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Rangel ‘not very’ optimistic on deal

NEW YORK | Rep. Charles B. Rangel, New York Democrat, said he is not optimistic that he will avoid a House trial on ethics violations.

Mr. Rangel told reporters after an event with New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg on Monday that he is hoping for an agreement.

But he said he’s “not very” optimistic that will happen. He said he is hoping for the truth to be revealed.

A House ethics panel charged Mr. Rangel with 13 violations last month. Unless he reaches a deal, he faces a public trial.

Mr. Rangel is accused of accepting several New York City rent-stabilized apartments and omitting information on his financial disclosure forms. He’s also accused of failing to pay taxes from a rental property in the Dominican Republic, and improperly soliciting money for a college center to be named after him.

HAITI

Bush to assess quake relief efforts

Former President George W. Bush, who has stayed out of the limelight since leaving office in early 2009, is to visit Haiti on Tuesday to check up on quake relief efforts.

Mr. Bush, a Republican, and his Democratic predecessor, Bill Clinton, have teamed up to help raise money for victims of the Jan. 12 earthquake that killed an estimated 230,000 people.

Mr. Bush will view progress made on rebuilding after the quake, hear from Haitian citizens regarding the current conditions in their country, and visit with organizations that are assisting in the rebuilding effort, Bush spokesman David Sherzer said.

“President Bush’s trip will draw attention to the great ongoing need in Haiti, and he will encourage Americans to continue to give what they can to help their neighbors in need,” Mr. Sherzer said.

Mr. Bush has kept a low profile since leaving Washington, traveling occasionally for speeches but mostly working on his presidential memoir to be published later this year.

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