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GOP handed gift in Rangel ethics case
Associated Press ^ | December 10, 2008 | Larry Margasak

Posted on 12/11/2008 6:38:49 AM PST by Zakeet

House Republicans were heading toward a down-in-the-dumps holiday. Then the House ethics committee handed them a gift.

The committee's investigation of Rep. Charles Rangel's tax problems is expanding, turning what has been a minor headache for Democratic leaders into a New Year's migraine.

The last thing Democrats need is an ethics cloud hovering over 20-term House veteran who, as House Ways and Means Committee chairman, will play a critical role in advancing President-elect Barack Obama's goals of an economic recovery plan, middle-class tax relief and expanded health insurance.

It was only last month that the top House Democrat, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, said she expected a report with the ethics panel's findings by Jan. 3.

She was trying to make the problem go away quickly. If Rangel were exonerated right after the new year, Democrats could leave the New York Democrat in place and move on. If he violated standards of conduct, the party could dump him as chairman before the new congressional session got going.

But if the investigation lingers, Pelosi and her leadership team can only wait — and listen to Republican calls for Rangel to step down.

It didn't help that, seven hours before the expanded investigation was announced Tuesday, Illinois Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested on charges he conspired to sell or trade the Senate seat left vacant by Obama.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: corruption; democrat; ethics; goodriddence; happiness; joy; rangel; schadenfraude

The expanded probe will examine whether Rangel helped preserve a lucrative tax break that benefited an oil-drilling company last year, while its chief executive was pledging $1 million to a college center named in the congressman's honor.

The ethics committee also is looking at Rangel's use of congressional stationery to ask foundations to support the school project; using four rent-stabilized apartments in a Harlem apartment building; and not reporting or paying taxes on $75,000 in rental income from his villa in the Dominican Republic.

1 posted on 12/11/2008 6:38:49 AM PST by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet
The MSM only seems annoyed that the GOP isn't involved with the scandal, NOT that the DEMS are corrupt.
2 posted on 12/11/2008 6:48:47 AM PST by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: Zakeet

Hey Nancy, made any head way on that “culture of corruption” thing?

I see you did do something about lowing gas prices, though. Thanks.


3 posted on 12/11/2008 6:49:05 AM PST by ryan71
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To: BallyBill

Give it time. It’s always the GOP’s fault.


4 posted on 12/11/2008 6:51:59 AM PST by randog (What the...?!)
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To: Zakeet; All

20 termer, huh? Informed electorate.


5 posted on 12/11/2008 6:53:07 AM PST by fortunate sun (Proud Palinista!)
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To: Zakeet

Pelosi got a gift when voters ousted Wm. Jefferson. Voters will never oust Rangel from Harlem, so other ways have to be taken and then blame it on Republicans.

Pelosi doesn’t want Rangel as head of Ways and Means.


6 posted on 12/11/2008 6:53:46 AM PST by randita
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To: ryan71

yeah, wasn’t she going to “clean the house” & drain the swamp?????? What a bunch of windbags & crooks!


7 posted on 12/11/2008 6:57:30 AM PST by FES0844 (FES0844)
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To: Zakeet
If the MSM were not so partisan, they could find a lot of "red meat" scandals and misdeeds throughout the Democratic Party.

Maybe, if things get much worse for them, they'll have to stop covering up for the crooks and turn on their fellow liberals to keep their jobs.

8 posted on 12/11/2008 6:59:43 AM PST by capt. norm (Never underestimate the power of very stupid people in large groups.)
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To: Zakeet

Your tax dollars at work.

9 posted on 12/11/2008 7:02:15 AM PST by 6SJ7 (Atlas Shrugged Mode: ON)
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To: Zakeet

Rangel has SO DAMN MANY SCANDALS, but he’s BLACK so NOTHING will happen to him....NOTHING.


10 posted on 12/11/2008 7:02:32 AM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion.....The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience)
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To: capt. norm

I have been saying that they are nothing but whores.As the job cuts continue there knives will get sharper and less biased


11 posted on 12/11/2008 7:02:56 AM PST by italianquaker
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To: Zakeet

“Most ethical Congress in history!”...................GARBAGE!!!!!!!!!!!...........


