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As Rangel Stands Silently, Censure Vote Rings Loudly

• NY Times
Representative Charles B. Rangel, his gaze steady and his hands clasped before him, stood silently in the well of the House of Representatives on Thursday as Speaker Nancy Pelosi somberly read a resolution censuring him for bringing discredit to the House. 

Ms. Pelosi issued the punishment minutes after the House voted 333 to 79 for the censure, the most severe sanction it can administer short of expulsion.

The vote made Mr. Rangel, a Democrat, the 23rd member of the House to be censured, and the first in nearly three decades.

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