Spin Cycle

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Twenty-term Rep. Charles Rangel has launched his re-election while still under ethics probe. The Harlem Democrat was quoted with much fanfare in the Daily News likening President Barack Obama to ex-President George W. Bush in his unexplained commitment to the Iraq war, saying: “I challenge anyone to tell me we aren’t there because of the oil.”  Remarkably, Rangel announced in the Washington Heights part of his district -- the base of his anti-war primary rival Jonathan Tasini, who in 2006 ran against Sen. Hillary Clinton, whom Rangel backed. Assemb. Adam Powell of East Harlem is also running, but as a longtime office-holder in the district, may not be having the same impact as Tasini, who dropped his race against Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand to run for Congress.