12 posted on 12/11/2008 7:03:04 AM PST by Red Badger (Never has a man risen so far, so fast and is expected to do so much, for so many, with so little...)
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To: BallyBill

Charles Rangel is, indeed, the gift that keeps on giving...


13 posted on 12/11/2008 7:05:54 AM PST by vox_freedom (G K Chesterton: "If there were no God, there would be no atheists.")
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To: Zakeet

The GOP is powerless to do anything about this. The GOP is just plain powerless altogther.


14 posted on 12/11/2008 7:09:29 AM PST by kezzek
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To: vox_freedom

More like the gift that keeps on TAKING.


15 posted on 12/11/2008 7:09:35 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (God helps those who help themselves. The government helps those who don't.)
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To: 6SJ7

Hey! Cut the guy some slack! It’s exhausting giving away other people’s money!!


16 posted on 12/11/2008 7:14:15 AM PST by Cincinatus (Omnia relinquit servare Rempublicam)
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To: Zakeet
GOP handed gift in Rangel ethics case

Yes, but will they do anything with it?

17 posted on 12/11/2008 7:41:21 AM PST by Dustbunny (Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged. The Gipper)
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To: Ann Archy
Rangel has SO DAMN MANY SCANDALS, but he’s BLACK so NOTHING will happen to him....NOTHING.

In the eyes of our racist government only Whites are bad!

18 posted on 12/11/2008 7:43:18 AM PST by Cheetahcat (Osamabama the Wright kind of Racist!)
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To: Zakeet

” not reporting or paying taxes on $75,000 in rental income from his villa”
That’s just the tip of the iceberg in the rental scam. One year’s worth, probably. The condo manager says Charlie’s villa is rented out constantly, and is the villa most in demand. I predict that it will be found that there were several hundreds of thousands of dollars more in unreported rental over the past several years.


19 posted on 12/11/2008 8:01:01 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ("Don't touch that thing")
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To: Zakeet

Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA) continued to hold his seat even after an FBI sting caught him accepting bribes and found thousands in cash in a home freezer. It was only Louisiana voters who got him out of Congress.


20 posted on 12/11/2008 8:19:40 AM PST by The Great RJ ("Mir we bleiwen wat mir sin" or "We want to remain what we are." ..Luxembourg motto)
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To: Zakeet
House Republicans were heading toward a down-in-the-dumps holiday. Then the House ethics committee handed them a gift.

We have a MAJOR ethics scandal centered on the leader of the House Ways and Means Committee (one of the most powerful jobs in Washington) and the best this dopeyass news spewer can put out is the bad news that it allegedly makes Republicans happy.

Good God. This is today's state of journalism.

21 posted on 12/11/2008 8:23:57 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: BallyBill
The MSM only seems annoyed that the GOP isn't involved with the scandal, NOT that the DEMS are corrupt.

Republican misconduct gets taken care of as it surfaces, i.e., Randy Cunningham. dummycrat misconduct gets concealed until the stench is overpowering. That virtually ensures the dummies scandals are deeper, wider, and more virulent than anything a Republican gets into. And they remain on stage longer.

I can smell the DC and Chicago scandals clear out here on the West slope of the Rocky Mountains.

22 posted on 12/11/2008 8:39:57 AM PST by RobinOfKingston (Democrats, the party of evil. Republicans, the party of stupid.)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; george76; ...
The last thing Democrats need is an ethics cloud hovering over 20-term House veteran who, as House Ways and Means Committee chairman, will play a critical role in advancing President-elect Barack Obama's goals of an economic recovery plan, middle-class tax relief and expanded health insurance. It was only last month that the top House Democrat, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, said she expected a report with the ethics panel's findings by Jan. 3. She was trying to make the problem go away quickly.
Y'know, 'cause that's what ethics panels are for. Unless it's a Republican under scrutiny -- then the ethics panel demands all kinds of disclosure irrelevant to the actual issue, accuse their victim of stonewalling, drag it out for months, ruin their victim, and force him or her to resign.
23 posted on 12/15/2008 11:05:29 AM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile finally updated Saturday, December 6, 2008 !!!)
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To: 6SJ7

What, no pina colada? I want my money back...


24 posted on 12/15/2008 11:08:04 AM PST by Pharmboy (BHO: making death and taxes yet MORE certain...)
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