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Rep. Barney Frank has been banned from the House Floor for a day – and not because of a dress code violation, but for breaking House rules for personally attacking another Member of Congress. [via WE]

Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., received a day-long ban from speaking on the House floor today, and the comments he had made were removed from the record, after he violated House rules with a personal attack on Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas.

Frank, who’s retiring at the end of his term, likely doesn’t care much.

Barbara Bush is not a fan of mud-slinging.

Former first lady Barbara Bush on Monday criticized the political process and said she thinks the ongoing presidential campaign process has been the “worst” she’s ever seen.

“I think it’s been the worst campaign I’ve ever seen in my life,” she said at an event in Dallas, according to the Dallas Morning News. “I hate that people think compromise is a dirty word. It’s not a dirty word.”

h/t Alicia Cohn

Have you ever wondered which Member of Congress has the best vocabulary? Or the worst?

A new interactive map helps to crack the mystery.

The map shows the “breadth of vocabulary of each of the nation’s 435 voting Representatives. A darker green color indicates that a Rep has a larger vocabulary.”

Who have the 10 highest scores?
In order, the Representatives with the 10 highest SQPD Index values are as follows:

Sheila Jackson Lee, (D-TX): 4.79
Christopher H. Smith, (R-NJ): 2.98
Dennis Kucinich, (D-OH): 1.00
Steve King, (R-IA): 0.99
Barney Frank, (D-MA): 0.97
Charles Rangel, (D-NY): 0.95
John Conyers, (D-MI): 0.92
Ronald Ernest Paul, (R-TX): 0.87
Steny Hoyer, (D-MD): 0.84
Marcy Kaptur, (D-OH): 0.84

Note: There are 7 Democrats and 3 Republicans on the list.

Launch the map.

Josh Rogin doesn’t think Obama fundraisers make good ambassadors, so he’s looking for an appointment himself.

President Obama, you have a chance to fulfill your campaign promise of appointing foreign policy professionals, not campaign bundlers, to important diplomatic posts in foreign capitals. Send Josh Rogin to the Bahamas to fulfill that promise and he will represent America proudly on your behalf.

We think this is a solid idea. We’ve also signed the petition and encourage you to do the same.

Josh Rogin is staff writer at Foreign Policy magazine and author of it’s blog The Cable.

If you’re anything like the rest of the world, you’ve always wondered two things:

1) Why do chimps throw poop?
2) And why won’t the government subsidize a study to find out the answer?

Guess what? You’re in luck.

Seriously, the government is going to use your money to figure out why chimps throw poop.

Never mind the $15 trillion national debt; the government blew $592,000 on a study last year to figure out why chimpanzees throw poop.

The government is also spending money trying to figure out if unhappy people spend more time on social networks [answer = yes] and thousands of dollars on a cowboy poetry celebration. [yee-haw]

See for yourself.