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  • 5 Reasons Amnesty Would Be Political Suicide For The Republican Party

    11/13/2012 7:46:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 86 replies
    Townhall ^ | 11/13/2012 | John Hawkins
    Of all the misguided, corrupt and deranged ideas floating around inside the D.C. bubble, perhaps the single worst one is giving illegal aliens amnesty as part of some sort of attempt to capture the Hispanic vote. If the GOP were to pursue a policy that primarily benefits corrupt business owners, the government of Mexico, and Democrats at the expense of our country and our own base, we'd truly deserve the "Stupid Party" moniker that has so often been hung around our neck. This policy wouldn't be a calculated risk or even a longshot; it would be a game of Russian...
  • The Spectre of Arlen

    05/17/2010 4:06:53 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 14 replies · 615+ views
    CNS News ^ | Rich Galen
    Big day in politics tomorrow. Among others, there are two elections in Pennsylvania that will get a great deal of attention, as well as a Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Kentucky, and a Democratic primary for Senate in Arkansas which will keep the lines buzzing for a while. In Pennsylvania, the primary between Sen. Arlen Specter and Rep. Joe Sestak will decide who gets be the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate to run against Pat Toomey in the fall. The likely story is Sestak will win because he is running a very smart campaign, reminding Democratic voters that...
  • Specter takes lead in Senate race, poll shows

    03/02/2010 9:58:50 AM PST · by Old Teufel Hunden · 23 replies · 1,017+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | 3/2/2010 | Post-Gazette
    U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter leads Democratic primary challenger U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak and Republican Pat Toomey in the race for Mr. Specter's seat, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released this morning. Mr. Specter leads Mr. Sestak, 53-29 percent in the primary race, and Mr. Toomey 49-42 percent in a general election matchup, up from a 44-44 percent tie Dec. 18.
  • Specter Trails Toomey In Senate Race

    10/05/2009 4:29:46 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 11 replies · 808+ views
    The Bulletin ^ | 10/4/2009 | Bradley Vasoli
    (President Barack Obama and Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., pause atop the stairs from Air Force One upon their arrival at Philadelphia International Airport on Sept. 15. Sen. Specter trails Pa. Republican Senate Candidate Pat Toomey in a new Quinnipiac University poll.) (Joseph Kaczmarek/Associated Press) Pennsylvania Republican Senate candidate Pat Toomey now leads incumbent Democrat Arlen Specter 43 percent to 42 percent among the state’s registered voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday. Mr. Specter switched parties from Republican to Democratic in April, explaining that he had no interest in staying in a party that would not nominate him...
  • Specter Ahead In Leftist-Commissioned Poll

    08/19/2009 8:43:03 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 23 replies · 876+ views
    The Bulletin ^ | 8/18/2009 | Bradley Vasoli,
    While a poll from Rasmussen Reports last week showed Republican former Congressman Pat Toomey beating Democratic Senator Arlen Specter in a reelection match-up, a poll for a leftist Web site shows different findings. The far-left Daily Kos commissioned a Research 2000 poll which has Mr. Specter beating Mr. Toomey 45 percent to 40 percent. It also shows Mr. Specter beating U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, D-7th, of Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties in a primary match-up with a margin of 48 percent to 33 percent. In a potential Toomey-Sestak general-election contest, Mr. Sestak has a one-percent edge over Mr. Toomey, the...
  • Toomey Can Put Specter Out of GOP’s Misery

    03/14/2009 10:14:22 AM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies · 718+ views
    National Review Online ^ | March 13, 2009 | Deroy Murdock
    March 13, 2009, 0:00 a.m. Toomey Can Put Specter Out of GOP’s MiserySomebody needs to stand up on the Senate floor and say, ‘Enough!’ By Deroy Murdock Palm Beach, Florida — Sen. Arlen Specter’s support for the 1,071-page Obama-Pelosi-Reid “stimulus” package will cost taxpayers $787 billion. That vote may cost the Pennsylvania Republican his job. “I am very likely to make a run for the Senate,” says Pat Toomey, a former Keystone State congressman and free-market stalwart. “Specter’s vote was a profound betrayal of the Republican Party and conservative principles. It’s a big factor” behind Toomey’s potential challenge to...
  • John Baer: Is it time for Arlen to rejoin Democrats?

