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  • Cupertino's mayor: Apple 'abuses us' by not paying taxes

    05/05/2016 7:28:25 AM PDT · by SES1066 · 44 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 05/05/16 | Nellie Bowles
    Getting local politicians to battle Apple is hard, Chang said. He recently proposed that Apple – which is building a massive new campus its own employees nicknamed the Death Star, or more favorably, The Spaceship – should give $100m to improve city infrastructure.
  • Award-Winning Author Joyce Carol Oates Looks for ‘Celebratory & Joyous’ Aspects of ISIS

    11/27/2015 8:51:02 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 60 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/23/2015 | DANIEL NUSSBAUM
    Award-winning author Joyce Carol Oates came under intense fire from social media users on Sunday after tweeting that she has only heard “puritanical & punitive” things about the Islamic State and wonders whether there is anything “celebratory & joyous” about the terrorist group. "All we hear of ISIS is puritanical & punitive; is there nothing celebratory & joyous? Or is query naive?"
  • Apple’s giant new campus looks like a spaceship (with latest Drone Video of construction site)

    11/04/2015 7:14:27 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 24 replies — Architecture ^ | November 4, 2015 | By GABRIELLE WESTFIELD
    Companies have recently been putting more effort into the workplace environment, striving to cultivate a habitat that is conducive to productivity and community. Startup companies are attempting to develop settings that are fun and social to attract young bright minds, while distinguished agencies push towards modern approaches of walls with contemporary art and glass partitions. One thing is becoming more apparent as people align their jobs with their own identity, is that you are where you work. Apple proves to be no exception to this. Phil Schiller, Apple’s head marketing chief recently stated, “Across the board, our goal is...
  • Aaron Sorkin Rips Apple's Tim Cook Over 'Steve Jobs' Critique: "You've Got a Lot of Nerve"

    09/26/2015 1:03:12 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 16 replies
    Hollywoord Reporter ^ | 9/25/2015 11:35am PDT | by Alex Ritman
    "If you've got a factory full of children in China assembling phones for 17 cents an hour, you've got a lot of nerve calling someone else opportunistic." Aaron Sorkin has lashed out at Apple CEO Tim Cook's recent assertion that filmmakers were being "opportunistic" in making films about the late tech titan Steve Jobs.Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter during a press junket roundtable for Universal's Danny Boyle-directed Steve Jobs in London, the writer claimed that he and those working at the top of the project had taken pay cuts to get it made."Nobody did this movie to get rich,"...
  • New details of Apple's circular 'spaceship' HQ emerge

    12/06/2014 2:27:23 AM PST · by dennisw · 43 replies
    MailOnline ^ | 5 December 2014 | Mark Prigg
    New planning certificates reveal 120,000 square foot auditorium and 100,000 square foot fitness center Steve Jobs originally submitted the application for the Cupertino headquarters back in 2011 The campus will be a mile in circumference, feature glass walls and solar panels and cover 175 acres Cars will be 'banished and buried' in an underground car park and tarmac will be replaced with greenery Glass walls the height of the building will slide open, and cafes and restaurants will help break up the vast scale More than 1,000 bikes will be kept on site to help staff make their way around...
  • Hank Aaron Says GOP Are Like the KKK but with ‘Neckties and Starched Shirts’ Instead of Hoods

    04/15/2014 1:32:13 PM PDT · by lbryce · 41 replies
    Godfather Politics ^ | April 9, 2014 | Staff
    Original Title:Hank Aaron Says Republicans are Like the KKK but with ‘Neckties and Starched Shirts’ Instead of Hoods Hank Aaron is a baseball icon. Forty years ago he broke Babe Ruth's all-time homerun record of 714. He ended his career with a total of 755. Barry Bonds surpassed Aaron's record with a total of 762. Since there are claims that Bonds was "juiced," the record is viewed as suspect. When Aaron was getting close to Ruth's record, the racists came out similar to the way they did when Jackie Robinson broke the baseball color barrier in 1945. They wrote nasty...
  • Jimmy Carter casts Occupy movement as successful

