- - Tuesday, July 27, 2010

HOUSE

Rangel seeks ethics settlement

Former committee Chairman Rep. Charles B. Rangel attempted to make a last-minute plea deal Tuesday to head off a House ethics trial that could embarrass him and damage Democrats facing potentially severe election losses.

The talks between Mr. Rangel’s attorney and the House ethics committee’s nonpartisan attorneys were confirmed by ethics panel Chairman Zoe Lofgren, California Democrat. She said she is not involved in the talks, adding that the committee’s lawmakers have always accepted the professional staff’s recommendations in previous plea bargains.

New York’s Mr. Rangel, the former Ways and Means Committee chairman, would have to admit multiple, substantial ethics violations unless ethics lawyers dramatically changed their negotiating stance.

Earlier negotiations broke down when Mr. Rangel would admit only to some allegations, but not enough to satisfy the ethics committee attorneys, according to people familiar with the talks but not authorized to be quoted by name.

OKLAHOMA

Fallin wins primary; Coburn re-nominated

Rep. Mary Fallin Tuesday night won the Republican nomination for governor of Oklahoma, while conservative Sen. Tom Coburn was easily re-nominated for a second term in the GOP senatorial primary.

Democratic Gov. Brad Henry is term-limited and cannot seek another term, which set off a series of political dominoes in the state. The two Democrats seeking to succeed him — Attorney General Drew Edmondson and Lt. Gov. Jari Askins — were locked in a tight contest late Tuesday evening.

Mrs. Fallin, a second-term congresswoman from Oklahoma City, defeated a strong challenge from the right from state Sen. Randy Brogdon of Owasso to win the primary. Oklahoma was the only state holding a primary this week.

SECURITY

U.S. says Mariposa hacker in custody

The FBI said Tuesday that international law enforcement authorities have arrested the computer hacker responsible for creating the malicious computer code that infected about 12 million computers and invaded major corporations worldwide.

The suspected mastermind is a 23-year-old Slovenian whose Internet nickname is Iserdo. The FBI says he was arrested in Slovenia after a lengthy investigation by police there, along with FBI and Spanish authorities.

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