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  • Charlie Rangel On Cuba Deal: ‘I’ve Never Been More Proud Of Being An American’ [VIDEO]

    12/17/2014 12:57:51 PM PST · by PROCON · 32 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | Dec. 17, 2014 | Alex Griswold
    Democratic New York Congressman Charlie Rangel said on MSNBC’s “Ronan Farrow Daily” that in the aftermath of the normalization of relations with Cuba, he has “never been more proud of being an American.” (RELATED: Raul Castro Urges Obama To Use ‘Executive Action’ To Overrule Congress)Rangel, who was in Havana for some reason, said the Cuban people were ecstatic. ”This is a tremendous, historic event, the people in Havana are dancing in the street with glee, there’s always been a love between the Cuban people and the American people, notwithstanding the problems our governments have had.”
  • Rangel Used PAC Money for Legal Defense

    11/14/2010 8:29:06 PM PST · by Racehorse · 27 replies
    New York Post via Fox News ^ | 14 November 2010
    Congressman Charles Rangel, whose ethics trial starts tomorrow, appears to have improperly used political-action committee money to pay for his defense. Rangel tapped his National Leadership PAC for $293,000 to pay his main legal-defense team this year. He took another $100,000 from the PAC in 2009 to pay lawyer Lanny Davis. Two legal experts told The Post such spending is against House rules. "It's a breach of congressional ethics," one campaign-finance lawyer said. Washington, DC, political lawyer Cleta Mitchell said there is "no authority for a member to use leadership PAC funds as a slush fund to pay for personal...
  • IRS Commissioner Aided Tax Cheat Congressman

    06/04/2013 12:54:55 PM PDT · by joygrace · 21 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 6.4.13 | Jeffrey Lord
    <p>Shulman rallied for Rangel: Jason Furman, Media Matters, Fox News, Jarrett and a job.</p> <p>And the Liberal Dog Whistle Blows.</p> <p>Congressman Charles Rangel of New York.</p> <p>Ex-IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman.</p> <p>The new chairman of the president’s Council on Economic Advisors, Jason Furman.</p>
  • Congressman Charlie Rangel: Darren Wilson’s ‘Total Indifference’ Set People Off

    11/29/2014 5:30:04 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 11/29/2014 | by Josh Feldman
    Congressman Charlie Rangel appeared on MSNBC this morning to discuss Ferguson, and expressed how he felt Officer Darren Wilson‘s “total indifference” had set off the entire community. And what indifference is that? Well, Rangel seemed to imply it was an indifference about shooting Michael Brown. Wilson said in an interview with ABC News this week that he would have done nothing differently in how he dealt with Brown during their now-infamous fatal encounter, and that his conscience is clear. Brown’s parents were particularly disturbed by that, with mother Lesley McSpadden asking, “How could your conscience be clear after killing someone,...
  • Charlie Rangel: I Thought 'White Cracker' Was A 'Term Of Endearment'

    11/12/2014 8:40:23 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 61 replies
    Talkingpointsmemo.com ^ | 11/11/2014 | Catherine Thompson
    To Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY), "white cracker" isn't derogatory -- it's a "term of endearment." The longtime congressman ruffled some feathers last year when he told the Daily Beast that members of the tea party were the same group of "white crackers" who tried to fight desegregation in the South during the Civil Rights movement. In a Monday interview with HuffPost Live, Rangel expressed surprise that those comments received backlash. "I thought that was a term of endearment, you know," Rangel said. "[The tea party is] so proud of their heritage and all the things they believe in."
  • Concha: Wasserman Schultz’s Time As DNC Chairwoman About to Expire

    11/07/2014 1:05:33 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 35 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 11-6-14 | Joe Concha
    When mentioning the most polarizing figure in the Democratic party outside of the president himself, that one person who creates a visceral reaction every time he or she speaks, one of the following contestants is invariably in the running for top prize: A) Eric Holder B) Susan Rice C) Charlie Rangel D) Debbie Wasserman Schultz But with Holder on the way out, Rice (thankfully) muted lately after a series of unintentionally comical Sunday talk show appearances, and Rangel stuck somewhere between stupid and 1866, first prize falls to the DNC Chairwoman — who may be forced to update her LinkedIn...
  • Rangel to CNN: Southern GOP Still Believes in Slavery, Wins Through Racism (barf alert)

