The Top Political Stories of 2012

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  • Rod Blagojevich Goes to Prison
  • Allen West Loses Re-Election Bid
  • Maxine Waters Cleared of Ethics Charges
  • Ethics Violations Derail Rep. Laura Richardson
  • Republican Voter Suppression Efforts Fail
  • Rep. Donald Payne Loses Colon Cancer Battle
  • Mia Love Wins GOP Congressional Primary
  • Artur Davis Crosses the Ideological Aisle
  • Romney Disparages 47 Percent of Americans
  • Obama Supports Same-Sex Marriage
  • Rep. Bobby Rush Reprimanded for Hoodie on House Floor
  • Top of the News
  • Obama Wins Re-Election
  • Mitt Romney Wins Republican Nomination
  • Jesse Jackson Jr. Resigns
  • Herman Cain Suspends Presidential Campaign
  • Eric Holder Held in Contempt by Congress
  • U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare

Maxine Waters Cleared of Ethics Charges

Following an extended investigation, the House ethics panel cleared California Rep. Maxine Waters of charges that she'd improperly used her role on the Financial Services Committee to secure a federal bailout for a bank on whose board her husband sat and owed shares in. It also cleared the way for her to become the financial committee's top Democrat in January.

(Photo: AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

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