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  • Astrid Riecken/The Washington Times
PARTY MAN: Sen. Arlen Specter, accompanied by fellow Democrat Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, tries to navigate a throng of reporters on Tuesday at the U.S. Capitol.

    Specter to run as Democrat for 2010

    Five-term Republican Sen. Arlen Specter said Tuesday that he is switching parties and will run next year as a Democrat.

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    Specter joins Democrats opposed to key Obama goals

    The only immediate effect of Sen. Arlen Specter's switch from Republican to Democrat was to boost the number of Democrats who oppose some of President Obama's chief goals.

  • **FILE** Pat Toomey give the keynote address during the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference Saturday, March 28, 2009, in Harrisburg, Pa. The former congressman drew resounding cheers Saturday when he told the state's largest gathering of conservatives that he is "very, very likely" to announce that he will challenge incumbent Arlen Specter in the 2010 Republican primary. (AP Photo/John Zeedick)

    Conservative to challenge Sen. Specter

    Pat Toomey, who as a little-known congressman nearly defeated Sen. Arlen Specter in the 2004 primary, announced Wednesday that he will challenge Specter again when he seeks the Republican nomination for a sixth term next year.

  • Senate gerontocracy showing frailty


  • Associated Press Sen. Edward M. Kennedy and wife Victoria wave to journalists as they arrive yesterday at the Kennedy family compound in Hyannis Port, Mass. Senators in their 70s, 80s and 90s offered words of support to the 76-year-old senator.

    Senate gerontocracy showing frailty


  • Postcard from Phoenix

    The light at the end of the tunnel is now within reach. Downtown is becoming more crowded, there are fewer press conferences to attend and it's taking longer to get an elevator at the hotel. All of this means it's almost time for the Super Bowl.

  • Arlen Specter: Is Reid 'up to the job'?

    SPECIAL PREVIEW: For the full version of this developing story, read tomorrow's editions of The Washington Times or Sen. Arlen Specter today challenged Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's ability to serve as leader, saying the Nevada Democrat sabotaged progress on long-stalled spending and taxes bills by calling Republican lawmakers "puppets" for President Bush.

  • Specter offers Gonzales' ouster to end probe

    A key Senate Republican signaled yesterday that he would push for the removal of Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales if Democrats agreed to wrap up their probe of the U.S. attorney firings.

  • Senators warn Gonzales he must clarify testimony

    Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales must quickly clarify apparent contradictions in his testimony about surveillance laws or risk a possible perjury investigation or a special prosecutor, said the top Democrat and top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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