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Rep. Charlie Rangel may as well have stuck around for the full hearing. An ethics subcommittee convicted the veteran lawmaker Tuesday of 11 counts of naughty, having to do with fundraising, cheap rent and taxes. Rangel's colleagues could decide to give him the boot, but he's likelier to get off with just a reprimand.

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In the lead-up to November's midterm elections, there have been signs in some states that moderate Republican candidates might face considerable challenges from tea party contenders. (continued)

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Rep. Maxine Waters, a stalwart progressive voice in the House for nearly 20 years, is defending herself against charges that she improperly intervened to help bail out a bank with ties to her husband. Waters released a statement denying any wrongdoing, saying she was merely working on behalf of minority banks.

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Once again, the topic of the vice presidency has come up for Hillary Clinton and, this time, she's apparently responded receptively to the idea -- if it would help the Democrats win the White House in November. Clinton reportedly said she was "open" to the idea during a conference call Tuesday.

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Hillary Clinton tells Wolf Blitzer that Rep. Charles Rangel was "probably right" about her recent comment to USA Today. Clinton had argued that white voters seemed to prefer her lately. Rangel called that statement "the dumbest thing."

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Rep Charles Rangel (D-NY), above, raised the ire of not a few Mississippi residents, including Rep Charles Pickering (R-Miss), for telling the N Times on Nov 8, "Mississippi gets more than their fair share back in federal money, but who the hell wants to live in Mississippi?" Who, indeed? Truthdig takes you beneath the headlines .

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