For Congress, a New Vigilance in Policing Ethics Cases

August 3, 2010  |  

(New York Times) — In the bazaar that is Capitol Hill, there is nothing surprising about lawmakers’ doing favors for campaign donors or intervening with federal agencies on behalf of constituents or friends. So why are Representatives Charles B. Rangel, a New York Democrat, andMaxine Waters, a California Democrat, facing the rare spectacle of public ethics trials for actions their defenders say are just business as usual in Congress?

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