    11/06/2014 6:53:00 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 76 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 1:56 pm, November 5th, 2014 | Andrew Kirell
    Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) is doubling down on his belief that southern Republicans still believe in slavery and think the Confederates won the Civil War, implying that the Democrats’ major senatorial losses came as a result of racism. […] Several southern Democrats lost their Senate seats Tuesday night to Republican challengers, leading Rangel to suggest that voter ID laws and other GOP causes were really just racially-charged methods of suppressing the minority vote to their favor. …
  • Concha: As Bleak Prospects Show, Democratic Race-Baiting Tactics Being Rejected

    10/31/2014 2:16:50 PM PDT · by walford · 11 replies
    Mediaite ^ | October 31st, 2014 | Joe Concha
    As you may have heard, we’re now only four days away from the 2014 midterms and gubernatorial races mercifully coming to an end, save for a likely runoff in Louisiana. And as you’ve also heard lately, race–for all the wrong reasons–has become a central theme for the party in blue. Speaking of the Bayou State, its likely-to-be-unemployed-after-said-runoff and current senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) had this to say to Chuck Todd (a good get via hustle by the new MTP moderator, by the way) regarding the reason behind her not inviting President Obama for help on the campaign trail: “The South...
  • Rangel: It’s Time for a War Tax and a Reinstated Draft (yes, this again)

    09/23/2014 6:17:33 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | Sep, 19, 2014 | Charles Rangel
    While I am optimistic about our Commander-in-Chief’s strategy to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, I voted against the Continuing Appropriations Resolution 2015 that would grant the President the authority to provide funds to train and arm Syrian rebels against the enemy. I opposed the amendment because I strongly believe amassing additional debt to go to war should involve all of America debating the matter. That is why I have called for levying a war tax in addition to bringing back the military draft. Both the war surcharge and conscription will give everyone in America a real stake...
  • The Republican Racist Myth

    08/26/2014 4:29:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 26, 2014 | Mona Charen
    The unsinkable Charles B. Rangel appeared on C-SPAN over the weekend. Why unsinkable? Well, the House of Representatives censured the New York Democrat in 2010 by a vote of 333 to 79 (when the body was still majority Democrat) for violating 11 ethics rules and "bringing discredit to the House." The New York Times called it a "staggering fall" for the senior Democrat. But fall-schmall, he's since been reelected and will retire at his leisure. While chatting with Brian Lamb, Rangel dropped a few falsehoods as casually as cigar ash. This isn't to pick on Rangel. He's just illustrative. His...
  • Rep. Rangel gets court date to fight congressional censure

    08/19/2014 12:23:12 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 19, 2014 | Stephen Dinan
    A federal appeals court has set a Nov. 13 date to hear oral arguments in Rep. Charles Rangel’s lawsuit against his House colleagues, who censured the New York Democrat in 2010. Mr. Rangel has argued the House failed to give him due process when it investigated and voted to censure him, and he is seeking to have the smear expunged. His case has already been rejected by a federal district court, which said he didn’t have standing to sue and, even if he did, the court wouldn’t touch what was an internal House matter, better left as a “political question.”
  • Should Mayor de Blasio Watch His Back?

    06/22/2014 2:57:37 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | Caroline Bankoff
    "If anything should happen to Mayor Bill de Blasio, you're looking at the next mayor of the City of New York," Tish James pointed out as she introduced Representative Charlie Rangel at a Harlem church on Sunday. While it's true that, as Public Advocate, James stands first in the line of succession to New York's mayoralty, we're didn't realize that it was on the forefront of her mind. Be careful over at City Hall, Bill.
  • Allen West says Charlie Rangel is “stuck on stupid” (Video at Link)

    04/30/2014 8:00:06 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 8 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | April 30 2014 | The Right Scoop
    Allen West hits back at Charlie Rangel for trying to paint the Tea Party as the ‘slave’ party or something, saying that he’s “stuck on stupid”. West points out that these CBC members are having to create straw men because they aren’t addressing the issues that their constituents are facing.
  • "smoking gun" on commie John Conyers--PLEASE FORWARD WIDELY

