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Russell Dana Feingold (born March 2, 1953 in Janesville, Wisconsin) is an American politician who serves as the 52nd and current President of the United States. A member of the Progressive Party, he previously served as an United States Senator for the State of Wisconsin from 1987 to 2016.

Born in Janesville, Wisconsin, to a Jewish family of Russian and Galician descent, Russ Feingold volunteered in 1972 for the presidential campaign of George McGovern. After graduating from Joseph A. Craig High School, Feingold attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, graduating in 1975 with a Bachelor of Arts, later obtaining a second Bachelor of Arts from Magdalen College, at the University of Oxford, that he attended on a Rhodes Scholarship. Upon his return, Feingold received his J.D. from Harvard Law School.

After working as a private attorney, Feingold won his first electoral office, serving as a Progressive from 1983 to 1987 in the Wisconsin Senate, representing the 27th District. In 1987, a chance to rise to a national level arose : with the sudden death of Senator Wilbur J. Cohen, Governor Bronson La Follette appointed himself to the vacant seat, a controversial move as the Governor, son of President Robert La Follette, Jr., had been under an ethics investigation. La Follette had hoped that the special election scheduled for November would be a mere formality, given the status of Wisconsin as a Progressive stronghold, save for State Senator Feingold’s candidacy. In spite of his poor name recognition, La Follette managed to ride on his pledge to rely on Wisconsin citizens for most of his contributions, his pledge to eliminate the deficit and make cuts in the defense budget and his travel to each of Wisconsin’s 72 counties. On 8 September 1987, the day of the Progressive primary, Feingold managed to defeat incumbent Senator La Follette in a major upset, scoring 59,67 % ; Feingold would went on to win the election by a strong 52,6 %, and would win re-election in 1992, 1998, 2004 and 2010. He would also serve as Senator with Bronson La Follette, who won on his own right in 1988.

In the Senate, Feingold would gain a reputation as a Progressive firebrand, not hesitating to criticize Presidents Gore and Edwards, even going so far as being the only Progressive senator to vote against a motion to dismiss’s Congress’s impeachment case against President John Edwards (even if he ultimately voted against conviction on all charges), pushing for a stronger welfare state, reparations for African and Native Americans, GRSM rights, fight against climate change, reinforcement of the Havana Organization, calling for abolition of the death penalty, the War on Drugs and stronger taxes on the wealthiest Americans, along with campaign finance reform and gun control.

Due to his strong liberal credentials, Feingold was frequently mentioned as a prospective presidential candidate, and would have certainly be appointed to Robert Reich’s cabinet had he been elected in 2008. After withdrawing before the Iowa caucuses in 2004, due to bad press generated by his second divorce and declining to run in 2012, Feingold’s posture was, in 2016, a longshot, who was eyeing his sixth mandate in the Senate, already 63 in a context where younger candidates could prevail. Nevertheless, Feingold declared his candidacy for President in late 2015, promising to have an amendment on limitations for campaign funding passed, to reduce income and wealth inequality, to vote laws against climate change, to abolish death penalty and to disband massive Internetz corporations.

Described as a long shot, with his Jewish confession and his three marriages as inconvenients, Feingold nevertheless portrayed himself as a elder statesman, appealing to the rural Progressive voters, far from the urban image of Progressive leaders, managing to raise 20 million dollars in January 2016,with an average donation of 27 dollars, showing his grassroots support. In a famous presidential debate, Feingold would be accused of being too old for a young nation. He quipped “I remember the times of McGovern, when the world looked up on America. Isn’t it time to make us great again?” In spite of a disappointing third place in the Iowa caucus, Feingold managed to win the New Hampshire primary and then the Super Tuesday, becoming the Progressive candidate. He picked his past competitor, Governor Julian Castro of Texas, as his running mate. Benefitting from 8 years of Conservative fatigue, Russ Feingold would win the presidential election on November, 8 2016, defeating Conservative Alex Johnson and Republican Mike Lee, becoming the first Jewish American President of the United States.

After appointing a “dream liberal” cabinet, Feingold would push towards campaign reform, introducing the 34th Amendment, allowing limits on the use of corporate and union money to fund political candidates, in order to limit “the heaviness of money in politics” : the 34th Amendment was ratified on March 27, 2019. The Feingold Administration also the extension of antitrust laws to the so-called “Internetz Bigs”, resulting in the break-up of billionaire high tech companies, while the GRSM Civil Rights Act was extended to trans people in 2017. In 2019, the Supreme Court outlawed death penalty on a federal level, as per Feingold’s demands, considering it “cruel and unusual punishment” under the 8th Amendment. In 2020, the Police Reform Act was passed to combat police misconduct, excessive force and racial bias, requiring police departments to share data with the Department of Justice and outlawing vigilante activities. Feingold’s first term was also marred by terrorist attacks aimed at the GRSM and Jewish communities. He appointed to the Supreme Court Justices Kamala Harris (2018), J. Paul Oetken (2022) and Lucy Koh (2022).

