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Sen. Russ Feingold
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Russ Feingold is the Founder of Progressives United.

For eighteen years, Russell D. Feingold represented Wisconsin in the United States Senate. He served on the Judiciary, Foreign Relations, Budget, and Intelligence Committees. He also served in the Wisconsin State Senate from 1983 to 1993 and practiced law for six years at Foley & Lardner and LaFollette & Sinykin in Madison, Wisconsin.

Russ follows in the long progressive Wisconsin tradition of open government, fighting for families, and fiscal responsibility. Well known for leading the fight for campaign finance reform in the Senate, Russ has always championed efforts to limit the influence of special interests. Senator Feingold was also the only senator to vote against the Patriot Act, was the first senator to propose a timetable to exit Iraq, and believes we need a timetable to leave Afghanistan. In addition, Russ has always fought against unfair trade agreements like NAFTA and fought against financial deregulation.

Russ is currently a visiting professor of law at Marquette University Law School, and is also the author of the forthcoming book “While America Sleeps,” about what America has done wrong domestically and abroad since the terrorist attacks of September 11, and what steps must be taken to ensure that the next ten years are focused on the international problems that threaten America and its citizens.

Blog Entries by Sen. Russ Feingold

Standing Up to the Unholy Alliance Between Washington and Wall Street

Posted June 30, 2010 | 12:23 PM (EST)

Wall Street and its allies have been calling the shots in Congress for decades, so they must be glad to see how things are shaping up on financial regulatory reform. Congress is about to vote on a final bill that fails to fix the key flaws in the bills passed...

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A Timetable for Afghanistan is Key to a Broader Security Strategy

Posted April 14, 2010 | 01:14 PM (EST)

Today I introduced bipartisan legislation, along with Representatives Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Walter Jones (R-NC), requiring a timetable to draw down U.S. troops from Afghanistan. The legislation is one component of a comprehensive national security strategy to defeat al Qaeda and its affiliates around the world. Below are several key...

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D.C. Takes Up Same Day Registration, So Should Congress

Posted November 3, 2009 | 11:43 AM (EST)

Today, Virginians will turn out to elect their new governor. Unfortunately, Virginians who are eligible to vote but missed the October 5th registration deadline will not be able to play a role in this important process.

It would be a different story if these Virginians lived in our states, Wisconsin...

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We Need a Strategy, Not a Silver Bullet, to Stop the LRA

Posted July 7, 2009 | 10:27 AM (EST)

Since the late 1980s, the people of northern Uganda have lived a nightmare. Over the years, the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), led by the brutal Joseph Kony, forcibly abducted tens of thousands of children to fill their ranks as soldiers and sex slaves. Sadly, this nightmare went mostly unnoticed by...

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First, Do What We Must in Pakistan

Posted April 3, 2009 | 12:34 PM (EST)

President Obama's strategy review for Afghanistan and Pakistan, unveiled last week, finally focuses the government's attention and resources where they are most needed. After years of our country being bogged down in Iraq, the president recognizes that the key to our national security is defeating al Qaeda, and that to...

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A Great Start to Restoring the Rule of Law

Posted January 22, 2009 | 04:05 PM (EST)

Just hours after his historic inauguration, President Obama has made history again, by signing executive orders that undo, with the stroke of a pen, some of the Bush Administration's worst mistakes. President Obama is off to a great start on restoring the rule of law, and he's giving the...

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Time's up for Robert Mugabe

Posted December 9, 2008 | 11:35 AM (EST)

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and I don't always agree on the issues, but when it comes to her take on crisis in Zimbabwe, I couldn't agree more. Last week, Secretary Rice was right to call the June 27th election in Zimbabwe, as well as the power-sharing negotiations to this...

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Core of McCain-Feingold Untouched

Posted June 26, 2008 | 01:37 PM (EST)

Today's Supreme Court decision on the millionaire's amendment left the core of the McCain-Feingold law intact, and that's good news for everyone who cares about stamping out corruption in government. The most important part of McCain-Feingold has always been the ban on soft money, a ban the Supreme Court upheld...

