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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, June 11, 2014

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, June 11, 2014

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, June 11, 2014
By United Press International
House ethics panel won't probe eight congress members arrested

House ethics panel won't probe eight congress members arrested

WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- The House Ethics Committee decided against pursuing an investigation into the arrests of eight House members at a Washington rally in early October.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, June 11, 2013
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Monday, June 11, 2012.
By United Press International

Rangel statement at odds with record

NEW YORK, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Congressional records show a huge firm asked Rep. Charles B. Rangel, D-N.Y., for a tax cut after he asked for a donation to a school named in his honor.
Ethics panel expands Rangel investigation

Ethics panel expands Rangel investigation

WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- The U.S. House ethics panel voted to expand its investigation of Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., to include allegations he helped a donor retain a tax loophole.
Report: Rangel efforts benefited donor

Report: Rangel efforts benefited donor

NEW YORK, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., says he didn't change his mind on tax legislation to help out a donor to a pet project of his at City College of New York.
Democrats, GOP spar over donors' pasts

Democrats, GOP spar over donors' pasts

WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Republican and Democratic leaders are sparring over U.S. donors, especially convicted donors, and demanding return of tainted funds, party observers say.
Lawyer: Rangel didn't report rental income

Lawyer: Rangel didn't report rental income

WASHINGTON, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- A lawyer for U.S. Rep. Charles B. Rangel, D-N.Y., alleges the congressman hasn't paid taxes on money earned from a rental property he owns.
Rangel Center fundraising questioned

Rangel Center fundraising questioned

WASHINGTON, July 15 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., is raising funds for an academic center from people with business before his committee, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.

Volunteer service preferred over draft

WASHINGTON, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- President Bush's call to increase U.S. Army and Marine Corps numbers could be met through volunteers not reinstating a draft, military leaders said.

Treasury secretary in domestic spotlight

WASHINGTON, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson Jr. is seeking economic common ground for the Republican White House and upcoming Democratic Congress.

Democrats complain about Medicare handbook

WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Congressional Democrats in Washington are criticizing a new Medicare handbook they feel is weighted toward private insurance plans.

Bush critic rips Chavez speech

WASHINGTON, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- One of President Bush's harshest critics has lashed out at Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez for remarks he made during a visit to a New York church.

Design delays hold up Tuskegee medal

NEW YORK, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- A spokesman for a New York congressman said design revisions are behind delays in giving Congress' highest honor to the surviving World War II Tuskegee airmen.
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Charles B. Rangel
Congressman Charles B. Rangel and former New York Mayor David Dinkins (L) watch Rafael Nadal of spain play Teymuraz Gabashvili of Russia in the first round of the U.S. Open Tennis Championships in Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York City on August 31, 2010. UPI/John Angelillo
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Charles Bernard "Charlie" Rangel (pronounced /ˈræŋɡəl/; born June 11, 1930) is the U.S. Representative for New York's 15th congressional district, serving since 1971. A member of the Democratic Party, he is the third-longest currently serving member of the House of Representatives. As its most senior member, he is also the Dean of New York's congressional delegation. In January 2007, Rangel became Chair of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, the first African-American to do so. He is also a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Rangel was born in Harlem in New York City, and had a somewhat troubled childhood. He earned a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star for his service in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, where he led a group of soldiers out of a deadly Chinese Army encirclement during the Battle of Kunu-ri in 1950. Rangel graduated from New York University in 1957, and St. John's University School of Law in 1960. He then worked as a private lawyer, Assistant U.S. Attorney, and legal counsel during the early-mid 1960s. He served two terms in the New York State Assembly, from 1967 to 1970, and then defeated long-time incumbent Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. in a primary challenge on his way to being elected to the House of Representatives.

Once there, Rangel rose rapidly in the Democratic ranks, combining solidly liberal views with a pragmatic approach towards finding political and legislative compromises. His long-time concerns with battling the importation and effects of illegal drugs led to his becoming chair of the House Select Committee on Narcotics, where he helped define national policy on the issue during the 1980s. As one of Harlem's "Gang of Four", he also became a leader in New York City and State politics. He played a significant role in the creation of the 1995 Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation and the national Empowerment Zone Act, which helped change the economic face of Harlem and other inner-city areas. Rangel is known both for his genial manner, with an ability to win over fellow legislators, and for his blunt speaking; he has long been outspoken about his views, and has been arrested several times as part of political demonstrations. He was an adamant opponent of the George W. Bush administration and of the Iraq War, and put forth proposals to reinstate the draft during the first decade of the 21st century.

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