    07/07/2007 5:14:17 AM PDT · by exposing_the_left · 41 replies · 2,342+ views
    World Can't Wait | 7/7/07 | Exposing the Left
    Please help me get this information out to the American people. I've been sending it to various conservative media for months and NOT ONE has done anything with it! Confirm for yourselves, copy & paste, then forward to as many media sources as possible. This bum Conyers, who heads the powerful House Judiciary Committee and is out "investigating" the White House, needs to be EXPOSED before the American people as the treasonous RAT that he is! And any politician, Left or Right, who does NOT immediately call for Conyers' impeachment should also be held accountable. This group that Conyers has...
  • (Tax-cheat Charlie) Rangel didn’t pay rent on Harlem office but state bailed him out

    04/06/2014 3:01:08 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    NY Post ^ | 4/06/14 | Michael Gartland
    New York City’s longest-serving congressman won’t pay his rent. State taxpayers were stiffed out of at least $87,000 when Rep. Charles Rangel stopped paying for the district office he rents in Harlem’s Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building, records ­obtained by The Post show. His staffers’ excuse? They lost the lease, according to state Office of General Services correspondence. “I finally heard back from Congressman Rangel’s office and it seems we haven’t gotten the signed lease back because they lost it!” OGS real-estate specialist Sydney Allen wrote in a July 30, 2013, e-mail to a colleague that was ­obtained...
  • Charlie Rangel denies healthcare lies, says criticism ‘all about Obama’ [VIDEO]

    12/01/2013 11:14:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 1, 2013 | Brendan Bordelon
    New York Democrat Rep. Charlie Rangel denied that President Barack Obama lied when he repeatedly claimed those who liked their healthcare plans could keep them under Obamacare, claiming that the ensuing criticism is instead “all about Obama.” Rangel appeared alongside North Carolina Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers to discuss Obamacare’s political future with Fox News’ Shannon Bream on Sunday. After checking in on a fatal subway derailment in Rangel’s New York district, Bream asked the congressman if he would be open to modifying parts of the healthcare law that need work. “I don’t know what you mean by modification,” Rangel protested....
  • Charlie Rangel: “Drop the charade of democracy” Written by on

    11/25/2013 7:00:46 PM PST · by DBCJR · 26 replies
    allenbwest.com ^ | November 25, 2013 | Allen West
    It appears one Democrat member of Congress has decided to drop the mask and reveal who he really is. Unbelievably, Charlie Rangel told NY1 that “President Obama should drop the charade of democracy and rule directly through executive orders.” I mean, why not? After all, Rep. Rangel’s own relationship with following laws is fuzzy at best, given his problems with tax evasion.
  • Rangel Wants Presidential Executive Orders for ‘Everything’

    11/24/2013 10:03:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    Politcker ^ | November 23, 2013 | Jill Colvin
    Congressman Charlie Rangel has a solution for bypassing gridlock in Washington D.C.: executive orders for “everything.” In an interview last night with NY1, the congressman praised Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s decision to push through the so-called “nuclear option” to end filibusters on most presidential nominees. But he lamented the fact the work-around could not be used for legislation, suggesting the president turn to the executive orders–like the kind used to end the deportation many people who’d entered the country illegally as children. “You know, the DREAM Act for the kids that came over here and didn’t know their home...
  • Rep. Rangel: ‘No Question’ Members of Congress Are Entitled to Obamacare Subsidies

    10/24/2013 7:05:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 24, 2013 - 5:13 PM | James Beattie, Ali Meyer
    Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-NY) says that there is “no question” that members of Congress who are paid $174,000 a year are entitled to taxpayer-funded subsidies when they purchase health insurance on the Obamacare exchanges. … Under Obamacare, only people whose income is below 400 percent of the federal poverty level are eligible for a federal subsidy to buy health insurance on the government exchanges. However, a recent rule made by the Office of Personnel Management allows members of Congress and their staffs to keep the taxpayer-funded “employer contribution” they currently receive under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP)...
  • Fox’s Varney Exposes Charlie Rangel’s Hypocrisy on Raising Debt Limit

