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The Rangel-Espaillat Race Heats Up

Monday, June 09, 2014

Laura Nahmias, political reporter for Capital New York, talks about the first televised debate in the Charles Rangel - Adriano Espaillat race in the 13th Congressional primary, which centered on an argument about race and ethnic identity.

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Rangel Extols Virtues of Obama's New Immigration Policy, Experience

Monday, June 18, 2012

Charlie Rangel sang the praises of President Obama's new immigration policy Monday, a week before the incumbent congressman from New York's 13th District faces four opponents in the Democratic primary.

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WNYC News

Rangel to Pay $23,000 Fine for Breaking Rent Law

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Congressman Charles Rangel and his campaign will pay a $23,000 fine stemming from his use of a rent-stabilized apartment in Harlem as a campaign office.

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It's A Free Country ®

Rangel Turns 81 In Good Company

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Charlie Rangel's birthday bash fundraiser was a bit like an encyclopedia of Democratic New York politics.

Present at the Plaza Hotel ballroom were Assemblyman (and CD-9 hopeful) David Weprin, Queens Party boss Congressman Joe Crowley, and former NYC mayors Ed Koch and David Dinkins.

Onstage, Dinkins referred to the small group of protesters standing in front of the Plaza, calling for the resignation of City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (also present). Dinkins said it reminded him of last year's party, when people protested Rangel.

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Rangel Talks Re-Election, Obama and Harlem's Changing Demographics

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The always irrepressible Charlie Rangel is holding a fundraiser and birthday bash tonight, headlined by Aretha Franklin. It's A Free Country caught up with the Congressman for a few words in a coffee shop at Rockefeller Center, where he had just finished an appearance on MSNBC.

Does a fundraiser mean ...

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Queen of Soul to Play Charlie Rangel's Birthday Party

Monday, August 08, 2011

Aretha Franklin, fresh off of her Brooklyn debut this past week, will headline Rangel's 81st birthday fundraising gala at the Grand Ballroom of the Plaza Hotel on Wednesday.

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WNYC News

MLK 2011: Sharpton Updates the Struggle, Bloomberg Gets Jeered

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

WNYC

In his annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, the Rev. Al Sharpton and his parade of guests urged the crowd to fight the modern battle against inequality. And in at least once instance, that meant, for some, booing the person at the podium.

"We must deal with the issues of today," said Sharpton, who flew into the event after spending the morning in Washington DC. He equated the need to update the civil rights struggle today with the 1965 television sitcom F-Troop, which, according to Sharpton drew its humor from the fact that the post-Civil War soldiers "were fighting a war that had already been fought."

"The problem with many of us today is we want to fight the civil rights battle of 50 years ago," said Sharpton. "And not deal with the civil rights battle of today."

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Rangel laughs at the press, throws a soft jab

Monday, December 06, 2010

The goal of Rangel's media blitz this weekend - two appearances before reporters and a walking press conference in Harlem Hospital, along with a visit to CNN's Candy Crowley - is part of his effort to put the whole censure thing behind him, aides say.

(I'm told one top aide was considering having Rangel appear on Bill O'Reilly's show, seeing him as a more sympathetic interviewer than others on that network.)

But the censure issue may not be going away soon enough. The Post picked up a report that the FEC may probe Rangel for improperly using his PAC money to pay his legal fees. The complain to the FEC was filed by the National Legal and Policy Center.

The Center was founded by two people who, at one point, worked for Citizens for Reagan, and at least one notes in his bio that he helped force the resignation of former House Speaker Jim Write, a Democrat.

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WNYC News

Rangel Through Troubles: Defiant, Funny, Defiant

Friday, December 03, 2010

WNYC

Rep. Charlie Rangel wasn't always defiant in the face of allegations he violated Congressional ethics rules. He was sometimes funny, too.

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WNYC News

House Censures Rangel for Ethics Violations

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Rep. Charlie Rangel was censured for violating 11 congressional ethics rules, the first time the House of Representatives took such a harsh step against one of their own, in decades. After failing to get the punishment downgraded, the House overwhelmingly voted to punish the Harlem Democrat 333 to 79 with a censure.

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The Empire

Rangel, at first, was not so worried about the apartment thing

Thursday, December 02, 2010

As the House prepares to vote on Rangel’s punishment this afternoon, I’ve been digging through archives of how he initially responded the questions about the problems that led to today’s vote.

Here’s my video from July 2008 video, from the press conference Rangel held the morning the New York Times reported he owned four rent-stabilized apartments.

The last question was whether he would relinquish the chairmanship of the Ways and Means Committee, or his Congressional seat, in light of this.

“If anyone can show any remote possibility this can be considered as a gift, I’d quit tomorrow,” Rangel said.

