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Barney Frank Rips Newt Gingrich for Suggesting He Should be Jailed

Barney Frank responds to Newt Gingrich's suggestion in last night's debate that he and Chris Dodd should go to jail for the economic mess the country is in.

FrankTalking Points Memo:

“It’s interesting, the charge is failure to stop Newt Gingrich and Tom Delay from deregulating,” he said. “This notion we caused the problem that started while they were in charge even by Gingrich’s standards is very odd.”

Added Frank: “I wish I knew that he was willing to listen to my advice, I would have given him some: I would have told him not to impeach Clinton, I would have told his successors not to go to war with Iraq, and I would have told DeLay not to go on the dance show.”

Frank speculated that Gingrich’s comments were borne out of frustration with his campaign.

“He’s been having a bad year, you know — this self-styled intellectual leader of the free world struggling to stay ahead of Michele Bachmann in the polls is unsettling him so he talks even sillier than he sometimes does,” he said.

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Newt Gingrich Says Barney Frank, Chris Dodd Should Go to Jail: VIDEO


Newt Gingrich Says Barney Frank, Chris Dodd Should Go to Jail: VIDEO

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At last night's debate, Newt Gingrich went after Ben Bernanke and Timothy Geithner, and said Barney Frank and Chris Dodd should go to jail for the financial crisis.

Said Gingrich:

"...in Chris Dodd's case, go back and look at the countryside (sic) deals.  In Barney Frank's case, go back and look at the lobbyists he was close to at -- at Freddie Mac.  All I'm saying is... Everybody -- everybody in the media who wants to go after the business community ought to start by going after the politicians who have been at the heart of the sickness which is weakening this country and ought to start with Bernanke, who has still not been exposed for the hundreds of billions of dollars. (APPLAUSE) And I'm going to say one last thing.  I want to repeat this. Bernanke has in secret spent hundreds of billions of dollars bailing out one group and not bailing out another group.  I don't see anybody in the news media demanding the kind of transparency at the Fed that you would demand of every other aspect of the federal government.  And I think it is corrupt and it is wrong for one man to have that kind of secret power."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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News: HIV, Tony Awards, Iowa, Lady Gaga

 road Having Lady Gaga guest as a villain on "Dr. Who" is genius.

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 road Glee's Lea Michele and Matthew Morrison to perform at the Tony Awards.

 road The Boston Globe on why HIV infections among gay men has remained stagnant over the last eight years: "It’s partly lousy sex education, and public health policy that’s still unaccountably squeamish about condoms. It’s partly that younger gay men didn’t see the most horrific stage of the epidemic, when legions died awful, visible deaths that scared others into better protecting themselves. And treatments over the last 15 years have made HIV seem more like a chronic disease than a deadly one. It’s also harder to reach gay men with prevention messages now that many socialize online rather than in the bars where condoms and counseling were plentiful."

 road Chris Dodd issues statement for Pride month: “Every day, our friends and loved ones in the LGBT community face injustice, discrimination, and inequality. This month – and every day – we must never forget our history and never give up on our fight to ensure equality for all Americans.”

 road Rihanna borrows one of Madonna's cone-shaped bras from 1990.

 road Knife-wielding psycho in Brooklyn is taken into custody and charged with a hate crime against two men.

Thor

 road Des Moines Register: "A large majority of Iowa Republican primary voters say Iowans should have a chance to vote on a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, according to the latest Des Moines Register Iowa Poll."

 road Take a look at Chris Hemsworth in full costume as Thor.

 road Director Lee Daniels was beaten by his father for being gay and contemplated suicide because of the abuse.

 road I'm sorry: London pub apologizes for refusing to serve members of a gay group. 

 road Lady Gaga's looking a little thin.

 road 24-year-old Irish rocker Leanne Harte comes out: "I kissed a boy once and it was a horrific experience."

 road Marine makes homophobic remarks on Facebook; causes stir. One post: “Well I feel my work here is done. I officially made an afghani [sic] holdup a sign that says ‘I’m a faggot’ while I took a picture of him.”


