Frank credit

In his column yesterday, the Herald’s Howie Carr skewered US Rep. Barney Frank for recommending his then-partner Herb Moses for a job 20 years ago at Fannie Mae, a housing agency his legislative committee oversees. Carr ended the column by asking: “When do you think El Globo will report this story?”

To its credit, the Globe reports the story today on Page 2. It must have been a tough story to write. The Globe not only had to credit the Herald, it also had to point out that the Herald got the story from a just-released book on the nation’s financial crisis by Gretchen Morgenson, a reporter for The New York Times. The Times owns the Globe.

Frank told Morgenson he never asked Fannie Mae to hire Moses but only told an administrator at the agency that Moses was well qualified. In the Herald’s story, which ran under the headline “Barney Frank knocked on his Fannie,” Frank called questions of a potential ethical conflict “nonsense.”

Morgenson told the Globe the hiring of Moses in 1991 and grants of $25,000 and $50,000 made to the Committee to End Elder Homelessness, a Boston organization run by Frank’s late mother, showed the type of favors Fannie Mae would do for lawmakers.

Moses left Fannie Mae in 1998, the same year he and Frank split up.

                                                                                                                                                   –BRUCE MOHL     

BEACON HILL

The Massachusetts Senate, like the House before it, passed a budget including language that would curb the health care bargaining rights of municipal employees. After the branches resolve their differences, Gov. Deval Patrick is expected to sign it. Here are stories from the Globe and NECN.

Gov. Deval Patrick, the highest profile witness in the DiMasi corruption trial, takes the stand today.  Joe Battenfeld has some questions of his own for the governor. Meanwhile, defense lawyers are seeking to have some of the testimony offered Wednesday by former Patrick budget chief Leslie Kirwan tossed out based on a 2010 US Supreme Court ruling, the Globe reports.

The Springfield Republican calls for better ways to protect state troopers on the highways after two of their number were recently hit by drivers.

MUNICIPAL MATTERS

A Quincy city councilor sicced inspectors on a daycare running out of a building in his district that is the center of a dispute over bringing an Asian market to the location. The man overseeing security at the building also happens to be running against the councilor.

The North Adams Transcript says that voters in North Adams and Cheshire have to be realistic about overrides or put up with fewer services since the money has to come from somewhere.

NATIONAL POLITICS/WASHINGTON

Local affiliates of Planned Parenthood around the country are seeing a marked increase in online donations as the group is being threatened with having state and federal funds withdrawn, though officials say the donations don’t come close to replacing what would be needed if the public money dries up.

The House approved a defense spending bill that preserves funding for a controversial jet engine project that would be a boon to GE in Lynn but which the Pentagon says it doesn’t want and President Obama vows to veto.

Rand Paul rails against the Patriot Act, with Harry Reid playing the part of Dick Cheney.

ELECTION 2012

New Hampshire vacation home owner Mitt Romney will officially announce his candidacy next Thursday at a barbecue in the Granite State. Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake of The Washington Post consider his New Hampshire strategy. He’s still weighing his options in Iowa, though. Sarah Palin will also swing through New Hampshire, as part of a nationwide tour that begins this weekend. Slate weighs what a Palin candidacy would mean for Romney.

According to a new poll, more Americans would rather have lunch with President Obama than any of the Republican presidential contenders.

US CENSUS

The Hispanic population has grown four times faster than the growth rate for the US as a whole.

BUSINESS/ECONOMY

A study finds that new technology has enabled inspectors to randomly identify 20 to 25 percent of seafood sold in supermarkets and restaurants as being fraudulently mislabeled to make consumers think they’re eating one fish while subbing it with a cheaper and more plentiful species.

CommonWealth’s Paul McMorrow, in his weekly Globe column, worries that plans for a Kendall Square makeover may be missing the mark.

EDUCATION

As part of its series on teachers, WBUR reports on the concept of tying compensation to performance instead of to longevity and education.

Four Sandwich teachers get privacy insurance from the town after their Social Security numbers were made public.

HEALTH CARE

A new state report documents an issue that has been at the heart of many discussions about the high cost of health care in Massachusetts: providers receive wildly disparate payments to handle similar diagnoses and procedures, with big, academic medical centers commanding a huge price premium.

Blue Cross Blue Shield CEO Andrew Dreyfus gives up an annual bonus.

Finding a new primary care doctor on the Cape isn’t easy.

UNIONS

A judge voids Wisconsin’s union-curbing bill on open meeting law grounds.

TRANSPORTATION

The Patrick administration official who has been the engine behind the South Coast rail project is leaving her post next month to spend more time with family.

The Gloucester Times, in an editorial, questions why the MBTA didn’t include a commuter rail bridge over the Annisquam River on a list of to-do capital projects, even though the bridge is about to undergo a week of emergency repairs.

Japan Airlines will begin nonstop service next spring between Boston and Tokyo, the Globe reports.

ENERGY/ENVIRONMENT

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he is pulling his state out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a northeast cap-and- trade system in which Massachusetts participates. The Republican says the initiative is not working. CommonWealth has the story; the Globe and the Herald carry an AP story.

At the American Spectator, Ross Kaminsky says the left is misleading Americans about energy consumption. He says we have plenty of fossil fuel available in reserve to burn.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Paroled murderer Charles Doucette Jr. is acquitted of assault and battery charges involving his ex-girlfriend, the Salem News reports.

Rod Blagojevich takes the stand in his latest corruption trial.

MEDIA

A defamation suit by a Braintree woman against television icon Babara Walters over an anecdote Walters wrote about in her book “Audition” has been moved to federal court.

REDEMPTION

If we have to tell you why this is important, you’re not from here: Former Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner made his managerial debut with the independent Brockton Rox last night and the team came away with a 3-1 victory. Rich Gedman’s kid played for the visitors and Bob Stanley threw out the first pitch.