Congress Set To Pass Historically Few Laws In 2013

A year after Newtown, Americans divided on gun laws

Also The Obamas and the selfie: insulting catfight insinuations Even counting Tuesdays bipartisan budget compromise — which conservative critics already are threatening to derail — this Congress is so far behind its predecessors it will need to pass a flurry of laws next year to catch up. Last years 112th Congress currently holds the title as the most inactive, with 231 bills passed into law. Prior to that, 1995s 104th Congress had the worst track record with 333 laws. And even 1948s notorious do nothing Congress, so called by President Harry S. Truman for its relative inaction, managed to push through 906 laws. PHOTOS: The battle over Obamacare The first prominent piece of legislation in 2013 was a Jan. 4 partial aid package for victims of Superstorm Sandy . <br>visit http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/politicsnow/la-pn-congress-few-laws-2013-20131211,0,6356742.story

Syariah laws for our nation?

When will PAS realise that many moderate Malays will continue to stick with Umno because they cannot stand the stifling loss of personal freedoms which they perceive will occur if PAS comes to power? Is it a wonder why Umno won 88 seats to PASs 21? Seriously, we should leave the non-Muslims alone to their paganistic worship than to have them tainting our sacred laws. Neither do we want them to comment, abuse or question the syariah law when they lack the spirituality, Syariah laws are already in place and governing the lives of Malaysian Muslims, be it PAS or Umno. It wont be fair to Muslims if syariah laws can also be utilised by non believers as there would be a possibility of gross abuse. The call for an Islamic nation does set a worrying trend especially with the non-Muslims. It is not syariah laws that people are worried about, but it is the PAS version of syariah laws. PAS is a political party fighting for the betterment of the nation and it should stop mixing politics with religion. <br>visit http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/opinion/2013/12/14/syariah-laws-for-our-nation/

Forty-nine percent advocate stricter gun laws, while 36 percent think gun laws should be kept as they are, and 12 percent think they should be made less strict. Results are nearly identical to what they were in May, though support for stricter gun laws is down from a year ago right after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School when support increased to 57 percent. There are partisan differences: just 25 percent of Republicans support stricter gun laws, while such a measure is favored by 70 percent of Democrats and a plurality of independents. A slight majority of gun owners think gun laws should be kept as they are now. _ This poll was conducted by telephone December 4-8, 2013 among 1,015 adults nationwide. Data collection was conducted on behalf of CBS News by Social Science Research Solutions of Media, Pa. Phone numbers were dialed from samples of both standard land-line and cell phones. The error due to sampling for results based on the entire sample could be plus or minus three percentage points. The error for subgroups may be higher. Interviews were conducted in English and Spanish. This poll release conforms to the Standards of Disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls. <br>visit http://www.cbsnews.com/news/a-year-after-newtown-americans-divided-on-gun-laws/

Colorado pot laws help Mile-High City's appetite for real estate to grow even higher

Before meeting with the families of the victims of the Sandy Hook shootings on Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden announced that the federal government will boost spending on mental health facilities and providers by $100 million this year. Half of that amount will go to community mental health centers to help people living with mental illness or addiction. The other half will go to developing mental health services in rural areas. Would any of these actions have prevented the Newtown tragedy? It's unlikely any gun laws passed this year would have prevented Adam Lanza from carrying out the killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. He used guns and ammunition purchased legally by his mother. <br>visit http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/12/13/stateline-newtown-gun-control-mental-health/4009051/

Year after Newtown, many states have made changes in gun laws

Even conservative estimates acknowledge the fundamental impact on Denver's mainstream real estate market.Alec Rhodes, managing director at Cassidy Turley Commercial Real Estate Services in Denver, estimates the impact of marijuana growing operations at merely 1.5 million square feet, a contribution to the local economy that "got us through the recession." "It kept our vacancy rate in check during the downturn," he says, noting that the vacancy rate was 8.6% at its worst and is now "very tight" around 5%. Meanwhile, vacancy for similar properties in Colorado Springs, a community that has opted out of the new marijuana laws, is "a whopping 12%," according to Sean Sheridan, a real estate developer there. Back in Denver, where the market has been supercharged with big money from out-of-state marijuana consortiums, Rhodes expresses equal parts wonder and concern on how rapidly the industry has taken root. MORE: The big business of Marijuana, Inc. "Government is really playing catch-up," he says, and he encourages others to pay close attention to how things are playing out in Denver because "we're a pretty good case study of what the rest of the country is going to see." That case study involves out-of-state investors funding grow operations that feed dispensaries popping up all over town with seemingly few restrictions and little oversight. <br>visit http://features.blogs.fortune.cnn.com/2013/12/13/colorado-pot-laws-help-mile-high-citys-appetite-for-real-estate-to-grow-even-higher/

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