As chairman of the Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs, according to this AP report. This could put to rest some of the tension between Sen. Specter and his new party, though the deal is not final: Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) just issued a statement that he is "consulting with Senator Sessions, our Republican Ranking Member, in light of our recently revised Committee membership to consider any necessary adjustments to Judiciary Committee subcommittees.  I hope to have a decision by early next week."  A quick side note: Tom Ridge popped the PA trial balloon quickly. He's not going to run for Senate.

UPDATE: Sen. Leahy sounded not too pleased with Durbin's prospective deal as quoted by Fox News: "We need to work out something. Nothing's been worked out," Leahy said.

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