    02/15/2012 7:00:10 PM PST · by quantim · 11 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Feb 15, 9:37 PM EST | GREG BLUESTEIN
    ATLANTA (AP) -- Former President Jimmy Carter said on Wednesday that Occupy organizers have created a "relatively successful" movement because they focused national discussion on wealth disparity despite lacking leadership and a unifying set of goals. The Georgia Democrat said at an event in Atlanta that Occupy organizers have succeeded in forcing the media and Congress to realize the "chasm is getting greater than leaps and bounds" between the rich and the poor. "It's been relatively successful even acknowledging there's no leadership, there's no coherence and there's no single list of issues they want to succeed," the former president said...
  • Arlen Specter Appears on Stage, but Just For Laughs (Raunchy Comedy)

    12/28/2011 9:23:14 AM PST · by Quilla · 9 replies ^ | December 28, 2011 | Anthony Campisi
    So an ex-senator walks into a comedy club . . . That's not the setup to a joke - it's what happened Tuesday night when Arlen Specter took the stage at the Helium Comedy Club's open-mike night in Center City. "I've been in comedy now for 30 years," the former senator explained. Taking a try at stand-up was a natural step after spending so many years in the "sit-down comedy" of Congress - and, Specter noted, it was considerably less expensive. While some of his jokes are unprintable in a family newspaper - don't ask about the paraplegic who wanted...
  • Pat Caddell: I can’t help thinking Paul Krugman’s a bit of a sphincter

    01/14/2011 5:42:39 PM PST · by RobinMasters · 30 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 14, 2011 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Via the Daily Caller. He didn’t say “sphincter,” actually, but in honor of the “new tone” and because this is, after all, a family-oriented blog, I decided to clean up his language a bit for the headline. Is “sphincter” okay? Or is that sort of rhetoric beyond the bounds of political politesse for which mellow, even-tempered pundits like Krugman and Frank Rich are known and loved? In case so, I denounce myself preemptively. In case you missed it, here’s a neat move by Krugs from this morning’s column, which was much mellower than Monday’s rhetorical sphincter-lock: One side saw health...
  • Specter farewell speech slams GOP 'cannibalism' (Adios RINO Rat!)

    12/21/2010 3:44:03 PM PST · by tobyhill · 69 replies · 7+ views
    msnbc ^ | 12/21/2010 | By ANDREW MIGA
    Departing Republican-turned-Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter on Tuesday said conservative Republicans who backed Tea Party challengers against establishment candidates in the recent elections engaged in political cannibalism. In his final floor speech, Specter complained there's scant room for centrists like himself in a polarized Senate where civility is in short supply. "In some quarters, compromise has become a dirty word," said Pennsylvania's longest-serving senator, who lost his re-election bid after three decades in the Senate. Specter complained that some GOP senators had helped Tea Party challengers beat incumbent Republicans like Utah Sen. Bob Bennett and Rep. Mike Castle in his Delaware...
  • Specter prepares his farewell after 30 years in the Senate (good riddance to Snarlin' Arlen)

    12/21/2010 7:39:20 AM PST · by Erik Latranyi · 54 replies · 1+ views
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 21 December 2010 | Thomas Fitzgerald
    WASHINGTON - The family photographs came down Monday, packed in bubble wrap and boxes for the trip home, leaving nothing but some nails and sun-faded outlines on the walls of Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter's inner office. After 30 years on Capitol Hill, the state's longest-serving senator is clearing out and heading back to Philadelphia. Specter, 80, will deliver his final floor speech Tuesday morning, decrying a gridlocked Senate that has lost its political center and the sense of collegiality that once kept senators from campaigning against one another. "Eating or defeating your own is a form of sophisticated cannibalism," Specter,...
  • Politico calls PA Senate for Toomey, Another Tea Party Senator!!

    11/02/2010 9:12:10 PM PDT · by Steelers6 · 26 replies
    Politico ^ | November 2, 2010 | steelers6
    Way to go Pat, Spector finally gets his reward.
  • After 30 Years and Party Switch, Career Curtain for Specter [waaaaaa, waaaaaa]

    05/18/2010 11:47:48 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 30 replies · 1,254+ views
    News York Times ^ | 5/19/2010 | By KATHARINE Q. SEELYE
    PHILADELPHIA — Early on, Senator Arlen Specter’s supporters knew that the 80-year-old Republican-turned-Democrat was in trouble. “Turnout was terrible,” Gov. Edward G. Rendell said less than two hours before the polls closed here. And just about two hours after they had closed, he blamed the rain and the low turnout in Philadelphia for ending Mr. Specter’s 30 years in the Senate.
  • Caption Joe Biden and Arlene Sphincter

