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Former longtime U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter was battling for his life early Tuesday after he was recently diagnosed with a "serious form of cancer," a source close to his office told CNN.

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The funny, unseen side of politicsupdated: Tue Aug 28 2012 07:46:00

Fmr. Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA) shares some stories from his new book "Life Among The Cannibals."

Voters want leaders, not politiciansupdated: Fri Jun 04 2010 11:46:00

Excuse me for not shedding a tear for the recent electoral losses of Sen. Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania and Rep. Parker Griffith of Alabama.

What will Specter do with the rest of his Senate term?updated: Thu May 20 2010 11:52:00

After being beaten in his bid to keep his seat, Sen. Arlen Specter will make the most of the remainder of his term in office, some observers predict.

Arlen Specter: Great privilege to serveupdated: Thu May 20 2010 11:52:00

Sen. Arlen Specter gives his concession speech after being defeated in the Democratic primary by Rep. Joe Sestak.

Analysis: Open season on political incumbentsupdated: Wed May 19 2010 12:48:00

So much for political kingmakers and the machine, at least in Kentucky and Pennsylvania. National and statewide political officials and operatives watched their chosen candidates fall Tuesday in two separate primaries with two different narratives weaved together by the common thread of anti-establishment sentiment.

Obama congratulates Sestakupdated: Wed May 19 2010 12:48:00

Penn. primary winner Joe Sestak says President Obama is now behind him despite his support of Sen. Arlen Specter.

Will Obama's coattails help or hurt in the midterms?updated: Wed May 19 2010 12:28:00

With his loss in the Pennsylvania's Democratic Senate primary, Sen. Arlen Specter became the latest high-profile candidate that a boost from President Obama couldn't save.

Obama losing streak?updated: Wed May 19 2010 12:28:00

Does Sen. Arlen Specter's loss in Pennsylvania show a trend of candidates endorsed by President Obama losing?

After 30 years in D.C., Specter ousted by votersupdated: Wed May 19 2010 12:08:00

Sen. Arlen Specter is on his way out of office after serving 30 years on Capitol Hill, losing Tuesday in the Democratic primary for his Senate seat to Rep. Joe Sestak.

Specter's loss, Paul's victory shake up murky political mapupdated: Wed May 19 2010 07:48:00

Voters sent mixed signals in Tuesday's primary elections in Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Arkansas. They tossed out a veteran senator, nominated a Tea Party-backed candidate and also chose a longtime aide to fill the U.S. House seat vacated by the death of Democratic Rep. John Murtha.

Sen. Arlen Specter: 'Where was Sestak?'updated: Mon May 17 2010 11:05:00

Sen. Arlen Specter accuses his primary challenger, Rep. Joe Sestak, of not answering questions.

Specter, Sestak court African-American vote in Pennsylvaniaupdated: Mon May 17 2010 11:05:00

With little fanfare, Rep. Joe Sestak walked into Mount Ephraim Baptist Church on Sunday and quickly headed for a pew near the back of this African-American church.

Moderate Republicans back Kagan on hot-button issuesupdated: Thu May 13 2010 19:22:00

Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan received critical cover from moderate Republicans on Thursday on two issues likely to dominate her upcoming confirmation hearings: gays in the military and judicial experience.

How strong is anti-incumbent fever?updated: Tue May 11 2010 12:45:00

Common wisdom suggests that Americans' anger toward government, seen through protests and polling, will lead to high voter turnout in the primaries and a bucking of both party's incumbents and establishment favorites.

One year after party switch: Praise, criticism for Sen. Specterupdated: Wed May 05 2010 12:06:00

One year after he rocked the political world by switching parties because he didn't think he could win a Republican primary, Sen. Arlen Specter is fending off a serious Democratic primary challenge and calling for bipartisanship to pass financial reforms.

Tea Party names its heroes and targetsupdated: Fri Apr 16 2010 16:34:00

Leaders of the Tea Party Express marked Tax Day on Thursday by celebrating their efforts over the last year and unveiling a list of "heroes" and "targets" ahead of the upcoming midterm elections.

Tea Party Express announces new tourupdated: Fri Apr 16 2010 16:34:00

The "Tea Party Express III: Just Vote Them Out" tour begins in Washington

Preston on Politics: CPAC's winners and losersupdated: Mon Feb 22 2010 09:28:00

I am pretty sure I met the next leader of the conservative movement during a three-day confab of activists that wrapped up Saturday here in the nation's capital. I definitely shook hands with a future congressman or maybe even a governor.

