Robert WelchItem: In the November 14 segment of its five-part series The Right All Along: The Rise, Fall and Future of Conservatism, hosted by Brit Hume, Fox News leveled a sustained blast at The John Birch Society, laying accolades on the late William F. Buckley for “expelling” the Birchers from the conservative movement.

So far, the great Thanksgiving protest against the TSA has been a turkey. As of midday Wednesday, only a few scattered protesters have been reported at airports nationwide, with very few travelers (at least according to the TSA) opting out of the full body scans, which amount to virtual strip searches of men, women, and children. Though some passengers are grumbling at the new security, few have been willing to stand up for themselves as John Tyner, a software engineer from San Diego, and others have done over the last several weeks.

Incumbent U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski is claiming victory, but challenger Joe Miller has obtained a court order stopping the Alaska Division of Elections from certifying Murkowski as the winner pending Miller's court challenges to the election. Miller has filed two lawsuits. The first was filed in federal court last week. The federal judge issued the order stopping the certification of the election, but also ruled that the lawsuit should be filed at the state level.

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”:

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