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US House relaxes its ethics rules

The Washington Post reports on the revised ethics rules the House of Representatives has adopted. Under the old rules, "members and their staffs can accept $100 in meals each year from each lobbyist and watch Washington Wizards basketball games and rock concerts from luxury skyboxes valued to fit just under their $50-per-event limit on tickets." The new rules, lobbyists will be able to attribute the cost of the meals to everyone in the congressional office receiving the meal. Members and staff will be able to accept free travel to charitable events.