Analysis: Contentious primaries will precede 2010 Senate electionsupdated: Mon Nov 30 2009 10:20:00

Sen. Arlen Specter's decision to leave the Republican Party in April handed President Obama a key vote in the Senate, and Specter was rewarded by quickly being endorsed by the president and Democratic leaders in his bid for re-election next year.

Commentary: No wonder voters are angryupdated: Tue Aug 18 2009 08:13:00

The biggest political story of the month so far is clearly the populist rage on display at town halls across the country. Democrats say this rage is manufactured; Republicans say it is real.

Failing to reform health care 'truly scary,' Obama saysupdated: Tue Aug 11 2009 21:58:00

President Obama complained Tuesday about opposition scare tactics against a proposed health care overhaul, but said failing to fix problems in the current system would be the scariest outcome of all.

Obama braces for town hallupdated: Tue Aug 11 2009 21:58:00

President Obama will face his critics at a New Hampshire town hall meeting. CNN's Jim Acosta reports.

Man interrupts town hallupdated: Tue Aug 11 2009 13:21:00

A member of the audience interrupts Senator Arlen Specter during a town hall event in Lebanon, Pennsylvania.

Key senator knows what it's like to be called 'racist'updated: Fri Jun 05 2009 17:13:00

When greeting Judge Sonia Sotomayor this week, Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama made sure to tell her something loud enough for the assembled reporters to hear.

A 'heartbreaking' experienceupdated: Fri Jun 05 2009 17:13:00

Sen. Jeff Sessions remembers his ill-fated nomination for a federal judgeship.

Specter primary challenger drops outupdated: Thu May 14 2009 21:51:00

U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter received welcome news Thursday evening when the Pennsylvanian's only current primary challenger abandoned a run for the Democratic Senate nomination, two Democratic sources told CNN.

Durbin to give up key chairmanship in favor of Specterupdated: Thu May 07 2009 13:40:00

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, is giving up his chairmanship of the Crime and Drugs Subcommittee and giving it to Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pennsylvania, Durbin spokesman Joe Shoemaker said Thursday.

Specter: Democratic leader promised me seniorityupdated: Wed May 06 2009 19:27:00

The Democratic leader in the Senate promised Sen. Arlen Specter he would retain his seniority when he jumped from the Republican to the Democratic Party, Specter said on Wednesday, but faced "pushback" from other Democratic senators.

Specter's debut as a Democratupdated: Wed May 06 2009 19:27:00

Sen. Arlen Specter meets Pennsylvania voters at his first town hall meeting as a Democrat. CNN's Dana Bash reports.

Analysis: An autopsy of liberal Republicansupdated: Wed May 06 2009 16:09:00

Question: How many years since the Civil War have both U.S. senators from Pennsylvania been Democrats?

Specter starts anew with longtime constituentsupdated: Tue May 05 2009 02:38:00

He has represented Pennsylvania in the U.S. Senate for nearly three decades, but Arlen Specter now has to reintroduce himself back home.

Republican rebootupdated: Mon May 04 2009 11:42:00

Rep. Eric Cantor tells CNN's John Roberts how a new Republican Party effort plans to reboot the GOP.

Specter tops GOP rival in 2010 matchup, poll saysupdated: Mon May 04 2009 11:42:00

A poll of Pennsylvania voters suggests that the newest Democrat in Congress, Sen. Arlen Specter, would easily beat his old rival, Republican Pat Toomey, in a Senate race next year.

Specter: Switch should be 'wake-up call' to GOPupdated: Sun May 03 2009 16:36:00

Veteran Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter said Sunday that he hopes his recent switch to the Democratic Party will serve as a "wake-up call" to an increasingly conservative GOP.

Obama: No rubber stamp approvalupdated: Thu Apr 30 2009 09:52:00

President Obama says he won't get "rubber stamp" approval from Sen. Arlen Specter and the rest of the senate.

For a 'Hallmark holiday,' White House going all-outupdated: Wed Apr 29 2009 12:26:00

Behind closed doors in recent days, senior White House aides have been saying that measuring President Obama's first 100 days is the journalistic equivalent of a Hallmark holiday.

Specter has 'full support'updated: Wed Apr 29 2009 12:05:00

President Obama welcomes Sen. Arlen Specter to the Democratic Party and says he looks forward to working with him.

Specter says party switch driven partly by desire to keep seatupdated: Wed Apr 29 2009 12:05:00

Arlen Specter, the longtime Republican senator who switched parties Tuesday, admitted Wednesday the move was driven partly by a desire to keep his seat.