    10/17/2013 8:55:26 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | October 17, 2013 | Paul Bremmer
    Fox News host Stuart Varney embarrassed Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday’s Your World with Neil Cavuto, using archived video to expose the congressman’s hypocrisy on the debt limit. Rangel supported raising the debt limit before today’s deadline, of course, but back in 2004, with Republican George W. Bush in the White House, he sang a different tune. Varney, filling in for Cavuto, set Rangel up by asking him why he wanted to borrow so much money now. Rangel ignored the question, instead expressing his glee at the deal the Senate had reached. He exclaimed, “[W]e have kicked the can...
  • Busted Again: Charlie Rangel Fails to Report $200k in Political Donations

    09/15/2013 3:06:31 PM PDT · by george76 · 34 replies
    Gateway ^ | September 15, 2013 | Rachel Pulaski
    Tax cheat and crook Charlie Rangel is back in the news again for not disclosing funds. In 2010, Rangel lost his chairmanship of the Ways and Means Committee because of an investigation into 2 corporate-funded trips to the Caribbean. Later that year, the House of Representatives formally censured him after he was found guilty of 11 ethics violations. Violations included failure to disclose over $600,000 in assets on a financial disclosure report as well as short changing the IRS for 17 years on rental income from his villa in the Dominican Republic. He also raided his PAC for $393,000 to...
  • Rep. Rangel denies Black Caucus was told to be quiet on Syria

    09/07/2013 11:20:33 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 16 replies
    Rep. Rangel denies Black Caucus was told to be quiet on Syria By Julian Hattem - 09/07/13 12:42 PM ET A top member of the Congressional Black Caucus is denying that lawmakers were told to stay silent on the issue of whether or not the U.S. should intervene in Syria. “Nobody’s ever suggested to me ... that I should not comment,” Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) said in an interview on MSNBC on Saturday. He added that he had a “responsibility to speak.” Rangel’s comments were in response to an email from caucus Chairwoman Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), which asked lawmakers to...
  • Rangel: ‘I Love Obama’ But Red Line on Syria Is ‘Embarrassing’

    09/03/2013 4:43:03 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies
    CNSNews ^ | September 3, 2013 | Melanie Hunter
    Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y) on Monday called it “embarrassing” that President Barack Obama has drawn a “red line” on Syria, and the congressman does not see “anything urgent about it.” “I love Obama, and you’ll never find a truer Democrat than me, but this whole idea of any president of the United States drawing lines saying that if any country does something, that he considers wrong, that the nation is going to war, it’s unheard of–drawing a red line. So, of course, it’s embarrassing. I wish it didn’t happen,” Rangel said. An MSNBC host asked Rangel: “Are you concerned in...
  • (Tax-cheat Charlie) Rangel: Bring back the draft before launching air strikes in Syria

    09/01/2013 5:49:47 PM PDT · by Libloather · 56 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/01/13 | Sheldon Alberts
    Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) on Sunday renewed his call to reinstate the draft, arguing a vote should be held on mandatory military service before any decision is taken to launch strikes against Syria. “I truly believe we should have a National Draft Act before the Congress acts,” Rangel told MSNBC. Rangel, a decorated veteran of the Korean War, has for several years introduced legislation to bring back the draft and earlier this, for the first time, advocated that women should be included. The New York lawmaker said the burden of war unfairly falls on lower-income Americans. “They are not in...
  • Rep. Rangel’s Solution To Student Loans: Free College

    07/17/2013 8:34:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 17, 2013 - 11:42 AM | Eric Scheiner
    Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) says, “we shouldn’t even be charging young people to go to school.” … “In the long run, it would seem to me, that we shouldn’t even be charging our young people to go to school because ultimately our country and our treasury is the beneficiary,” Rangel says. …
  • NYC Democrats Call For DoJ Investigation Of George Zimmerman

