Arlen Specter

Democratic Euphoria: For Republicans, Arlen Now Just a Specter

On Tuesday, veteran Pennsylvania senator Arlen Specter announced that he would defect from the Republican Party to join the Democrats on the other side of the aisle. This drastic decision, which will give Democrats a 60-vote, filibuster-proof majority (provided that Al Franken is eventually seated in Minnesota), stunned party leaders and political observers. But in retrospect, it seemed like Specter’s only logical move. What forced his hand? And just how important is his conversion for Senate policy and President Obama’s agenda? What follows is a brief guide to the political calculus behind Specter’s flip-flop, and a snapshot at what it all means for politics and policy. … Read More

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Leto is a Hugger, Ahmadinejad is a Wannabe, & the iPhone is a Goner (Not Really) [Morning Links]

And the award for grossest lede goes to: “Here is one thing you probably do not know about Jared Leto: He is a hugger.” [via MTV News]

Game on, Gates: Microsoft is going to take down the iPhone. Or at least they plan to try. [via WSJ]

Scarier than Nuclear Wintour: Not a… Read More

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What’s on at Flavorpill: Links that made the rounds in our office.

Today at Flavorpill, we geeked out over Sufjan Steven’s song for Sofia Coppola, his imaginary confidant. We chased it with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart’s new video for “Young Adult Friction.” We thought of all the spots we’d like to add to the official list of Endangered Places. We enjoyed… Read More

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