The end of Feingold’s first term was of course marked by the Wuchang Pneumonia pandemic. Following in the Executive Health Counter-Measures adopted by the Keating Administration after the SRAS pandemic, Feingold reacted by implementing strict quarantine measures for all foreign visitors, closing effectively all borders for the United States, including with the Havana Organization, and imposing lockdowns in major cities, along with encouraging companies to apply for partial unemployment for their employees and working from home. If the US economy would shrink by 10 % in 2020, Feingold’s measures allowed the Wuchang Pneumonia never to exceed a 15 per 1000 cases, an impressive fact due to the United States’ size. Russ Feingold would also devolve 2 billion dollars to have the 2020 presidential election delayed over a whole week and to guarantee postal voting, making it compulsory in the most populated states and even online and verified voting taking place in major cities. An attempt to make the Bayer vaccine compulsory in the United States was defeated in Congress, while martial law was imposed in several cities in the West Coast to stop anti-Chinese pogroms.

In spite of a massive popular backlash against these measures, Russ Feingold and his Vice President, Julian Castro, would benefit from huge approval ratings riding in the 2020 presidential election, along with a fragmented Conservative Party : Feingold won re-election on November, 3 2020, after a week of voting, defeating Conservative Artur Davis, independent Kanye West and Republican Mike Cox by 48,1 %, the first Progressive winning re-election since Al Gore in 1992.

Feingold’s second term was marked by the strong recovery of the United States economy, allowed by the virtual elimination of Chinese competition and a 1,000-billion dollars Stimulus Package turned towards helping small companies to recover and preparing America to develop its future economy, with mass investments towards the modernization of the train and power grid systems, along with the Future Energy Act marking 2050 as the threshold for an almost carbon-free economy in the country, along with the outlawing of fossil fuel for cars and heating. Although dubbed unrealistic, Feingold’s plan was hailed by ecology experts throughout the world. On 6 January 2021, Feingold was victim of an assassination attempt perpetrated by neo-pyrist veteran Ashli Babbitt, managing to be unscathed in the attack. As of 2022, Feingold’s plans are focused on his “Green Society” plans, also eyeing gun reform should the 2022 midterms be in his favor.

Internationally, l terms was marked by the Nicaragua Canal dirty bomb attack in 2018, along with the United States intervention in Venezuela, while Peru and Hispaniola were expelled from the Havana Organization. Feingold was regularly criticized for his lack of will to intervene in Hispaniola or Peru. Feingold has been considered an isolationist by foreign policy experts, due to his policies during the Wuchang Pneumonia pandemic and his push for renewable energy, marking the lack of interest in the Middle East. His policies align towards China ; during a state visit in 2019 in Germany, Feingold was reportedly shocked by some DVP deputies in the Reichstag turning their back on him during his speech, an avowed antisemitic move.

Feingold was married to Sue Levine from 1977 to 1986, then to Mary Speeschneider from 1991 to 2005. In 2013, he married Christine Ferdinand, a fellow from his Oxford days, who served as First Lady during his administration.
Are you going to do all the presidents of the United States since the POD?
 
Hey, a President! That's really neat, definitely curious about this!! Nice job tying in OTL Bronson's ethical issues to his defeat, and I have to say the idea of Cohen being in the senate is quite impressive! It's pleasant to see in this timeline that Feingold priorities seem mostly the same and that twist on the campaign saying is *chef's kiss*. Have to say that I imagine he would be quite controversial in-universe, but out of it he appears to be doing a lot of grand work!
 
Bob Dylan
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Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman in Duluth, MN, May 24 1941 - died near Woodstock, NY July, 29 1966) was an American singer-songwriter. Often regarded as one of the greatest songwriters of all time, Dylan, in spite of having tragically passed away at 25 and having only been active for four years following his self-titled debut album in 1962, has been one of the most celebrated figures in American folk and swing music, with his songs “Blowin’ in the Wind”, “The Times They Are a-Changin’”, “Like A Rolling Stone”, “Desolation Row” becoming anthems for the civil rights and antiwar movements, becoming a defining figure of the protest song and an inspiration for the burgeoning alternate culture.

