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Noted and passed -- Nov. 22, 2010
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• Poor Charles Rangel. Though the 20-term Congressman was found guilty of breaching 11 different ethics rule in the U. S. House of Representatives, including failing to pay taxes on a vacation villa for 17 years, and despite the fact that he will receive a rare U.S. House of Representatives censure, he said last Monday that he wasn’t a crooked politician and he wanted to restore his reputation. Rangel is like the other politicians who get caught with their hands in the cookie jar in that he’s contrite only after being caught. • We notice that the man acknowledged as the world’s foremost champagne expert recently sampled a bottle that had been found in a 200-year-old shipwreck off the coast of Finland; it was one of 168 such bottles recovered from the bottom of the ocean.

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