1. Parting Shots

    Barney Frank Goes Out Swinging

    WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 14:  U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) talks to reporters about his own disclosure of inappropriate behavior years ago after being asked about U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY), outside a closed Democratic caucus meeting in the House Visitors Center on Capitol Hill June 14, 2011 in Washington, DC. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), President Barack Obama and other Democratic leaders have called on U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) to resign from the House after disclosures that he sent lewd personal images over the Internet. "None of us, not anybody here, has the power to force somebody out of office," Pelosi said. "That person has to decide himself as to whether he will stay or he will go."  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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    One of the House’s most spirited and controversial members will be retiring in 2012. Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts announced he will end his 16-term run. Frank, who in 1987 became the first member of Congress to publicly declare that he is gay, is a Democrat and chair of the House Financial Services Committee. Announcing his decision Monday, Frank blasted his Republican colleagues for "dropping the ball" on financial regulation, and the media for creating partisan echo chambers. "It would have been a tough campaign. In some ways, if you’re an incumbent representing people you haven’t represented, you get the worst of both worlds,” he said, referring to a redrawn district map that includes more than 300,000 new constituents.

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