Rep. Charles Rangel, the longtime Harlem Democrat, returned to his district and was defiant about being censured by his House colleagues over ethics violations. At an emergency town hall meeting about Harlem Hospital's fate, where people gave him a standing ovation, he said, "I was not found guilty of corruption, I did not go to bed with kids, I did not hurt the house speaker, I did not start a revolution against the United States of America, I did not steal any money, I did not take any bribes and that is abundantly clear."

Well, he technically didn't steal money or accept bribes, but, as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee he did preserve a tax loophole that saved an oil company hundreds of millions (the company's executive promised $1 million to the CUNY school being named after Rangel) and he did accept three extra apartments at rent-stabilized rates. And he did do a lousy job not reporting extra income to the IRS. But whatever, Rangel admitted he was "sloppy" and claimed "there was no deception involved."

The 80-year-old also said, "This weekend will be the last time that I intend to refer to this matter in any way," referring to the embarrassing censure, which is the second most severe form of punishment the House can give (expulsion is the most severe). He also told NY1, "I want to make certain that I, my family, and those that are here would be able to say, Charlie Rangel made a difference. Whether its censure or reprimand or admonishment, history is going to dictate whether the mistakes really warranted a censure.”