Senator Chris Dodd Won't Seek Reelection

Dodd At a press conference on Wednesday evening, Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd is expected to announce that he is not running for reelection, and will retire at the end of his term:

"Word of Dodd's retirement plans comes after months of speculation about his political future, his faltering poll numbers and a growing sense among the Democratic establishment that he could not win a sixth term in the Senate. The news also came on the same day Sen. Byron L. Dorgan (D-N.D.) announced he would not seek reelection. Dodd's office would not confirm his plans but said Wednesday morning that the senator would make a "major announcement" at noon outside his home in East Haddam, Conn."


Senator Ted Kennedy Remembered at JFK Library: Clips

Biden

Senator Edward Kennedy was remembered at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Dorchester, Massachusetts this evening. Here is one part of Vice President Joe Biden's moving remarks that might interest you:

"I think the legacy of Teddy Kennedy can be measured in no small part as a consequence of how we in America look at one another. How blacks look at whites. How gays look at straights. How straights look at gays. How we literally look at one another. And in turn how we look at ourselves. Because when you were with him you had to measure yourself against him. And it always required you to be larger than you were inclined to be."

Biden's full remarks, plus Orrin Hatch, John Kerry, Chris Dodd, John McCain, Joseph P. Kennedy, and Caroline Kennedy, AFTER THE JUMP...

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News: Australia, Sarah Palin, Terence Koh, Baltimore Firefighters

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Gay couples stage mock weddings across Australia: "In the largest protest, about 2,000 people, many in bridal veils, marched on the Labour Party's national policy-making conference in Sydney, chanting 'gay, straight, black or white, marriage is a civil right.' Similar rallies and mock weddings were held in the southern capital of Melbourne and the Queensland city of Brisbane."

Joker

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Obama "Joker" posters turning up around L.A.

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Jessica Simpson wants to know if "asks" is a word.

vUS. Commerce Dept. will report same-sex couples in the 2010 census.

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Todd and Sarah Palin to divorce: affairs on both sides. Denials.

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August Provost murder probe to remain open despite suspect's suicide.

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James Kirchick: Don't trust Obama on gay marriage. "Even if Obama does in fact believe in marriage equality, he hasn't done -- and is unlikely to do -- much to forward the cause. And apart from some toothless sniping from a handful of gay activists and donors, he seems to be getting away with it."

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Giraffe and goat love one another.

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Music industry unraveling at "utterly breathtaking" speed. Here's a fascinating chart.

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Broadway performer Nick Adams to make solo cabaret debut at Birdland on August 17.

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Giorgio Armani performs his annual Speedo promenade.

Baltimore

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Baltimore police officers Jeffrey Chaney and John Kowalczyk are making things better for LGBT folks in Baltimore.

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Gay Pride marked in Stockholm, Sweden and Belfast, Northern Ireland.

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Air Force One flyover: Scenes from inside a PR disaster.

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Human Rights Watch urges Burundi to reverse new law making homosexuality illegal: "The government needs to listen to these voices to understand the harm it is doing to Burundians with its state-sanctioned discrimination. The government should rescind this law and instead work to promote equality and understanding."

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Madonna shares her spiritual awakening with the world, or at least Israel, where she's to have a concert.

Koh

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Artist Terence Koh and his partner Garrick Gott "marry" in East Hampton, NY, honeymoon in Tahiti. Koh: I designed the dress myself. It was my mom’s dress, and I just went and bought $50 of tulle. Then Jen Brill, Stella Schnabel, and Kathy Grayson—they were the bestest bridesmaids—helped me sew it on last minute. It felt like a floating snowball."

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Senator Chris Dodd diagnosed with prostate cancer.

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Jake Gyllenhaal hits the Elton John concert in Philly.

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Pope Benedict to perform on record label founded by gay man: "The label said listeners would be 'shocked' by his 'incredible voice'. The album, which features the Pope using five different languages, will be released on 30 November."

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Male model fix: Kyle Ledeboer.

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One in ten people highly attractive to mosquitoes: "'People with high concentrations of steroids or cholesterol on their skin surface attract mosquitoes,' ]professor Jerry] Butler tells WebMD. That doesn't necessarily mean that mosquitoes prey on people with higher overall levels of cholesterol, Butler explains. These people simply may be more efficient at processing cholesterol, the byproducts of which remain on the skin's surface. Mosquitoes also target people who produce excess amounts of certain acids, such as uric acid, explains entomologist John Edman, PhD, spokesman for the Entomological Society of America. These substances can trigger mosquitoes' sense of smell, luring them to land on unsuspecting victims."


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