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July 23, 2006 | Maura Reynolds, Times Staff Writer
When the White House's secret domestic surveillance program was revealed last year, Sen. Arlen Specter was one of the first to leap into action, denouncing the wiretapping as "wrong" and insisting that President Bush acted outside the law by not seeking judicial or congressional approval. "We're not going to give him a blank check," the Republican from Pennsylvania insisted at the time.
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June 23, 2006 | Nicole Gaouette and Faye Fiore, Times Staff Writers
Setting the stage for a summer of political fireworks, a leader of the Senate effort to overhaul immigration law has said that he will answer a House plan to hold immigration hearings around the country by having his own set of hearings. The announcement by Senate Judiciary Chairman Arlen Specter (R-Pa.
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June 8, 2006 | Greg Miller, Times Staff Writer
The Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee lashed out at Vice President Dick Cheney on Wednesday, accusing the vice president of secretly lobbying other GOP members of the committee to block hearings on the administration's domestic surveillance program. In an unusually sharp attack, Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.
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April 10, 2006 | From the Associated Press
President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney should speak publicly about their involvement in the leaking of classified information so people can understand what happened, a leading Republican senator said Sunday. "We ought to get to the bottom of it so it can be evaluated by the American people," said Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. In a federal court filing last week, the prosecutor in the case said Cheney's former chief of staff, I.
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September 11, 2005 | Maura Reynolds, Times Staff Writer
Senate Judiciary Chairman Arlen Specter intends to permit senators wide latitude when they question John G. Roberts Jr. during this week's confirmation hearings on his nomination as chief justice of the Supreme Court, leaving it to Roberts to decide whether and how to respond.
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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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July 18, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
The chairman of the Senate committee that will oversee hearings on President Bush's Supreme Court nominee said he would like to see a moderate in the tradition of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who is retiring, and perhaps someone with experience in politics. Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) said he didn't want to recommend a candidate because of his role on the Senate Judiciary Committee. But he said he would like to see a nominee who has experience outside the judiciary.
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June 25, 2005 | Maura Reynolds, Times Staff Writer
When Sen. Arlen Specter gets out of bed at 6 a.m. each day, he no longer recognizes the face that greets him in the bathroom mirror. The tangle of auburn hair is gone. The skin is ashen and hangs from the corners of his mouth. The eyes are rimmed with red. Specter has five weeks to go in a six-month course of chemotherapy.
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February 25, 2005 | Maura Reynolds, Times Staff Writer
The week after learning he has cancer and three months after placating conservative critics to achieve his position as Senate Judiciary Committee chairman, Sen. Arlen Specter sent a message Thursday: The old Specter is back. "I expect to be able to do the job," the Republican from Pennsylvania said at a news conference partly designed to show that his battle with Hodgkin's disease would not hinder his performance.
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February 19, 2005 | From Associated Press
Sen. Arlen Specter said Friday that he was feeling optimistic as he prepared to begin chemotherapy for Hodgkin's disease. "I'm going to lose my hair. There's no doubt about that," he said before heading to the hospital. "I'm now considering the alternatives of ... either a new sex symbol or wearing baseball caps." Specter, 75, announced Wednesday that he had cancer of the lymph system. He said he began having headaches, fatigue and lethargy in late November.
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