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Amidst the understandable furor over the TSA’s current systematic violation of the Fourth Amendment rights of American citizens, an aspect of the crisis at the nation’s airports that has not received as much attention is federal culpability in what may be a sharp increase in traffic fatalities. As Americans turn away from the nation’s clogged airports and invasive, unwarranted searches of their persons and property that are coming to characterize air travel, those same citizens will now face a heightened risk of bodily harm or death on the road.

In defending the Federal Reserve against what CNBC considered to be “an unprecedented level of attacks,” former Fed governor Frederic Mishkin said it was because of the Fed’s inability to “articulate a clear message regarding its trillion-dollar monetary policies”:

Utah's Republican Representative Jason Chaffetz and Maine's Republican Senator Olympia Snowe have each undertaken the task of probing the security policies of the Transportation Security Administration.

The latest outburst from a doyen of what's deservingly termed "lamestream media" is further proof of the senescence of “big three” television news. In fact, there was a strange sense of a circling of the wagons as Ted Koppel took to the pages of the Washington Post in a November 14 editorial. Koppel engaged in public handwringing over the absence of "objectivity" from cable news broadcasts — as if the memory of decades of liberal bias at ABC News and the Post would be washed away by one more invocation of the tired myth of unbiased journalism.

Daniel Van Pelt, a former member of the New Jersey State Legislature, has been given 41 months in a federal prison for accepting at $10,000 bribe to help a developer get the environmental permits needed for construction along the coast of New Jersey. Undercover FBI informants provided the evidence needed to convict Van Pelt.

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