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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?"

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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have decided to respond to Bush's veto with an amendment that would halt war funding if troops were not safely withdrawn from Iraq by March 31, 2008.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.

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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.

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