Proposed housing bill would grant immigrants residence visas

Senator Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) at a rally.

As the U.S. housing market continues to flounder, senators Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) have drafted a bill that would give residence visas to immigrants who spend at least $500,000 on an American home. The bipartisan bill, which will soon be considered by Congress, is intended to attract added foreign investment in the […]

Postal Service to raise prices as Congress demands payout

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The U.S. Postal Service, though it’s a government-run agency, must be entirely self-funded and maintain a balanced budget. In order to do this, the Postal Service is increasing some prices and asking for permission to reduce delivery frequency. First Class prices to go up by a penny As of Jan. 22, 2012, the price of […]

Governor of California signs ban on open carry of handguns


California governor Jerry Brown recently signed a bill that bans openly carrying a handgun in the state of California. Properly licensed Californians are still legally permitted to carry a concealed handgun. Put that thing away Jerry Brown, the governor of California, recently went on a legislation-signing spree, signing and vetoing more than 100 bills in […]

New Jersey anti-bullying law tough but messy, critics say

An older boy bullies a smaller, younger boy in the schoolyard.

This week, New Jersey’s new anti-bullying law went into effect, reports the Huffington Post. While some see the hard-line stance against slander and intimidation as a potential model for the rest of the nation, others see yet another program that New Jersey and many states like it cannot afford, both monetarily and in terms of […]

PG&E to pay $70 million for pipeline tragedy

PG&E to pay $70 million for pipeline tragedy

Pacific Gas and Electric Co., a northern California utility, has agreed to pay $70 million to the California town of San Bruno for a pipeline explosion that killed eight people in 2010. Company says it’s remorseful The San Francisco-based power company’s president, Chris Johns, released a statement Monday, saying PG&E is sorry and eager to […]


Same-sex marriage signed into law in Washington state

On Monday, Washington became the seventh state in the nation to legally allow same sex marriages. Governor Chris Gregoire (D) signed the recently-passed bill into law. The governor signed the bill surrounded by supporters and gay rights advocates. But even as theĀ  ink was drying, opponents to the measure were vowing to fight to repeal […]


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Unless the repeal effort is successful, same sex couples will soon be able to marry in Washington state. Image: SFBart/Flickr/CC BY_ND