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(New York Times) — Hoping to avoid the lasting stain of Congressional censure and the indignity of the public scolding that accompanies it, Representative Charles B. Rangel has embarked on a last-ditch campaign to convince colleagues that he deserves the far less serious punishment of a reprimand for his ethics violations, according to two people close to Mr. Rangel.  Mr. Rangel, 80, who may face censure in front of the full House as early as this week, is arguing that the punishment — a move short of expulsion — is reserved for violations more grave than those he committed. To make that case, his staff has prepared a 10-point chart to distribute to other members of Congress, along with a history of punishments meted out before.

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