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Former Sen. Arlen Specter Dead at 82

The veteran politician was first elected to the U.S. Senate to represent Pennsylvania in 1980. He spent 30 years in the upper house, making him the longest-serving senator in the state’s history.

Posted on Oct 14, 2012 READ MORE



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Reid & Co. Open Fire on GOP

The 111th Congress produced some real eleventh-hour gains for the Obama administration, and by extension the president’s party, but some Democrats, such as Sen. Harry Reid and outgoing Sen. Arlen Specter, aren’t ready to get over some of the biggest partisan clashes of the last two years.

Posted on Dec 29, 2010 READ MORE


Political Preschool

In understanding the foibles of politicians, I’ve always found it is a benefit to have spent large amounts of time with toddlers.

Posted on May 20, 2010 READ MORE


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Wall Street Reform Stalls in Senate

By day’s end Wednesday, our chums over at the U.S. Senate hadn’t moved much closer to the finish line in dealing with the financial regulation bill, to the chagrin of some senators and, no doubt, the satisfaction of others.

Posted on May 19, 2010 READ MORE


A Smorgasbord, Not a Tea Party

Almost all the shibboleths of Washington conventional wisdom took a hit in Tuesday’s voting. Yet advocates of a single national political narrative keep spinning the same old tale.

Posted on May 19, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Ed Reinke

Who’s Afraid of Rand Paul?

Tuesday’s election results were pretty good for progressives. The retirement of that windbag chameleon Sen. Arlen Specter is long overdue, and pro-labor forces were able to push Sen. Blanche Lincoln into a runoff in Arkansas. Even the big tea party win in Kentucky has its bright side.

Posted on May 18, 2010 READ MORE



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Voters Reject Party-Switching Specter

Former Republican Sen. Arlen Specter’s plan to switch parties in order to avoid losing a primary battle didn’t exactly work out. Despite support from the president, Specter lost the Pennsylvania Democratic primary Tuesday.

Posted on May 18, 2010 READ MORE


Primaries Show Off Dems’ Diversity

This year’s elections may exacerbate the difference between our two political parties, but not in the way most people are talking about.

Posted on May 16, 2010 READ MORE


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Extreme Makeover: Republican Edition

They may be drawing from the same ol’ value system—based on buzzwords like individualism, faith, “family values” and free market capitalism—but prominent members of the GOP, including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and House Republican Whip Eric Cantor, are looking to revamp their party’s image and regain political traction.

Posted on May 4, 2009 READ MORE


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syracuse.com

With Their Magic Bullet, Dems Have No More Excuses

As counsel for the Warren Commission, Arlen Specter described a “magic bullet” that changed America. Four decades later as a U.S. senator, Specter is providing another history-altering magic bullet—one Democrats will either fire off in a starting gun, or use in their suicide.

Posted on May 1, 2009 READ MORE


Republicans on a Bridge to Nowhere

At this point, I’m almost ready to start rooting for the Republicans. No, not really. There’s no “mercy rule” in politics. And anyway, the increasingly bitter ideologues who control what’s left of the Grand Old Party are so bereft of new ideas—and so determined to obstruct rather than collaborate—that I could never wish them well.

Posted on May 1, 2009 READ MORE


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No Senate Run for Matthews

The U.S. Senate is safe from “Hardball” host Chris Matthews—at least for now. Matthews will stay put on the media-specific side of the political arena instead of making a bid for a Senate seat in his home state of Pennsylvania, as suggested by the recent scuttlebutt about him.

Posted on Jan 8, 2009 READ MORE


Despite Incompetence, Gonzales Isn’t Going Anywhere

The Nixon White House counsel who famously coined the term “cancer on the presidency” examines another troubled administration, writing that although the Gonzales affair is far from over, the attorney general still has job security.

Posted on Apr 25, 2007 READ MORE


More Information Demanded From Gonzales

In case Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was the only person on the planet to not know that his performance in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on April 19 was less than spectacular, on Wednesday Sens. Arlen Specter and Patrick Leahy helpfully served him a letter full of constructive criticism, and a mandate that he provide more information “within a week.”

Posted on Apr 25, 2007 READ MORE


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Lieberman Bashes Pelosi

For a guy who says he’s a Democrat, Joe Lieberman doesn’t show much party loyalty. The senator took a break from defending Bush and his war on Sunday to pile on the criticism of Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Syria. Luckily Arlen Specter, a Republican no less, was on hand to defend the logic of diplomacy.

Posted on Apr 8, 2007 READ MORE


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Senate Prepares for Constitutional Showdown

A parade of experts before the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmed the power of Congress to “validly limit the presidential use of force.” Tuesday’s hearing came as legislators prepared to square off against Bush’s war escalation and amid the concern, shared by Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., that a constitutional battle is “imminent.”

Posted on Jan 30, 2007 READ MORE


Specter Denies Funneling Money for Lobbyist

You will be shocked, shocked to learn that Sen. Arlen Specter earmarked $50 million in defense appropriations for clients of a lobbyist married to one of the senator’s staffers.

Posted on Feb 17, 2006 READ MORE


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