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Rep. Charles Rangel, D-NY, attends a memorial service for the late Pennsylvania Rep. John Murtha in Statuary Hall on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on March 3, 2010. Rangel, a powerful Democratic lawmaker and strong ally of President Barack Obama, announced on March 3 that he was temporarily stepping down from his committee chairmanship pending the results of an ethics probe. Rangel, who was publicly admonished by the House ethics committee this week for taking corporate-funded travel, said he did not want to be a hindrance ahead of the November mid-term elections to decide control of congress. By Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images.

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