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One of the allegations against Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY), the subject of a House Ethics Committee investigation that has sparked calls for his resignation, was cleared yesterday, when it was found that the vacation had been pre-approved by the House Ethics Committee. The trip in question, to a Sandals club in Antigua, was paid for by a New York-based Carribean newspaper. Congressional vacations have come under closer scrutiny since the Jack Abramoff corruption scandal. (The Hill)

A lawyer for Rep. William Jefferson's
(D-LA) brother, Mose Jefferson, has been barred by a federal judge for conflict of interest. Mose cannot be defended by lawyer Ike Spears because Spears had previously counseled Jefferson's sister Brenda Foster who is a possible witness and an unindicted co-conspirator in the case. Mose is charged with bribing a former school board president in return for school contracts. William Jefferson faces trial for unrelated corruption charges. (AP)

Business ties between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA) political action committee and her husband's real estate and investment company have come under fire for representing nepotistic practices that some say should be banned. Since 1999, "PAC to the Future" has paid $99,000 to the firm, Financial Leasing Services Inc, with payments increasing since Pelosi's husband took over as PAC treasurer. The deals are legal and have been disclosed on federal forms. (Washington Times)