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House Republicans mock immigration detention as ‘holiday’

Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday complained that immigrants were basically getting a posh “holiday” after the Obama administration issued new, more humane detention guidelines. At a House Judiciary Committee hearing titled “Holiday on ICE,” chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) charged that “[t]he administration’s new detention manual reads more…

DNC chair: ‘LGBT equality is not an aspiration, it’s a destination’

DNC chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) came out strongly in support of equality for same sex binational couples last night at Immigration Equality’s annual reception in Washington, DC, calling the struggle for full equality for LGBT people “the defining civil rights struggle of our generation.” Wasserman Schultz was joined…

Punishment phase for Rangel set for Thursday

Hearing on punishment for Rep. Charles Rangel set for Thursday unless he waives proceeding It took House investigators 2 1/2 years and a jury of congressional peers two days to conclude Rep. Charles Rangel of New York violated House rules. A decision on his punishment will be much quicker. Possible…

Rangel walks out of ethics hearing

Ex-Ways and Means chairman Rangel demands colleagues allow him more time to get legal counsel Rep. Charles Rangel of New York implored a House panel Monday to postpone his ethics trial until he can get a new lawyer, arguing that “50 years of public service is on the line.” The…

House ethics trial opens for NY’s Charles Rangel

House ethics trial begins for New York’s Rangel, ex-chairman of tax-writing panel Rep. Charles Rangel of New York headed the House’s tax-writing committee but acknowledged shortchanging the Internal Revenue Service on his own tax bill. Now, a House ethics panel will judge whether filing an amended tax return and belatedly…

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