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TheNewspaper.com provides objective information about political issues related to driving. Based in Washington, D.C., we offer deep coverage of topics such as red light and speed camera enforcement by taking a national or global, not local, perspective on transportation.
TheNewspaper.com is a not-for-profit site, and its editors and contributors have no financial ties to the issues discussed. We urge readers to always consider the financial interests of all sources quoted regarding traffic enforcement. In every case where it is possible to do so, we host the full text of reports and original source material. Government documents and other useful material are often removed from their own websites over time as new items are added or site design changes. Our intention is to host information in such a way that it becomes part of a permanent, organized record. Comments, tips and suggestions are always welcome using our feedback form.
About the editor
Richard Diamond is a former managing editor at The Washington Times. Prior to that he was a senior vice president at the Export-Import Bank of the United States and spokesman for the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. He also served as press secretary for the US House Select Committee on Homeland Security, but his interest in transportation issues began in his work on transportation and privacy issues for the majority leader of the US House of Representatives. Currently, he is a senior director at the White House Writers Group working on finance, technology and agriculture. The firm has no clients with any ties to or interest in transportation issues. He holds a master's degree in politics from the University of Dallas and completed all of the requirements for a Ph.D. except the dissertation, having instead taken the opportunity to work in Congress.
Because it began operation in 2004 when the editor was a government employee, the site remained anonymous to avoid implying endorsement of the views or opinions expressed. This became a bit of an open secret, anyway. In a confidential court deposition -- something never meant to become public -- the director of communications for American Traffic Solutions (now Verra Mobility) said the following in an exchange on the editor's identity: "He's a man of -- as odd as it sounds, I believe him to be a person of honor and that, if, you know -- and he generally believes in what he's doing." (Read document excerpt)
Articles from TheNewspaper are often brought up in the context of litigation, as can be seen from the Missouri Supreme Court's 2010 ruling, City of Springfield v. Belt. Our work has also been cited in The New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, CNN, National Public Radio, The Drudge Report and countless local television news and radio programs.
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