Former OKC Mayor blames homosexuality for moral decline

Rather than celebrating the diversity and expansion of Oklahoma City, former Mayor Kirk Humphreys appears to hang on to old stereotypes.? In the December 10th episode of Flashpoint, Humphreys and Oklahoma State Representative Emily Virgin joined moderator Kevin Ogle. In discussing the #MeToo movement, increased allegations of sexual harassment nation-wide and the resignation of US Senator Al Franken, the subject of homosexuality arose.

Watchdog official sues over Trump appointment

The deputy director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau sued the Trump administration on Sunday to block the president's appointment of Mick Mulvaney as interim director of the agency. The deputy director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau sued the Trump administration on Sunday to block the president's appointment of Mick Mulvaney as interim director of the agency.

Barney Frank rips Mulvaney’s appointment to CFPB

Former Rep. Barney Frank pushed back Saturday on the White House's assertion that President Donald Trump has the authority to appoint an interim director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, saying the independence of watchdog agency was a key consideration when Congress passed the law to create it in 2010. "We gave a lot of attention to how to structure the CFPB and how to protect its independence, because its job is to go after some very powerful forces in the economy," the Massachusetts Democrat, who authored the law with then-Connecticut Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd, told CNN in an interview.

Ex-congressman: The truth can’t get me fired anymore

Retiring Sen. Bob Corker's recent comments about the White House -- that it's an adult day care center and that President Donald Trump's temperament could set us "on the path to World War III" -- reveal a basic truth about what happens to you when you leave Congress: You get to tell the truth. Many of us who've left elected life feel a sense of liberation, as if our tongues are no longer strapped to the right or left sides of our mouths.

AP Explains: House GOP takes aim at financial regulations

Then-Senate Banking Committee Chairman Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., right, and then-House Financial Services Committee Chairman Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., speak May 21, 2010, to reporters outside the White House in Washington after their meeting with President Barack Obama. House Republicans are targeting the financial regulations established by a Democratic-led Congress after the Great Recession.

Financial institutions see relief potential relief from rules

In a divided Washington, where few issues generate bipartisan support, relief from financial regulations for smaller banks seems to be a singular exception. As President Trump, Republican members of Congress, and bank lobbyists look to overhaul banking rules put in place after the 2008 financial crisis, some regulatory advocates agree that targeted changes for smaller institutions are needed.

The Politicization of Everything

There is a quote that is often attributed to former U.S. Representative Barney Frank: "'Government' is simply the name we give to the things we choose to do together." When Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick quoted Rep. Frank at the 2008 Democratic National Convention, I just rolled my eyes.

Creators of U.S. consumer agency rise to defend it in court

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Nov 29 The U.S. lawmakers who helped bring the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau into being rose to defend it on Tuesday, urging the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to review a ruling that poses an existential threat to the agency. In an amicus brief, 21 current and former members of Congress said the whole court should review a decision reached by three of its judges in October that the CFPB's sole director has too much power and that the President should have power to fire the director.

Outspending Sununu didn’t win Van Ostern NH governor’s race

Nearly final campaign spending and receipt reports to Secretary of State Bill Gardner's office confirm that Democrat Colin Van Ostern was easily going to finish well ahead of Republican Gov.-elect... Democrat Colin Van Ostern, left listens as Republican Chris Sununu, answers a question during the Granite State Debates gubernatorial debates held at ... (more)

Show Me the Photo/Video Or It Didn’t Happen

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton held a fundraiser in Provincetown, Massachusetts Sunday afternoon attended by a reported 1000 supporters that featured celebrities Cher and Billie Jean King as well as current and former elected officials including Sen. Ed Markey and former Rep. Barney Frank. The event was held at the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum.

TPP Vote Count Doesn’t Add Up

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A ranking Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee and at least 10 House Republicans who had voted for "fast track" trade promotion authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership have announced their opposition to the trade deal, joining many Democrats who have already opposed the deal. Rep. Richard Neal "will not vote in favor of TPP as it stands today."

Tracing the LGBT DNC Legacy

The Democratic National Convention is creating LGBT history in full public view. This will mark the first national political party convention with LGBT participation on every level: the largest number of out LGBT delegates and OUT delegates at every level, from a small country district to super delegate, from county commissioner to U.S. Senator.

Under fire DNC chief stepping down, Bloomberg backs Clinton

Debbie Wasserman Schultz says she is stepping down as Democratic Party chairwoman at the end of this week's convention. The Florida congresswoman has been under fire following the publication of hacked emails suggesting the Democratic National Committee favoured Hillary Clinton in the presidential primaries.

Sanders vows to help Clinton fight Trump

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday vowed to work with Hillary Clinton to defeat Donald Trump, but he didn't end his presidential bid or endorse the presumptive Democratic nominee. "The major political task that we face in the next five months is to make certain that Donald Trump is defeated and defeated badly," Sanders said in a much-anticipated live-stream address.

Libertarian VP candidate calls for anti-ISIS task force

Libertarian vice presidential candidate Bill Weld, right, chats with Joe Hunter, communications director for the Gary Johnson campaign, at the National Libertarian Party Convention on May 27 in Orlando. Bill Weld, the former governor of Massachusetts now running as the Libertarian Party's candidate for vice president, called today for a 1,000-agent task force to combat Islamic State adherents in the United States, and for a tip line where Muslims could inform on radicalism.

In governor’s race, dash for cash is on _ but hard to track

The dash for campaign cash in the New Hampshire governor's race is at its peak as an early June filing deadline looms, bringing with it dramatic reductions in how much money candidates can raise from individuals and political committees. But voters won't get a full look at who's giving to whom - or how the candidates are spending their money - until mid-August, a mere three weeks before they cast primary votes.

Sanders fails to oust Clinton backers from convention roles

Democratic officials have rejected Bernie Sanders' request to remove two high-profile Hillary Clinton supporters from leadership positions at the party's summer convention. Sanders' presidential campaign said in a letter Friday to the Democratic National Committee that Dannel Malloy, Connecticut's governor, and Barney Frank, a former Massachusetts congressman, couldn't be relied upon to perform their roles "fairly and capably while laboring under such deeply held bias."

Sanders Campaign Calls for Committee Leadership…

The Bernie Sanders campaign is calling to remove Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy and former Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank from leadership positions on Democratic committees at the national convention, arguing that their allegiance to Hillary Clinton will compromise their neutrality. In a letter to the Democratic National Committee, Brad Deutsch, counsel to the Sanders campaign, called Malloy and Frank "aggressive attack surrogates for the Clinton campaign."