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U.S. House Votes 333-79 To Censure New York Rep. Rangel

U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) leaves his office on Capitol Hill before the censure vote. Alex Wong/Getty hide caption

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Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) was censured Thursday by fellow members of the United States House of Representatives for financial and fundraising misconduct.

The 80-year-old Rangel, who has served in the House for 40 years, said the vote against him of 333-79 was hard to accept.

Censure is the most serious punishment the House can mete out, other than expulsion. The vote marked only the 23rd time a member had been censured.

NPR Political Editor Ken Rudin has his take on Rangel over at It's All Politics, where he says: "It didn't have to end like this."