    09/08/2009 4:35:23 PM PDT · by Sig Sauer P220 · 21 replies · 1,263+ views
  • VIDEO: Crowd Explodes When Arlen Specter Urges That Health Care Is Done "Fast"

    08/03/2009 5:37:44 AM PDT · by ianschwartz · 76 replies · 3,690+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | August 3, 2009 | Real Clear Politics
    A town hall erupted in Philadelphia after Sen. Arlen Specter said health care reform has to get done fast.
  • Specter defends Pelosi, questions CIA's honesty

    05/20/2009 12:57:43 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 69 replies · 2,283+ views
    The Hill ^ | May 20, 2009 | Reid Wilson
    Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) took the opportunity Wednesday to defend House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who has come under fire in recent weeks over a controversy surrounding when she was told of the use of enhanced interrogation techniques being used by the CIA. "The CIA has a very bad record when it comes to — I was about to say 'candid'; that's too mild — to honesty," Specter, a former chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said in a lunch address to the American Law Institute. He cited misleading information about the agency's involvement in mining harbors in Nicaragua and...
  • Specter Says He ‘Misspoke” on Minnesota Senate Race

    05/05/2009 8:26:04 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 26 replies · 1,117+ views ^ | May 5, 2009 | Bart Jansen
    The political whirlwind that surrounded Sen. Arlen Specter ’s switch from the Republican to Democratic party had him forgetting which team he is rooting for in 2010. But after voicing support for Republican Norm Coleman in his contested Minnesota Senate race, Specter said he misspoke in a New York Times magazine interview and is supporting Democrats. Specter switched parties April 30 in an effort to hold his Pennsylvania seat for a sixth term in the 2010 election. The move upset fellow Republicans and elated Democrats who edged to a 59-seat majority with two independents in a Senate where 60 senators...
  • Sen. Arlen Specter: GOP moved 'far to the right'

    05/03/2009 12:01:14 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 58 replies · 1,248+ views ^ | May 3, 2009 | Mike Allen
    Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) said Sunday in his first TV interview since becoming a Democrat last week he had not promised to be “a loyal Democrat” and would lead a filibuster against his new party if he felt strongly enough about an issue. Specter told David Gregory on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he had determined “with polls and a lot of personal contact” that his reelection prospects as a Republican were “bleak.” But he added: “There’s more than being reelected here. There’s the factor of principle. The Republican Party has gone far to the right since I joined it...
  • Olympia Snowe: We Didn’t Have to Lose Arlen Specter

    04/28/2009 8:37:10 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 140 replies · 3,719+ views
    IT is disheartening and disconcerting, at the very least, that here we are today — almost exactly eight years after Senator Jim Jeffords left the Republican Party — witnessing the departure of my good friend and fellow moderate Republican, Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, for the Democratic Party. And the announcement of his switch was all the more painful because I believe it didn’t have to be this way. When Senator Jeffords became an independent in 2001, I said it was a sad day for the Republicans, but it would be even sadder if we failed to confront and learn...
  • FRED BARNES: What Specter's Defection Means

    04/29/2009 5:23:07 AM PDT · by kellynla · 98 replies · 3,765+ views
    My one rule of politics is that the future is never a straight line projection of the present. Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter's unexpected decision to switch parties and run for re-election in 2010 as a Democrat proves the rule. Mr. Specter often votes for liberal Democratic initiatives and infuriates conservative Republicans. Still, his surprise defection was a crushing setback for the GOP, instantly reducing what limited power Republicans have in the Senate. The GOP's ability to stop liberal legislation is now weakened if not eliminated in some instances. CorbisMr. Specter's jump across the aisle significantly adds to the heavy Republican...
  • Conscience drove Byrd to leave Democrats

    04/29/2009 5:08:51 AM PDT · by Salena Zito · 44 replies · 3,559+ views
    When Arlen Specter became the 21st senator to switch parties while in office, he did so with considerably more flash than one predecessor. "I basically tried to move about without notice," said former Sen. Harry F. Byrd Jr. of Virginia. Byrd, 94, switched from Democratic registration to independent in 1970. "Colleagues were cordial, but I did my best to avoid everyone." Specter, 79, had little chance of repeating that feat Tuesday. His announcement kicked off a national frenzy of news stories and speculation about what it might mean for Pennsylvania politics, President Obama's agenda, the balance of power in the...
  • Heads Up! Arlen Specter Switching Parties Today?