    03/04/2009 3:25:52 AM PST · by Born Conservative · 30 replies · 1,260+ views
    Philadelphia Daily News ^ | 3/4/09 | John Baer
    MAYBE IT'S time Arlen came home. I mean Arlen Specter. And I mean to the Democratic Party. He was, after all, a Democrat during his first few decades (went Republican in '65 to run for D.A.); maybe he should be a Democrat in his last few. And maybe, as he seeks his sixth Senate term, that's how he could hang onto the office he has held longer than any other Pennsylvanian. I say this because of news this week that former Lehigh Valley congressman and conservative Republican Pat Toomey is "considering" challenging Specter in next year's GOP Senate primary. Yesterday,...
  • Pa. State Police chief to head NFL security

    By Angela Couloumbis INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU HARRISBURG - Nobody used to want a ticket from Col. Jeffrey B. Miller, the high-profile, 24-year veteran of the state police. Now, everyone is hounding him for tickets - to NFL ballgames.
  • Muslim is spared a speeding ban so he can drive between his two wives

    04/05/2008 3:52:16 PM PDT · by heartwood · 18 replies · 123+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 4/5/08 | Alex Dowdalls
    When it comes to avoiding a ban for speeding, the courts hear every excuse in the book. But yesterday one motorist offered what must be a unique reason why he should keep his licence. Mohammed Anwar said a ban would make it difficult to commute between his two wives and fulfil his matrimonial duties. His lawyer told a Scottish court the Muslim restaurant owner has one wife in Motherwell and another in Glasgow - he is allowed up to four under his religion - and sleeps with them on alternate nights. He also needed his driving licence to run his...
  • How Did Rudy Get His Lead?

    03/13/2007 7:00:43 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 248 replies · 2,183+ views
    The Bulletin ^ | March 13, 2007 | Salena Zito
    Santorum, known nationally for his social conservatism, says Giuliani does a good job of reminding people how he governed as a conservative on crime, welfare and taxes in New York City. Santorum also believes Giuliani has scored points on social issues with his comments about judges and Supreme Court justices. "Rudy understands that, on those issues, the courts are where conservatives have been losing the battle," he says. "If he is going to be appointing judges in the Scalia-Thomas (mold), then he is sending a very positive message to conservatives that he understands the importance of having the Constitution interpreted...
  • Defying Bush, Specter Plans Syria Trip

    12/15/2006 8:48:47 PM PST · by kddid · 203 replies · 3,144+ views
    NewsMax ^ | Dec. 15, 2006 | Associated Press
    Sen. Arlen Specter, a 26-year Senate Republican, said he will visit Syria despite loud objections by the Bush administration, contending the situation in Iraq is so dire that it is time Congress step up to the plate and see what it can do. Specter, R-Pa., said in an interview late Friday that he is planning a trip to the Middle East that will include Israel and Syria. The senator said he and other Republicans are concerned that the administration's policies in the Middle East are not working and that other GOP members may follow in his footsteps. "I've talked to...
  • Specter prepping bill to sue Bush - Specter bill would let Congress sue Bush ('signing statements')

    07/24/2006 5:00:04 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 152 replies · 4,186+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/24/06 | Laurie Kellman - ap
    WASHINGTON - A powerful Republican committee chairman who has led the fight against President Bush's signing statements said Monday he would have a bill ready by the end of the week allowing Congress to sue him in federal court. "We will submit legislation to the United States Senate which will...authorize the Congress to undertake judicial review of those signing statements with the view to having the president's acts declared unconstitutional," Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pa., said on the Senate floor. Specter's announcement came the same day that an American Bar Association task force concluded that by attaching conditions to...
  • Specter counters House in move to save immigration bill

