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Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania - Republican to Democrat: Arlen Specter said that the Republican Party had moved too far to the right and that he was “increasingly at odds with the Republican philosophy and more in line with the philosophy of the Democratic Party." Specter’s switch helped Democrats obtain the coveted 60-seat, filibuster-proof majority (for about nine months). Specter is seen here speaking at a gathering sponsored by labor unions and citizen activist groups in Harrisburg, Pa., on Jan. 30.

PHOTO: Carolyn Kaster/AP/FILE

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