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House ethics committee rebukes DeLay again

AP reports: The House ethics committee Wednesday criticized House Majority Leader Tom DeLay for conduct that appeared to link political donations to legislation and for improperly contacting U.S. aviation authorities for political purposes, House sources said Wednesday.

The committee's findings were an extraordinary second rebuke of the Texas Republican's ethical conduct in just six days.

The committee of five Democrats and five Republicans deferred to Texas authorities allegations that DeLay violated state campaign finance rules.

The committee's findings -- a report admonishing his conduct -- nonetheless spared him a lengthy investigation by the ethics panel. -- Ethics Panel Rebukes DeLay for Second Time (AP via washingtonpost.com)