Commentary: Specter defection a wake-up call to GOPupdated: Wed Apr 29 2009 10:34:00

The departure of Arlen Specter from the Republican Party puts an exclamation point on a rough first hundred days for the national GOP in the Obama era.

Analysis: GOP learning to be opposition partyupdated: Wed Apr 29 2009 10:13:00

Just when it seemed as if the Republican Party's political standing couldn't get any worse, Sen. Arlen Specter decides to ditch the GOP and join the Democratic Party.

Impacting the agendaupdated: Wed Apr 29 2009 10:13:00

Will Specter's switch mean smooth sailing for the Democrats? CNN's Jessica Yellin takes a look.

Specter colleagues, political elites react to defectionupdated: Tue Apr 28 2009 17:19:00

Reaction on Tuesday to Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter's switch from the Republican to the Democratic Party ranged from barely concealed glee to dismay among Senate colleagues and elites from both parties.

'A totally political decision'updated: Tue Apr 28 2009 17:19:00

Sen. Mitch McConnell says Sen. Arlen Specter left the GOP because the Pennsylvania senator could not win re-election.

Sen. Specter to switchupdated: Tue Apr 28 2009 17:07:00

Sen. Arlen Specter intends to switch parties, which would add to the Democratic majority in the Senate. CNN's Dana Bash reports.

Longtime GOP Sen. Arlen Specter becomes Democratupdated: Tue Apr 28 2009 17:07:00

Veteran Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter switched from the Republican to the Democratic Party on Tuesday, saying he has found himself increasingly "at odds with the Republican philosophy."

Specter responds to angry GOPupdated: Wed Feb 11 2009 20:03:00

CNN's John Roberts speaks to Sen. Arlen Specter about his support for President Obama's stimulus plan.

Group pledges to fight GOP senators who support stimulusupdated: Wed Feb 11 2009 10:49:00

An influential conservative political action committee is pledging to support primary challenges to any Republican senator who backs the economic stimulus package -- the latest public show of dissatisfaction from the right over the massive measure before Congress. Michael Bamberger: Arlen Specter enjoys action-packed day of sportsupdated: Sun Oct 26 2008 22:32:00

PHILADELPHIA -- It was a beautiful day to play two, here on Sunday, and somewhere around 4:30 on a sun-drenched afternoon a scads of people sauntered across acres of parking lots, leaving the Linc and the Eagles football game and heading north on foot, to the Bank and the Phillies game. Thousands of people had snagged tickets for both, and any fan crossing the lots in mid-afternoon might have found a football suddenly placed squarely in the stomach by a tailgater pretending to be Donovan McNabb or touched on the shin by a homeless man sprawled on the sidewalk or high-fived by cross-dressing strangers, wearing green for the Eagles and red for the Phillies.

CNNMoney: Fed ruling: Attorney talk confidentialupdated: Thu Aug 28 2008 16:51:00

Responding to intense criticism from corporations, legal groups, and key members of Congress, the Justice Department announced Thursday that federal prosecutors will no longer be able to strong-arm corporate targets to reveal protected conversations with their attorneys. Terror Probe Rules Delay Soughtupdated: Tue Aug 19 2008 10:00:00

New rules on FBI investigations of national security cases should be delayed, top Senate Judiciary Committee members said Monday

Specter battles cancerupdated: Thu Jun 19 2008 07:47:00

Watch Dr. Gupta's behind-the-scenes coverage of Sen. Arlen Specter's battle with cancer.

Specter on cancer battle: 'Never give in'updated: Thu Jun 19 2008 07:47:00

Sen. Arlen Specter woke at 4 a.m. one day last week with an excruciating headache, a side effect of chemotherapy. Ninety minutes later, he was on the squash court, playing a partner less than half his age. That's the way Specter faces cancer and chemo. Borrowing a phrase from Winston Churchill, he calls it the "never-give-in" approach. Senator Wants NFL Spygate Probeupdated: Wed May 14 2008 20:00:00

Sen. Arlen Specter on Wednesday called for an independent investigation of the New England Patriots' taping of opposing coaches' signals Don Banks: Specter's independent call off-baseupdated: Wed May 14 2008 16:43:00

While I sat listening to Sen. Arlen Specter on Wednesday outline why he believes an independent investigation of Spygate is now necessary, I was trying to discern just where such an inquiry would fit in the grand scheme of things when it comes to unresolved matters of national import.