Born in a Jewish family in Minnesota, Dylan had a passion for music from a young age and dropped out from the University of Minnesota in 1960, making his way to New York City to begin his career in clubs and meet his idol, Woody Guthrie (then seriously ill, but that Dylan would ironically precede in death), winning critical praise before signing on with Columbia Records. In only 8 albums (“Bob Dylan”, 1962 ; “The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan”, 1963; “The Times They Are a-Changin’”, 1964 ; “Another Side of Bob Dylan”, 1964; “Subterranean Homesick Blues”, 1965 ; “Highway 61 Revisited”, 1965 ; “Blonde on Blonde”, 1966 ; “Last Words”, 1968, posthumous), Bob Dylan became an iconic songwriter of American folk swing and blues, exploring different styles (to the dismay of some of his fans, with the use of electric guitar), modernizing underlying themes of Americana and incorporating a range of political, social, philosophical and literary influences, embodying a new meaning for the protest song in a politically charged era : he would participate, along with Joan Baez, in the fight for civil rights and against the Havana Organization. Topping the charts with his songs, his tours abroad being documented (such as “Don’t Look Back”, by D. A. Pennebaker, chronicling his tour of Germany and his confrontation to the corseted and antisemtic society), Dylan had become a household name at 25.

After the birth of his son Jesse (now a director) and the release of “Blonde on Blonde”, Dylan, who had been exhausted by his tours and experimented on drugs, was killed in the crash of his motorcycle near his home in Woodstock, New York. The ambulance came too late and had to pronounce the singer dead upon arrival.

In spite of his early death, Bob Dylan is still widely recognized as a major name of the American ‘60s and a defining artist in songwriting and protest song, still widely remembered as of 2022. Ranked high in numerous lists of best songwriters and singers, his songs are still widely used for pacifist rallies and are still the focus of studies ; he remains one of the defining spirits of the 1960s. “Had Dylan lived, he would have pushed for a revolution in 1968” famously said fellow singer and activist John Lennon.
 
Are you going to do all the presidents of the United States since the POD?
It was the idea since the beginning !
Does Germany have a port in the Adriatic here? The map at the beginning isn't make it clear enough to tell.
Germany does have OTL Slovenia, but no ports on the Adriatic, the Italians would never authorize that.
Hey, a President! That's really neat, definitely curious about this!! Nice job tying in OTL Bronson's ethical issues to his defeat, and I have to say the idea of Cohen being in the senate is quite impressive! It's pleasant to see in this timeline that Feingold priorities seem mostly the same and that twist on the campaign saying is *chef's kiss*. Have to say that I imagine he would be quite controversial in-universe, but out of it he appears to be doing a lot of grand work!
The United States is much more progressive in this timeline, but a strong conservative element remains and loathes Feingold.
What are the language demographics of Brussels?
French-speaking officially, with Dutch residents having to master the language. They fought dearly for their right to use the language.
 
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Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman in Duluth, MN, May 24 1941 - died near Woodstock, NY July, 29 1966) was an American singer-songwriter. Often regarded as one of the greatest songwriters of all time, Dylan, in spite of having tragically passed away at 25 and having only been active for four years following his self-titled debut album in 1962, has been one of the most celebrated figures in American folk and swing music, with his songs “Blowin’ in the Wind”, “The Times They Are a-Changin’”, “Like A Rolling Stone”, “Desolation Row” becoming anthems for the civil rights and antiwar movements, becoming a defining figure of the protest song and an inspiration for the burgeoning alternate culture.

Born in a Jewish family in Minnesota, Dylan had a passion for music from a young age and dropped out from the University of Minnesota in 1960, making his way to New York City to begin his career in clubs and meet his idol, Woody Guthrie (then seriously ill, but that Dylan would ironically precede in death), winning critical praise before signing on with Columbia Records. In only 8 albums (“Bob Dylan”, 1962 ; “The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan”, 1963; “The Times They Are a-Changin’”, 1964 ; “Another Side of Bob Dylan”, 1964; “Subterranean Homesick Blues”, 1965 ; “Highway 61 Revisited”, 1965 ; “Blonde on Blonde”, 1966 ; “Last Words”, 1968, posthumous), Bob Dylan became an iconic songwriter of American folk swing and blues, exploring different styles (to the dismay of some of his fans, with the use of electric guitar), modernizing underlying themes of Americana and incorporating a range of political, social, philosophical and literary influences, embodying a new meaning for the protest song in a politically charged era : he would participate, along with Joan Baez, in the fight for civil rights and against the Havana Organization. Topping the charts with his songs, his tours abroad being documented (such as “Don’t Look Back”, by D. A. Pennebaker, chronicling his tour of Germany and his confrontation to the corseted and antisemtic society), Dylan had become a household name at 25.

