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Special Envoy Says Mubarak Should Stay On

In an apparent contradiction of the official Washington line, U.S. special envoy Frank Wisner has publicly stated that beleaguered Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak should stay in power in order to oversee a transition to democratic rule.

Posted on Feb 5, 2011 READ MORE


Our Justified Populist Rage

We are at the beginning of a great popular rebellion against those who showed no self-restraint when it came to lining their own pockets.

Posted on Mar 19, 2009 READ MORE



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N.Y. Attorney General Investigates AIG’s ‘Staggering’ Bonus Mess

In a letter to House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank, reprinted here, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo shares what his office has discovered so far about AIG’s scandalous bonuses, which “made more than 73 millionaires in the unit which lost so much money that it brought the firm to its knees, forcing a taxpayer bailout.”

Posted on Mar 17, 2009 READ MORE


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Fed Takes a Swing at Foreclosures

After pumping hundreds of billions into the banking system with not much to show for it, Fed chief Ben Bernanke says he will try to reduce the number of foreclosures. As he put it to Rep. Barney Frank: “The goal of the policy is to avoid preventable foreclosures on residential mortgage assets that are held, owned or controlled by a Federal Reserve Bank.”

Posted on Jan 27, 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



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Pelosi Claims ‘Great Progress’ on Bailout Deal

Just a day after negotiations seemed to break down, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi struck a confident tone. So did Rep. Barney Frank, who threw in some of his patented sass: “Now that Sen. McCain is safely in Mississippi, we can get to serious work.”

Posted on Sep 26, 2008 READ MORE


Frank and reporters
AP photo / Charles Dharapak

Bailout Negotiations Inch Forward

It seems that some key officials involved in the negotiations with the Bush administration over the terms of Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson’s $700-billion bailout proposal for Wall Street aren’t about to make a deal unless it includes specific plans for congressional oversight and help for homeowners on the brink of foreclosure.

Posted on Sep 22, 2008 READ MORE



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Super Mega Housing Bill on Bush’s Desk

There’s a lot the president doesn’t like about the new housing bill, just passed by the House, but he’ll hold his nose and sign it. The package includes huge guarantees for Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae—the national debt ceiling had to be lifted by about $800 billion, just in case—but also rescue for hundreds of thousands of homeowners at risk of foreclosure.

Posted on Jul 23, 2008 READ MORE


Barney Frank

Barney Frank Pleads for Realistic Expectations and Practical Activism

Though he referred specifically to the gay non-discrimination bill, Rep. Barney Frank made an impassioned plea for realism among activists that could be applied to the war, the environment or any other major issue of the day. He warned that imperfect legislation can help millions of people, unless “ideologically committed single-issue groups” are given a veto.

Posted on Oct 12, 2007 READ MORE


Cavuto and Frank

Barney Frank Does Battle With Fox’s Cavuto

One thing we love about Rep. Barney Frank is his total unwillingness to allow an interviewer to step on his answer, misrepresent his argument and then slither away. Neil Cavuto practices the dark arts for Fox News in this particular interview, as Frank steadfastly defends his position on exorbitant CEO pay against an avalanche of nasal smugness.

Posted on Jan 7, 2007 READ MORE


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Rep. Barney Frank Rails Against Anti-Gambling Bill

The Democratic congressman from Massachusetts slams the GOP for its attempt to legislate morality in the realm of online poker (while Republicans hypocritically protect other forms of gambling). Money quote: “If we were to outlaw for adults everything that college students abuse we would all just sit at home and do nothing!”

Posted on Jul 11, 2006 READ MORE


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Memo to Pundits and Pols: No More Holocaust Comparisons

That’s the advice of a Washington Post reporter, who says that no one should ever compare anything to the Nazis, Hitler or the Holocaust. Even if you’re talking, as Sen. Dick Durbin recently was, about the prisoner mistreatment scandal at Gitmo, it will always backfire. Other examples:

  • FreeRepublic.com and Accuracy in Media pull the “Anne Frank card” on the N.Y. Times.
  • CNN Host Glenn Beck uses a Holocaust comparison for the N.Y. Times, too.
  • Posted on Jul 5, 2006 READ MORE


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    Dem Rep. Barney Frank Smacks Down GOP Rep. Renzi

    The Democratic congressman from Massachusetts puts the GOP representative from Arizona in his place while debating the N.Y. Times censure issue.

    Posted on Jun 30, 2006 READ MORE


    Frank Rich: ‘Traitors’ in the White House and Senate

    The fiery N.Y. Times columnist returns from book leave with an attack on the real “traitors” in America: a White House that has compounded lies with incompetence to spy on Americans, run “black site” Eastern European prisons and prosecute an unjust war.

    Posted on May 14, 2006 READ MORE


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