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June 15, 1993 | Associated Press
Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), best known for his tough questioning of Anita Faye Hill and proposing the single-bullet theory in the John F. Kennedy assassination, underwent surgery Monday to remove a brain tumor. Doctors who performed the 2 1/2-hour operation at University of Pennsylvania Hospital said all initial signs indicate the growth was benign. "The senator is awake and talking and appears in good spirits and neurologically normal," Specter's son, Shanin, said.
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September 24, 1987 | United Press International
Two men telephoned the office of Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) and threatened to kill him unless he votes their way on the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Robert H. Bork, aides said Wednesday. Jay Batley, Specter's office manager, said the FBI placed a "tracer" on the senator's office phone lines in case other threats are received. Capitol police and Philadelphia police also will provide added protection for the senator, he said.
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March 25, 2009 | Josh Drobnyk
Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) on Tuesday dealt a major setback to organized labor's top legislative priority, announcing that he opposes a bill that would make it easier for workers to unionize. That leaves the measure without a crucial Republican swing vote. In a speech on the Senate floor, Specter said the dismal economy makes it "a particularly bad time" to enact the Employee Free Choice Act -- the so-called card check law -- but that he might reconsider "when the economy returns to normalcy."
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January 2, 2012 | By Paul West
As Rick Santorum rises in the polls, the Republican presidential candidate is receiving fresh scrutiny over his endorsement of moderate Republican incumbent Arlen Specter against a strong conservative challenger in the 2004 GOP Senate primary in his home state of Pennsylvania. At the first two stops of his final swing through western Iowa, the most conservative part of the state and his stronghold, Santorum was questioned about his endorsement of Specter, an abortion-rights supporter.
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August 13, 1995 | From Reuters
Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) met with white separatist Randy Weaver on Saturday as part of a planned congressional probe into the deadly standoff at Ruby Ridge, Ida. "I'm not prejudging the matter," Specter said. "My subcommittee is going to pursue this and find out what the facts are, wherever they may lead. And I'd like to tell you, Mr. Weaver expressed his appreciation for having the oversight hearing."
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April 29, 1992 | CATHLEEN DECKER
A political newcomer who fueled her longshot bid for office on anger stemming from the sexual harassment charges against Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas won the Democratic Senate nomination Tuesday in Pennsylvania. Lynn Yeakel, 50, became the second woman his year to use the issue to upset a better-known male political veteran, defeating Lt. Gov. Mark Singel. "Somebody said it couldn't be done.
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August 26, 2005 | From Associated Press
The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee has asked the FBI to hand over all information about a secret military intelligence unit that purportedly identified a leading Sept. 11 hijacker, Mohamed Atta, as a terrorist a year before the attacks. This month it became known that two officers, Army Reserve Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer and Navy Capt. Scott Philpott, had contended that a unit code-named "Able Danger" searched large amounts of data for patterns to identify Atta in 2000.
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September 20, 2010 | By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times
When it comes to discussing the man who is running to replace him, Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter would prefer the aptly named game of squash. Specter, 80, was among those who greeted President Obama on Monday when the president arrived in Philadelphia to campaign for Joe Sestak, who defeated Specter in the Democratic primary. The White House had strongly backed Specter, who converted to the Democratic Party last year, helping it to control the Senate where he had served as a top Republican since 1980.
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April 28, 2004 | Janet Hook, Times Staff Writer
Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, an embattled Republican with strong backing from President Bush, narrowly defeated a conservative challenger Tuesday in a primary widely viewed as a proxy fight over the GOP's ideological direction. With 98% of the state's precincts reporting, Specter had 51% of the vote to Rep. Patrick J. Toomey's 49%.
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February 17, 2005 | Richard Simon, Times Staff Writer
Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), who as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee is a key player in the congressional battles over President Bush's judicial nominees and efforts to overhaul the legal system, announced Wednesday that he had been diagnosed as having Hodgkin's disease. Specter, who turned 75 on Saturday, said he would undergo chemotherapy every two weeks for up to 32 weeks at the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania.
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