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Arlen Specter: Former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania Dead at 82

United States Senate(NEW YORK) -- Arlen Specter, the former senator from Pennsylvania who stunned both parties on Capitol Hill in 2009 when he announced he would switch his party allegiance to Democrat after 42 years as a Republican, has died. He was 82.

Specter died at his Philadelphia home from complications of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Specter's battle with cancer has been long. In addition to the removal of a brain tumor, he was diagnosed and underwent chemotherapy for Hodgkin's disease in 2005, only to undergo treatment again when it resurfaced in 2008.

He published a book, "Never Give In: Battling Cancer in the Senate," about dealing with the disease after his initial diagnosis.

In August, Specter announced he was "battling cancer" again -- this time with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Last month, he was released from a Philadelphia hospital.

He is survived by his wife, Joan, and two sons, Shanin and Stephen.

The following statements have been released on Specter's death:

President Obama

"Arlen Specter was always a fighter.  From his days stamping out corruption as a prosecutor in Philadelphia to his three decades of service in the Senate, Arlen was fiercely independent – never putting party or ideology ahead of the people he was chosen to serve.  He brought that same toughness and determination to his personal struggles, using his own story to inspire others.  When he announced that his cancer had returned in 2005, Arlen said, "I have beaten a brain tumor, bypass heart surgery and many tough political opponents and I'm going to beat this, too."  Arlen fought that battle for seven more years with the same resolve he used to fight for stem-cell research funding, veterans health, and countless other issues that will continue to change lives for years to come.  Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to Joan and the rest of the Specter family. "

President George W. Bush

“Arlen Specter loved our country and served it with integrity for three decades in the United States Senate.  Laura and I appreciate his contributions to America and are grateful for his many years of public service.  We send our condolences to his wife, Joan, and the Specter family.”

U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.)

“A man of sharp intelligence and dogged determination, Sen. Specter dedicated his life to public service and the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. His impact on our state and public policy will not be forgotten. My wife Kris and I send our thoughts and prayers to Joan and the entire Specter family.”

U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-Pa.)
“I am deeply saddened to learn that my friend Arlen Specter has passed away. I had the honor and privilege of working with him in the U.S. Senate on behalf of the people of Pennsylvania. Arlen was a statesman and a problem solver who was able to work with Democrats and Republicans in the best interest of our Commonwealth and our Country. Arlen fought cancer courageously and his enduring legacy of support for the National Institutes of Health will help countless Americans as they battle cancer and other ailments. My thoughts and prayers are with Joan, Shanin, Stephen and his entire family.”

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.)

"I was deeply saddened today to learn of the passing of Senator Arlen Specter. I served with Senator Specter in Congress for twenty-eight years. Senator Specter was a man of moderation; he was always passionate, but always easy to work with.

"I followed him through his previous illnesses, during the course of which he displayed great physical strength and great strength of character. Throughout his life, Senator Specter fought and won many battles, but this was one he could not win.

"America is better today because of Arlen Specter. He will be dearly missed."

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In Effort to 'Validate the Death' of Bin Laden, Inhofe Is First Senator to See Photos

Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Jim Inhofe, a Republican from Oklahoma, Tuesday became the first senator to view the bin Laden photos after he took up the CIA on its offer to see the graphic pictures in an effort to "validate the death" of the al Qaeda leader.

"It is an important responsibility as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee to view these photos and be able to validate the death to the people of the nation," Inhofe said in a statement released prior to viewing the pictures. "By viewing these photos, I can help dispel conspiracy theorists who doubt that bin Laden is in fact dead. That is why I recommended that they make them available to members of the committee, and I appreciate Director Panetta following up on my suggestion."

Inhofe made the request to Panetta at a classified briefing on May 4. Inhofe's office said the senator was the first member of Congress to view the bin Laden photos since the CIA on Tuesday offered lawmakers on the Armed Services and Intelligence panels the chance to make an appointment to see them. Last week Inhofe, a member of the Armed Services Committee, argued that the Obama administration should release the photos to the public.