    06/22/2006 6:47:25 PM PDT · by Shermy · 106 replies · 2,032+ views
    The Hill ^ | June 22, 2006 | Jonathan Allen
    When Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter stepped into the shower yesterday, it was an elusive immigration overhaul, not a slippery bar of soap, that he most hoped to keep within his grasp. The Pennsylvania Republican wanted a way to counter the House GOP’s unusual post-passage hearings on the bill, which are sure to delay negotiations and give a platform to critics of the Senate’s “path to citizenship” for millions of illegal immigrants. “I plan to hold some hearings of our own,” he told surprised reporters in the Capitol later in the day. “I just developed the idea this morning in...
  • Specter to grill officials on Bush ignoring laws (wants to reduce use of WH "signing statements")

    06/21/2006 9:01:43 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 47 replies · 1,151+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 6/21/06 | Andy Sullivan
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush administration will have to explain why it thinks it can ignore or overrule laws passed by Congress in a hearing next week, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter said on Wednesday. Specter, a Pennsylvania Republican, said he hoped to force the Bush administration to reduce its use of "signing statements" -- memos that reserve the right to ignore laws if the president thinks they impinge on his authority. "Our legislation doesn't amount to anything if the president can say, 'My constitutional authority supersedes the statute.' And I think we've got to lay down the gauntlet...
  • Specter Unvarnished [ Senator Reid something other than a rocket scientist; Kerry a dull jellyfish]

    06/17/2006 5:47:43 PM PDT · by Torie · 24 replies · 1,417+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | June 15, 2006 | Quin Hillyer
    * On the seemingly uphill re-election campaign of his fellow Pennsylvania GOP Sen. Rick Santorum, whom Specter praised highly and called "indispensable to my re-election" two years ago: "His re-election is my number one priority.... We have a very close personal relationship as well as political and professional." "He will win unless there is an avalanche.... He's a very forceful senator." ... * On the Democrats' conduct during hearings for judicial nominees, Specter was close to scathing. "Schumer was absolutely rude to Alito." Filibusters "lost them Daschle and lost them a fair number of seats." * On various Democrats: Minority...
  • Specter ready for fight over spy program (RINO JERK ALERT!)

    06/11/2006 1:44:04 PM PDT · by new yorker 77 · 22 replies · 596+ views
    The AP via Yahoo! News ^ | June 11, 2006
    The Senate Judiciary Committee chairman says he's prepared to force telephone company executives to testify about the White House's eavesdropping program if the Bush administration doesn't fully cooperate in drafting new rules on what's allowable. "If we don't get some results, I'm prepared to go back to demand hearings and issue subpoenas if necessary," Sen. Arlen Specter (news, bio, voting record), R-Pa., said Sunday on CNN's "Late Edition." Specter said he was more hopeful, after talking Thursday with Vice President Dick Cheney, that committee hearings and subpoenas could be avoided. Specter had threatened to subpoena executives of major phone companies...
  • Dick Cheney to Arlen Specter: I'll Talk to Senators Whenever I Want

    06/08/2006 2:44:04 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 101 replies · 3,449+ views
    NewsMax ^ | June 8, 2006 | Carl Limbacher
    Vice President Dick Cheney Thursday defended himself against accusations by a leading Republican senator that he worked to thwart Senate plans to make telephone executives testify at a hearing about a U.S. domestic spying program. A day after Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter rebuked Cheney for trying to head off subpoenas of the phone company executives, Cheney acknowledged that he had spoken to Senate leaders and members of Specter's committee. He said in a letter to Specter that he acted when the administration became concerned about a "compulsory process to force testimony" in a matter that could involve classified...
  • The Eleven GOP Senators who voted to give Social Security to Illegals (Vanity)

    05/22/2006 4:26:39 PM PDT · by no dems · 205 replies · 6,403+ views
    no dems
    O.K. Freepers, here’s the list of Pubbies who voted with the Dems Thursday to give Social Security benefits to Illegal Aliens. Brownback (KS) Chafee (RI) DeWine (OH) Graham (SC) Hagel (NE) Lugar (IN) Martinez (FL) McCain (AZ) Specter (PA) Stevens (AK) Voinovich (OH) I must admit that I was shocked by Brownback’s and Lugar’s votes.
  • Senate bill protects employers of illegal aliens from penalties

