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NY-State & Federal politics-A train wreck

March 6, 2010

New York on the Political Brink: What’s Next?

Video: Rep. Massa Says Emanuel ‘Son of Devil’

Massa: Emanuel Forced Resignation Over Healthcare
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — New York Rep. Eric Massa is blaming his resignation on a conspiracy led by White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and House Democratic leaders to force him out before a crucial vote on healthcare.

  • Rep. Massa: ‘I Am Guilty’ and Will Resign New York Democratic Rep. Eric Massa, facing a harassment complaint by a male staffer, said Friday that he is stepping down from his seat with “a profound sense of failure.””I am guilty,” Massa said in an interview with a Corning, N.Y., newspaper columnist.

    Later in the day, Massa released a statement saying that after discovering he had a recurrence of cancer, he learned he was the subject of an ethics complaint by a male staffer who felt “uncomfortable” during an exchange with Massa. The exchange reportedly had sexual overtones.

    “I will resign my position,” Massa said in the statement.

    Hoyer knew of Massa allegations


    March 07, 2010Sun, 07 Mar 2010 05:00:00 GMT12:03 AM EST

    Dangerous Days May Lie Ahead for Paterson 

    New York Gov. David Paterson, left, and aide David Johnson walk down the steps of the Capitol in Albany, N.Y. New York Gov. David Paterson, left, and aide David Johnson walk down the steps of the Capitol in Albany, N.Y.

    Legal experts say New York governor’s administration may be tempted to lie to investigators inquiring about their handling of a domestic violence case involving an aide, which could result in a perjury charge. 

  • Paterson Faces Legal Minefield in Conduct Inquiries
  • Paterson Probe Puts Cuomo in a Delicate Position
  • Common Cause Calls On Gov. Paterson to Quit
  • Black Leaders’ Support May Buy Time for Paterson
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     Newsmax – Rangel Stepping Down From Tax-Writing Chairmanship

    Mar 3, 2010 Rangel tells Pelosi he’s ready to step down from Ways & Means chairmanship during ethics probe.

     Newsmax – Rangel Denies He’s Giving up Tax Writing Chair

    Mar 2, 2010 Rangel denies he plans to step down as Ways and Means chair in wake of ethics finding.

    Newsmax – Pelosi Protects Rangel

    Mar 1, 2010 Charlie Rangel’s censure by the House ethics panel does not disqualify him from leading the chamber’s vital tax-writing committee,

    Newsmax – House Finds Rangel Violated Ethics Rules

    Feb 25, 2010 The Associated Press, citing an unnamed source, is reporting that a House panel has found that Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep.

    Newsmax – Rangel, Other Reps, Party in Caribbean With Citi Funds

    Jan 30, 2009 Rangel, Other Reps, Party in Caribbean With Citi Funds. In addition to Rangel, other members of Congress who attended were Donald Payne

    Rep. Charles Rangel’s Cuba Trip Subsidized by Castro

    Rangel, a frequent critic of the U.S. embargo against Cuba, met with Fidel Castro on a trip to the island in 2002, but only acknowledged that the Cuban

    Newsmax – Rep. Charlie Rangel Plays Race Card, Says Obamacare the

    Sep 4, 2009 Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., went on the record this week saying that in his opinion “bias” and “prejudice” are fueling opposition to health care
    Then there’s Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, whom Mr. Paterson appointed to serve the rest of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s term after President Obama named Mrs. Clinton secretary of state. Mrs. Gillibrand is widely viewed as weak and nearly drew a primary challenge from former Democratic Tennessee Rep. Harold E. Ford Jr., who opted out of the race but wrote a column in the New York Times on Monday blasting party leaders including the Obama Administration for protecting Mrs. Gillibrand and trying to “bully” him.
    March 06, 2010Sat, 06 Mar 2010 05:00:00 GMT12:03 AM EST

    Democrats Mired in Ethics Swamp They Vowed to Drain

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 4, 2010. (AP) slideshow House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 4, 2010. (AP)

    The party that vowed to “drain the swamp” if given control of Congress finds itself sinking into the muck nine months from Election Day, when every member of the House and 36 Senate seats will be chosen.

    In the past year, the scandals that have rocked the Democratic Party range from the conduct of governors in Illinois and New York to paternity problems for a former presidential hopeful to House ethics investigations that have resulted in one longtime lawmaker giving up his powerful gavel and a freshman congressman abruptly resigning.

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