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New York Senator hit with half-million buck embezzlement charge

New York Senator hit with half-million buck embezzlement charge

New York and federal authorities on Tuesday indicted a high-ranking state senator and his son on six charges that they embezzled more than $500,000 from their New York City health clinic for lavish spending, including Broadway shows, a down payment on a Bentley automobile, and a pony for a birthday party. Democrat Sen. Pedro Espada, […]

Elizabeth Edwards: A tough lady who showed grace through tough times

Elizabeth Edwards: A tough lady who showed grace through tough times

A son dying young. A six-year battle with cancer. A humiliating betrayal. Americans knew Elizabeth Edwards in large part through her tragedies, but more importantly, they knew her for the vitality and determination she showed through them. Her cancer incurable and her former-presidential-candidate husband mired in a paternity scandal, she did not shrink from public […]

So much for the Christmas spirit

So much for the Christmas spirit

Mike Babick’s display of Christmas spirit in Prarie Village, Kansas, has grown too popular for some neighbors, who complain his expanding array of lights and holiday figures draw some unwelcome gawkers. Babick’s passion for the holiday has driven him to adorn his modest one-story home in this Kansas City suburb with more than a thousand […]

Rangel’s censure doesn’t take edge off his swagger

Rangel’s censure doesn’t take edge off his swagger

Charles Rangel has his swagger back, but not his power. The 40-year congressional veteran on Thursday became the 23rd House member in the nation’s history to be censured for misconduct. As the final chapter of a more than two-year ethics investigation played out, Rangel moved through several zones of emotion: contrition, anger, relief, defiance. The […]

GOP wins another House seat as Democrat concedes

A sixth Democratic House seat in New York fell to Republicans on Tuesday when freshman incumbent Dan Maffei conceded he could not overcome his opponent’s narrow lead. The Republican, Ann Marie Buerkle, will be the first woman to represent central New York‘s 25th Congressional District. Maffei, who defeated Dale Sweetland to win the seat in […]

Rangel convicted on 11 ethics violations

Rangel convicted on 11 ethics violations

Rep. Charles Rangel, once one of the most influential House members, was convicted Tuesday on 11 counts of breaking ethics rules and now faces punishment. An ethics panel of eight House peers deliberated over two days before delivering a jarring blow to the 20-term New York Democrat’s career. Rangel was charged with 13 counts of […]

Rangel walks, ethics committee balks

Rangel walks, ethics committee balks

Once one of the most powerful members of Congress, veteran Rep. Charles Rangel of New York was reduced Monday to pleading with colleagues for more time to raise money for a lawyer before they took up misconduct charges against him. No, they said, and quickly began deliberations, saying the facts were so clear they didn’t […]

Rangel walks out on trial after delaying tactic fails

Rangel walks out on trial after delaying tactic fails

Denied his plea for a delay, Rep. Charles Rangel walked out of his ethics trial Monday, leaving the ethics committee’s top lawyer to cite Rangel’s past statements in arguing that the 20-term New York Democrat violated House rules. Chief House ethics counsel Blake Chisam, assuming the role of prosecutor at the rare public airing of […]

Uh oh…Republicans control redistricting too

Uh oh…Republicans control redistricting too

Republicans don’t just control much of the electoral map. In some cases, they now have the power to redraw it. Overwhelming victories in statehouses and governors’ races across the country this week have placed the GOP in command of redrawing both congressional and legislative districts to conform with Census results. It’s a grueling and politically […]

Social issues trap some Tea Party candidates

Social issues trap some Tea Party candidates

The tea party movement was born in anger over the recession and the Obama administration’s bailouts, and built largely on a platform of lower taxes and smaller government. But some of its candidates are getting tripped up on social issues. In New York, Carl Paladino, the tea party-backed Republican candidate for governor, caused a furor […]