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raise the specter of (something)

To make people aware of or worry about something unpleasant, dreadful, or terrifying. Primarily heard in US. The sudden dip in stock prices has raised the specter of another global recession with some investors. Throughout the Cold War, politicians raised the specter of Communism and the Iron Curtain over anything they thought to be "un-American."
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The Specter Center's first exhibition, focusing on the Warren Commission's report, will open at Philadelphia University in October 2013 and run through March 2014, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination on Nov.
25) However, due to Derrida's opaque philosophical puns, it is unclear what shape Derrida perceives Marx's specter to take and what a Marx to come would entail; thus it is unclear what value there is in Marx.
In his brief post-Senate career, Specter has been a critic of the Republican Party, which he abandoned in 2009 because he believed the GOP had (http://www.
Specter, never as firmly rooted in the GOP as Smith, went where the votes are.
My change in party affiliation does not mean that I will be a party-line voter any more for the Democrats that I have been for the Republicans," said Specter, who was first elected in 1980.
Since my election in 1980, as part of the Reagan big tent, the Republican Party has moved far to the right," Specter said.
Specter said Goodell's explanation "didn't make any sense at all.
Santorum's endorsement (along with that of President Bush) provided the conservative cover Specter needed in a Republican primary to eke out victory, according to Pennsylvania political observers.
Senator Specter is introducing a constitutional amendment that will allow the direct election of Presidents.
This suggests, Specter explains, that although the potato was being digested faster, it remained more filling.
But ask Bumdrett whether Specter fits the bill and she snorts, "Oh, come on.
I first met Arlen Specter in 1967 when he was a young District Attorney from Philadelphia and I was a new chairman of the Allegheny County Party.
Indeed, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pa.
On July 13, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter (R-Pa.
Specter had angered Religious Right leaders when, during a post-election press conference, he reiterated his support for abortion rights and cautioned that Bush nominees with a far-right agenda would have difficulty winning Senate confirmation.