Topic: U.S. House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct

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  • Charles Rangel censure vote: Five others the House has slapped down

    Charles Rangel censure vote: Five others the House has slapped down

    Rep. Charles Rangel (D) of New York on Thursday may become the 23rd House member to be censured by his colleagues, in the history of the institution. For lawmakers who break the rules, censure is one of the punishment options specified in the US Constitution (the others are expulsion, reprimand, or a fine). A public verbal rebuke from the House speaker is usually the outcome of a censure vote – humiliating, yes, but much less draconian than expulsion. Mr. Rangel is in trouble for 11 ethics violations related to his personal finances and fundraising efforts for a New York college. A censure vote has not occurred in the House in 27 years. Here are the five congressmen censured most recently, for matters ranging from fraud to sexual misconduct to “unparliamentary language.”

  • Is Charles Rangel corrupt?

    The Vote Is Charles Rangel corrupt?

    New York Rep. Charles Rangel insists he failed to pay taxes on rental income and improperly solicited donations out of ignorance, not corrupt motives.

  • Photos of the Day Photos of the Day 11/18

    The driver of a van that crashed into LaRoe's restaurant sits at a booth (l.) looking at his van in Grand Rapids, Ohio. According to Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn, the van and another vehicle were involved in a traffic crash along Front Street near the restaurant. The van driver, an 84-year-old man from Paulding County, subsequently drove into the restaurant. No injuries were reported.

  • Maxine Waters maintains innocence as House outlines ethics violations

    Maxine Waters maintains innocence as House outlines ethics violations

    The House ethics committee released formal charges Monday against Rep. Maxine Waters, a California Democrat, that claim she improperly helped a bank in which her husband owned stock receive federal funds.

  • Ethics charges against Maxine Waters add to Democrats' woes

    Ethics charges against Maxine Waters add to Democrats' woes

    Rep. Maxine Waters of California is the second Democrat in two weeks to face a trial over alleged ethics violations. Republicans will use the charges to try to gain ground in midterm elections.

  • Charles Rangel careens toward House trial; Democrats keen to avoid it

    Charles Rangel careens toward House trial; Democrats keen to avoid it

    A hearing by House ethics investigators is expected to convene Thursday for Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel. In an election season, corruption allegations can be toxic for the party in power.

  • Charles Rangel ethics case tests new Congressional openness

    Charles Rangel ethics case tests new Congressional openness

    The public airing of Charles Rangel's alleged ethical lapses is the highest profile test of the 2006 Congressional pledge of greater accountability.

  • Charles Rangel ethics mess: another thing Democrats don't need before election

    Charles Rangel ethics mess: another thing Democrats don't need before election

    Rep. Charles Rangel of New York says he won't resign his seat or drop out of his reelection race. A House trial on ethics violations may remind voters that Democrats haven't ended the 'culture of corruption' in Washington.

  • Daniel Schorr: An appreciation

    Daniel Schorr: An appreciation

    Daniel Schorr, a journalist whose fierce independence landed him on President Nixon’s enemies list and whose award-winning 62-year career spanned newspapers, radio and television, died Friday.

  • Charles Rangel charged with ethics violations: How bad for Democrats?

    Charles Rangel charged with ethics violations: How bad for Democrats?

    Charles Rangel, a Democratic congressman from New York, faces a House trial in which eight members will rule on the findings. Democrats will be concerned about its effect on midterms.