    04/28/2009 8:52:11 AM PDT · by kellynla · 339 replies · 15,038+ views ^ | 04/28/2009 | staff
    HUMAN EVENTS has learned from staff sources that Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa) is about to announce his switch to the Democratic Party. Developing….
  • Arlen Specter to switch party

    04/28/2009 9:06:48 AM PDT · by Joiseydude · 230 replies · 14,895+ views
    Breaking news on FNC
  • Specter's statement: "Not defined" by party

    04/28/2009 9:26:22 AM PDT · by pillut48 · 220 replies · 11,302+ views
    Politico via Drudge ^ | April 28, 2009 | Arlen Specter
    Statement by Senator Arlen Specter I have been a Republican since 1966. I have been working extremely hard for the Party, for its candidates and for the ideals of a Republican Party whose tent is big enough to welcome diverse points of view. While I have been comfortable being a Republican, my Party has not defined who I am. I have taken each issue one at a time and have exercised independent judgment to do what I thought was best for Pennsylvania and the nation. Since my election in 1980, as part of the Reagan Big Tent, the Republican Party...
  • The Latest from Arlen Specter -- to a constituent

    03/24/2009 9:51:45 PM PDT · by malkee · 7 replies · 962+ views
    my email | 3-25-09 | malkee
    Dear Pennsylvania constituent: After giving exhaustive consideration to the Employee Free Choice legislation, I have decided to oppose the bill for reasons specified in my Senate floor statement which is contained below or you may read here [link 1] and watch here [link 2]. I remain open to working to correct the imbalance which exists with so many jobs being exported and substantial labor losses in areas like pensions and health care. In my floor statement, I have also laid out some suggested revisions to the National Labor Relations Act which could provide the basis for correcting the current imbalance....
  • Specter on Eric Holder

    03/12/2009 10:10:45 PM PDT · by malkee · 16 replies · 1,380+ views
    my email | 3-12-09 | Arlen Specter
    Dear (redacted): Thank you for contacting my office concerning the confirmation of Eric H. Holder. I appreciate your interest in this important matter and your opinion. The confirmation of an Attorney General is one of my most important responsibilities as a United States Senator. Next to the President, there is no federal official more important than the Attorney General to ensuring that the rule of law is enforced. Attorneys General are trusted with incredible responsibility and, in our justice system, they often have the final say on critical legal issues. As a result, I take the Senate's constitutional role in...
  • Letter from Arlen Specter

    02/20/2009 12:45:53 PM PST · by malkee · 63 replies · 3,732+ views
    my email | 2 20 09 | malkee
    Dear Friends, As you know, today the President signed into law the "Americans Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009." The vote on the stimulus package was a very tough vote because of the very large deficit we have and the very large national debt faced by future generations. But the economy is in a desperate situation. Just in the month of January we lost 600,000 jobs, added to the loss of 2.8 million last year. There are millions of people who are having their homes foreclosed. The economists tell us that if we do not act that the current severe...
  • Woman gives judge earful, lands in jail (Jury Pool Member)

    07/17/2008 12:56:53 PM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 143 replies · 215+ views
    Star-Banner (Ocala, FL) ^ | July 15, 2008 | Suevon Lee
    Woman gives judge earful, lands in jail Obscene outburst nets Sarah Muller contempt charge in jury selection By Suevon Lee Star-Banner Published: Tuesday, July 15, 2008 at 6:30 a.m. Last Modified: Tuesday, July 15, 2008 at 5:35 a.m. OCALA — A Summerfield woman said she blurted without thinking a couple choice words for a county judge during jury selection at the Marion County Courthouse Monday morning—ones which had landed her in jail by the end of the day. ALAN YOUNGBLOOD/STAR-BANNER Sarah E. Muller comments on her case during an interview at the Marion County Jail. click to enlarge Judge R....
  • Specter says Bush must nominate moderate judges

    11/27/2006 4:17:49 PM PST · by bd476 · 82 replies · 1,707+ views
    Jurist Legal News and Research ^ | November 13, 2006 | Jaime Jansen
    [JURIST] US Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) [official website; JURIST news archive], outgoing chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee [official website], has indicated that President Bush may have to nominate moderate judges to any future vacancies on the US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] following midterm elections that ceded control of Congress to the Democrats. Monday's Philadelphia Inquirer also quoted Specter as speculating that the Democrats, who formally take control in January, may restrict or even halt judicial confirmations until the 2008 presidential elections. In related comments, Specter expressed hope that the lame-duck Congress will push through legislation [JURIST...
  • Specter to the justices: I’m hungry, let’s do lunch (Specter stinking up the Supremes?)

