Rep. Charles Rangel, the 40-year veteran of the House, is hoping to avoid censure for the ethics violations related to multiple rent-stabilized apartments, bad financial accounting, trying to solicit donations for the graduate school being named after him at City College, and more. The House is supposed to vote on whether to censure him this week, and he has reportedly been seeking time to speak to colleagues before the vote.

Formal censure is the most damning punishment short of expulsion the House can offer, and sources say Rangel is arguing that his actions only merit a reprimand. (According to Politico, "These sources also noted that Rangel had signed an agreement in late July — which Republicans on the committee ultimately rejected — admitting to several ethics violations with reprimand as the punishment. That agreement was negotiated by Blake Chisam, chief counsel and staff director for the ethics committee, the sources said.") His supporters point out that even the Ethics panel admitted his actions were not personally corrupt.

One person who still thinks Rangel is a hero: Conservative Ben Stein who writes on CBS News, "Now, just to me (whom you all know as a lifelong Republican), Rangel's misdeeds seem like extremely trivial matters. The IRS has not prosecuted him for tax evasion. When you are a busy man, small tax issues can get lost in the shuffle... But what I really want to say about Charles Rangel is that this man is a genuine American hero" for his service during the Korean War ("Men were being shot, freezing, getting captured all around him, yet he got most of his men out"). And fun fact: The most recent reprimand went to Rep. Joe Wilson of "You lie!" fame.