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Your plane landed safely — thank the bureaucrats at the FAA

BY: - August 8, 2022

A faddish phrase on the right is something called “the administrative state,” which refers to the federal workforce deputized by Congress to craft and enforce rules over the environment, banking, health care, product safety, mass communications, the power grid, etc.  A recent profile of the Claremont Institute — which has the unenviable task of stitching together an intellectual fig leaf for Trumpism — noted that scholars there view our nation’s bureaucrats as a “fourth branch,” effectively overturning the Constitution.


U.S. House panel debates record number of guns found at airport checkpoints

BY: - February 16, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. House members wrestled Tuesday with how to address a spike in travelers trying to bring firearms through airport screening points in carry-on bags. During 2021, Transportation Security Administration officers detected 5,972 firearms at checkpoints, 86 percent of which were loaded. That number was up from the previous record of 4,432 discovered in 2019.

Only spreading Aloha: A journalist reflects on air travel and tourism in the pandemic era

BY: - February 2, 2022

Last month my wife and I did something that seemed unthinkable for the last two years. We traveled nearly 5,000 miles to spend a week in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. It was a trip we’d talked about since before the COVID-19 pandemic. We dreamed, we planned, we saved. But we postponed it repeatedly, then indefinitely, as the light at the end of the tunnel provided by vaccines and boosters dimmed...

Monday numbers: A closer look at the rise in guns found at NC airports

BY: - January 24, 2022

It's been more than 50 years since the iconic slogan "Fly the Friendly Skies" was first used to advertise the appeal and allure of airline travel. But those skies seem a bit less friendly these days with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) highlighting last week that its officers at North Carolina airports discovered a total of 254 firearms in travelers’ carry-on luggage last year.

NC ACLU files public information request to find out more about enforcement of Trump’s travel ban

BY: - February 2, 2017

The ACLU of North Carolina filed a Freedom of Information Act request Thursday with the local U.S. Customs and Border Protection office in Atlanta to find out more about President Donald Trump’s immigration ban. The organization said in a media release that it wants to “expose how Trump administration officials are interpreting and executing the […]