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Awkward: CNBC host speechless after Barney Frank asks about high salaries for ‘poor’ bankers

CNBC host Maria Bartiromo and former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson were momentarily stunned on Sunday when former Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) asked them why the “poor beleaguered bankers” could afford to pay themselves excessively high salaries but could not find a way to pay their debts without a government bailout.…

Barney Frank comes out again: This time as a pot smoking atheist

Former Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank (D) revealed Friday on Real Time with Bill Maher that he is a “pot smoking atheist.” Maher had questioned whether Frank felt liberated now that he wasn’t a member of Congress. “You were in a fairly safe district,” Maher noted. “You were not one of…

Jay-Z discusses ‘Stop-and-Frisk’ with Maher’s ‘Real Time’ panel: ‘More jobs would be better than more police’

On Friday night’s edition of Real Time with Bill Maher, panelists Jay-Z, Barney Frank, Josh Barro and Alexis Goldstein discussed Fox News’ recent obsession with “black-on-black” crime in the wake of the Zimmerman trial. Business Insider’s Barro accused Fox of “concern trolling“: A [concern troll is someone] who posts on…

Barney Frank tells Bill Maher: ‘We can’t plug every rat hole in the world’

Former Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) revisited his opposition to keeping a U.S. military presence in Afghanistan during the panel discussion on Real Time with Bill Maher on Friday. “They say, ‘We have to stay in Afghanistan even though [Osama] bin Laden is dead because we have to keep it from…

McConnell: Marijuana use causes death

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) recently replied back to one of his constituents to declare that marijuana usage leads to death, according to the Huffington Post. McConnell sent a response letter to the constituent, who posted it on the pot supporting website grasscity.com Tuesday morning. The Kentucky senator candidly…

Ron Paul: Hemp is a good product

Texas Rep. Ron Paul praised the industrial crop hemp during a campaign stop in North Dakota on Monday. “There is no reason, in a free society, that farmers shouldn’t be allowed to raise hemp,” Paul said, according to the Associated Press. “Hemp is a good product.” Hemp, a crop related…

Barney Frank to marry partner Jim Ready

Outgoing Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank is preparing for his new role as a married man. NECN reported on Thursday that Frank will tie the knot with his longtime partner, Jim Ready, in a ceremony in Massachusetts. The couple has been together since 2007. “Look, I have a partner now, Jim…

Frank: Dems’ slogan should be ‘We’re not perfect, but they’re nuts’

Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) provided his party a colorful new campaign slogan for 2012 during an appearance on MSNBC Monday night. Appearing on The Last Word, Frank reacted to a montage of lofty promise made by GOP presidential candidates on the campaign trail, labeling them “wacky.” Targeting a contrast between…

Barney Frank schools George Will, Paul Ryan on marijuana legalization

Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) told columnist George Will and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Sunday that Republican opposition to marijuana legalization was “a great embarrassment to the conservatives.” During a town hall-style debate on ABC, Frank demanded a response from Will about decriminalizing marijuana. “I mean, personal liberty, if someone…

Barney Frank casts GOP candidates for ‘The Wizard of Oz’

Retiring Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) joked Sunday that he was casting a remake of “The Wizard of Oz” starring Republican presidential candidates. “I look at the Republican debate — I’ve been casting ‘The Wizard of Oz,’” Frank told ABC’s Christiane Amanpour. “Obviously, Mitt Romney is the tin woodman without a…

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