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Senator Feingold vs the PATRIOT Act

As promised, Senator Russ Feingold of Wisconsin filibustered the extension to the PATRIOT Act today, and perhaps surprisingly, a cloture vote failed. That means that the bill goes back to the drawing board for revisions to satisfy Feingold and his allies. What I find more interesting, though, is that Senator Feingold has been blogging about his efforts against the PATRIOT Act all week over at TPM Cafe. Maybe I’m making too much of this, but it seems like something remarkable and new.


  1. Sometimes, amazingly, Congress ends up doing the right thing. Of course, it’s not over…but this is huge.

  2. I don’t think that you can make too much of this. It needs to be done a lot more often.

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