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Amanda Terkel

Russ Feingold Rallies Protesters In Wisconsin | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

MADISON, WIS. -- Russ Feingold may no longer be in elected office, but he can still excite crowds of labor protesters who have rallied at the state's ...

Feingold Launches the Sort of Political Action Committee We Need

Bob Ostertag | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Ostertag

I can imagine that in some ways Feingold might be even more effective running a PAC than sitting in the Senate. But he will need some money. So if you can afford it, please give him some.

Amanda Terkel

Russ Feingold Launches New Project: 'Progressives United' | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When some senators retire, they decide to take lucrative lobbying jobs. Others go straight to Wall Street. But Wisconsin Democrat Russ ...

Enemy of My Enemy Is My Friend: House Dems and 26 Republicans (Including Tea Partiers) Vote Down Patriot Act Extension

Scott Mendelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Mendelson

This may be the start of the genuine liberals in Congress joining with the genuine conservatives in order to attempt to stop the genuinely un-American activities occurring post-9/11 on our watch and in our name.

What Happened To Russ Feingold?

Roll Call | Nathan L. Gonzales | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

It wasn't supposed to be this way. Russ Feingold's reputation as a maverick and clever campaign ads were supposed to insulate him from the nationa...

Renewing the Patriot Act While America Sleeps

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Of course, there is no doubt that if we lived in a police state, it would be easier to catch terrorists. If we lived in a country that allowed the pol...

Vote for Me?

Cody Brotter | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Cody Brotter

No seriously, like, as a favor. As if I had asked you to get a "sandwich for me." I'm just always super tired on Tuesdays. In the November 2010 elect...

Which Colleges Landed Celebrity Professors This Year?

Posted 05.25.2011 | College

Those who prescribe to the old adage "those who can't do, teach," will have to think again -- this year, a slew of writers, politicians and even celeb...

Thank You, Russ Feingold

Andy Kutler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Kutler

Elections come and go, but Russ Feingold's legacy will be his character and integrity. And I know I speak for so many others, particularly those of us who were so fortunate to serve on his staff, when I say to him, "Thank you for your service."

Amanda Terkel

Ten Years In, Afghanistan War Barely An Issue In 2010 Campaign | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With the American public increasingly souring on the nearly decade-long war in Afghanistan, voters tossed out one of the conflict's lead...

Towards a Labor-Democratic Party

Larry Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larry Abrams

Electoral politics has long been said to be "the Art of the possible," while the politics of change is necessarily about changing what's possible. I...

John McCain Praises Progressive Colleague On Senate Floor

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) heaped praise on his departing Democratic colleague, three-term Sen. Russ Feingold of Wisconsin, on Tuesday, saying that th...

Needed: A New Nader

Andrew Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Levine

I used to think that it would be useful if someone would challenge Barack Obama in the Democratic primaries; that it would force him off his rightward...

Feingold Counting On Being Underestimated

Roll Call | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

MILWAUKEE -- On the morning of the Green Bay Packers' first home game, when other politicians -- including Republican Senate candidate Ron Johnson -- ...

The 19 Senators Who Voted To Censor The Internet

Tech Dirt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

This is hardly a surprise but, this morning (as previously announced), the lame duck Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously voted to move forward with...

Obama's Next Steps

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We'll have lots of time to examine Obama's new course before he actually formally announces it next year. In the meantime, Obama has two short months remaining to convince the Senate to get something done to bolster his legacy.

North Dakota -- A Template For Our Economic Recovery

Pearl Korn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Pearl Korn

The Bank of North Dakota has garnered attention for its continued profitability. Momentum is building for a sane kind of banking system that works for the people and state instead of the bottom line of banks and shareholders.

Friday Talking Points [145] -- A Democratic Epitaph

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

An interesting article caught my eye last week, but what with all the election hoopla, I haven't had a chance to write about it before now. But even ...

Weekly Mulch: Climate Deniers Set to Freeze Progress in Congress

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
The Media Consortium

by Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium blogger A chill is coming to Washington. A wave of climate change deniers were elected to office this week, and co...

Emily Swanson

Feingold: Victim Of The Wave Or Local Demographics? | Emily Swanson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The 2010 elections undoubtedly represented a wave. Republicans gained at least six Senate seats and at least 60 house seats. However, not every Democr...

Sam Stein

Dean Camp Sees Mischief Behind Rumors That He'll Primary Obama | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- For the second time in as many days, a progressive-minded politician who is either out of office -- or soon to be -- has had to deny tha...

House Democrats Punished for Senate's Failures

Paul Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

The Democrats lost the House, and Nancy Pelosi the Speaker's gavel, because of the Senate's dysfunction. Many, if not most, I would wager, of the 400+ bills passed by the House had simple majorities in the Senate.

The GOP Won Big, but the Media Has Mischaracterized the Story

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Russnow

In the aftermath of Tuesday's election, the media has made it appear that all is lost -- the Tea Party is in control, because this narrative keeps us glued to our seats either with delight or fury. Now, the facts.

Wave of Voter Anger Leaves Damage, Opportunities

Hans Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hans Johnson

It is often the least of these who have the most at stake in elections. Nov. 2, 2010, was a night of reckoning for advocates of working people, immigr...

A Progressive Primary to Push for Jobs and End the Wars

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Naiman

The worst thing we must now face is that the 2010 election is likely a preview of 2012, unless some dramatic new element is introduced into our national politics that changes the character of national debate.