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Balancing Time and Politeness on Live TV | April 06, 2012 | 02:49 PM EDT

One of the more notable interviews this week was between our own Brian Sullivan and Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass.

As many folks know Frank is one of the architects of a major set of banking regulations following the financial crisis of 2008, the so-called Dodd-Frank Act. Those new rules are currently under fire in Congress and moves are underway to roll back some of them. Naturally he is a vocal defender. And his arguments and reasoning can be quite captivating and impassioned.

And sometimes he can go on a little long in his defense. That can be an issue for a live news channel trying to juggle a schedule. It makes for interesting exchanges in an interview. Despite some awkward moments, Rep. Frank gets his points in .


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