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Senator Arlen Specter

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.

Former Senator Hospitalized With 'Serious' Condition

Posted 08.28.2012 | Politics

Former Sen. Arlen Specter has been hospitalized with a "serious illness," friends and family of the Pennsylvania lawmaker confirmed to on M...

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.

Kagan Kabuki Theater Delivers More than Drama and Comedy

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Ross

OPINION - The senatorial process of vetting Supreme Court candidates is about as close to Kabuki theater as we get in America. Elena Kagan did the ri...

The Corporatists - Running the Nut House from Bizarro World

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 02.17.2010 | Politics
Joanne Doroshow

With virtually infinite resources, corporate America has had a grip on the executive and legislative branches of government for some time.

Arlen Specter Chased By The Yes Men In "SurvivaBalls"

The Huffington Post | Eric Sorensen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The streets surrounding Capitol Hill were home to a strange sight Tuesday morning as a group of people, costumed in round canvas outfits, waddled afte...

A List of Things Senator Arlen Specter Is Older Than

Lee Camp | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Lee Camp


We Need Sestak (and More Vets) in the Senate

Jon Soltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jon Soltz

There are only three combat vets left. We need more because the values that war veterans learn, that they operate under, and that they carry with them after military life could help Capitol Hill.

Right Wingers Wreak Havoc on Philadelphia Town Meeting

Denise Dennis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Denise Dennis

The fury and rancor in the faces of the right wingers at the town meeting made it clear that this was not about health care only. It is about fear and raw anger, already inside them, now directed toward the health care debate.

Mortgage Program Saves Homes, Push To Replicate It Nationally

Reuters | Jon Hurdle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) A program to avert residential mortgage foreclosures has saved almost 60 percent of its participants from losing their homes in...

Specter's Supreme Court Recommendations: Four Women Who Are Not Judges

Legal Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Arlen Specter has given his list to President Barack Obama. The former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said today that Obama had aske...

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...

Arlen Specter To Talk At "Anti-Islamist" Event

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Next week, a coalition of conservative legal groups will host a "Libel Lawfare: Silencing Criticism of Radical Islam," a conference on how "Islamist l...

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...

Snarlin' Arlen: Rage-Filled Specter Berates Staff, Tapes Phone Calls

The Daily Beast | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Just below the surface, Specter has a simmering rage that occasionally manifests itself in brutal abuse of underlings. It's not for nothing that he's ...

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...

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.

GOP Risks Becoming Circuit City of American Politics

Steven Fisher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steven Fisher

Political calculations aren't only made between the parentheses. For the past 8 years, Republicans have been dividing and, consequently, subtracting, while the Democrats have been adding and multiplying.

Arlen Specter: Determined Survivor, Pragmatic Politician, Loyal Friend

SaraKay Smullens | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
SaraKay Smullens

The truth about this very tough and complex man and brilliant attorney cannot be simplistically assessed.

Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA)

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Be forewarned: If you're gonna caucus with the Democrats, Arlen, you better start voting like one.

Might the Obamas Restore Lost White House Glory?

Michael Henry Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Michael Henry Adams

To date the Obamas' most noticeable change to their new home outside has been to install a de-luxe swing-set near the President's office. How have past administrations redecorated?

From a Purely Political Standpoint, Poaching Specter Is a Cowardly Move

Dan Sweeney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Sweeney

The Democrats have essentially performed a tactical retreat here, moving Specter to the "D" column rather than risking an election that would clearly have favored them.

The Meaning of the Specter Switch

Mary Lyon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mary Lyon

My instinct is not to trust this too much. I can't help looking this gift horse directly in the mouth, through the teeth, and down the hatch.

Specter Not Ruling Out Running As An Independent In 2010

The Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Arlen Specter said Tuesday that he will not run for reelection in 2010 as a Democrat, but might run as an Independent....