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Judiciary panel studies civil liberties

WASHINGTON, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- The Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday grilled Assistant Attorney General Michael Chertoff over the possible use of military tribunals, monitoring lawyer-clie
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Phones and Knives: The Best Defense

WASHINGTON, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- On the morning of Sept. 11, Black Tuesday, the American people discovered that their last and best line of defense was -- plastic butter knives and cell phones.
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New stem cells lines will be needed

WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Existing stem cell lines could accrue genetic abnormalities over time and new stem cell lines will likely be needed, experts told a Senate panel Wednesday.
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Congress will give Ridge more time

WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- In response to a recent request from President George W. Bush, Congress will temporarily delay plans to hand Homeland Defense Director Tom Ridge more power at t
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Tasks, money going to Homeland Security

WASHINGTON, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Several pieces of legislation before a Senate committee Friday would significantly reorganize several executive branch agencies to better deal with the ongoing
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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)
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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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