    05/22/2006 3:29:42 AM PDT · by petkus · 88 replies · 1,570+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 5/22/2006 | Charles Hurt
    Among those who will be cleared of past crimes under the Senate's proposed immigration-reform bill would be the businesses that have employed the estimated 10 million illegal aliens eligible for citizenship and that provided the very "magnet" that drew them here in the first place. Buried in the more than 600 pages of legislation is a section titled "Employer Protections," which states: "Employers of aliens applying for adjustment of status under this section shall not be subject to civil and criminal tax liability relating directly to the employment of such alien." Supporters of the legislation insist that such provisions do...
  • White House Set to Fight for Hayden (Specter(R-Scotland)may try to hold up confirmation)

    05/06/2006 10:11:58 PM PDT · by hipaatwo · 79 replies · 1,595+ views
    The nomination of Gen. Michael V. Hayden to take over the CIA would trigger a fresh battle over the secret warrantless surveillance program he oversaw on behalf of President Bush, a debate that could help shape the contours of the fall midterm congressional elections, officials in both parties said yesterday. Barring a change of heart, aides expect Bush to name Hayden tomorrow as his choice to succeed CIA director Porter J. Goss, who resigned under pressure Friday. Hayden, a former director of the National Security Agency and now deputy director of national intelligence, has become the most forceful defender of...
  • Hearing vowed on Bush's powers ---- Senator questions bypassing of laws

    05/03/2006 5:03:00 AM PDT · by kingattax · 18 replies · 652+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | May 3, 2006 | Charlie Savage, Globe Staff
    WASHINGTON -- The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, accusing the White House of a ''very blatant encroachment" on congressional authority, said yesterday he will hold an oversight hearing into President Bush's assertion that he has the power to bypass more than 750 laws enacted over the past five years. ''There is some need for some oversight by Congress to assert its authority here," Arlen Specter, Republican of Pennsylvania, said in an interview. ''What's the point of having a statute if . . . the president can cherry-pick what he likes and what he doesn't like?" Specter said he plans...
  • Senate bill outlines '(Illegal Alien) GOLD CARD' program

    03/07/2006 3:52:35 PM PST · by VU4G10 · 34 replies · 824+ views
    sTAR-TELEGRAM WASHINGTON BUREAU ^ | Mar. 07, 2006 | DAVE MONTGOMERY
    WASHINGTON - Key provisions of the Senate's main immigration bill would create a "gold card" program for illegal immigrants who entered the United States before Jan. 4, 2004, and create a guest worker program to bring in more foreign laborers, according to Senate Judiciary Committee staff members. The committee is to begin debating the measure Wednesday under a three-week timetable aimed at producing a final version for the full Senate by March 27. Sponsored by the committee chairman, Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., the legislation is designed to strike a middle course between a bill passed by the House that calls...
  • The Illegal Alien Gold Card (guest worker program for illegal immigrants)

    03/07/2006 11:06:15 AM PST · by ajolympian2004 · 76 replies · 1,580+ views
    Michelle Malkin ^ | Tuesday March 7th, 2006 | Michelle Malkin
    THE ILLEGAL ALIEN GOLD CARD By Michelle Malkin   ·   March 07, 2006 10:38 AM Photoshop courtesy of the Stein Report I'm not making this up: Key provisions of the Senate's main immigration bill would create a "gold card" program for illegal immigrants who entered the United States before Jan. 4, 2004, and create a guest worker program to bring in more foreign laborers, according to Senate Judiciary Committee staff members. The committee is to begin debating the measure Wednesday under a three-week timetable aimed at producing a final version for the full Senate by March 27. Sponsored by the committee...
  • Illegal immigrants could stay indefinitely under Senate plan

    03/06/2006 7:00:24 PM PST · by Dubya · 111 replies · 2,084+ views
    Star-Telegram Washington Bureau ^ | Mar. 06, 2006 | DAVE MONTGOMERY
    WASHINGTON - The Senate’s main immigration bill would enable most illegal immigrants now in the United States to remain indefinitely as long as they stay employed, but it wouldn’t put them on a glide path to U.S. citizenship. The Senate Judiciary Committee will begin debating the measure Wednesday under a three-week timetable aimed at producing a final version for the full Senate by March 27. Sponsored by Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., the committee chairman, the legislation is designed to strike a middle course between a bill passed by the House of Representatives calling for tougher immigration enforcement and pro-immigration advocates...
  • Specter, Surveillance, and the Courts [SPECTRE Is An Imbecile Alert]

