An article in the New York Times for October 7 summarized the backdrop behind the apparent killing of an American jet skier, David Michael Hartley, on September 30, as he and his wife, Tiffany, were riding across Falcon Lake, which straddles the U.S.-Mexican border.

ABC News reported on October 6 that the heads of the nation’s largest mass transit systems were briefed on that day about a planned law-enforcement "surge" this week along Amtrak routes.

Forty-four years after sniper Charles Whitman climbed the clock tower at the University of Texas (Austin) and opened fire, the nation’s largest university drew national attention again Tuesday when sophomore Colton Tooley fired shots on the campus before fatally shooting himself.

“How can we imagine that a dangerous, illegal drug like marijuana should be voted on by the people? That’s not how we do medicine in this country.” Those words, spoken by a federal drug-control official, are emblematic of the contempt Washington has for the common man. Only the federal government has the right to determine what the average American may smoke or ingest, so this line of thinking goes; individuals should have no say in it whatsoever.

A six-month investigation by USA Today uncovered a pattern of “serious, glaring misconduct” among federal prosecutors, whose abuses have resulted in innocent citizens being put in prison and countless wasted tax dollars, the paper revealed late last week. The probe is grabbing headlines and making waves across the country.