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February 14, 2008 | Ben DuBose, Times Staff Writer
WASHINGTON -- For Roger Clemens and Major League Baseball, Wednesday marked a conclusion of sorts in Congressional involvement. For Commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL, it may have marked a beginning. Goodell met for about an hour and a half with Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), discussing the New England Patriots and defending the league's decision to destroy tapes and notes turned over by the Patriots in an investigation that has become known as "Spygate."
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WORLD
December 31, 2007 | Ziad Haydar and Borzou Daragahi, Special to The Times
A pair of U.S. lawmakers visited the Syrian capital on Sunday in an attempt to persuade the Arab state to make peace with Israel and woo it from the Iranian sphere of influence. Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) and Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy (D-R.I.) visited Syria after a trip to neighboring Israel, which gave its blessing to the lawmakers' mediation effort. Israel and Syria have been in a state of war for decades despite occasional diplomatic forays between the two nations.
NATIONAL
April 23, 2007 | Nicole Gaouette, Times Staff Writer
Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales faced more criticism Sunday as a senior Republican lawmaker said President Bush's longtime aide had hurt the administration, the Justice Department and his own standing in his latest effort to explain the firings of eight U.S. attorneys. Referring to Gonzales' high-profile appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania said: "The attorney general's testimony was very, very damaging to his own credibility.
NATIONAL
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.
NATIONAL
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.
NATIONAL
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.
NATIONAL
April 28, 2006 | Greg Miller, Times Staff Writer
The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Thursday he might seek to block funding of a domestic eavesdropping program in an effort to force the Bush administration to answer lawmakers' questions about the operation. In a warning to the White House, Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) said he planned to introduce legislation that would cut off funds for the surveillance program, which he described as a threat to civil liberties and a violation of domestic espionage laws.
NATIONAL
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.
NATIONAL
February 17, 2006 | From Associated Press
Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter on Thursday denied any connection between special projects he gained for his state and a Washington lobbyist whose wife works in Specter's office. But his office said it was sending the matter to the Senate ethics committee. "To satisfy all conceivable concern, we are voluntarily forwarding this case" to the ethics committee, the Republican senator's chief of staff said in a statement.
NATIONAL
January 16, 2006 | Maura Reynolds, Times Staff Writer
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) on Sunday reiterated his reservations about President Bush's legal authority to order domestic spying, saying that Congress had not given Bush a "blank check" to order warrantless eavesdropping. Specter also said that if planned congressional hearings determined that the president broke the law, one possible remedy could be impeachment, though he quickly added that such talk was theoretical -- and premature.
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