    02/10/2006 6:05:52 AM PST · by conservativecorner · 58 replies · 879+ views
    National Review ^ | Feb. 9, 2006 | Matthew J. Franck
    Yesterday on the floor of the Senate, as some news outlets have reported, Sen. Arlen Specter said he is "now in the process of drafting legislation" that would "require the administration to take the program" of eavesdropping on our enemies when they communicate to and from the United States "to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court." (See here for a PDF of the Congressional Record of Specter's remarks.) I have been a Specter-watcher for some years now, and I have long since come to the conclusion that he is not a clear thinker on matters constitutional. But this embryonic proposal of...
  • Specter: Administration broke law

    02/05/2006 5:19:32 PM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 94 replies · 3,078+ views
    UPI ^ | February 5, 2006
    Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, says President George W. Bush's warrantless surveillance program appears to be illegal. Appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press," Specter called the administration's legal reasoning "strained and unrealistic" and said the program appears to be "in flat violation" of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Hearings into the surveillance program are scheduled to begin Monday on Capitol Hill. Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden, the former head of the National Security Agency, defended the surveillance on ABC's "This Week" and the Fox News Network, the International Herald Tribune reported. "It's about speed," General...
  • Specter says no 'blank check' for Bush on spying

    01/15/2006 4:15:00 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 34 replies · 1,287+ views
    Reuters ^ | 16 January 2006
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee promised a thorough investigation on Sunday into President George W. Bush's secret domestic eavesdropping program and said there would be no blank check for Bush. Sen. Arlen Specter, a Republican from Pennsylvania, said Bush in theory could face impeachment charges if found to have violated the law by authorizing the program, but he did not endorse that approach and had heard no serious talk of it. News of the covert domestic spying program last month sparked an outcry by both Democrats and some members of Bush's Republican party. Many lawmakers...
  • Specter Wants Domestic Spying Hearings Next Month

    12/27/2005 3:49:00 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 113 replies · 2,188+ views
    FOXNews.com ^ | 28 December 2005
    WASHINGTON — Senate Judiciary Chairman Arlen Specter said Wednesday he remains skeptical about a government surveillance program despite an explanation from Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. The two met for an hour Sunday to discuss the rationale for the warrantless eavesdropping by the National Security Agency that President Bush approved without obtaining any court orders. "I would summarize it by saying I have grave doubts about his legal conclusion," Specter, R-Pa., said of a meeting with Gonzales, who was confirmed before Specter's committee early this year. "I'm skeptical, but I'm prepared to listen." Specter said he expects Gonzales to be the...
  • Specter struggles over Alito hearings {Arlen is having an “inner struggle”]

    12/15/2005 11:26:32 AM PST · by johnny7 · 33 replies · 1,038+ views
    UPI ^ | December 15, 2005 | --
    Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., says he doesn't know how he will vote at the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito. The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee is trying to resolve his inner struggle arising from his deeply held political beliefs, his personal ties to Alito and his loyalty to the Republican Party, reports USA Today.
  • Bill proposes significant increase in legal immigration

    11/29/2005 10:37:24 AM PST · by SC33 · 59 replies · 796+ views
    World Peace herald ^ | November 26, 2005 | Stephen Dinan
    WASHINGTON -- A draft immigration bill from Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter calls for dramatic increases in legal immigration, far beyond any of the other major proposals now before Congress.
  • Specter: NFL may have violated anti-trust laws on T.O.

