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• Arlen Spector died yesterday at age 82, of complications from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, just the latest in a series of health battles waged by the former Senator.

To some, he was a principled independent; to others, he was an opportunist without a philosophical core. (It probably depended on whether you agreed with him on any given issue.) Spector was a five-term US Senator from Pennsylvania who left the GOP and became a Democrat in 2009, saying that he felt that the Republican party had moved too far to the right and was inhospitable to a centrist like him. (He based this, at least in part, on the fact that he was being challenged for the Republican nomination by a more conservative candidate.) Of course, he also found the Democratic party to be inhospitable - he lost in a subsequent Democratic primary and retired from public life.
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