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Charlie Rangel Sues Boehner for Ethics Censure

Says key memo was withheld in 2010 case

(Newser) - Charlie Rangel has sued seven lawmakers, including John Boehner and former House ethics chair Zoe Lofgren, in an effort to overturn a 2010 ethics censure, Politico reports. Rangel says the ethics committee withheld relevant evidence in the case, which resulted in a 333-79 House vote in favor of a censure,... More »

Maxine Waters Dodges Ethics Charges

But her chief of staff/grandson is in trouble

(Newser) - Rep. Maxine Waters didn't break any ethics rules by steering $12 million in bailout funds to OneUnited, a bank her husband owned stock in—but her chief of staff/grandson did, the House Ethics Committee announced today. Acting Chairman Bob Goodlatte, a Republican, said that, after investigating, the panel was... More »

Rangel Fined $23K for Misusing Rent-Stabilized Pad

FEC finding another blow to NY rep.

(Newser) - Rep. Charles Rangel and his campaign have agreed to cough up a $23,000 fine for using a rent-stabilized New York City apartment as a campaign headquarters. The Federal Election Committee decided by leasing the Harlem apartment at a price well below the market rate, the Democrat had accepted an... More »

GOP Files Ethics Complaint on McCaskill

They want investigation into use of tax money for flight

(Newser) - Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill is the target of a GOP-filed ethics complaint over her personal plane, Politico reports. McCaskill has acknowledged that she mistakenly used taxpayer money to cover the cost of one purely political trip last year, and she reimbursed the Treasury Department for it last week. Today, Missouri... More »

30 Rock: TV's Least Ethical Show

Sitcom racks up 11 ethical violations per episode

(Newser) - If the employees on 30 Rock were real, they’d be in serious trouble. The NBC show is the biggest offender when it comes to depicting ethical violations in the workplace, CNN reports. Incidents like Alec Baldwin’s character referring to a “chick lawyer” who’s “asking for... More »

Rangel's Censure Is a Joke

Post columnists question the fairness

(Newser) - If his House censure is still stinging, Charlie Rangel would do well to pick up today's Washington Post. Columnists Dana Milbank and David Broder don't exactly make the case he's innocent (not even Rangel does that), but they lend sympathetic voices:
  • Milbank: He belittles the House ethics panel, calling it
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House Censures Charles Rangel

Nancy Pelosi formally reads the resolution after vote

(Newser) - After all that, it was a over in a few minutes: The House voted 333-79 to censure Charlie Rangel today for a host of ethics violations, after which he had to stand and listen to Nancy Pelosi read the formal rebuke, reports Politico . It's only the 23rd time the House... More »

Rangel: I Deserve Reprimand, Not Censure

He will ask for lighter penalty, sources say

(Newser) - Charlie Rangel doesn't think he deserves censure, and he wants to ask the House to downgrade his punishment to a reprimand, sources tell the AP . Rangel's argument against censure is that he's not corrupt; none of his ethics violations involved personal financial gain. Censure, the harshest punishment other than expulsion,... More »

Ethics Panel Recommends Censure for Charlie Rangel

Short of expulsion, that's as bad as it gets

(Newser) - Brutal day for a tearful Charlie Rangel: The House ethics committee took the rare step of recommending that he get the most serious punishment short of expulsion—censure, reports AP . The matter now goes to the full House. Rangel's appeal for a "drop of fairness or mercy" didn't sway... More »

Rangel Guilty on 11 of 13 Counts

Full ethics panel now takes up the matter

(Newser) - In a not-so-shocking development, Charlie Rangel's odd defense gambit of walking out of the room claiming he can't afford to pay his attorneys hasn't saved him. A House ethics subcommittee found him guilty on 11 of 13 counts today, reports the Hill . It now goes to the full panel, with... More »

House Ethics Panel Deliberating Rangel's Fate

Subcommittee decides facts in case true, moves toward ruling

(Newser) - The show went on after Charlie Rangel stormed out of his own ethics hearing today , as House Ethics chair Zoe Lofgren declared the facts in the case accurate, clearing the way for the committee's decision. The panel is expected to rule that Rangel violated at least some ethics rules, the... More »

William Kristol's Rallying Cry: 'Keep Keith!'

Says NBC is off base in suspension of Olbermann

(Newser) - William Kristol may be on the opposite political spectrum as Keith Olbermann, but he thinks NBC overreacted in suspending him for donating to political candidates. "It’s an opinion show," he writes at the Weekly Standard . "If Olbermann wants to put his money where his mouth is,... More »

Miller Admitted Lying About Ethics Breach

Documents released from 2008 incident include mea culpa

(Newser) - Joe Miller used local government computers for political purposes and lied about it while employed as a Fairbanks North Star Borough attorney in 2008, according to documents just released by court order . “I lied about accessing all of the computers. I then admitted about accessing the computers, but lied... More »

GOP Wants Rangel, Waters Trials Before Midterms

Ethics panel members make unusual public plea

(Newser) - The ethics troubles of Maxine Waters and Charlie Rangel have led to what both the Hill and Politico call a rare bit of public infighting on the House ethics panel. The Republicans on the panel demanded today that Democrats schedule separate trials for the two Democrats before the November elections.... More »

Rangel Wins in NY

20-term congressman prevails despite ethics charges

(Newser) - Rep. Charles Rangel has fought off five challengers to prevail in his Democratic primary. The victory—likely to assure the 80-year-old of another 2 years in Congress—comes despite multiple ethics charges pending against him, the AP notes. (More Rangel news here .) Democrats, including President Obama, had urged Rangel... More »

Defiant Maxine Waters: I'm Innocent

Congresswoman denies ethics charges

(Newser) - Maxine Waters made her position very clear today: "I did not violate any House rules," the California congresswoman insisted at a Washington press conference, reports ABC News . "No benefit, no improper action, no failure to disclose, no one influenced: no case." The House ethics panel has... More »

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... More »

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,... More »

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,... More »

Mark Sanford Won't Face Criminal Charges

AG calls on SC to 'move on' from governor's ethics woes

(Newser) - Mark Sanford, already bombarded with ethics charges and legislative censure, will not face criminal charges related to his international extramarital shenanigans, the State reports. A criminal case against the governor can't be proven "beyond a reasonable doubt," South Carolina AG Henry McMaster said today, adding, "The time... More »

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