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.
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.
The House Ethics Committee isn't known for throwing its own to the wolves, but word is that Rep. Charlie Rangel, the subject of a two-year investigation, could get slammed. (continued)
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.
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 .