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Ethics Committee Recommends Censure For Rangel

After a day-long hearing and an emotional mea culpa from Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY), the House Ethics committee is recommending that Rangel be censured. The New York Times' City Room blog reports:

The ethics committee, made up of five Democrats and five Republicans, could have opted for lighter punishments, such as a reprimand.

The whole House will vote on the motion after Thanksgiving and if it passes, the AP reports, the 20-term Rep. Rangel "would suffer the embarrassment of standing before his colleagues and receiving an oral rebuke by the speaker."

The Washington Post explains the worst punishment the committee could have recommended was expulsion from the House. The final vote to recommend censure was 9-1.

NPR's Ken Rudin has more at our It's All Politics blog.