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By Damaging Our Partnerships, We Damage Our Security

Posted March 18, 2008 | 10:42 PM (EST)

As the war in Iraq enters its sixth year, official US casualty figures approach 4,000 dead and nearly 30,000 wounded. These figures exclude the many who have less visible but no less damaging injuries to mental health; those whose injuries resulted from accidents while they served in a war zone;...

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The Warnings are There, Will the President Listen?

Posted February 20, 2008 | 04:41 PM (EST)

Today, as Americans analyze the election results from my home state, I'd like to share with you the concerns I've been hearing from Wisconsinites at my town hall meetings. Again and again, I hear the same, often anguished question: When will we get our brave troops out of Iraq? The...

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What's at Stake in Pakistan

Posted November 13, 2007 | 12:04 PM (EST)

The news coming out of Pakistan reminds us of what's at stake in our relationship with that nation -- which possesses nuclear weapons and serves as a base camp for al Qaeda -- and how our Iraq-centric policies are undermining our national security interests in the region. As the administration...

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Vote on Iraq Again and Again

Posted October 3, 2007 | 10:34 AM (EST)

Over in Iraq, our troops get up every day and risk their lives in the middle of an Iraqi civil war. They have to do their job, no matter what the risk, and no matter what the cost. They do what they are asked to do...and so should Congress. Congress's...

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Lessons Not Learned

Posted August 6, 2007 | 03:18 PM (EST)

Six years ago, in the aftermath of 9/11, Congress rammed through the USA PATRIOT Act with little consideration of what that bill actually contained. Five years ago, Congress authorized a reckless and ill-advised war in Iraq. One year ago, Congress passed the deeply flawed Military Commissions Act. And late last...

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After the Veto

Posted May 2, 2007 | 12:21 PM (EST)

The ink on the President's veto is barely dry, and already, a lot of Washington insiders - including some Democrats -- are saying Congress should just give in to the President. Never mind how hard people have pushed to bring Congress to this point, when we are finally standing up...

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Breaking Another Iraq Taboo

Posted January 29, 2007 | 01:31 PM (EST)

For the first time in the four-plus years since Congress authorized the Iraq war, Congress is having a serious debate about how we can fix the President's failed Iraq policy. Unfortunately, while there have been plenty of members of Congress, both Republicans and Democrats, voicing opposition to the President's plans...

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Responding to the Call for Change

Posted January 5, 2007 | 11:45 AM (EST)

On November 7th, 2006, Americans sent thirty-one new Democrats to the House and eight new Democrats (and a very progressive Independent) to the Senate with two clear mandates - fix our broken Iraq policy and clean up the way Congress does business. Our message to the voters should be just...

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A Washington Inside Job

Posted December 8, 2006 | 05:18 PM (EST)

When the Iraq Study Group's report was unveiled this week, it was like the opening of a blockbuster movie, with reporters counting down the minutes until it was released. But now that all the hoopla has subsided, all we are left with is a Washington inside job: a report written...

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The Dangerous Lame Duck

Posted November 14, 2006 | 10:08 AM (EST)

In January, we will be looking at a new Congress, and with Democratic majorities in the House and Senate, we will be looking at a new national policy agenda. I know that I am looking forward to moving the progressive agenda forward in the next Congress. But Democrats can't just...

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The Most Outrageous Scandal? Bush's Iraq Policy

Posted October 5, 2006 | 10:48 AM (EST)

With so much attention focused on the Foley scandal, there's another story that hasn't received enough notice: escalating violence in Iraq has resulted in the reported deaths of 24 U.S. soldiers since Saturday, and the Pentagon just reported that IED attacks in Iraq are at an all-time high.

Serious...

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Helping People Make it Home Again, a Year after Katrina

Posted August 28, 2006 | 09:35 AM (EST)

With the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina tomorrow, as so many Americans remember the horrifying images of the disaster, the people of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast will be dealing with reality they face today - that in a lot of neighborhoods it looks like a hurricane hit a week...

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