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Posted on Jan 7, 2013 READ MORE



Fiscal Cliff Blame Game, a Hillary Clinton Health Update, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a marriage milestone in Maryland and Politics Today’s pick for the 2012 video of the year.

Posted on Dec 31, 2012 READ MORE



Nancy Pelosi’s Outrage, Nate Silver’s Next Step, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Barney Frank and Ron Paul’s request about new marijuana laws and a look at the most bizarre post-election freak outs of 2012. 

Posted on Nov 14, 2012 READ MORE



Akin’s Sexist Remark, Samuel L. Jackson’s ‘WTFU’ Obama Ad, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the surfacing of another potentially damaging Mitt Romney video, the latest election forecast and Bill Clinton mulls his election options.

Posted on Sep 27, 2012 READ MORE



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When Democrats Demand War

Journalist Michael Tracey was disheartened on the final night of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., where an arena full of liberals joined Vice President Joe Biden in cheering the extralegal killing of Osama bin Laden. Tracey sought the counsel of New York Times columnist David Brooks, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Reps. Dennis Kucinich and Barney Frank.

Posted on Sep 22, 2012 READ MORE



Romney’s Gaffe Diplomacy, Democrats’ Gay Marriage Platform, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a Democratic National Convention speaker announcement and Newsweek calling Mitt a wimp.

Posted on Jul 30, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Elise Amendola

Another Kennedy Mulls a Run for Congress

Rep. Barney Frank may be leaving the Capitol soon, but a member of the nation’s most famous political clan could succeed him in the House of Representatives. Enter Joseph Kennedy III, stage left.

Posted on Jan 5, 2012 READ MORE


Class Warfare, Brought to You by the Muppets

This just in: The Muppets are brainwashing your children with liberal, anti-corporate messages, according to this astute analysis conducted by objective reporter Eric Bolling of Fox News’ “Follow the Money” propagandafest business broadcast. “Where are we, communist China?” he wonders.

Posted on Dec 5, 2011 READ MORE



World Economic Forum / Michael Wuertenberg (CC-BY-SA)

The Sayings of Chairman Barney

"I’m used to being in the minority," he said. "I’m a left-handed gay Jew."

Posted on Dec 1, 2011 READ MORE



World Economic Forum / Michael Wuertenberg (CC-BY-SA)

Giving Politicians a Good Name

Two politicians from different countries and with very different political pedigrees made news this week. Both spoke difficult truths and reminded us that we shouldn’t use the word “politician” with routine contempt.

Posted on Nov 30, 2011 READ MORE


‘Daily Show’: Losing Barney Frank

Not so fast, Fox News Nation. Although Congressman Barney Frank’s announcement that he would not seek re-election in 2012 has sparked glee in the GOP, Jon Stewart notes in this “Daily Show” clip that Frank has been the all-in-one target for all things reviled by conservatives: “He’s your everything bagel.”

Posted on Nov 30, 2011 READ MORE



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Barney Frank to Call It Quits

Want to get a quick read on another American’s politics? Say the words Barney Frank. The Massachusetts congressman has become a distinctive presence in the House of Representatives over the last 32 years, becoming a lightning rod for condemnation and celebration, depending on where you sit. On Monday ... (more) Updated

Posted on Nov 28, 2011 READ MORE



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Elizabeth Warren Out, Another Bank Critic to Lead Consumer Agency

Fearing a tough confirmation fight, the Obama administration has decided that Elizabeth Warren will not head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Instead, the White House will nominate Richard Cordray, who was already selected to be the agency’s top enforcer and who, in his previous gig as Ohio’s attorney general, had put himself on the map by suing big banks. (more)

Posted on Jul 17, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Mark Lennihan

The Tea Party and Goldman Sachs: A Love Story

Face it. We live in two nations, sharply divided by an enormous economic chasm between the super-rich and everyone else. This should be an obvious fact of life for most Americans.

Posted on Jul 5, 2011 READ MORE



A Road Map to Economic Armageddon

In “Reckless Endangerment,” Gretchen Morgenson and Joshua Rosner argue that cozy connections between government and the financial industry were the primary cause of the financial crisis.

Posted on Jun 2, 2011 READ MORE



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One Reason Why the Midterms Weren’t a Total Disaster

The 2008 election brought America the first black president and a Democratic House and Senate but was not good for the gays, to say the least, with the passage of Proposition 8 in California. This time around, the tables have turned ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 3, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Charles Dharapak

Big Banks Get Billions, Waters Gets Busted

Broadway and Central Avenue in the Watts area of South Los Angeles are lined with dozens of small, marginal businesses, but hardly any banks. In a capitalist economy, these are streets without capital, losers in the race to the top.

