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

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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 heart, and Rick Perry is clearly the scarecrow.”

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“Let me just say about Rick Perry: He illustrates the point that what’s scary about some people is not what they don’t know, but what they know that isn’t true. I just heard this ad which he said, some liberals say faith is a sign of weakness. That is just bizarrely delusional.”

He continued: “Newt [Gingrich] is the Wizard of Oz. I just think Newt, there’s nothing there.”

“I think he’s ginned up this whole big thing, but when people focus on him, as opposed to him being the not-Romney, this is a man who served as speaker, was a relative insider, he was twice reprimanded by House — by the way, I was reprimanded by the House, one of the reasons I wouldn’t run for president. There was a problem with the marriages. There is this incredible hypocrisy of criticizing Chris Dodd and me because we weren’t doing anything about Freddie Mac when we were in the minority. We did when we were in the majority. And he was taking money from them when the Republicans were in the majority to make sure that nothing happened. I just think that he is an obvious weak candidate.”

At a press conference announcing his retirement last week, Frank said he welcomed Gingrich’s rise to Republican frontrunner.

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“I did not think I had lived a good enough life to be rewarded by Newt Gingrich being the Republican nominee,” Frank told reporters. “I look forward to debating — to take one important example — the Defense of Marriage Act with Mr. Gingrich. I think he is an ideal opponent for us when we talk about just who it is that is threatening the sanctity of marriage.”

Gingrich, who supports the Defense of Marriage Act and opposes same sex marriage, has been married three times himself.

“He would be the best thing to happen to the Democratic Party since Barry Goldwater,” Frank concluded.

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Watch this video from ABC’s This Week, broadcast Dec. 4, 2011.

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Here are 7 wild, bizarre and pathetic moments from Trump’s ‘campaign launch’

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On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump held a rally that was billed as the official launch his re-election campaign — though he has never really stopped holding campaign rallies.

As expected, the president ranted, lied, and engaged in the raucous attacks that are central to his connection with Republican voters. Some of it was actually just sad, such as his continued obsession with Hillary Clinton.

Here are seven of the wildest, disturbing and pathetic moments from the rally:

1. He said Democrats "want to destroy our country as we know it."

Trump casually accuses Democrats of "want[ing] to destroy you and they want to destroy our country as we know it." pic.twitter.com/4K79KlbEeR

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British PM candidates clash over Brexit as Boris Johnson skips debate

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Candidates to become Britain's next prime minister clashed over Brexit strategy at their first debate on Sunday but the frontrunner, Boris Johnson, dodged the confrontation.

The 90-minute debate on Channel 4 featured the five remaining candidates and an empty podium for Johnson, the gaffe-prone former foreign secretary and former mayor of London.

In sometimes ill-tempered exchanges, four of the five candidates said they would seek to renegotiate the draft Brexit divorce deal agreed with Brussels even though EU leaders have repeatedly ruled this out.

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Michael Cohen ordered back to Congress on March 6

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President Donald Trump's so-called "fixer" is being asked to return to Congress for more questioning on March 6.

Outside of the closed-door committee hearing Thursday, Cohen said that the House Intelligence Committee is seeking further information, according to Washington Examiner writer Byron York.

Michael Cohen finished closed-door testimony before House Intel Committee, says he's coming back for another session March 6. Again: No reason for secrecy. Transcripts should be released ASAP.

— Byron York (@ByronYork) February 28, 2019

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