    11/28/2005 4:32:37 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 48 replies · 1,121+ views
    Specter: NFL may have violated anti-trust laws on T.O. By Amy Worden INQUIRER STAFF WRITER Sen. Arlen Specter today accused the NFL of potentially violating anti-trust laws in its treatment of Terrell Owens and said he is investigating the matter. Speaking at a news conference in Harrisburg, Specter said the NFL and the Eagles have effectively "blacklisted" Owens from football by forbidding him to play and prohibiting other teams from talking to him. "It's a restraint of trade for them to do that and the thought crosses my mind it might be a violation of anti-trust laws," Specter said. "The...
  • Key senators oppose House move to split 9th Circuit (Specter, DiFi)

    11/09/2005 7:38:27 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies · 1,020+ views
    ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 11/09/05 | ap - Washington
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Republican chairman and the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee announced their opposition Wednesday to a House GOP move to fast-track a break-up of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. House Republicans are including a split of the San Francisco-based court, which covers nine Western states, in a budget-reduction bill that could win House approval as soon as Thursday and would be immune from Senate filibuster. The 9th circuit measure was not in the Senate's version of the budget bill, and opposition from key senators could keep it out of the final version of...
  • Thomas Sowell: Irrelevant Questions

    11/08/2005 12:57:10 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 13 replies · 1,213+ views
    Creator's Syndicate ^ | November 8, 2005 | Dr. Thomas Sowell
    The recent announcement by Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Arlen Specter that confirmation hearings on Judge Samuel Alito have been postponed until January was only the latest in a series of painful examples of what happens when Senate Republicans wimp out.Senator Specter did not wimp out. The Senate Republican "leadership" wimped out when they made him chairman of the Judiciary Committee after he had fired a shot across the bow of his own President, right after the election, publicly warning President Bush not to nominate anyone to the Supreme Court who would stir up controversy in the Senate.That was the time...
  • Roberts Repeatedly Dodges Roe V. Wade (Super-duper precedent?)

    09/13/2005 9:11:00 AM PDT · by ClaudiusI · 27 replies · 1,430+ views
    AP ^ | Sep 13 2005 | NANCY BENAC
    Senate Judiciary Chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pa., had wasted no time in grilling Roberts on one of the big issues of the day _ abortion _ and Roberts wasted no time in displaying his skills at the artful dodge. "Would you think that Roe might be a super-duper precedent?" Specter probed, pointing to times it has been upheld by the Supreme Court.
  • Bush Faces Tough Choice [Or... Specter wants a woman]

    09/07/2005 4:45:52 AM PDT · by johnny7 · 43 replies · 1,065+ views
    Hartford Courant ^ | September 7, 2005 | By DAVID LIGHTMAN
    Pressure To Pick Minority JusticeWASHINGTON -- President Bush faces renewed pressure to name a woman or non-white to the new Supreme Court vacancy - a choice that could ease a difficult confirmation process. Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said Tuesday that two women on the court "are a minimum," adding, "My preference would be to see that kind of diversity maintained."
  • ARLEN SPECTER & ABLE DANGER (Arlen's letter to FBI)

    08/25/2005 8:49:25 PM PDT · by hipaatwo · 51 replies · 1,471+ views
    NRO ^ | KJ Lopez
    Honorable Robert Mueller Director Federal Bureau of Investigation 935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D. C. 20535-0001 Dear Director Mueller, It has been reported in the news media and directly to my staff that Army Lt. Colonel Anthony Shaffer was the operations officer for a secret military program referred to as Able Danger. The mission of Able Danger was to use a sophisticated data mining program in conjunction with more traditional military intelligence methods to identify and track al Qaida terrorists oversees. In connection with this mission, Shaffer reports that he and his associates discovered the names and U.S. locations of...
  • Senator Specter wants improved Venezuela relations

    08/22/2005 8:24:13 PM PDT · by Embraer2004 · 15 replies · 384+ views
    The Herald Online ^ | 8/19/05 | WILLIAM C. MANN
    Senator wants improved Venezuela relations By WILLIAM C. MANN, Associated Press Writer (Published August 19‚ 2005) WASHINGTON (AP) - A Republican senator asked Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld on Friday to lower his rhetoric against Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to help win Venezuela's support for combating illegal narcotics. Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa. who met this week with Chavez, reminded Rumsfeld in a letter that the United States needs Venezuela's help for effective action against drug trafficking in South America. "In this context," the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman wrote, "it may well be helpful to, at least, have a moratorium on...
  • Specter to press Roberts on interstate commerce cases. Senator asks for nominee's opinion.

