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Arlen Specter Poll: Senator Leads Joe Sestak And Pat Toomey

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) now leads both his Democratic primary challenger, Rep. Joe Sestak, and Republican Pat Toomey, in a general election match-u...

A Coda to Melanie's March

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

Melanie's March concluded last Thursday. What long term effect on the Healthcare Debate remains to be seen. You can see the web site that is an int...

This is a Matter of Self Respect

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

Elections Matter. Votes Matter. What officials do with those votes once they are in office matters. I am a Democrat. I drink the kool-aid flavored with the words "all of us are created equal."

GOP Pushes Back On Specter-Bachmann Exchange

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The GOP is pushing back at Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) following the heated exchange between the senator and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) that took place...

Specter: GOP Is "A Party Of Obstructionism" (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Rachel Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) went off on his former party on Fox News Sunday morning. A Republican until April of this year, Specter said there's no wor...

My 2009 "McLaughlin Awards" [Part 1]

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Welcome once again to our year-end wrap-up and awards ceremony. Honesty dictates that I immediately genuflect to The McLaughlin Group, from whom I have stolen all these award categories.

Conservative Argument for Healthcare Reform: Part 4: Pop Torts

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

After attending the Sestak-Toomey debate in Allentown this week I struck up a conversation about medical malpractice with one of the people who questioned the two senate candidates during the forum.

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.

Bloggers Back Obama's Agenda, Not His Strategy (From Netroots Nation)

Ari Melber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Ari Melber

Netroots Nation also drew a rather unlikely guest: Arlen Specter, the resilient, 79-year-old pol who has now managed to seriously rile the base of both political parties.

Specter Holds Town Hall Meeting (WATCH LIVE VIDEO)

AP/Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) holds another health care town hall after weathering three raucous meetings this week, this one in Kittanning, Pa.. "Trad...

Obama's Second Hundred Days

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Our look back at Obama's second 100 days will begin with a short overview, and then move on to the categories: "the best of times," "the worst of times," and "the age of (media) foolishness."

Joe Sestak To Challenge Specter In Primary

AP | MARYCLAIRE DALE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

FOLSOM, Pa. — Three years after he knocked off a veteran House incumbent, Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak will seek a bigger prize and challenge Repu...

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...

Card Check Cut From Employee Free Choice Act By Democrats

New York Times | STEVEN GREENHOUSE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A half-dozen senators friendly to labor have decided to drop a central provision of a bill that would have made it easier to organize workers. The ...

Specter's Popularity Has Nosedived: Only 28% Think He Should Be Reelected

CNN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A new poll of Pennsylvania voters suggests that Sen. Arlen Specter's job approval rating has nose-dived over the past few months. Thirty-four perce...

Specter Won't Commit To Sotomayor | ALEX ISENSTADT | | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) is refusing to commit himself to supporting Sonia Sotomayor until the conclusion of her Judiciary Committee hearings....

Club For Growth Losing Some Republicans

Wall Street Journal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter's switch to the Democratic Party underscores the clout of Club For Growth, a conservative group that targets Republica...

Arlen Specter Cancels "Anti-Islamist" Talk

Think Progress | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Last week, media reports announced that Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) was scheduled to speak at a conference, hosted by Daniel Pipes's Middle East Forum t...

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...

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 ...

Joe Sestak: Specter Challenge Decision Soon

AP | KIMBERLY HEFLING | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Rep. Joe Sestak, a former Navy vice admiral, says he's seriously considering challenging newest Democrat Arlen Specter in next year...

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...

Specter Plays Down Loss Of Committee Seniority

AP | KIMBERLY HEFLING | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Sen. Arlen Specter sought to minimize any political damage Wednesday after fellow Democrats decided against honoring the 28 years' ...

New Study Destroys Union Intimidation Myth As Specter Considers "Compromise"

Art Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Art Levine

While so many cartoonish "horror movie" caricatures of the EFCA have been launched by right-wing smear merchants, perhaps supporters of the legislation deserve a chance to fight back with a cartoon of their own.

Journalist: Arlen Specter DID Say He Would Be A "Loyal Democrat"

The Plum Line | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The journalist who reported that Arlen Specter privately promised Obama that he would be a "loyal Democrat" tells me he's sticking by the story, despi...