Rangel relinquishes his gavel -- for now 

House Ways and Means Chairman Charlie Rangel put conflicting reports to rest by temporarily announcing he will hand over his gavel. The move comes after well-documented ethics allegations, an admonition from the House Ethics Committee, and Rangel's failure to report income and assets and to pay taxes.

Had he not stepped aside, Democrats would have faced an embarrassing vote on Rangel's future, to be brought by Republicans.

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David Freddoso came to the Washington Examiner in June 2009, after serving for nearly two years as a Capitol Hill-based staff reporter for National Review Online. Before writing his New York Times bestselling book, The Case Against Barack Obama, he spent three years assisting Robert Novak, the legendary Washington... more
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