Do Reps. Rangel and Waters Have a Point on Ethics Charges?

Nothing goes together in Washington like news-free summer days and seamy political scandals.

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Nothing goes together in Washington like news-free summer days and seamy political scandals. This year, a two-fer: Democratic representatives Charlie Rangel and Maxine Waters, accused of an array of abuses by the House Ethics Committee. [See who supports Rangel.] Fragile Democrats gasping at the prospect of pre-election trials. Rangel offering no comfort in a memorable floor speech: “Hey, if I was you, I may want me to go away too. I am not going away.” Adding: “Nothing is going to stop me from clearing my name from these vile and vicious charges.” Waters saying much the same, and hinting that racism played a role. Do they have a point? Should they dig in and fight? Or is it time for them to go? Post your thoughts below on Rangel, Waters, and Washington ethics.

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