    06/21/2006 1:34:06 PM PDT · by new yorker 77 · 14 replies · 675+ views
    The Hill Magazine ^ | June 21, 2006 | Alexander Bolton
    Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is hosting a series of one-on-one lunches with members of the Supreme Court. The senator, whose tenure as chairman began last year amid furious conservative opposition but has included confirmation of two conservative nominees to the high court, is holding his tête-à-têtes in the Senate dining room with strict constructionists and loose constructionists alike. Specter told The Hill that he lunches with the justices simply because he is hungry. In a more serious vein, he added that he does so to hash out “matters of concern.” Pennsylvania’s senior senator said...
  • Feingold, Specter Clash Over Gay Marriage ["If you want to leave, good riddance," Specter finished.]

    05/18/2006 8:47:55 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 224 replies · 8,667+ views
    By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press Writer 19 minutes ago A Senate committee approved a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage Thursday, after a shouting match that ended when one Democrat strode out and the Republican chairman bid him "good riddance." "I don't need to be lectured by you. You are no more a protector of the Constitution than am I," Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pa., shouted after Sen. Russ Feingold (news, bio, voting record) declared his opposition to the amendment, his affinity for the Constitution and his intention to leave the meeting. "If you want to leave, good riddance," Specter...
  • Senator Asks Bush, Cheney for Explanation

    04/09/2006 8:04:29 AM PDT · by digger48 · 19 replies · 718+ views
    ap ^ | NEDRA PICKLER,
    WASHINGTON - President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney should speak publicly about their involvement in the CIA leak case so people can understand what happened, a leading Republican senator said Sunday. ADVERTISEMENT "We ought to get to the bottom of it so it can be evaluated by the American people," said Sen. Arlen Specter (news, bio, voting record) 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. Lewis Libby, testified before a grand jury that he was authorized by Bush, through...
  • Arlen Specter: FISA Law May be Unconstitutional

    02/05/2006 11:38:21 AM PST · by wagglebee · 96 replies · 2,765+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 2/5/06 | NewsMax
    Sen. Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter said Sunday that while President Bush's terrorist surveillance program is a "flat out violation" of the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, it may be entirely legal because of powers granted the president by the Constitution. "There is an involved question here . . . as to whether the president's powers under Article 2, his inherent powers, supersede a statute." Specter told NBC's "Meet the Press." The Pennsylvania Republican said that if the FISA statute "is inconsistent with the Constitution, the Constitution governs and the constitutional powers predominate." Specter, whose committee is set to commence...
  • 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 says will vote for Alito to high court

    01/13/2006 10:59:54 AM PST · by GeneD · 114 replies · 2,226+ views ^ | 01/13/2006
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter on Friday announced he would vote to confirm Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court. "I intend to vote to support Judge Alito's nomination as associate justice of the Supreme Court," said the Pennsylvania Republican at the conclusion of his committee's confirmation hearing. Specter, a moderate who supports legalized abortion, announced his support of Alito, a conservative appeals court judge who was grilled closely on his past statements in opposition to a woman's right to an abortion. Most, if not all, of the eight Democrats on the Judiciary Committee are expected...
  • Specter plans to investigate Bush's secret spy program

    12/17/2005 5:30:48 AM PST · by advance_copy · 83 replies · 1,593+ views
    Charlotte Observer ^ | 12/17/05 | Ron Hutcheson
    WASHINGTON - Members of Congress from both parties expressed outrage Friday over revelations that President Bush launched a secret domestic surveillance program in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The disclosure that the National Security Agency has been eavesdropping on domestic telephone conversations created a furor that could have far-reaching implications for the Bush presidency. Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, promised a thorough investigation into the secret program early next year. The surveillance operation was disclosed Friday by The New York Times, which reported that the government has been monitoring phone calls...
  • Haunting Specter

    12/09/2004 12:19:13 PM PST · by The_Eaglet · 23 replies · 531+ views
    World Magazine ^ | 12/9/2004 | Lynn Vincent
    Haunting Specter Arlen Specter's impending chairmanship of the Senate Judiciary Committee has conservatives concerned | by Lynn VincentThe day after winning a dicey reelection fight, Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter, presumptive new chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, held a press conference in which reporters asked him how he would handle pro-life judicial nominees. Perhaps feeling flush with imminent power, the famously pro-abortion Republican pledged allegiance to Roe vs. Wade—and seemed to warn President Bush that his judicial nominees should do likewise. Those remarks ignited protests by conservatives who jammed airwaves and Senate phone lines, questioning Sen. Specter's fitness to chair...
  • Anti-Specter Forces Aren't Calling It Quits