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News Before it Happens

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Rep. Charlie Rangel still awaits a vote on whether he\'ll be censured by Congress. (Azi Paybarah / wnyc)

The House is expected to vote on Rep. Rangel's punishment today, but NBC is out with an email alert that sounds like the event already happened.

From: NBC New York [mailto:nbcnewyork@nbclocal.com]
Sent: Tuesday, November 30, 2010 11:07 AM
To: Richard Yeh
Subject: BREAKING NEWS: House Votes Censure for Rangel

The House of Representatives voted to censure the 80-year-old Harlem
Democrat, the most severe punishment short of expulsion.

Complete details from NBC New York:
http://click1.nbclocal.com/fggtpnhdsbcwfdfhwbgpdwrdllwpcbzsjfbzbjdjybbqy
h_mpqcttdwcdnp.html

The link goes to a story saying "Rangel to be Censured." Maybe there's a lesson in here about the dangers of pre-writing news and trying to get a scoop in the 24-hour news cycle.

A Washington-based colleague warns that the vote on Rangel could come up at "ANY TIME" and that usually, as a courtesy to the member, their punishment is brought up for a vote with little warning in order to minimize media exposure.

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It's A Free Country ®

Rangel Charts His Defense

Monday, November 29, 2010

Congressman Charlie Rangel is circulating a ten-point chart to colleagues, explaining why he shouldn't receive one of the harshest punishments for violating 11 Congressional ethics rules. It's part of the last-minute defense Rangel wants to deliver before the full House votes on the fate of the 20-term Harlem lawmaker.

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The Empire

Who plays Rangel on SNL ?

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Kenan Thompson, and he's not bad. I'm not sure about Bill Hader playing John Boehner though.

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WNYC News

Rangel Supporters: "We Shall Overcome"

Monday, November 22, 2010

For the supporters of Rep. Charlie Rangel who gathered Sunday outside Mother A.M.E. Zion Church, one of the oldest black churches in America, the choice of location wasn't accidental. The congressman, they said, is being unfairly persecuted and humiliated by the media as well as fellow politicians with an axe to grind. The real issue, according to supporters, is that Charlie Rangel is being denied his civil rights. To drive their point home, they concluded their press conference by singing "We Shall Overcome."

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Rangel asks what compares to his record?

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Rep. Rangel asks if the evidence against him can "compare" to his years of public service. (Azi Paybarah / wnyc)

In a statement today to the Ethics Panel, Rangel asked,"How can 40 witnesses, 30,000 pages of transcripts, over 550 exhibits measure against my forty years of service and commitment to this Body I love so much?"

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WNYC News

How to Punish Charlie Rangel: Koch Says Quit, Harlem Pols Laugh

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

WNYC

The only question now is how to punish Rep. Charlie Rangel.

The facts against the veteran lawmaker in his two-year-old ethics probe were never in dispute. More than five hundred pieces of evidence were accepted without objection by a bipartisan panel who, on Tuesday, found Rangel guilty of violating 11 different Congressional ethics rules.

But now, a complete lack of consensus has broken out about what to do with the facts about Rangel.

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The Empire

Koch: Rangel should resign 'for his own health's sake'

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Koch says 80-year-old Rangel should retire, for his health. (Azi Paybarah / wnyc)

Ed Koch says Rep. Charlie Rangel should resign from office, saying, "I'm not thinking about his legacy."

"For his own health's sake, he should," said Koch, in an telephone interview.

Rangel was found guilty of 11 violations of congressional ethics rules. In a public statement, Rangel proclaimed himself the victim of an unfair process, claiming he was "deprived of due process rights, right to counsel and was not even in the room."

Rangel said on Monday that he couldn't afford legal representation in the 2-year-long investigation, which has cost him more than $1 million already.

Koch said Rangel, a fellow Democrat, is a "decent man" but "I didn't understand his bizarre behavior when he walked out of the hearing room" during yesterday's proceedings."

Koch is a former three-term mayor of New York City who also served as a Congressman from the Upper East Side. He said leaving public office is "very difficult. Most of us stay too long on the stage and ultimately regret it." Then, referring to Rangel, Koch added, "This is not a normal situation. I hope he takes my advice."

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Rangel Walks as Ethics Hearing Proceeds

Monday, November 15, 2010

WNYC

After spending more than $1 million on legal bills, Rep. Charles Rangel told members of the House Ethics committee looking into charges that he violated Congressional ethics rules that he can no longer afford to retain his legal team. He also complained about Congressional rules barring lawmakers from accepting pro-bono services. Then, he excused himself and walked out.

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The Empire

Rangel's Ethics Hearing

Monday, November 15, 2010

Rep. Rangel's ethics hearing gets underway. (c-span.org)

The ethics hearing against Rep. Charlie Rangel of Harlem gets underway today in Washington. Rangel is representing himself after having spent more than $1 million on a legal team he has since dismissed.

The hearing is being carried live on c-span.org.

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