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This photo taken Dec. 12, 2012 shows Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., the nation's most prominent gay politicians, speaks about his impending retirement during an interview with The Associated Press on Capitol Hill in Washington. Credit: AP

I double-checked my calendar and today is NOT April 1. Therefore, it's really hard to explain this:

To put this joyous news in better context, here are just a couple reminders of Barney Frank's economic expertise:

Sept. 10, 2003: "I worry, frankly, that there's a tension here. The more people, in my judgment, exaggerate a threat of safety and soundness, the more people conjure up the possibility of serious financial losses to the Treasury, which I do not see. I think we see entities that are fundamentally sound financially and withstand some of the disaster scenarios..."

Sept. 25, 2003: I do think I do not want the same kind of focus on safety and soundness that we have in OCC [Office of the Comptroller of the Currency] and OTS [Office of Thrift Supervision]. I want to roll the dice a little bit more in this situation towards subsidized housing...

In 2005: What housing bubble?

I could go on and on...

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