    07/15/2013 3:28:02 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 38 replies
    talkradionews.com ^ | July 15, 2013
    NEW YORK (TRNS) – Members of New York City’s Democratic congressional delegation gathered outside Lower Manhattan’s Federal District Courthouse Monday to back a potential Department of Justice civil rights investigation of George Zimmerman over the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in 2012. A report published last week by the Miami Herald revealed FBI investigators found little proof Zimmerman was driven by racism in Martin’s shooting, the legislators assembled Monday insisted his motives be subject to greater scrutiny. “We respect the jury’s verdict, but the state prosecutorial chapter has now been closed, and a new federal chapter has been opened.” said...
  • Charlie Rangel: Obama answers not enough

    05/15/2013 9:52:31 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 56 replies
    Politico ^ | 15 May 2013 | KEVIN ROBILLARD
    Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) said Wednesday that he believes President Barack Obama owes the American public explanations for both the seizure of Associated Press phone records by the Department of Justice and the IRS targeting of conservative groups. “I don’t think anyone truly believes that the president has given us a sufficient answer for America, much less the press,” Rangel said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “I think this is just the beginning and the whole idea of comparing this with Nixon, I really think is just, it doesn’t make much sense. But the president has to come forward and share...
  • For sale in Mississippi: 'Charlie Rangel edition' assault rifle

    10/17/2012 9:36:47 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 14 replies
    capitalnewyork.com ^ | 12 Oct 2012 | Reid Pillifant
    Mississippi Auto Arms, a shop "specializing in Saiga shotguns, Saiga rifles, AK47s, and AR15s" out of Oxford, Mississippi, is selling a "Charlie Rangel edition" of a short-barrel AK-style assault rifle on its website. "Like Rangel, this little Suchka AK rifle loves the green and hides well in spinach," says the listing. ("Loves the green" could be a reference to Rangel's tax travails; I am not sure how "hides well in spinach" applies to the congressman.) The gun weighs about 11 pounds and starts at $1,195, depending on how it's customized. A person I spoke with at Mississippi Auto Arms said...
  • The Current "Top Ten Least Intelligent" And "Top Ten Most Despised Democrats" Lists.

    07/12/2012 3:53:03 PM PDT · by Reality_News · 28 replies
    Based on the most embarrassing moments and inexcusable scandals of the Obama Administration, these two "Top Ten Democrat Lists" should be pretty accurate. Take a look at them and express your opinions of accuracy. There is likely a few more that can be added to the lists,so please feel free to add if you feel some Democrats are missing. TOP TEN WORLDS DUMBEST DEMOCRATS: 1)Debbie Wasserman, 2)Maxine Waters, 3)Nancy Pelosi, 4)Elizabeth Warren, 5)Sheila Jackson, 6)Hank Johnson, 7)Chuck Schumer, 8)Barney Frank, 9)Frederica Wilson, 10)Dick Durbin Top Ten Most Hated Democrats: 1)Eric Holder, 2)Van Jones, 3)David Axelrod, 4)O'Bozo, 5)Harry Reid, 6)Baba Boxer,...
  • Democrats to Blacks: Stay Angry, Vote Democratic

    07/05/2012 4:18:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 5, 2012 | Larry Elder
    Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., once said: "George (W.) Bush is our 'Bull' Connor -- and if that doesn't get to you, nothing will be able to get to you. It's time for us to be able to say that we're sick and tired, we're fired up and we're not going to take it anymore." Connor was a racist sheriff who sicced dogs and water hoses on civil rights workers in the '60s. Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., says Republicans "want to literally drag us all the way back to Jim Crow laws." The tactic is as obvious...
  • [Charlie] Rangel Fends Off Challengers to Win Difficult Primary

    06/26/2012 9:20:40 PM PDT · by Justaham · 27 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | 6/26/12 | Thomas Kaplan
    Surviving one of the toughest re-election fights of his career, Representative Charles B. Rangel fended off four challengers on Tuesday to win the Democratic nomination for a 22nd term in Congress. “I’m just glad that my community has faith and confidence in me,” Mr. Rangel told reporters shortly before declaring victory at Sylvia’s, the famed Harlem restaurant. Mr. Rangel’s victory capped a gripping campaign for a Congressional seat that for decades has been at the center of black political power — and preserved a career in Washington that had been threatened by ethics troubles and changing demographics. Mr. Rangel was...
  • FEC fines Charlie Rangel $23K for apartment misuse

