Arlen Specter: 5 Ways He Helped to Change History

Love him or hate him – and some people, at various times, did both – former Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, who died Sunday at age 82 in Philadelphia, was one of the most fascinating figures in modern American politics. Specter served in the U.S. Senate from 1980 to 2011, the longest tenure in his state’s history, and spent most of it befuddling anyone who tried to stick an ideological label on him. From the start he was a Republican, …