Charlie Rangel, the charismatic congressman from New York, began his tenure in the U.S. House of Representatives on this day in 1970 after he defeated Harlem’s beloved incumbent, Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Rangel is the second-longest serving House member and is its most senior member as well. Charles Bernard Rangel was born June 11, 1930 […]

On Wednesday, President Barack Obama announced the normalizing of relations with Cuba and subsequently ending the Cold War with our neighbor just 90 miles off…

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Six-term Sen. Thad Cochran’s Republican runoff against Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel stands as a test of whether decades of delivering federal largesse trumps conservative demands to slash government spending. The 76-year-old Cochran, the former Senate Appropriations Committee chairman who has steered billions of dollars back home, is locked in a tight […]

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WASHINGTON (AP) — At least eight Democratic members of the House were among about 200 people arrested Tuesday after they blocked a main street near the Capitol during a massive rally seeking to push Republicans to hold a vote on a stalled immigration reform bill. Police would not identify those arrested. Representatives of the social […]

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WASHINGTON (AP) — New York Democrat Charles Rangel on Monday filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to overturn a 2010 House decision to censure him for financial wrongdoing. The suit contends that staff and members of the House Ethics Committee that conducted the probe against the Harlem lawmaker willfully suppressed evidence of misconduct in […]

NAACP President Benjamin Jealous has a bold suggestion for President Barack Obama: Appoint an African American woman to the U.S. Supreme Court. “He still has several more appointments, and we expect that we’ll see at least the same diversity that we saw the first time around,” Jealous told POLITICO. “What we’re hoping to see is […]


Give President Barack Obama a break. He deserves time to complete his Cabinet appointments. The president was forced to defend his record on diversity Monday after Democrats started lining up to criticize Obama for appointing too many white men to his Cabinet and not selecting enough women and people of color to his inner circle. […]

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NEW YORK (AP) — The Democrat challenging U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel has conceded almost two weeks after a closely contested primary race in New York City. State Sen. Adriano Espaillat made the announcement Monday. He also says his lawyers will drop his court challenge in the election. Over the weekend, Rangel had apparently clinched a […]

Roland Martin Talks with Errol Louis talks about Charles Rangel's election and thousands of votes not computed in his election in New York.

One week after U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel proudly claimed victory and said he’d been re-elected to a 22nd term in Congress, his once-commanding lead has now plunged to just three percentage points – 802 votes — and some New York Democrats are hoping for a recount. As the drama continues to unfold in one of […]

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NEW YORK (AP) — New York Congressman Charles Rangel's margin of victory in Tuesday's Democratic primary has narrowed as election officials complete the count. Final but incomplete returns gave Rangel a 2.8 percentage point margin over state Sen. Adriano Espaillat (ay-dree-AH'-noh es-pil-AHT'), a native of the Dominican Republic. Rangel had led by double digits on […]

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Embattled Rep. Charles Rangel’s re-election campaign suffered two potentially bad blows last week courtesy of former President Bill Clinton and a largely Republican-funded anti-incumbent super political action committee that has set its sights on the 21-term congressman. Sources close to Clinton told The New York Post that the ex-president isn’t going to endorse Rangel, 81, […]