    03/27/2012 10:24:39 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 4 replies
    Politico ^ | March 27, 2012 | DARIUS DIXON
    Rep. Charlie Rangel has agreed to pay a $23,000 civil fine for effectively taking campaign contributions in the form of a rent-regulated apartment turned campaign office, according to Federal Election Commission documents. An FEC letter dated Friday says that Rangel, a 21-term New York Democrat, accepted “excessive in-kind contributions” in the form of leasing a rent-stabilized Harlem apartment at a price below market rate from the property owner. Four years ago, Rangel faced scrutiny over living in three neighboring rent-stabilized apartments on the 16th floor of a luxury building in Harlem. But the new FEC findings were instead related to...
  • Censure briefly forgotten as House leaders honor Rep. (tax-cheat) Charles Rangel

    09/24/2011 3:26:22 AM PDT · by Libloather · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/22/11 | Russell Berman
    Censure briefly forgotten as House leaders honor Rep. Charles RangelBy Russell Berman - 09/22/11 07:24 PM ET House leaders honored Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y) with an official Capitol portrait Thursday, sweeping aside two years of scandal and a formal rebuke to recognize a man who rose from humble beginnings to become a congressional pioneer. As a packed committee room full of hometown supporters and congressional allies serenaded Rangel with chants of “Charlie, Charlie,” it seemed as though the ethical firestorm that led to a House censure had been briefly forgotten. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) lauded his “long and highly decorated...
  • Boehner, House Honor Charlie Rangel Despite His Questionable Past

    09/24/2011 5:16:15 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 29 replies
    The New American ^ | 9/23/2011 | Christian Gomez
    House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and other House leaders paid tribute to Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) on September 22, despite the fact that he was overwhelmingly censured by the House less than a year ago for ethics violations and has a history of courtship with Soviet and Communist subversive activities. In December 2010, when the House was controlled by the Democratic majority of the 111th Congress, Democrats and Republicans overwhelmingly voted 333-79 to censure Congressman Rangel with regard to unpaid taxes on property he owned in the Dominican Republican, other hidden assets, and for improper use of the his campaign...
  • Awkward: House leaders to honor (tax-cheat Charlie) Rangel nine months after censure

    09/21/2011 6:22:50 PM PDT · by Libloather · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/21/11 | Russell Berman
    Awkward: House leaders to honor Rangel nine months after censureBy Russell Berman - 09/21/11 04:43 PM ET It may be one of the more awkward honorary ceremonies in recent memory. On Thursday, House leaders will pay tribute to Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), less than a year after the House formally censured the former chairman of the Ways and Means Committee. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will speak at a ceremony to unveil Rangel’s official portrait as chairman of the storied committee, which the longtime New York Democrat led from 2007 until March 2010, when party leaders pressured him to give up...
  • Charlie Rangel celebrates birthday with fundraiser

    08/09/2011 4:12:59 PM PDT · by clove · 12 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/9/11 4:15 PM EDT | Maggie Haberman and Anna Palmer
    As Rep. Charlie Rangel prepares to celebrate his 81st birthday with a gala at the Plaza Hotel in New York City on Wednesday night, the veteran lawmaker faces a far different political landscape than he did just a year ago.
  • Rangel: Obama Did Not Have Constitutional Authority to Act Unilaterally in Libya Without...

    03/31/2011 10:02:04 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 49 replies
    CNSNews ^ | March 31, 2011 | Nicholas Ballasy
    Complete title: Rangel: Obama Did Not Have Constitutional Authority to Act Unilaterally in Libya Without Congress’ Approval (CNSNews.com) - Following a closed briefing for members of the House on the U.S. military operation in Libya, Democrat Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) told CNSNews.com that President Obama did not have the constitutional authority to use military force in Libya without Congressional approval. Rangel added that he would “like to believe” members of Congress are looking into whether or not the President’s action is an impeachable offense. VIDEO 4:57 minutes “The Constitution is clear that when you say that their families back home...
  • Charlie Rangel: "Teabaggers" Will Decide What To Fund And Not Fund (video)

