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Obama Nudges Rangel

Friday, July 30, 2010 - 11:19 PM

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Rangel's response to Obama's gentle nudge is typical:

President Barack Obama is sending a strong signal to ethics-embattled Harlem Rep. Charles Rangel, telling CBS News that the time has come for the 80-year-old dean of New York’s congressional delegation to end his career “with dignity.”

But a person close to Rangel tells POLITICO the embattled Democrat “doesn’t give a damn about what the president thinks about this” and won’t step down.

The real story here isn't Rangel's response today, but may instead be the responses from other members of Congress that are likely to follow, now that Obama has signaled how he'd like this to end.

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