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Congress: Rangel gets admonished

"House Ways and Means Chairman Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) acknowledged Thursday the House ethics committee has admonished him for accepting privately funded travel to the Caribbean in 2007 and 2008 that apparently violated House rules -- but he denied wrongdoing on his part," Roll Call writes. In his defense, Rangel blamed staff. "I don't want to be critical of the committee, but common sense dictates that Members of Congress should not be held responsible for what could be the wrongdoing or mistakes or errors of staff unless there's reason to believe that the Member knew or should have known, and there's nothing in the record to indicate the latter."

"The findings could jeopardize Rangel's political future," the New York Daily News adds. "Republicans have been gunning for his ouster as head of the powerful tax-writing panel. Rangel has been under scrutiny over allegations he failed to report income on his personal taxes, improperly used a rent-stabilized apartment in Harlem for his campaign office, raised cash for his City College public service school using congressional letterhead and filing incomplete House financial disclosure reports." 

Roll Call: "Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) launched a one-man filibuster late Thursday night against a bill with several popular provisions aimed at people hit hardest by the recession. So far, he is succeeding." More: "The bill would extend expanded unemployment benefits and health insurance subsidies for the jobless, among other provisions, many of which expire Sunday. Although Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill) is expected to resume attempts to pass the extensions Friday morning, Bunning has said he will continue to object, and with lawmakers gone for the weekend, there is little chance the bill will pass before Sunday."

"Congressional Black Caucus members are dismissing a $15 billion jobs bill as inadequate, forcing House leaders to rethink their plan to vote on the measure Friday," The Hill writes.