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Congress: Full DISCLOSE-ure

The House will vote on the DISCLOSE Act, which Roll Call writes, "aims to partially reverse the effect of the Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United ruling, a complement to their broader strategy of portraying the GOP as beholden to big business." It will likely fail. Bill sponsor Chuck Schumer called it “one of the most important things we’ll be voting on in the next decade,” but "Minority Leader Mitch McConnell dubbed it an election-year ploy and blasted Democrats for pivoting away from a small-business lending bill to hold the procedural vote."

The Hill's headline: "Disclose Act seen as balm to soothe left."

"House Democrats were struggling Monday to come up with a plan to deal with Rep. Charlie Rangel’s ethical troubles and do it quickly," Roll Call says. "Publicly, Democratic leaders were trying to put a positive spin on the New York Democrat’s upcoming trial before his peers on charges that he may have violated House ethics rules. Privately, however, Democrats were scrambling to contain the damage and hoping Rangel cuts a deal in the next few days to avoid a public spectacle that could unfold weeks before the November elections."


"Harlem Rep. Charles Rangel said yesterday that investigators have unearthed new allegations of misconduct against him, while House Democratic leaders increased the pressure on him to reach a settlement before a congressional trial starts Thursday," the New York Post writes. "'We waited almost two years, and they finally investigated, and guess what -- they have some more alleged violations,' Rangel said." And: "The alleged misdeeds include Rangel using House stationery to solicit contributions for a self-named center at City College, failing to disclose hundreds of thousands of dollars in assets, and not paying taxes on rental income from his Dominican villa -- all first reported by The Post. He also kept four rent-regulated apartments in Harlem."

Going Down Hill... "A traumatized Rep. Charlie Rangel didn't stay sorry very long, lashing out Monday over questions about the ethics storm bearing down on him," the New York Daily News notes. "'Why don't you wait until you know what the facts are?' the Harlem Democrat snapped at one reporter, after calling his ongoing ethics probe 'traumatic.' He was especially grouchy over suggestions Democratic allies like Gov. Paterson, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and Sen. Chuck Schumer are less than wholehearted in their support. 'I don't believe what you are saying to be true,' Rangel, 80, said of reports Cuomo and the governor might skip his Aug. 11 birthday fund-raiser."

Don't expect any anti-Rangel resolutions this week, The Hill reports. "Republicans are employing a don’t-get-in-the-way-of-your-enemies-when-they-are-destroying-themselves strategy, the same game plan Democrats employed as Republicans grappled with ethics scandals in 2006."

Tax cuts solve all? "Republicans are formulating a messaging strategy that ties unemployment to Democratic tax policy and rebuts charges that they support tax cuts for the rich at the expense of deficit reduction," Roll Call writes, adding, "Rather than simply arguing that the government’s money belongs to the taxpayers, Republicans are claiming a direct correlation between extending the Bush-era tax cuts with a small-business owner’s ability to hire more workers and give employees a raise."

The Hill, meanwhile, looks at the Democrats' summer strategy: "House Democrats plan a six-week messaging campaign for the August recess in which they’ll warn voters that putting Republicans back in power would mark a return to failed George W. Bush administration policies. The strategy, coordinated with the White House and the Democrats’ campaign committees, is designed to put Republicans on defense by forcing them to explain where -- and how -- they would lead the country should they win control of Congress."