    11/19/2004 1:14:50 PM PST · by hinterlander · 114 replies · 3,443+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | Novemeber 19, 2004 | Robert B. Bluey
    Conservative activists who protested Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter's bid to chair the Judiciary Committee are vowing are keep pressure on the liberal Republican and his Senate colleagues who have vowed to support him. A formal vote on Specter's ascension won't happen until January. Even though the nine Republicans on the Judiciary Committee are backing Specter, his support in the 55-member Senate Republican Conference remains unclear. "Anything can happen in two months," said the Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, who led a protest against Specter earlier this week on Capitol Hill. "Let's face the political realities, but I don't think it's both...
  • GOP Senate Judiciary Members Endorse Specter Unanimously

    11/18/2004 12:41:02 PM PST · by gab1279 · 177 replies · 3,036+ views
    C-SPAN ^ | 11/18/04 | C-SPAN
    ON NOW! 2:35 CT. UNANIMOUS endorsement of Specter by all the GOP Senate Jud. Comm. members. Specter WILL get chairmaship, each taking turns speaking about it and all the calls they've gotte. Making their case for why he'll be okay as chair.
  • Specter Wins Colleague's Support

    ON CAPITOL HILL Specter wins colleagues' support GOP judiciary panel members back his chairmanship -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Posted: November 18, 2004 4:00 p.m. Eastern © 2004 Despite a strong campaign by conservative opponents, Republican Sen. Arlen Specter won support of his colleagues to chair the Senate Judiciary Committee. Sen. Arlen Specter at town hall meeting (Photo: Williamsport Sun-Gazette) Outgoing chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, told reporters at a news conference today the panel's Republican members unanimously backed the Pennsylvania senator, known for his liberal stance on many issues. "I have assured the president that I would give his nominees quick committee hearings...
  • Freep Alert!!! CNN Cartoon depicting Christian Right's approach of Specter

    11/18/2004 2:26:50 PM PST · by blteague · 32 replies · 2,172+ views
    CNN ^ | 11/18/04 | Bill Mitchell
    Christian Understanding...
  • Don’t start a new GOP era by hanging Specter

    11/18/2004 1:28:03 PM PST · by Jean S · 49 replies · 1,353+ views
    The Hill ^ | 11/18/04 | Byron York
    In early May 2002, things looked grim for Brooks Smith, a federal district judge in Pennsylvania who had been nominated to a seat on the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals. Smith, a conservative and a favorite of home-state Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), faced an uphill climb in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Democrats controlled the committee by a thin 10-9 majority — control given to them a year earlier by the defection of Sen. Jim Jeffords (I-Vt.) — and they clearly wanted to block Smith’s nomination. But they didn’t have much to work with. So they tried a bunch of little...
  • AP: Specter Rewriting Pledge, Senate Leaders Find First Draft Unacceptable

    11/18/2004 10:38:30 AM PST · by GeneralHavoc · 145 replies · 5,311+ views
    GrassrootsPA ^ | 11/18/04 | GrassrootsPA
    The good news is that GOP Leadership is not letting him off the hook easy. Notice that Senate leaders rejected his first draft. Associated Press:Specter, who supports abortion rights, also is pledging a strong predisposition to support the president's nominees for the bench, according to these sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The Pennsylvania senator's draft statement affirms that he will not impose a litmus test on nominees based on the issue of abortion, but does not include a blanket pledge to vote for them. Specter's written statement, apparently undergoing changes, largely covers positions he has staked out in...
  • Specter Gets Support From Hatch, Chairmanship Looks Likely (Pat Robertson: I think he'll be fine)

    11/18/2004 9:48:59 AM PST · by · 37 replies · 759+ views ^ | 11-17-04 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC ( -- Despite intense efforts from pro-life advocates, it appears increasingly likely that pro-abortion Pennsylvania Republican Senator Arlen Specter will be the next chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Late Tuesday, after meeting with Republican members of the judicial panel, Specter picked up the support of Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, who opposes abortion. "I expect him to have the support of the committee," Hatch said after the closed-door meeting with the panel's members. "Nobody in the meeting was against Arlen," Hatch told reporters, with Specter at his side. "Senator Specter handled himself very well and frankly, I'm for...
  • The Specter spectacle