    12/29/2010 10:45:46 AM PST · by i88schwartz · 28 replies · 1+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | December 29, 2010 | RealClearPolitics
    "The teabaggers set the standards as to what you're going to fund and not fund and what taxes you're going to have and not have," Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) said on MSNBC.
  • EDITORIAL: Censure without shame--Lack of contrition exposes depth of Rangel's guilt

    12/07/2010 5:02:40 PM PST · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 7, 2010 | Editorial
    Charles B. Rangel is the 23rd member of the House of Representatives to face censure, though his attitude suggests his day of reckoning was just another day at the office.The bipartisan House Ethics Committee found Mr. Rangel guilty of 11 ethics-rules violations related to unpaid taxes on rental income from his villa in the Dominican Republic, failure to disclose personal financial assets and improper solicitation of donations. Additionally, last spring, Mr. Rangel resigned as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee after being found guilty of accepting corporate-financed travel. Now the Federal Election Commission is investigating whether Mr....
  • After censure, Rangel faces new ethics probe

    12/06/2010 10:35:03 AM PST · by BradtotheBone · 12 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | 12/06/10 09:52 AM ET | Jordan Fabian
    Censured Rep. Charles Rangel is not in the clear yet when it comes to his ethics problems: he faces a Federal Election Commission (FEC) probe into alleged misuse of campaign funds for his legal defense. The FEC, according to the New York Post, has taken up a complaint filed by the right-leaning National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) that Rangel (D-N.Y.) used funds from his National Leadership PAC to pay for legal counsel for the House ethics case that ended in his censure last week. To avoid paying legal services out of their own pockets, lawmakers are only permitted to...
  • Charles Rangel receives standing ovation in Harlem, says he's glad to have censure behind him

    12/05/2010 6:12:03 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 73 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 12/5/10 | Tina Moore
    U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel was greeted with a standing ovation Saturday at a town hall meeting in Harlem two days after he was censured by by the House. "I am very pleased this is behind me," Rangel, who looked dapper in a dark suit and tie, told cheering supporters after a two-year ethics probe. Insisting that his colleagues were bowing to political pressure, Rangel remained defiant and confident, saying he was "not guilty of corruption or self-enrichment."
  • Matthews: Republicans “Meaner,” “Nasty,” And “Put The Heel To The Back Of Your Neck”

    12/03/2010 4:58:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Mediaite ^ | December 3, 2010 | Jon Bershad
    Following the censure of Charlie Rangel, Chris Matthews spent a segment on his program comparing how the conservative and liberal press handled the story. He then compared how they handled scandals involving conservatives like David Vitter and decided that conservative politicians and pundits are always “meaner.” His guests, Ron Reagan and Politico’s Roger Simon agreed. Reagan pointed out how President Obama spoke of the “Slurpee Summit” as opposed to how Republican leaders did. Simon added “Republicans bring a gun to a knife fight” and compared Glenn Beck calling Obama a “racist” to liberal hosts who are “wry, sardonic, and witty”...
  • House Censures Rangel

    12/02/2010 4:53:24 PM PST · by speciallybland · 37 replies
    The National Journal ^ | 12/02/2010 | Billy House
    In a historic action against one of its own, the House Thursday voted 333 to 79 to censure Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) on 11 charges of violating rules of the chamber -- a vote that overwhelming yet clearly wrenching for many of his colleagues. Following the vote, Rangel walked down to the well of the House to receive his public rebuke, alone and looking somber, as Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) read a list of the violations. When she concluded, Rangel responded, "I just want all of you to know that I know in all my heart that I will not...
  • Rangel: "I Don't Deal In Average American Citizens" (video)

    12/02/2010 4:19:10 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 41 replies · 1+ views
    RealClearPolitics/CSPAN ^ | December 2, 2010 | RealClearPolitics
    A reporter asks Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) if an average American citizen "went through similar circumstances as yourself that they may be punished in a worse way?" Rangel lashed out at the reporter: "Please, I'm not a psychiatrist. I don't deal in average American citizens." "I'll come back to you when you have a good question," he added. The House overwhelmingly voted to censure Rep. Rangel.
  • SNL’s ‘Charlie Rangel’ to ‘Rachel Maddow’: ‘Hello Young Man’

