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O’Brien Talks with Rep. Charlie Rangel

Before arriving at our studio last Friday for our Media Beat interview, CNN’s Soledad O’Brien was in Harlem where she interviewed Rep. Charles Rangel. For a new series “In America: See How They Run,” O’Brien talks with the New York congressman about the ethics charges he’s facing and why he thinks his base will support him no matter what. The interview airs at 6pmET today on “The Situation Room.”

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Cable Channels Cover Rangel Comments

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All three cable networks broke into their coverage just after 12:50 p.m. ET as Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) took to the House floor to address the charges of ethics violations against him.

All three aired Rangel’s comments live until about 1:16, when MSNBC went to Luke Russert and CNN went to Brianna Keilar in the Capitol Rotunda for analysis. Fox News had anchor Megyn Kelly provide her own analysis of Rangel’s speech.

Update: C-SPAN has video of Rangel’s comments.

Charles Rangel Apologizes to Luke Russert Following Heated Exchange

U.S. Congressman Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) has apologized to NBC News Congressional Correspondent Luke Russert following a heated exchange yesterday afternoon.

Yesterday, Russert asked Rangel if he was worried he would lose his job due to an ethics investigation currently underway. The conversation that followed ended up appearing on the “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams“:

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After telling Rangel he worked for NBC, the congressman responded:

“It doesn’t really sound like NBC asking these dumb questions, but it just shows what has really happened to a channel that did have some respect.”

He changed his tune today, saying in a news conference:

“I had a very good conversation with Luke Russert and apologized for the way I treated him on television.”