TSA Renews Warning About Banned Items Amid Recent Surge At Area Airports | CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ)—Toy guns, brass knuckles and Tasers are just a few items TSA says it’s collected in the last two weeks at BWI-Thurgood Marshall Airport.

Gigi Barnett reports the agency is renewing the warning to leave it at home or surrender it.

Check your bags and check again. It’s a warning TSA has sent to passengers for more than a decade.

But TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein says over the past two to three weeks, the agency has collected bins full of banned items.

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Senator Says Politics Have Reached Civil War Levels | National Journal

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On the Senate floor before 10 a.m. Friday, the senator gave a speech describing how American politics have reached the level at which “a small group of willful men and women who have a certain ideology”—read: the tea party and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas—have been able to take over the congressional budget debate in the last week. “Since they can’t get their way,” Harkin said, “they’re going to create this confusion and discourse and hope that the public will be so mixed up in who is to blame for this, that they’ll blame both sides.”

This isn’t just congressional business as usual, Harkin said. It’s much, much more dire:

It’s dangerous. It’s very dangerous. I believe, Mr. President, we are at one of the most dangerous points in our history right now. Every bit as dangerous as the break-up of the Union before the Civil War.

This isn’t the first time the senator has spoken out about the spiraling budget and the fight over Obamacare. Harkin suggested Thursday that Cruz looked “foolish” for his “little tirade” that lasted from Tuesday afternoon until Wednesday morning. Harkin called out Cruz as being part of “the most extreme tea-party wing” of his party, and for his “ideology-driven obstructionism.”