    11/22/2010 6:46:49 AM PST · by Beaten Valve · 17 replies
    TV Newser ^ | Nov. 22, 2010 | Molly Stark Dean
    In last night’s “Saturday Night Live” cold open, “Rachel Maddow” said “in a cross promotion with the new Harry Potter, my haircut will stay like this forever.” Her guests made fun of the female anchor too: The recently convicted “Charlie Rangel” said “I’m proud to live in a country where a man like Charlie Rangel can be a congressman, and a 12-year-old boy like yourself can have his own TV show.” (Snip to video...)
  • Censure: How the Other Half Punishes

    11/20/2010 7:18:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 34 replies · 2+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | November 19, 2010 | Mychal Massie
    Leave it to Congress to create a punishment one is hard-pressed to identify. Rangel deserves much worse, as his crimes would put you or me behind bars. Charles Rangel has been found guilty of 11 of the 13 charges filed against him, with two of the charges having been rolled into one. As punishment for his crimes/violations, the chief counsel of the House ethics committee, Blake Chisam, recommended a sentence of censure for the disgraced congressman to the full House, despite Rangel’s protestations for “a drop of fairness and mercy” in a prepared statement read prior to the start of...
  • Charlie Rangel Gets John Lewis to Raise “Selma” in His Defense – Video

    11/18/2010 2:10:21 PM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 10 replies
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | November 18, 2010 | Brian
    Here is video of Democrat Rep. John Lewis making a statement in behalf of Democrat Rep. Charlie Rangel today, at Rangel’s appearance before the House Ethics Committee. Rangel had asked Lewis to appear in his behalf. Lewis admitted to the committee he new nothing of the facts of the case against Rangel, who was found guilty on 11 of 13 charges brought against him by a subcommittee of the Ethics Committee. But Lewis went on to raise the fact that Rangel marched with him and “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” at Selma in 1965. He closed by telling the committee...
  • Ethics Chief Counsel Recommends Censure for Rangel

    11/18/2010 10:21:59 AM PST · by Mozilla · 15 replies
    abc news ^ | 11-18-10 | LARRY MARGASAK Associated Press
    The House ethics committee's chief counsel has recommended that Rep. Charles Rangel be censured in connection with a finding that he engaged in improper financial and fundraising conduct. Chief counsel Blake Chisman called for this punishment despite the New York Democrat's plea to his colleagues for "a drop of fairness and mercy." If Chisam's recommendation is carried out, this would be the most serious punishment, short of expulsion, which is highly unlikely. Chisam and Rangel argued their positions Thursday in a public hearing on sanctions held by the ethics committee.
  • Ethics Panel Convicts Rangel on 11 of 13 Counts

    11/16/2010 11:56:35 AM PST · by T Christopher · 7 replies
    REPUBLICAN REDEFINED ^ | T Christopher
    An adjudicatory subcommittee of the House Ethics Committee has ruled in favor of convicting Representative Charlie Rangel on 11 of the 13 counts of House ethics rules violations.  The panel, which heard a summary of the facts and evidence accumulated against Rangel, ruled for summary judgment on the facts as undisputed and later applied the laws and rules of the House to said facts finding that all but two of the charges were of merit.  The full House Ethics Committee will now determine punishment which could include an informal reprimand, censure, or even expulsion. Having already turned down a deal...
  • House ethics panel convicts Rep. Rangel on 11 of 13 counts

    11/16/2010 10:08:01 AM PST · by BradtotheBone · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/16/10 11:55 AM ET | Susan Crabtree and Jordan Fabian
    A House ethics panel has convicted Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) on 11 of 13 counts of violating House ethics rules. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), the chairwoman of the adjudicatory subcommittee and the full House ethics committee, announced the decision late Tuesday morning following an abbreviated public trial of the 20-term lawmaker and less than a day of closed-door deliberations. "We have tried to act with fairness, led only by the facts and the law," Lofgren said. "We believe we have accomplished that mission." The panel will recommend a punishment, then the full ethics panel will have to convene a sanctions...