    08/09/2005 5:12:08 PM PDT · by Crackingham · 40 replies · 828+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | August 09, 2005 | Maeve Reston
    In a letter yesterday to Judge John G. Roberts Jr., Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter said he plans to probe the Supreme Court nominee's interpretation of Congress' power to regulate interstate commerce, which has underpinned many civil rights, worker protection and environmental laws. The high court in recent years has scaled back that power by narrow conservative majorities. The Pennsylvania Republican said in the letter that he sees "a great deal of popular and congressional dissatisfaction with the judicial activism" that trimmed congressional authority under the Commerce Clause. Specter characterized lawmakers as "irate about the court's denigrating and, really,...
  • There He Goes Again [Specter does heavy lifting for John Roberts' opponents]

    08/01/2005 10:45:33 PM PDT · by Constitutionalist Conservative · 102 replies · 1,968+ views
    American Spectator / Washington Prowler ^ | August 2, 2005 | The Prowler
    Word among some attendees at this past weekend's American Constitution Society for Law and Policy meeting in Washington, D.C. was that Sen. Arlen Specter, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, had done the leftist organization and its many lawyers and wanna-be legal scholars a huge favor. "First, Specter refused to give [Supreme Court nominee Judge John] Roberts a full endorsement," says a member of the ACS, which was started several years ago as a liberal competitor to the more well-known and established Federalist Society. "Then he presses the Administration for documents on Roberts for us. He's been a more than...
  • Communism and human nature (Bolshie Mod sez, Arise ye kittens of the earth!)

    04/05/2005 10:50:57 AM PDT · by Sammy sam · 153 replies · 8,234+ views
    Many argue that communism will never be possible because of "human nature". The essence of this false argument is the belief that a communist society would consist of an all-powerful central government that would tell everybody what to do--and would therefore undermine the creative initiative of individuals and the search for happiness. • This argument is based on two false assumptions: (1) It assumes that a communist society will look like the former Soviet Union, or the current China, North Korea, etc (ie: corrupt police states with a feudal-style ruling class) (2) It assumes that people will only work in...
  • Specter may seek probe of Guantanamo

    07/26/2005 4:49:14 AM PDT · by johnny7 · 22 replies · 649+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | Jul. 26, 2005 | By Steve Goldstein
    WASHINGTON - Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter said yesterday that he was considering pushing for the creation of a commission to investigate the administration's incarceration policies at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp. "I'm giving serious thought to [a commission]. ... It's a strong measure," the Pennsylvania Republican said. "But the 9/11 commission found out a lot of things that the congressional committees couldn't find out."
  • Arlen Specter (RINO-PA) Praises John Roberts

    07/19/2005 8:15:04 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 32 replies · 907+ views
    Fox News ^ | July 19, 2005
    On Tuesday evening, however, Specter said Roberts had "extraordinary professional qualifications. "I would say professionally, it would be hard to find someone with better credentials than Judge Roberts, but you ask a question whether it's a safe nomination. I don't know that anything in Washington is safe if it's a nomination," Specter said.
  • Specter hopes for nominee similar to O'Connor

    07/18/2005 5:13:43 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 39 replies · 727+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 19 July 2005
    The chairman of the Senate panel that will oversee hearings on President Bush's Supreme Court nominee said yesterday that he would like to see someone in the tradition of retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and perhaps someone with experience in politics. Sen. Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania Republican, said he didn't want to recommend a specific candidate because of his role as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. But he said he would like to see a nominee who has experience outside the judiciary, which would rule out many of the candidates that Mr. Bush is said to be considering. The candidates...
  • Transcript: Sen. Specter on 'FOX News Sunday' --Upcoming High Court Hearings

    07/17/2005 1:20:31 PM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 12 replies · 788+ views
    FOX ^ | 7/17/05
    ...HUME:Question to you, sir: Should this next nominee be required to answer questions in the areas where Ruth Bader Ginsburg (search) did not? SPECTER: Without getting into the details as to what Justice Ginsburg answered, I think it inappropriate for a nominee to give an answer specifically as to how he or she would decide a specific case. When someone uses a word like "insist," that's a pretty strong word, and no senator has the power to insist that anything happen. A senator can ask any question that the senator wants to ask, but then it's up to the nominee...
  • UN Panel: No Single Nation Should Control Internet Addresses

