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Three recent news headlines illustrate how shameless some American officials have become when it comes to breaking the rules or messing up and pretending that everything is still OK. They also prove that in modern America, it’s possible for screwups to continue their lives and careers with hardly a blip.Three recent news headlines illustrate how, in modern America, it's possible for some well-placed screwups with the right connections to continue their lives and careers with hardly a blip.

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File under "honor among thieves?" A group of prominent investors in Bernard Madoff's failed financial enterprise are being investigated by the U.S. attorney's office in New York City for allegedly playing Madoff's fraudulent system to their advantage.

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