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The NY Times just asked Rangel to step aside from his committee chairmanship while the ethics investigation goes on. Republicans continue to ask him to resign.

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The NY Times just asked Rangel to step aside from his committee chairmanship while the ethics investigation goes on. Republicans continue to ask him to resign.
What is the NYT authority again?
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What is the NYT authority again?
And what is your point?

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And what is your point?
Who does the NYT speak for?
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Hey, Charlie owns a 1972 Mercedes Benz

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Rangel broke rules by storing old car in House garage, paper says - On Deadline - USATODAY.com
Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., is having a bad year.

First, there were reports that the powerful Ways and Means Committee chairman had four rent-stabilized apartments in his Harlem district, including one that he was using as a campaign office even though such units are supposed to be used for residential purposes.

Then it came out that he had failed to report thousands of dollars in rental income from a vacation villa in the Caribbean.

The latest complaint centers on the 1972 Mercedes Benz that Rangel has been storing, without valid tags, in a House parking garage. Fox News says Rangel's office had the vehicle towed after the New York Post reported that it was parked in violation of House rules.

"Rangel's storage of his car may add to his already serious tax problems," the New York Post says. "A House website on parking regulations informs anyone with a space that, under IRS regulations, the benefit of the free parking is considered 'imputed income' and must be declared to the government."

The paper says Rangel and his attorney declined to comment on any tax implications associated with the vehicle.

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Rangel pays IRS, then complains of 'guerrilla war'

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WASHINGTON -- Rep. Charles Rangel wrote six checks for about $10,800 in back taxes, and then penned an open letter to New Yorkers Friday, saying he has done nothing dishonorable and is the target of a GOP "guerrilla war."

Rangel, the dean of the New York congressional delegation, has faced a string of embarrassing revelations _ he didn't pay taxes on rental income for a beach house in the Dominican Republic; he used three rent-stabilized apartments in Harlem, including one for a campaign office; he used his congressional stationery to drum up private donations to a college center named after him.

He ended up writing a number of checks to cover taxes due on his 2004, 2005, and 2006 returns, related to the unreported rental income, said his chief of staff, George Dalley.

The federal government tab ended up being $4,803, according to Rangel's accountants, while he wrote checks totaling $6,022 to New York State. The state figure includes a small percentage owed to the New York City authorities.

Penalties and interest were not included in those payments, Dalley said. "If the IRS chooses to impose them, of course he'll readily pay them," said Dalley.

As he paid the taxman, Rangel also tried to assure constituents he did nothing to shame his office.

"I've never violated the public trust, so I'm not worried," Rangel wrote in a letter, e-mailed by his campaign.

A House ethics committee plans to investigate, and Republicans have called for the 19-term congressman to be removed from his powerful position as chairman of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee. After private meetings with House Democratic leaders earlier this week, Rangel was able to keep the post.

"Last July, the Republican Party declared guerrilla war against Democrats and since then has made every effort to smear me and members of my party," Rangel wrote in the letter.

"My record in the Ways and Means Committee and 38 years in Congress is unassailable, so they've pried into my private life and used insinuation and half-truths to write stories that sell papers," Rangel wrote.

When asked Friday in an interview with New York's WCBS-TV how the chairman of the House tax writing committee, could get into tax problems, Rangel said: "I can just say that it is a series of mistakes that are unconscionable, but we're not talking about any intention to avoid or evade the law."

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Who does the NYT speak for?
For itself, obviously. But since Rangel reps New Yorkers, the NYT has a big and effective bully pulpit.

But, then again, what point are you making in your questions?

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Democratic Rep. Rangel calls Palin 'disabled'

Washington Times - Democratic Rep. Rangel calls Palin 'disabled'
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Originally published 11:17 p.m., September 19, 2008, updated 11:04 p.m., September 19, 2008

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., already in trouble for tax problems, called Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin "disabled" on Friday, and then quickly retreated and said he misspoke saying he meant "disadvantaged."

Republicans called it a new low for the 78-year-old chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.

Asked during an interview with New York's WCBS-2 television why Democrats seem afraid of Palin's popularity, Rangel replied: "You got to be kind to the disabled."

The reporter repeated the phrase.

"Yes," replied Rangel and then added, "There's no question about it. Politically it's a nightmare to think that a person's foreign policy is based on their ability to look at Russia from where they live."

Soon after the interview aired, Rangel in a statement said that he meant to say "disadvantaged."

"Governor Palin is an obviously healthy person who in no way fits the description of disabled. I meant to say then, and I am saying now, that she entered the campaign with a disadvantage in the area of foreign policy," said Rangel.

Alex Conant, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee, said of Rangel's remark: "As if achieving new ethical lows was not sufficient, now Rangel is hitting a rhetorical low. Insulting the next vice president will not distract from Rangel's tax scandals."

Rangel for weeks has been embroiled in controversy over his failure to report taxes on income from a beach house, use of three rent-stabilized apartments in his home district of Harlem, and using official stationery to try to drum up private donations for a college center named after the congressman. On Friday he reporting paying $10,800 in back taxes and said in an open letter to constituents that Republicans were waging a "guerrilla war" against him.

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