Tag Archives: Barney Frank

Elizabeth Warren: U.S. President or Massachusetts Senator?

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren’s first televised interview as a nearly announced presidential candidate was with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.  The interaction was about as challenging as a Donald Trump interview with Sean Hannity.  From there, she went on to Iowa, where … Continue reading

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Summer reading: there’s still time, pt. 1 – non-fiction

A late Labor Day and temporary physical disability have extended my usual orgy of summer reading, with both non-fiction and fiction  offerings to share with you. Because time is running out, I’ll keep the list short.  In the first category, the … Continue reading

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Secrecy tips the case of the Trans-Pacific Partnership

President Obama’s proposed trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), has me in a quandary.  I’ve long held that free trade benefits everyone in the long run.  It’s what happens in the short run that can be daunting.  Reduce or eliminate barriers … Continue reading

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Presidential race will thwart progress in Congress

Very knowledgeable politicians speaking in Boston last Monday expressed qualified hopes that Congress could actually get something done.  They pointed to the recent “doc fix,” a remedy for the unrealistic curtailment of Medicare payments to providers.  The bill passed by the … Continue reading

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Barney hasn’t lost his touch

There was a time when former Congressman Barney Frank said you couldn’t pay him enough for sitting on a panel with Karl Rove.  As it turns out, he mused, “you can.”  Frank is doing well on the speaking circuit but … Continue reading

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Frankly, Barney’s best for interim senator

Wanted: Smart, courageous,  savvy individual for temporary posting. Location: United States Senate. Experience: track record of experience in complicated political settings with record of success in achieving goals.  Education: longtime immersion in complicated policy challenges with particular expertise in military … Continue reading

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Obama and the politics of gay marriage

It would have been easier for Barack Obama to wait until after the election to announce that he thinks gays should have the right to marry.  He could have let people assume that V.P. Joe Biden’s and Education Secretary Arne … Continue reading

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