s Wiretapping Bill Stalls in Congress

Phew! President Bush’s attempt to provide legal support for his warrantless wiretapping program appears dead—for now—in the Senate.

  • Quote of the day (from Sen. Russ Feingold): “The president has basically said: I’ll agree to let a court decide if I’m breaking the law if you pass a law first that says I’m not breaking the law.”

    Posted on Sep 8, 2006 READ MORE


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    Feingold: Lieberman ‘Doesn’t Get It’

    The hard-charging senator from Wisconsin swatted down Sen. Joe Lieberman’s claim that pulling out of Iraq would only embolden future would-be plane-bombing terrorists: ?Joe is showing with that regrettable statement that he doesn?t get it. He doesn?t get it.”

    Posted on Aug 13, 2006 READ MORE


    Campaign Finance Effort Resumes, Without McCain

    The Arizona senator has withdrawn his co-sponsorship of a public financing bill that he and Sen. Russ Feingold (along with two House reps) had long championed. People close to the situation say McCain dropped his support because he is likely to run for president and may end up not abiding by public financing rules.
    We’ve known for some time that McCain has been doing all sorts of unseemly things in an attempt to lock up the nomination.

    Posted on Jul 28, 2006 READ MORE


    Kerry, Feingold Unite in Iraq Withdrawal Call

    The two senators appealed to the Senate—and to 3 million other Americans via e-mail—to back their call to withdraw combat troops from Iraq “by a hard and fast deadline.”

  • Sens. Jack Reed and Carl Levin supported the call—unlike many Democrats and most Republicans.

    Posted on Jun 20, 2006 READ MORE


  • Gore at 68% in Straw Poll

    The former veep trounced potential candidates for the 2008 race in an unscientific DailyKos poll. The closest runner-up, Russ Feingold, pulled a mere 15%.

    Posted on Jun 13, 2006 READ MORE


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    Shouting Match Over Gay Marriage Amendment

    After a Senate committee approved a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., strode out of the room, and Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., bid him “good riddance.”

    Posted on May 18, 2006 READ MORE


    Feingold Favors Legalizing Gay Marriage

    Watershed moment: A credible presidential hopeful stakes out the high moral ground—and the progressive left political ground—on homosexual marriage. He calls a pending Wisconsin amendment against same-sex marriages “a mean-spirited attempt” to single out gay men and lesbians for discrimination.

    Posted on Apr 5, 2006 READ MORE


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    Feingold Dresses Down CNN’s Soledad O’Brien

    The Wisconsin senator says that the CNN host has been intimidated by the RNC into believing that there exists a serious legal debate over the legality of the president’s spying program.
    DailyKos has more.

    Posted on Mar 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Feingold Proposes Bush Censure Over Spying

    Only one president in U.S. history has been censured—Andrew Jackson in 1834. But Russ Feingold says that this president “must be held accountable.”

    Posted on Mar 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Lawmakers Appear to Distance Selves From Lobbyists

    Both Republicans and Democrats are canceling meetings with lobbyists in the wake of the Abramoff scandal. | story
    Pardon our cynicism, but as long as lobbyists have money to dole out, lawmakers will find a way to the trough.
    Any lobbying-reform legislation that results from this scandal will be rendered moot as quickly as you can say “McCain-Feingold.”

    Posted on Jan 31, 2006 READ MORE


    Sen. Feingold Claims Gonzales Misled Him on Wiretaps

    Two years ago, the attorney general dismissed questions about warrantless spying as “hypothetical.” In fact, the program was already in place. | story
    Sorry, but what’s the difference again between “intentionally misleading” and “lying”?

    Posted on Jan 31, 2006 READ MORE


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