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Rep. Barney Frank, the veteran Democrat from the liberal Boston suburbs and chief architect in the House of the Wall Street and financial regulation overhaul (“Dodd-Frank”) passed last year,
announced today that he will not run for re-election next fall:

Mr. Frank faced his most competitive re-election contest in decades last year, when Sean Bielat, a Republican and former Marine, put him on the defensive. But Mr. Frank still won a 16th term by about 10 percentage points.

His Fourth District falls mostly in southern Massachusetts but also includes the famously liberal Boston suburbs of Newton and Brookline. Under a new redistricting plan that Gov. Deval Patrick, a fellow Democrat, signed into law last week, Mr. Frank’s district would have lost the heavily Democratic city of New Bedford and gained some more conservative towns.

Frank thinks his financial reform law will make a real difference, so he and supporters look at this as a triumphant exit. Rep. Steve Israel, chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, saluted him in a statement released Monday afternoon.

“An extraordinary leader in the fight to end our financial crisis, Barney Frank authored the most sweeping reforms of Wall Street since the Great Depression, reforms that House Republicans are desperately trying to dismantle. House Democrats are committed to electing people who will protect main street – its small businesses and middle class taxpayers.”

But with Occupy Wall Street still raging — and many on the left angry at coddling of the big banks by the Obama administration — this lawmaker is unlikely to be revered as a progressive hero, at least in the near future.

Donald Trump Jr.

Screenshot from Twitter

You've probably heard about Donald Trump's claim that his Democratic rival got "a big fat se onhot in the ass" before delivering a nearly perfect performance on a recently televised town hall. Or his more recent demand that Joe Biden get a "drug test" before their debate on Tuesday night. Having spent months lowering expectations for Biden, the Trumps are now busily defaming him as a junkie.

But that particular slur backfired spectacularly over the weekend when the Trump campaign posted a bizarre video of Don Jr. -- seemingly in a condition that called for rehab services. As his father might put it, "many people are saying" that the presidential spud looked and sounded like someone abusing a controlled substance. (His slurred message was disturbed too, something about an "army of able-bodied men and women" to intimidate voters).

It's both funny and sad to watch Don Jr. decompensate on Twitter. (More funny, though.)

Click and judge his condition for yourself.