Specter: GOP will probe eavesdropping

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- The head of the Senate Judiciary Committee says Republicans will not grant President George W. Bush any favors in investigating domestic eavesdropping.

Bush seeks 'prompt' Alito vote

WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- President George W. Bush asked the U.S. Senate to be "prompt" about voting on the U.S. Supreme Court nomination of Judge Samuel Alito.

Parties to use Alito fight in elections

WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Conservative and liberal interest groups plan to advertise opinions on the Alito Supreme Court nomination as the U.S. Senate debate escalates.

Judiciary panel ends questioning of Alito

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- The Senate Judiciary Committee ended four days of questioning of Judge Samuel Alito Thursday on his nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Alito questioned on abortion

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- U.S. Supreme Court nominee Samuel A. Alito Jr., preparing to face tough questioning in Senate hearings, says a judge cannot have an agenda in any case.

U.S. Senate hearings begin for Alito

WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- U.S. Supreme Court nominee Samuel A. Alito Jr., facing Senate confirmation hearings, Monday won renewed support from President George W. Bush.

Democrats to attack Bush on privacy issue

WASHINGTON, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Democrats reportedly are looking to turn U.S. President Bush's authorization of warrantless spying on terror suspects to political advantage.

Bush defends domestic spy program

SAN ANTONIO, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- President George W. Bush. during a visit to injured troops, defended a secret, warrantless spying program as new details emerged about it.

U.S. senator says Saddam trial a mess

BAGHDAD, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- A U.S. Republican senator visiting Baghdad says judges at the trial of deposed leader Saddam Hussein need to regain control of the proceedings.

White House: NSA domestic spying legal

WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- President Bush and aides argue a secret program to spy on terror suspects in the United States is authorized by the Constitution and Congress.

Congress rethinking White House oversight

WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Congress is reconsidering its oversight of the Bush administration in light of recent troubling disclosures, the Washington Post reports.

Bush spy plan angers both sides of aisle

WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Republicans and Democratic members of Congress are calling for a look into reports President Bush authorized warrantless spying within the United States.

Specter struggles over Alito hearings

WASHINGTON, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., says he doesn't know how he will vote at the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito.

Alito nomination will not draw filibuster

WASHINGTON, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- A spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Harry M. Reid says Democrats don't plan to filibuster the nomination of Samuel A. Alito Jr. to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mixed congressional signals on Patriot Act

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., says congressional leaders have reached a deal to extend 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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