After the birth of his son Jesse (now a director) and the release of “Blonde on Blonde”, Dylan, who had been exhausted by his tours and experimented on drugs, was killed in the crash of his motorcycle near his home in Woodstock, New York. The ambulance came too late and had to pronounce the singer dead upon arrival.

In spite of his early death, Bob Dylan is still widely recognized as a major name of the American ‘60s and a defining artist in songwriting and protest song, still widely remembered as of 2022. Ranked high in numerous lists of best songwriters and singers, his songs are still widely used for pacifist rallies and are still the focus of studies ; he remains one of the defining spirits of the 1960s. “Had Dylan lived, he would have pushed for a revolution in 1968” famously said fellow singer and activist John Lennon.
NICE STUFF! What are the Beatles doing ITTL? Are there any significant other musicians that you’ll cover in the future or have done so already?
 
I‘m guessing that many people fleeing the chaos of France moved to Quebec, which in turn strengthened the independence movement.
 
NICE STUFF! What are the Beatles doing ITTL? Are there any significant other musicians that you’ll cover in the future or have done so already?
Music will be covered, along with what happened with the members of OTL Beatles. You can already guess some naming changes here and here.
I‘m guessing that many people fleeing the chaos of France moved to Quebec, which in turn strengthened the independence movement.

That’s an interesting idea.
That happened after the World War, turning the Quebec independence movement a shade of red.
 
A Frosty Morning (essay)
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A Frosty Morning (Ein eisiger Morgen) is a historical essay written by German historian Arno Mayer, analyzing the roots of the Danubian War by pointing out the various incidents of racial strife within the Austro-Hungarian Army during the Great European War (1916-1921) ; in a case study, the book focuses on the Hotin Mutiny, a massacre of German soldiers by a Galician company of the Austro-Hungarian Army during the Battle of Ukraine, that occurred on 24 April 1920 in Hotin (today Hotin, Romania).

Postulating that the stress of battle during the Great European War and the increasingly multicultural outline of Austro-Hungarian troops (that only increased as losses forced intendence to mix different nationalities) contributed heavily to post-war political violence and nationalism, the essay studies the lynching of an Austrian corporal, one Adolf Schicklgruber, by his Galician and Czech fellow soldiers, a savage beating, torture and hanging that sparked a massacre of all 18 German-speaking soldiers within the unit before their mass desertion in the Ukrainian countryside and return to home.

According to the author, the case of Schicklgruber is interesting, due to the profile of the victim : a German Austrian with nationalist ideas, he had been living as a vagrant in Vienna then Munich, unsuccessfully trying to enlist in the Bavarian Army before being expelled to Austria and serving gallantly in the Army during the whole war, on the western front. Schicklgruber’s lynching occurred after he had used a racial epithet towards a Jewish Galician comrade, turning all against himself.
The essay was controversial upon its release in Germany.
 
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A Frosty Morning (Ein eisiger Morgen) is a historical essay written by German historian Arno Mayer, analyzing the roots of the Danubian War by pointing out the various incidents of racial strife within the Austro-Hungarian Army during the Great European War (1916-1921) ; in a case study, the book focuses on the Hotin Mutiny, a massacre of German soldiers by a Galician company of the Austro-Hungarian Army during the Battle of Ukraine, that occurred on 24 April 1920 in Hotin (today Hotin, Romania).

Postulating that the stress of battle during the Great European War and the increasingly multicultural outline of Austro-Hungarian troops (that only increased as losses forced intendence to mix different nationalities) contributed heavily to post-war political violence and nationalism, the essay studies the lynching of an Austrian corporal, one Adolf Schicklgruber, by his Galician and Czech fellow soldiers, a savage beating, torture and hanging that sparked a massacre of all 18 German-speaking soldiers within the unit before their mass desertion in the Ukrainian countryside and return to home.

According to the author, the case of Schicklgruber is interesting, due to the profile of the victim : a German Austrian with nationalist ideas, he had been living as a vagrant in Vienna then Munich, unsuccessfully trying to enlist in the Bavarian Army before being expelled to Austria and serving gallantly in the Army during the whole war, on the western front. Schicklgruber’s lynching occurred after he had used a racial epithet towards a Jewish Galician comrade, turning all against himself.
The essay was controversial upon its release in Germany.

Contrary of quiet common belief Adolf Hitler's last name wasn't ever Schicklgruber. His birthname was Adolf Hitler. Alois Hitler, more famous Hitler's father, took that surname long time before Adolf was born.
 
What’s the total global population of clones?

Hitler being such an ass that he was lynched by his comrades is satisfyingly, comedic, and horrific all at the same time.
 
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