Charles Rangel

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Rangel Squeaks Out a Win in Dem Primary

But Harlem rival Espaillat won't concede

(Newser) - Rep. Charles Rangel, the face of Harlem politics for generations, has held off a strong Democratic primary challenge and moved one step closer to what he says will be his 23rd and final term in the House. Rangel, 84, defeated state Sen. Adriano Espaillat in a bruising fight that shed... More »

Cochran Edges Tea Party Challenger, Rangel Leads in NY

McDaniel eyes legal challenge in Mississippi

(Newser) - Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi has edged out Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel in an extremely tight run-off election, according to the AP , which gives the six-term GOP veteran 51% to McDaniel's 49% with 99% of precincts reporting. The heated three-week race saw Cochran take the unusual step of... More »

8 Democratic Reps Arrested at DC Immigration Protest

Lawmakers busted as thousands gather on National Mall to urge reform

(Newser) - After lawmakers supported veterans in flooding DC's WWII memorial last week, the civil disobedience by congress members continued yesterday, with eight Democrats getting arrested at the National Mall during an immigration reform rally. The demonstration was intended to push Congress to pass immigration reform legislation, but also succeeded in... More »

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 »

Rangel Win Finally Official

Rival concedes 13 days after Democratic primary

(Newser) - State Sen. Adriano Espaillat has conceded to Charles Rangel for a second and final time in the Democratic primary in New York's 13th congressional district. The result had been up in the air since the June 26 vote while batches of uncounted votes were tallied. "Everybody from Nancy... More »

Charles Rangel Race Still Up in the Air

State Sen. Adriano Espaillat has a shot to upend congressman

(Newser) - Charles Rangel's primary re-election isn't quite so decided after all. In a weird twist, the longtime Democratic congressman is facing days or even weeks of uncertainty after officials said 32 precincts had not counted their votes and more than 3,000 affidavit and absentee ballots hadn't been... More »

Hatch, Rangel Beat Back Primary Challenges

Tea Party rival falls hard to Orrin in Utah

(Newser) - The Tea Party failed to claim another victim in Utah after Sen. Orrin Hatch easily won the state's Republican primary. Hatch—facing his first primary challenge since taking office in 1976—beat former state Sen. Dan Liljenquist after spending close to $10 million on advertising, and building one of... 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 »

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 »

Rangel Walks Out of Ethics Hearing

After complaining that he didn't have a lawyer

(Newser) - Charles Rangel made a scene at his ethics trial today, storming out less than an hour into the proceedings, which he deemed unfair because he can no longer afford a lawyer. Rangel said his lawyer had withdrawn because the congressman couldn’t pay the $2 million bill he’d already... 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 »

Rangel on House Floor: I'm Not Quitting

Embattled congressman urges colleagues to schedule ethics hearing

(Newser) - Charles Rangel has no plans to resign, wants a chance to address the ethics charges against him , and would rather be expelled than linger in limbo. In a rambling but impassioned half-hour speech on the House floor this afternoon, the New York Democrat said, "If I can't take my... More »

Maxine Waters Faces Three Ethics Charges

California Democrat has pledge to mount aggressive defense

(Newser) - The House ethics committee announced three counts of alleged ethics violations against another of its members today, further damaging the Democrats' prospects and emboldening Republicans heading into congressional elections in November. The charges against Democrat Maxine Waters include an allegation that she requested federal help for a bank in which... More »

Companies Fund College Endowments to Woo Lawmakers

It's easy to stroke an ego in Congress

(Newser) - Surprise, surprise: Charlie Rangel's troubles prompted the New York Times to look into the ties between academia and politics, and things don't come off squeaky clean. At least a dozen current or former lawmakers have had endowments or chairs set up in their name, and those endowments were funded (usually... More »

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