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Frank: High-Frequency Trading Deserves Congressional Hearings

Flash: Former House Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank says Congress should hold hearings into high-frequency trading to see if the “transformative” technology has out-stripped the federal government’s regulations intended to police it. “I think there should be serious inquiries,” the...

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Representative Barney Frank, a Democrat from Massachusetts, waves while arriving to speak during day three of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Sept. 6, 2012.

Photograph by Scott Eells/Bloomberg

Representative Barney Frank, a Democrat from Massachusetts, waves while arriving to speak during day three of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Sept. 6, 2012.

Frank: Changed My Tweeting Mind

Barney Frank, the blunt and often cantankerous former Democratic member of the House, has gone back on his word. Despite his firm denials before he left office during the last Congress, Frank has official joined the world of Twitter. I...

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Representative Barney Frank, a Democrat from Massachusetts, at  the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte.

Photograph by Scott Eells/Bloomberg

Representative Barney Frank, a Democrat from Massachusetts, at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte.

Barney Frank Senate Petition Push Appears for Naught

A petition drive aimed at nudging Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to  put the ever-fiesty Barney Frank temporarily into the Senate seat vacated by John Kerry’s confirmation as secretary of state ended up collecting close to 10,000 signatures — and won’t be submitted....

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Retiring Rep. Barney Frank on Capitol Hill on Jan. 3, 2013, prior to the start of the 113th Congress.

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Retiring Rep. Barney Frank on Capitol Hill on Jan. 3, 2013, prior to the start of the 113th Congress.

Barney Frank’s Senate Bid Backed by Petition Drive: MoveOn Member

Barney Frank broke somewhat with traditional political decorum — such as that is — with his public pitch to fill the Massachusetts Senate seat that will come open upon Democrat John Kerry’s expected confirmation by his colleagues as secretary of state. “Coach, put me in,”...

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The Morgan Stanley headquarters in New York.

Photograph by Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg

The Morgan Stanley headquarters in New York.

Wall Street Hedged No Election Bets

With Republicans angry about the financial regulations pushed through by President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats, the securities and investment industry was the only major source of campaign contributions to switch sides in 2012 compared with 2008, giving a record...

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Representative Jeb Hensarling, a Republican from Texas, right, and Representative Eric Cantor, a Republican from Virginia, during a news conference following a Republican Conference meeting at the Capitol.

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Representative Jeb Hensarling, a Republican from Texas, right, and Representative Eric Cantor, a Republican from Virginia, during a news conference following a Republican Conference meeting at the Capitol.

Frank’s Frank Hensarling Talk: `Complete and Total Irrelevance’

Rep. Barney Frank, who spent two years leading the House Financial Services Committee, says incoming chairman Jeb Hensarling of Texas will bring “complete and total irrelevance” to the committee. “Legislatively, he’s so far out of the mainstream,” Frank, a Massachusetts...

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Scene from the ad featuring Representative Barney Frank in the "Mitt Gets Worse" campaign from the Courage Campaign Super PAC.

Scene from the ad featuring Representative Barney Frank in the "Mitt Gets Worse" campaign from the Courage Campaign Super PAC.

Frank Hits Romney on LGBT Rights

A Mitt Romney presidency would represent “a serious setback” for the gay community, Rep. Barney Frank says in a new super-PAC-backed Web video. “First of all, he might very well re-institute `Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,’” Frank says during a five-minute video that...

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Rep. Barney Frank, center, walks down the aisle with his husband, Jim Ready, during their wedding ceremony in Newton, Mass., on July 7, 2012.

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Rep. Barney Frank, center, walks down the aisle with his husband, Jim Ready, during their wedding ceremony in Newton, Mass., on July 7, 2012.

Same-Sex Marriage & Private Equity

Democrats such as Barney Frank, the retiring congressman from Massachusetts who recently celebrated his wedding with Jim Ready, aren’t the only ones promoting gay marriage as a political cause. The campaign for ballot measures in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington...

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Rep. Barney Frank and his partner Jim Ready in Newton, Mass.

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Rep. Barney Frank and his partner Jim Ready in Newton, Mass.

Barney Frank Weds, Pelosi Spins to ZZ Top (with `Outsourcer-in-Chief’)

Wedding bells rang for Barney Frank this weekend. The first sitting member of Congress to have a same-sex marriage called for a unique celebration. Nancy Pelosi dancing to ZZ Top’s “Sharp Dressed Man” qualifies as unique. (And here’s a sign...

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