    11/18/2004 9:29:49 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 21 replies · 525+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | November 18, 2004 | Ellen Goodman
    DOES THIS mean that I have to rise to the defense of Arlen Specter? If the enemy of my enemy is my friend, is the target of my enemy my hero? Do I have to rally whole paragraphs around the senior senator from Pennsylvania? Puh-leeze. In the aftermath of the election, the ayatollah wing of the Republican Party has insisted that their opposition to issues like same-sex marriage and abortion put the president back in office. That's their story, and they're sticking to it. Now it's payback time, and the folks who already own the White House and Congress are...
  • AP: Specter Aims to Maintain Independent Image

    11/18/2004 8:29:53 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 670+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/18/04 | Lara Jakes Jordan - AP
    WASHINGTON - While pledging to help President Bush (news - web sites) promote anti-abortion judges to the federal bench, Sen. Arlen Specter (news, bio, voting record) is struggling to maintain his proudly cultivated image as an independent thinker and sometime maverick. To salvage the Judiciary Committee (news - web sites) chairmanship he's in line to get in January, the Pennsylvania Republican has been promising to support anti-abortion nominees even though he favors abortion rights. Specter's elevation to the panel's chairmanship after 24 years in the Senate was put in doubt two weeks ago when he told reporters that judges who...
  • Specter Seeks, Gets Support

    11/17/2004 12:21:02 PM PST · by The Loan Arranger · 37 replies · 751+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | November 17, 2004 | Helen Dewar
    (GOP Senators Expected to Approve Chairmanship)Key Republicans said yesterday they believe that Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) will be approved by GOP colleagues as chairman of the Judiciary Committee despite an uproar over his expressed doubts that a Supreme Court nominee who opposes abortion rights could be confirmed by the Senate. "I expect him to have the support" necessary to win the chairmanship, said the outgoing committee chairman, Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah). He was joined by former Senate GOP leader Trent Lott (Miss.) and deputy party whip Robert F. Bennett (Utah) in predicting victory for Specter. Bennett characterized the controversy as...
  • Specter gets key backing for Judiciary post...

    11/17/2004 6:38:14 AM PST · by oneday · 133 replies · 5,358+ views
    The Morning Call ^ | No. 17, 2004 | Jeff Miller
    Specter gets key backing for Judiciary post Current chairman supports him to head panel, but Majority Leader Bill Frist says, 'We'll see.' By Jeff Miller Call Washington Bureau WASHINGTON | Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter picked up an important endorsement Tuesday in his bid to chair the Judiciary Committee, even as social conservatives vowed to step up their fight to block him. Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, the current chairman, said he supported Specter and predicted other committee Republicans would do the same. ''I think this matter will resolve itself,'' said Hatch, who will be forced to step down in January because...
  • Specter Makes Headway in Bid for Chair -Aides

    11/16/2004 12:33:57 PM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 37 replies · 803+ views
    Reuters ^ | 11/16/04 | Thomas Ferraro
    Sen. Arlen Specter, a Republican defender of abortion rights, made progress on Tuesday in his embattled bid to head the committee that reviews judicial nominations, party aides said. Specter emerged from a closed-door meeting with Senate Republican leaders with a smile but no prediction on whether he will become Judiciary Committee chairman -- though a handful of Republican lawmakers have publicly voiced support in recent days and have said they expect him to get it. "I never count any chickens before they hatch," Specter, 74, of Pennsylvania, said after the meeting in the office of Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist,...
  • Specter faces GOP colleagues in attempt to save future Senate chairmanship

    11/16/2004 10:27:48 AM PST · by SmithL · 26 replies · 2,191+ views
    AP ^ | 11/16/4 | JESSE J. HOLLAND
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Anti-abortion conservatives on Tuesday protested the possible elevation of Sen. Arlen Specter to Senate Judiciary Committee chairman just as the Pennsylvania senator was trying to convince his Republican colleagues that he would be a strong advocate for President Bush's judicial nominees. More than a dozen protesters gathered outside a Senate office building where Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., keeps his offices, carrying signs saying "Bork Specter", "Sen. Frist: Stop Judicial Activism" and "Senator Frist: Listen to We the People." Robert Bork was a conservative jurist whose nomination to the Supreme Court was thwarted. Specter has been...