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USA Today’s Jackie Kucinich warns Herman Cain fans hoping to hop the Cain Train in Ohio today may be waiting around for a while:



The Cain campaign might be late to all of their appearances in Ohio since they are all listed in CST and Ohio is on EST. #notIndiana

Barney Frank may be on the way out, but the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee says they expect to hang onto the seat he’s occupied for three decades.

“This is a strong Democratic district that President Obama won with 61 percent and Senator John Kerry won,” DCCC chair Steve Israel said in a statement, “and we look forward to electing a Democrat next November who will create jobs, protect the middle class and the Medicare guarantee for seniors rather than tax breaks for billionaires.”

Israel had many kind words for Frank, who’s been one of the most vocal Democrats on Capitol Hill for many years. “He is more than a Congressman who has ably served his constituents in Massachusetts, he is a voice for the voiceless, a leader for our Caucus, and a lion of the House. Congress will not be the same without him,” Israel said.

Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) is calling it quits after a long career as one of the most influential and visible Democrats in the House of Representatives. According to multiple reports, Frank will announce his retirement in Newton, Massachusetts on Monday afternoon at 1 PM.

Frank was first elected in 1980 and worked his way up to become chairman of the powerful House Financial Services committee from 2007 to 2011, presiding over a crucial stretch that included the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression and the subsequent passage of the Wall Street reform bill that bore his name, Dodd-Frank. The most prominent openly gay politician in America, Frank also heralded a sea change in gay rights that included the legalization of gay marriage in his home state of Massachusetts and the repeal of the military's Don't Ask Don't Tell policy in 2010.

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Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has apologized for his staff’s decision to report high school student Emma Sullivan’s insulting tweet to her school principal.

Last Monday, during a school trip to the State Capitol, Sullivan posted to her Twitter account: “Just made mean comments at gov brownback and told him he sucked, in person #heblowsalot[.]”

In fact, Sullivan never said a word to Brownback. But it didn’t stop the governor’s office from reporting the offending tweet to Sullivan’s principal, who ordered her to write letters of apology to multiple people, including Brownback.

Brownback now says he went too far. “My staff over-reacted to this tweet, and for that I apologize,” he told Yahoo! News. “Freedom of speech is among our most treasured freedoms. I enjoyed speaking to the more than 100 students who participated in the Youth in Government Program at the Kansas Capitol. They are our future.”

On the heels of Bloomberg’s big piece on the secret loans the Federal Reserve gave to banks, House Oversight Committee Ranking Member Elijah E. Cummings wants a hearing examining the issue, he wrote in a letter to Rep. Darrell Issa on Monday.

“Many Americans are struggling to understand why banks deserve such preferential treatment while millions of homeowners are being denied assistance and are at increasing risk of foreclosure,“ Cummings said in a release.

Democrats are escalating their attacks on Mitt Romney's history of flip flops, running a new ad in several swing states that highlights his shifts on abortion and health care.

The new spot "Trapped," takes the form of a movie trailer for "the story of two men trapped in one body," and is running in New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Washington DC.

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In his live press conference, Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) offered a laundry list of reasons for retirement, among them: the fact he would be campaigning in a new district, meaning it would be a tough re-election; the fact that he doesn’t like raising money; and the desire to spend his next few years focusing on academic writing.

Taking a very clear shot at Newt Gingrich’s stint as a “historian” at mortgage giant Freddie Mac (he was a paid lobbyist, not a historian), Barney Frank said that he “will neither be a lobbyist nor a historian.” Gingrich previously claimed Frank should be jailed for co-authoring the Dodd-Frank financial regulation law.

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