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Charlie Rangel Is Innocent
 Charlie Rangel Is Innocent 
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Charlie Rangel Is Innocent

The guy's an ego maniac, but not a crook

(Newser) - Charles Rangel isn’t a crook, and the ethics charges against him “range from the technical all the way to the trivial,” writes Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post . The only mildly juicy allegation is that Rangel failed to declare rental income from his Dominican villa on his...

Waters Vows to Fight Ethics Charges

Congresswoman says she'll prove innocence at trial

(Newser) - Maxine Waters isn’t rolling over for the House Ethics Committee. “The case against me has no merit,” the Los Angeles Democrat declared in a statement, promising to prove as much at trial. “I don’t think she’s going to be very diplomatic about this,”...

Rangel Could Have Skated With Reprimand

He rejected offer, though he may get another chance

(Newser) - As Charlie Rangel's case continues its high-profile path , this much is clear: He could have avoided this public trial phase by agreeing to receive a relatively modest reprimand. That's what a House panel recommended, but Rangel rejected the settlement offer over disagreements on just how much wrongdoing he would admit,...

Waters Likely 2nd Dem Headed to Ethics Trial

Allegations coming next week, insiders say

(Newser) - A second House Democrat, Rep. Maxine Waters of California, could face an ethics trial this fall, further complicating the election outlook for the party as it battles to retain its majority. Waters, 71, has been under investigation for a conflict of interest involving a bank that was seeking federal aid....

Obama: Rangel Should Quit
 Obama: Rangel 
 Should Quit  


Obama: Rangel Should Quit

Rangel: The hell I will

(Newser) - Charlie Rangel might sleep just perfectly at night, but President Obama is calling the ethics charges against him "very troubling," and wants the 80-year-old to step down—like now. "He's somebody who's at the end of his career. I'm sure that what he wants is to be...

Rangel Deserves Reprimand: Ethics Subcommittee

Punishment less serious than censure, expulsion

(Newser) - Charles Rangel should be reprimanded for his financial impropriety, investigators with the House ethics committee said today. Reprimand is a less serious punishment than censure or expulsion, but Rangel nonetheless called the recommendation "untrue." The committee will consider the recommendation when his trial starts, likely in September, CNN...

Rangel Cuts Deal to Avoid Trial
 Rangel: Deal or No Deal? 
hearing begins, amid rumors

Rangel: Deal or No Deal?

He's accused of 13 House ethics violations

(Newser) - Charlie Rangel may have reached a deal to end the ethics investigation against him—or not. Both the Wall Street Journal and WCBS say his lawyers struck some kind of last-minute agreement, but that didn't stop a House investigatory panel from conducting a short "organizational" public hearing today at...

Luke Russert Riles Rangel
 Luke Russert Riles Rangel 

Luke Russert Riles Rangel

Congressman berates him when asked about losing job

(Newser) - Charlie Rangel may be facing some serious ethics charges , but he's not about to discuss the possibility of losing his job. Luke Russert of MSNBC (son of Tim) found that out today when he asked Rangel if were worried, notes Mediabistro . Rangel dismissed it as a "dumb question,"...

House Panel Accuses Rangel of Ethics Violations

A separate panel begins a trial later this month

(Newser) - A House investigative committee has charged Rep. Charlie Rangel, the former chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, with ethics violations. The panel's actions sends the case to a trial on the allegations. A separate ethics panel will decide whether the alleged violations can be proved by clear,...

New Rangel Challenge From Adam Clayton Powell IV
 New Rangel Challenge From 
 Adam Clayton Powell IV 

LIKE FATHER LIKE SON

New Rangel Challenge From Adam Clayton Powell IV

NY lawmaker aims to take back seat Rangel took from dad

(Newser) - In a twist of fate, New York lawmaker Adam Clayton Powell IV will use Charlie Rangel’s ethics problems against him in an upcoming House Democratic primary, much as Rangel used similar allegations against Powell’s father to unseat him in 1970. But Powell’s decision to mount a challenge...

