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The scandal started with a check flushed down the toilet and a bra stuffed with cash. But in the days since Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson and his wife Leslie were arrested and charged with allegedly trying to destroy or hide evidence, additional arrests have exposed a wide-ranging corruption probe in the D.C. suburbs.

Nine people -- including three police officers -- were arrested on Monday, accused by the federal government of running drugs, guns, and black-market alcohol and cigarettes. FBI agents also moved to seize more than 30 homes, businesses and vehicles as part of the probe of corruption in the county.

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The ethics committee has found that Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) violated congressional ethics rules.

The committee ruled that Rangel was guilty on 11 counts. Rangel had been accused of 13 violations. On one, the committee was deadlocked. The committee dismissed another charge, rolling it into one of the others.

The subcommittee that found the violations will now forward the convictions to the full ethics committee. The full committee will then hold another hearing, during which it will vote on whether to recommend a punishment for Rangel. If they do, they will send that recommendation -- be it admonishment, censuring, expulsion or otherwise -- to the full House for a vote.

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Jon Stewart was not surprised last night that Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) wants to spend a year studying the effects of a "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal: "It's the maverick way -- spend a year studying whether soldiers deserve full civil rights, and a half an hour deciding who will be your presidential running mate."

But after even McCain's own wife participated in a NOH8 campaign public service announcement about the bullying LGBT people face, the Daily Show had to take action. So Wyatt Cenac, Jason Jones, John Oliver, and special guest Sean Hayes cut their own PSA modeled after the "It Gets Better Project," which is aimed at supporting gay and lesbian teens.

Called "It Gets Worse," the PSA tells McCain: "We know you're going through a tough time with this 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' thing - but trust us -- it gets worse."

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Last month, we told you about a college art galleries director who was fired after calling Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) a "fear-monger," prompting an angry letter from the congressman to the university president.

Now, thanks to a public records request made by TPM to the university, we have a clearer idea of what happened -- including how Gohmert reacted to all the news coverage of the story. (Hint: not well.)

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In another setback for Republican Joe Miller's Alaska Senate campaign, write-in candidate Sen. Lisa Murkowski has pulled ahead by about 1,700 votes.

Murkowski launched her write-in campaign after losing the Republican primary to the tea party-backed Miller. Write-in candidates received 41% of the vote in the general election, which forced a count of the ballots to see how many were for Murkowski.

She now leads with about 92,000 votes, but that includes roughly 7,600 votes that were challenged by the Miller campaign.

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Justice Department lawyer Loretta King was supposed to be deposed at 10 a.m. today by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on the Department's handling of a voter intimidation case against members of the New Black Panther Party. But the Justice Department said late Monday that it "will not agree to the unilateral conditions" set forth by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights for depositions of three DOJ employees.

The conservatives who dominate the Civil Rights Commission had accused the Justice Department in a letter sent yesterday of "smothering" their report on the New Black Panther case by requiring the commission share information as a condition of the DOJ employees' testimony. That civil voter intimidation case was filed in the waning days of the Bush administration after an incident at a Philadelphia polling station in which a member of the New Black Panther Party held a nightstick.

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Former House Speaker and possible Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has some advice for President Barack Obama: take most of the rest of the year off.

Gingrich, speaking to the Christian Broadcasting Network, reflected on the time former presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush spent away from the White House, saying it would be healthy for Obama to slow down and do the same.

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