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Specter's Biggest Speech

Michael Smerconish | Posted 12.15.2012 | Politics
Michael Smerconish

When I heard on Sunday that Arlen Specter had died, I sought solace in rummaging through personal remnants of our 30-year friendship.

Cannibalism: The GOP's Urge to Purge

D. R. Tucker | Posted 06.03.2012 | Politics
D. R. Tucker

Arlen Specter doesn't exactly come across as Mr. Humility in his new book, Life Among the Cannibals. Despite the flaws of the book -- and the author -- it is nonetheless a remarkable work, as Specter courageously chastises the Republican Party for its fixation on litmus tests.

Amanda Terkel

Former Republican Senator Says GOP's War On Women Has Hurt It 'Terribly' | Amanda Terkel | Posted 03.25.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In his new memoir, Arlen Specter, the moderate Republican senator from Pennsylvania who famously switched to the Democratic Party in 200...

Sam Stein

Gibbs Dismisses Specter's Kagan Criticism: She'll Be Confirmed | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Obama administration dismissed on Thursday criticism from Senator Arlen Specter (D-Penn) that Elena Kagan avoided "substantive discussion" during ...

Sam Stein

Specter Gets Frustrated With Kagan: These Hearings Haven't Been Substantive (VIDEO) | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The third day of Elena Kagan's confirmation hearings may have demonstrated that there are limits to her charm offensive, as Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Penn...

Arlen Specter: 'I Might Have Helped The Country More If I'd Stayed A Republican'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A year ago this Wednesday, Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania made a Senate-shaking decision to abandon the GOP and become a Democrat, giving them -- ...

For Arlen, the Specter of Abandonment

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

"Uh, yes, this is Arlen Specter for the president. He told me to call him anytime -- it's quite important."

Tomorrow's Primaries Could Chart Destiny for 2010

Paul Hogarth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Hogarth

If Blanche Lincoln and Arlen Specter survive the Democratic primary, it will only get worse. There is no guarantee Specter or Lincoln would beat their Republican challengers in November - in fact, odds are against it.

A List of Things Senator Arlen Specter Is Older Than

Lee Camp | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Lee Camp


Specter-Sestak Attack Each Other From The Left on Free Trade

Mike Elk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Elk

Manufacturing is essential to rebuilding our economy and moving away from the debt-driven boom bust cycles of the past.

Specter: My Record On EFCA Is Consistent

The Huffington Post | Susan Crile | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In a letter to the editor published in The Philadelphia Inquirer on Wednesday, Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) said his views on the Employee Free Choice A...

Joe Sestak Confirms He Will Challenge Specter In Primary

The Wayne Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A congressman from the Philadelphia suburbs will challenge U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter in the Democratic Senate primary. In an interview with The Wayne I...

Arlen Specter Gives Two Pieces Of "Ass" Advice

The Huffington Post | Megan Slack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Arlen Specter, the Senate's newest Democrat, sat down for an interview with Details magazine, and dished about the emotional aftermath of switching pa...

What Can We Expect Now that Sessions Leads Republicans on Judges?

Nan Aron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nan Aron

Who is Senator Sessions? He's has been an outspoken opponent of the Voting Rights Act, immigration reform, embryonic stem cell research, and a woman's right to choose.

"Specter For The Cure": Senator Raising Money From Cancer Website

Talking Points Memo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA)--two time survivor of Hodgkins disease--is no stranger to cancer, cancer awareness, and cancer research funding. But he's us...

The Grand Old Party of Secession

Manisha Sinha | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Manisha Sinha

Commentators view the rapid exit of moderates like Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania from the GOP as a culmination of its increasing political narrowness and ideological rigidity.

Specter: Reid Can't Count On Me For Procedural Votes

Fox News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Reports Wednesday, Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-NV, said of his newest Democrat, Sen Arlen Specter, "On procedural vo...

Specter Held GOP Fundraiser One Week Before Defection

Showbiz 411 | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senator Arlen Specter must have really been on the fence about changing political parties--right up to the end. On Monday, April 21st--one week befor...

What Is So Outrageous About Paying Our Bills?

Larry Gellman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larry Gellman

I always thought that taxes were the way we paid our bills. In a democracy we have elected representatives who spend money on our behalf on things like defense, security, wars, bridges, and health care benefits.-

Poll: Even Republicans Want Specter To Back EFCA

The Plum Line | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Buried in this week's Quinnipiac Poll of Pennsylvania is a stunning number that really leaves you wondering why Arlen Specter is holding out against...

Specter Will Be Junior Democrat On Committees

Roll Call | John Stanton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Despite promises from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) that Sen. Arlen Specter (Pa.) would retain his seniority after switching parties, Spe...

Why Arlen Specter is an anarchist

Carne Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carne Ross

Specter's selfish act, and the Democrats' ill-judged hurrah for it, instead only deepens the chasm between voters and their representatives. Specter is, in fact, an anarchist.

Wanted: A Pennsylvania Ned Lamont to Defeat Arlen Specter in 2010 Democratic Primary

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

Pennsylvania needs a Democratic Senator from the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party.

KCRW's Left Right & Center: Souter, Specter and Swine Flu

HuffPost Radio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

Well, if there's news containing an "s" word, it's likely included in our latest show - a lively round up of lots of news.

Democratic Pennsylvania Primary? Progressives Want Specter Challenge

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Democratic heavyweights are lining up to support their newest colleague, Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter, in his re-election bid next year....