Democrats Rebel Against Pelosi Rule

In the House, an 'every man for himself' mentality setting in

(Newser) - Nancy Pelosi’s grip on the Democratic caucus is slipping, with subtle and not-so-subtle challenges to her authority coming with increasing regularity. She couldn’t, for example, muster enough votes to get the Senate’s $15 billion jobs bill through without amendments, because of objections from the Blue Dogs on...

Charlie Rangel's Replacement Booted, Too
Charlie Rangel's Replacement Booted, Too
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Charlie Rangel's Replacement Booted, Too

Other Democrats balked at loose-lipped Pete Stark taking over

(Newser) - The House Ways and Means Committee ousted its second chairman in as many days today, when Nancy Pelosi announced Sandy Levin as its new acting chairman. When Charles Rangel stepped down from the chairman job yesterday, Pelosi picked the committee’s senior Democrat Pete Stark to take over, the Hill...

Rangel Steps Down From Tax Committee

Democrats weren't willing to defend him after latest ethics lapse

(Newser) - Charles Rangel is temporarily stepping down from his post atop the House’s powerful Ways and Means Committee, in the wake of yet another ethics scandal, the New York Democrat announced today. Rangel says he’s asked for a “leave of absence” until the House Ethics Committee finishes looking...

Rangel Denies He's Giving Up Chairmanship

NBC says he'll leave post; move is temporary, ABC claims

(Newser) - Congressman Charles Rangel tonight denied a report that he is giving up his chairmanship of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee—though he wouldn’t, in speaking to Politico , rule out doing so in the future. “I can’t make all those promises at my age,” said...

Rangel: I'm Not Guilty, Just Been 'Admonished'
Rangel: I'm Not Guilty, Just Been 'Admonished'
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Rangel: I'm Not Guilty, Just Been 'Admonished'

Rep. denies ethics panel finds he broke travel rules

(Newser) - Though House ethics committee sources say Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel knowingly accepted Caribbean trips in violation of House rules that forbid hidden financing by corporations, the New York congressman tells Politico tonight he’s merely being “admonished” by the committee. I’m satisfied that when you...

GOP Slow-Pedals Effort to Oust Rangel

New York Dems nervous as ethics probe drags on

(Newser) - Rep. Charlie Rangel, the ethically challenged head of the House Ways and Means Committee, has become yet another millstone for New York Democrats, whose electoral chances are already sagging under an unpopular governor. Several candidates want him gone, and are tacitly supporting GOP efforts to get him booted from his...

New Trouble for Rangel: Ethics Panel Widens Probe

Investigation will cover amended financial reports

(Newser) - The House ethics committee is expanding its yearlong investigation of Charles Rangel to look at amended financial disclosure forms he filed earlier this year. Rangel, who chairs the Ways and Means Committee, filed the reports in July to account for $600,000 in previously undisclosed assets, reports Politico. The development...

Dems Block Move to Oust Rangel From Tax Post

GOP keeps his ethics trouble in spotlight

(Newser) - House Republicans failed today for a third time to oust Charles Rangel as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee—but they kept the spotlight on his ethical problems. Instead of removing him, the House voted 246-153 along mostly partisan lines to refer the GOP resolution to the House ethics...

Island Rum Fight Fattens Rangel's Coffers

Campaign cash pours in from Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

(Newser) - Charles Rangel’s campaign coffers are bulging with campaign cash from Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, but he insists that’s in no way influencing his decision on the competing rum tax bills each territory is pushing. “Besides Puerto Rico, you are the only one who has asked...

Pumped-Up Dems Fall Into Line on Health Reform

Obama's speech changed tone on Hill, but GOP votes still elusive

(Newser) - After a dispiriting summer for the Democrats, Barack Obama's address has energized the majority party, with progressives to Blue Dogs lining up behind the president. As Politico notes, the greatest change in tone came from Nancy Pelosi and other legislators who had insisted on a public option, many of whom...

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