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Former Congressman John Adler Dies at 51

U.S. House of Representatives(WASHINGTON) -- Former Rep. John Adler, D-New Jersey, died Monday at the age of 51 after contracting a staph infection in the tissue around his heart last month which resulted in endocarditis and led to emergency surgery.

Adler won office in 2008, but served only one term after narrowly losing his re-election campaign to former Philadelphia Eagles lineman Rep. Jon Runyan, R-N.J., 50 percent to 47 percent.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who served as House Speaker during Adler’s two-year tenure in the House of Representatives, praised Adler in a statement Monday evening for a career in public service and for “giving back to his community, working to improve the lives of his neighbors, and building a better future for his children and for generations to come.”

“A son of small business owners and an attorney, Congressman Adler always put the people of New Jersey first.  On the Cherry Hill Township Council, he led the charge for ethics reform; in the State Senate, he fought for clean air, smoke-free communities, and the rights of all New Jersey voters.  He continued that work in Congress, voting to protect consumers and strengthen small businesses; and, in his first act as a Congressman, he authored a bill to strengthen the economic security of America’s seniors and veterans,” Pelosi, D-Calif., stated. “To the end, Congressman Adler remained a passionate, committed, principled advocate for his constituents, his state, and his country.  I express my deepest condolences to his wife, Shelley, and their four sons, and I hope it is a comfort to them that so many share in their grief at this difficult time.”

In a statement Monday evening, Runyan expressed his condolences over his former opponent’s death.

“I want to extend my deepest sympathies to the family and friends of former Congressman John Adler, especially his wife Shelley and their four boys.   May John rest in peace, and may those he left behind be comforted in the knowledge that his lifetime of public service to our community has left a lasting legacy for which they can be most proud,” Runyan said. “I valued and respected his leadership and his commitment to the people of New Jersey’s Third District and indeed the entire state.”

Adler is survived by his wife, Shelley, and four sons.

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Geraldine Ferraro, First Woman VP Candidate, Dies at 75

ABC News(BOSTON) -- Geraldine Ferraro, the first woman to run for vice president on a major party ticket, died Saturday at Massachusetts General Hospital, a spokesman for her family said. She was 75. 

Ferraro, the first woman and the first Italian-American to run on a major party national ticket, was Walter Mondale's vice presidential running mate in 1984 on the Democratic Party ticket.

She earned a reputation for speaking her mind on the issues of the day, sometimes generating controversy for her outspoken opinions.

The New York Democrat served three terms in the House of Representatives. In 1998, she ran and lost a bid for the Senate -- her second failed attempt in six years to serve in the Senate. That would be her last campaign.

After making racially-charged comments about Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., in 2008, Ferraro stepped down as a member of the finance committee for the presidential campaign of then Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y. Clinton went on to lose the presidential nomination to Obama.

Ferraro had told a California newspaper that if Obama, "was a white man, he would not be in this position. And if he was a woman (of any color) he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept."

Ferraro's record of public service and as a trailblazing woman is perhaps her greatest legacy. Many believe she helped open the door to countless female candidates, including Republican Sarah Palin.

Ferraro told National Public Radio in 2008 that she was glad to see Palin on the GOP ticket with Sen. John McCain.

Ferraro graduated from Fordham Law School, one of only three women in her class. She raised her children, passed the bar, served as an assistant district attorney in the Queens County District Attorney's Office, and was first elected to Congress from New York's Ninth Congressional District in Queens in 1978, and served three terms in the House.

From 1996 until 1998, Ferraro was a co-host of Crossfire, a political interview program, on CNN. She was also a partner in the CEO Perspective Group, a consulting firm that advises top executives.

Ferraro was first diagnosed with multiple myeloma in December 1998. She publicly disclosed the illness in June 2001.

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