Watergate figure to testify on Bush

WASHINGTON, March 30 (UPI) -- Sen. Russell Feingold, D-Wis., has tapped a key Watergate figure, John Dean, to testify at a hearing on censuring President George W. Bush.

Judges: NSA program needs oversight

WASHINGTON, March 29 (UPI) -- Members of a secret U.S. intelligence court told a U.S. Senate committee that a White House-endorsed warrantless spying program should be to court oversight.

Frist to go solo on border security

WASHINGTON, March 16 (UPI) -- Frustrated with delays, U.S. Senate majority leader, Bill Frist, R-Tenn., is planning to introduce his own bill that deals solely with border security.

Critics want oversight of surveillance

WASHINGTON, March 6 (UPI) -- Congressional critics of the Bush administration's warrantless wiretapping are more concerned with abuse of presidential power than the wiretapping itself.

More oversight sought for U.S. spy program

WASHINGTON, March 2 (UPI) -- Republican U.S. senators reportedly are seeking to have a secret terror surveillance program subject to additional judicial and congressional supervision.

Specter guest-worker bill has critics

WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- A new Senate proposal to find consensus on immigration reform is being met with complaints from anti-immigrant warriors and labor activists.

Bill may curb warrantless surveillance

WASHINGTON, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., reportedly is drafting a bill to curb warrantless surveillance used to monitor suspected terrorists and their calls.

Specter to check ethics of earmark case

WASHINGTON, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., will ask an ethics panel to look into circumstances in which an aide's husband's clients benefited from the senator's actions.

Specter 'earmarks' help aide's spouse

WASHINGTON, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Clients of the spouse of an aide to U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., got millions in government spending, although the person said he never lobbied the senator.

Asbestos law suffers major setback

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Legislation to set up a $140 billion fund to compensate asbestos poisoning victims suffered a major setback Tuesday in the U.S. Senate.

Specter seeks court OK of NSA spy program

WASHINGTON, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., announced he is writing legislation to force the White House to defend the legality of a domestic spying program before a court.

Asbestos trust fund faces keen opposition

WASHINGTON, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- A coalition of U.S. corporations has pledged some $2.8 million to fight a proposed trust fund for victims of asbestos-related diseases.

Specter: Administration broke law

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, says President George W. Bush's warrantless surveillance program appears to be illegal.

Senators looking for Justice spying papers

WASHINGTON, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee are seeking internal Justice Department documents about the legality of a warrantless surveillance program.

Patriot Act still in congressional limbo

WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Concerns over privacy issues are hampering a resolution over renewal of the USA Patriot Act.
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Arlen Specter
Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) listens to testimony from Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor as she appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee during the fourth day of her confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 16, 2009. (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch)

Arlen Specter (born February 12, 1930) is a former United States Senator from Pennsylvania. Specter is a Democrat, but was a Republican from 1965 until switching to the Democratic Party in 2009. Elected to the Senate in 1980, Specter staked out a spot in the political center.

Specter was born in Wichita, Kansas to a Russian immigrant father and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. He later served with the United States Air Force during the Korean War, graduated from Yale Law School, and opened a law firm with Marvin Katz, who would later become a federal judge. Additionally, Specter served as assistant counsel for the Warren Commission investigating the assassination of John F. Kennedy and helped devise the "single bullet theory." In 1965, Specter was elected District Attorney of Pennsylvania, a position that he would hold until he lost his re-election bid in 1973. In 1980, Specter was elected for the first time to the U.S. Senate for Pennsylvania.

On April 28, 2009, Specter announced that, after 44 years as an elected Republican, he was switching membership to the Democratic Party, however saying later that "he did not leave the Republican party, the party left ." On May 18, 2010, Specter was defeated in the Democratic primary by Joe Sestak. He was replaced by current Senator Pat Toomey on January 3, 2011.

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