Posted on Aug 9, 2010 READ MORE


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Maxine Waters Caught in Triple Ethical Tangle

Rep. Maxine Waters may be in deep ... trouble if she’s found guilty of the trio of ethics charges that a House committee hit her with Monday. The congresswoman apparently plans to contest the violations ... (continued)

Posted on Aug 9, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Dennis Cook

The Whistle-Blower They Ignored

There aren’t too many genuine heroes to come out of the banking disaster, but Armando Falcon is one of them—and had he been listened to, a significant part of the housing crisis could have been mitigated.

Posted on Apr 13, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Jae C. Hong

Who’s Afraid of Health Care Reform?

After days of protests over reform, the Obama administration has, in fact, created a change that many Americans can now see and feel. The new law, though imperfect, represents progress in a new direction. However, it seems that for this step forward some Americans have taken two steps back. 

Posted on Mar 29, 2010 READ MORE


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House Readies for Mortgage Vote

Homeowners facing foreclosure could get help if Congress approves a “cram-down” measure, which would give bankruptcy judges the ability to alter mortgage terms. The House of Representatives is gearing up to vote on the amendment, but it’s not likely to be an easy victory by any stretch.

Posted on Dec 11, 2009 READ MORE


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Frank Hails ‘Major Breakthrough’ in Financial Regulation

On Thursday, the House Financial Services Committee voted in favor of a bill aimed at creating the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Agency, a watchdog organization designed in response to President Barack Obama’s call for greater oversight and regulation of banks and other financial companies in light of the past year’s economic implosion.

Posted on Oct 22, 2009 READ MORE


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House Revamps Financial Overhaul Proposal

Under the guidance of Rep. Barney Frank, the House Financial Services Committee made changes to a plan designed to increase government oversight of various financial markets, ideally to avoid a recurrence of last year’s economic catastrophe. It’ll mean more focus on certain types of businesses than others.

Posted on Sep 23, 2009 READ MORE


Colbert

‘Colbert Report’: Who’s the Jesus-est?

Boy, Stephen Colbert got a lot accomplished on “The Colbert Report” this past week! He established whose God was best (duh) and why writing an Op-Ed in The New York Times is a clear sign of desperation and defeat (double duh), and he even managed to outdo Rep. Barney Frank in the table-talk department. But with what kind of cracker does Obamargarine go best? Hmmm.

Posted on Aug 22, 2009 READ MORE


ENTER_ALT_TEXT

Barney Frank’s Town Hall Throwdown

Ever wonder whether it gets a touch exasperating for politicians to face angry throngs of American citizens at those unruly gatherings everyone quaintly insists on calling “town hall meetings”? Well, witness Barney Frank, here, on the brink of a town hall snap (or two) in this bit from Wednesday’s “Daily Show.”

Posted on Aug 20, 2009 READ MORE


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House Passes Matthew Shepard Act

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act, also known as the Matthew Shepard Act, on Wednesday. Similar but weaker legislation had failed two years ago in the face of opposition from President Bush. Before Wednesday’s vote, Republican Rep. Virginia Foxx created a stir by taking issue with the bill’s name, claiming Shepard’s murder in 1998 didn’t constitute a hate crime.

Posted on Apr 29, 2009 READ MORE


Frank and reporters
AP photo / J. Scott Applewhite

We’re Paying Congress for This?

Congress’ work has often offered us transparency and has usually led to useful, progressive legislation. And now comes Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank’s choreographed extravaganza in the House of Representatives, supported by an echoing committee, with sound bites worthy of a night in the Borscht Belt.

Posted on Mar 27, 2009 READ MORE


Daily Show

‘Daily Show’: American Grandstand, Banking Episode

Was it too much to expect a show of contrition or sacrifice when CEOs from eight of the nation’s biggest banks turned up on Capitol Hill last week to dodge questions about how they used their respective chunks of bailout change? Probably.

Posted on Feb 13, 2009 READ MORE


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AP photo / Alex Brandon

Gauging Obama’s Silence on Gaza

It’s hard to remember a time when so much was at stake during a presidential transition in America. Barack Obama is still two weeks shy of taking office, but even so, his silence about the current crisis in Gaza in particular has not gone unnoticed.

Posted on Jan 5, 2009 READ MORE


A Frank Assessment: Rev. Rick Is Offensive

Rep. Barney Frank, the first openly gay member of Congress, isn’t happy about the “high honor” Barack Obama has bestowed on the Rev. Rick Warren, who recently likened gay marriage to incest and pedophilia. This isn’t a speech at a forum, the congressman points out, but a role that is “traditionally given as a mark of great respect.”

Posted on Dec 21, 2008 READ MORE


Paulson

Paulson and Bernanke Grilled on the Bailout

On Tuesday, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke faced a lineup of vexed, perplexed and otherwise agitated members of Congress, including Reps. Barney Frank, Ron Paul and Nydia Velazquez, all eager to ask some serious questions about the infamous bailout.

Posted on Nov 18, 2008 READ MORE


Frank and O'Reilly

Barney Frank vs. Bill O’Reilly

Watch the talk show host and the legislator duke it out over income redistribution. If only all policy debates could be this entertaining.

Posted on Nov 30, 2006 READ MORE


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