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House Ethics Panel Finds Rep. Rangel Violated Ethics Rules

"A House ethics panel has found Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel of New York guilty on 11 counts of breaking House rules," the AP reports.

The full House committee will now have a hearing on what kind of punishment Rangel should receive. Rangel was convicted of 11 of the 13 ethics violations he was charged with.

The New York Times' City Room has some background:

Mr. Rangel, an 80-year-old Democrat who has represented Harlem for four decades and was the longtime head of the House Ways and Means Committee, had been accused of bringing dishonor to Congress by accepting rent-stabilized apartments from a Manhattan developer, failing to pay taxes on a rental income from his Dominican villa and raising charitable donations from companies and corporate executives who had business before the committee he led.

The AP reports that possible punishments could include a "house vote deploring Rangel's conduct, a fine and denial of privileges."