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The Wyden Holdup: A Liberal's Firm Stand

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Because of his state’s mix of liberalism and libertarianism, Wyden can be aggressive in his defense of civil liberties without charges from constituents that he is “soft on terrorism.”

And despite Feinstein’s lament about the uptick in his use of holds, Wyden said he rarely catches heat from other senators or the administration when he gums up the works.

“I really don’t. I think there’s a recognition that I’ve had these views for a long time,” views that Wyden said Feinstein and others recognize as sincere. “I didn’t just wake up one morning and say, ‘I want to throw sand in the gears here.’”

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