Arlen Specter, former Pa. senator, dead at 82

Former longtime Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter, who as a Republican pushed two conservative justices onto the Supreme Court and then later switched to the Democratic Party and became a deciding vote for the health care law, died Sunday.

**FILE** Sen. Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania Democrat, shakes hands with Victor Cazzone, 7, of Exton, Pa., during a May 15, 2010, campaign rally at Gateway Park in Coatesville, Pa. (Associated Press)

**FILE** Sen. Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania Democrat, shakes hands with Victor Cazzone, 7, of Exton, Pa., during a May 15, 2010, campaign rally at Gateway Park in Coatesville, Pa. (Associated Press)

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