Specter: 'Never Give In'updated: Tue Apr 15 2008 22:13:00

Sen. Arlen Specter discusses his book "Never Give In" about his battle with cancer.

Arlen Specter's Hodgkin's disease returnsupdated: Tue Apr 15 2008 22:13:00

Sen. Arlen Specter's Hodgkin's disease, which he battled in 2005, has recurred, but doctors said that its return was detected early and that Specter has an "excellent chance" of once again achieving remission, according to a statement issued Tuesday by the senator's office.

Senators: Probe passport-file snoopingupdated: Mon Mar 24 2008 11:07:00

Two senators Sunday called for the Justice Department and Congress to investigate how the security of three presidential candidates' passport files was compromised. Dave Zirin: Specter's ties to Comcast raise questions about Spygate probeupdated: Wed Feb 27 2008 15:35:00

Something stinks in the world of Spygate. Call it a spectre over Specter. Call it a distasteful conflict of interest. Call it an unfair accusation against a Senator with motives more pure than a Troy Aikman spiral. Call it manna from heaven for Bill Belichick and his morally impaired Patriots staff. But whatever you call it, don't say that it doesn't have tongues wagging in NFL suites and behind the closed doors of Congress.

Senate panel issues subpoena for Utah mine ownerupdated: Fri Nov 16 2007 19:53:00

A Senate subcommittee probing this summer's deadly Utah mine disaster has subpoenaed the mine's co-owner, ranking member Sen. Arlen Specter said Friday. Arlen Specter's Careful Dissentupdated: Fri Aug 03 2007 14:00:00

The ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee has become a thorn in the Administration's side over Attorney General Gonzales. But is he more bark than bite?

Gonzales calls it confusion; Specter calls it 'misleading'updated: Wed Aug 01 2007 22:27:00

The ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee said he's not satisfied with Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' attempt to clarify his testimony about no-warrant surveillance. Gonzales Digs a Deeper Holeupdated: Tue Jul 24 2007 17:00:00

The Attorney General introduces new questions, and shows shrinking powers of recall, in discussing his visit to Ashcroft

Specter: Deal reached with White House on wiretapsupdated: Thu Jul 13 2006 11:32:00

The top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee said Thursday that he had struck a deal with the White House to resolve a dispute over the constitutionality of conducting electronic surveillance with court approval.

Specter warns of 'confrontation' over NSA hearingsupdated: Wed Jun 07 2006 18:56:00

A Senate committee chairman warned of a "constitutional confrontation" with the Bush administration Wednesday over its domestic surveillance program, threatening to subpoena administration officials or phone company executives in a congressional review.

CNNMoney: Telecom execs won't testify on tapsupdated: Mon Jun 05 2006 22:36:00

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter reversed course Tuesday, announcing he will not call on phone company executives to testify on their cooperation with the government in a secret eavesdropping program run by the National Security Agency.

Immigration debate heads from streets to Senateupdated: Sun Mar 26 2006 21:20:00

Protests against a proposed crackdown on illegal immigrants brought demonstrators to the streets of Los Angeles again Sunday, but in much smaller numbers than Saturday's massive rally.

Deal reached to extend Patriot Act updated: Thu Dec 08 2005 10:51:00

Congressional leaders reached a deal Thursday to extend key provisions of the Patriot Act, the government's premier anti-terrorism law. However, prominent Democratic senators said they opposed the compromise, and one threatened a filibuster.

Specter: Alito said he will respect abortion precedentsupdated: Fri Dec 02 2005 14:29:00

Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito had a private meeting with the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday as he sought to reassure lawmakers that he would respect legal precedent on abortion rights and put his personal views aside.

How to lose friendsupdated: Mon Oct 24 2005 12:25:00

Harriet Miers can ill afford to lose any more support.

More controversy over Miersupdated: Tue Oct 18 2005 02:18:00

As the White House renewed its attempts to rally backing for Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers, her views -- or non-views -- on a key privacy case appeared to ignite more controversy.

Specter, White House at odds over Miers' viewsupdated: Tue Oct 18 2005 01:59:00

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter said Monday that Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers told him in a private meeting that she believed the 1965 case of Griswold vs. Connecticut -- a landmark ruling establishing the right to privacy -- was "rightly decided."

Public air warsupdated: Fri Jul 22 2005 11:08:00

Sen. Arlen Specter, a busy man with multiple duties, was understandably unprepared July 11 as he chaired a rare Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing about public television.