    07/16/2005 6:52:29 AM PDT · by grundle · 40 replies · 2,139+ views
    Yahoo! ^ | Jul 14 2005 | Aoife White
    http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/cmp/20050715/tc_cmp/165702500 UN Panel: No Single Nation Should Control Internet Addresses Aoife White Thu Jul 14, 9:38 PM ET BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP)--A U.N. panel created to recommend how the Internet should be run in the future has failed to reach consensus but did agree that no single country should dominate. The United States stated two weeks ago that it intended to maintain control over the computers that serve as the Internet's principal traffic cops. In a report released Thursday, the U.N. panel outlined four possible options for the future of Internet governance for world leaders to consider at a November "Information...
  • Red Alert... list of Left groups plan to surround the Whitehouse on Sept 24th

    07/14/2005 12:53:28 PM PDT · by Thunder90 · 127 replies · 8,101+ views
    Here is the list so far for sponcers to this hate America fest: ANSWER Code Pink UFPJ NION Al Awda World Workers Party Ruckas Revolutionary Communist party Moveon.org ACORN Campus Antiwar Network International Socialist Org Greens Party Muslim Student Association CPUSA
  • Sen. Specter's hypocrisy

    07/13/2005 9:34:57 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 15 replies · 696+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | July 13, 2005 | Editorial
    Hypocrisy is nothing new in political circles, but Sen. Arlen Specter's tartuffery this week was outrageous even by his standards. In a diatribe against Kenneth Y. Tomlinson, the new head of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the senior senator from Pennsylvania complained at a congressional hearing that the corporation wasted $15,000 in taxpayers' money when Mr. Tomlinson hired two lobbyists to look into a bill that would have required more representation for public radio and TV stations on the corporation's board of directors. But Sen. Specter is a spendthrift of the highest magnitude. In 2004, he was named Porker of...
  • Specter Suggests a Chief Justice: O’Connor

    07/12/2005 12:42:56 PM PDT · by Indy Pendance · 104 replies · 2,879+ views
    outsidethebeltway ^ | 7-11-05 | James Joyner
    Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Arlen Specter floats a rather bizarre selection to replace Chief Justice William Rehnquist if, as expected, he retires this week: Outgoing Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Specter Suggests a Chief Justice: O'Connor (NYT | RSS) Senator Arlen Specter, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, suggested on Sunday that President Bush could name Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who is retiring from the Supreme Court, to the position of chief justice if it opens up. "I think it would be very tempting if the president said to Justice O'Connor, 'You could help the country now,' " Mr. Specter, Republican...
  • Specter Plans to Show His Anger Over Bush's Stem Cell Restrictions (Promises to Raise Hell)

    07/11/2005 6:54:19 PM PDT · by kristinn · 68 replies · 1,299+ views
    AP via Tampa Bay Online ^ | Monday, July 11, 2005 | Laurie Kellman
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Arlen Specter, suffering from cancer, said Monday he plans to take public his anger over the government's restrictions on funding for studies on human embryonic stem cells. "I think it's time that a little hell was raised about this subject," Specter, R-Pa., said in a telephone interview. That time will arrive Tuesday, Specter said, when he gavels open the Senate's first hearing on his bill to lift President Bush's restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. It carries the greatest promise among such studies searching for cures to Alzheimer's disease and other ailments. Set...
  • Specter Speculates: O'Connor for Chief?

    07/11/2005 2:31:02 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 44 replies · 1,414+ views
    Washington Post ^ | July 11, 2005 | Mike Allen
    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) complicated the already dizzying calculus about the future of the Supreme Court by speculating at length yesterday about the possibility that Justice Sandra Day O'Connor would stay if President Bush elevated her to chief justice. Most Republican officials interviewed this weekend said they expect Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist to announce his resignation soon, although they said they had no hard evidence of that. Specter said on CBS's "Face the Nation" that his "own analysis is that the chief does not intend to step down as long as his health holds up." But...