A jury of Rep. Charles Rangel's congressional peers is ready to publicly discuss charges of ethical misdeeds. Eight House lawmakers who will determine guilt or innocence of the former committee chairman will hold their first meeting Thursday. A number of Democrats considering calls for Rangel to step down will get their first look at the allegations. Four Democrats and four Republicans acting as judges are holding their organizational meeting for an ethics trial that many Democrats hope will go away. Hope springs eternal.
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