Specter: Senate stem cell override likely updated: Sun May 29 2005 13:46:00

Sen. Arlen Specter said Sunday he believes the Senate has enough votes to override a threatened presidential veto of legislation easing restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.

CNNMoney: ID breaches weren't immediately reportedupdated: Wed Apr 13 2005 10:51:00

ChoicePoint President Douglas Curling and LexisNexis CEO Kurt Sanford admitted that they did not immediately report security breaches to victims while they were being grilled during Senate hearings over personal identity theft.

10 questions for Arlen Specterupdated: Mon Mar 14 2005 13:34:00

He had to beat back a challenge from conservatives who were wary of his pro-choice views, but now Arlen Specter, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is leading the Senate's scrutiny of President Bush's court nominees.

Specter blames both parties for judicial impasseupdated: Thu Feb 24 2005 16:32:00

Both political parties are to blame for the impasse on confirming President Bush's judicial nominees, says Arlen Specter, Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Specter starts chemotherapy regimenupdated: Fri Feb 18 2005 18:26:00

Sen. Arlen Specter, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, began chemotherapy for Hodgkin's disease Friday morning in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, while dozens of conservative activists delivered get-well cards to his Washington office.

Specter diagnosed with Hodgkin's diseaseupdated: Wed Feb 16 2005 17:53:00

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease but intends to continue working during treatment, his office announced Wednesday.

A change of pace -- and rules -- in Congressupdated: Fri Nov 19 2004 14:31:00

This White House doesn't fool around. Now the strengthened Republican majority in Congress is saying, "Neither do we."

Specter: 'I'm pro-choice ... But I don't make the decisions'updated: Mon Nov 08 2004 16:45:00

Republican Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, an abortion-rights supporter in line to head the Senate Judiciary Committee, reiterated Monday that he would not hold up President Bush's judicial nominees, even if they oppose abortion rights.

Conservative leader targets Specterupdated: Sun Nov 07 2004 17:21:00

The head of a leading conservative group said Sunday that Sen. Arlen Specter "is a big-time problem" and that his quest to serve as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee "must be derailed."

Arafat, Rehnquist and Scott Peterson updated: Fri Nov 05 2004 08:11:00

You know life has returned to, uh, normal when one of the day's top news stories is Scott Peterson.

Bush dismisses court speculationupdated: Fri Nov 05 2004 01:20:00

In his first news conference since his re-election, President Bush dismissed speculation Thursday that he could have a chance to fill a number of Supreme Court openings in his second term.

Mark Shields: Catholic contradictions and politicsupdated: Mon May 31 2004 14:17:00

To his mostly conservative admirers, U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pennsylvania, is admired for being candid in speech and rock solid on social issues. To his critics, mostly non-conservatives, Santorum is judged abrasive and too quick to demonize political adversaries.

Feel lucky? Google IPO could be boon for Bushupdated: Wed Apr 28 2004 13:01:00

This week in "The Inside Edge," how the Google IPO may be just the economic break Bush has been searching for; how Dick Cheney is helping Ralph Nader and why Sen. Arlen Specter's close call this week should scare moderate Republicans.

Specter squeaks by; boxing over Vietnam serviceupdated: Wed Apr 28 2004 07:36:00

Democrats today will spin Sen. Arlen Specter's slim win as a sure sign he'll fall this fall. But Specter's eked-out victory is still great news for Republicans. Sources say President Bush, who stumped for Specter just last week, was planning to devote far less time and energy to Pennsylvania if Pat Toomey had won last night.

Specter in narrow winupdated: Wed Apr 28 2004 02:17:00

Veteran GOP Sen. Arlen Specter narrowly won a shot at a fifth term, after a close primary battle with Rep. Pat Toomey, who argued to Pennsylvanians that Specter simply wasn't conservative enough.

Secrecy, and a Specter showdownupdated: Tue Apr 27 2004 07:34:00

We'll hear oral arguments in a major Supreme Court case today and read pages from a new biography on John Kerry from the "Reporters Who Know Him Best."

Specter has plenty of pals in Pennsylvaniaupdated: Mon Apr 19 2004 07:42:00

I'm going to keep the Grind relatively short, recognizing that you all have loads of other reading to do. Admittedly, I didn't spend 3 1/2 hours interviewing President Bush and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

Fortune: WOMEN CANDIDATES IN RECORD NUMBERSupdated: Mon Jun 01 1992 00:01:00

Women -- long crowding the pipeline of the political system -- are bursting onto the national scene. Record numbers of them have decided it is time to head for Capitol Hill or take a shot at a gove...

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