On Tuesday, March 8, the U.S. Senate passed legislation that overhauls the nation’s patent system, allowing the Patent and Trademark Office more flexibility to have more control over its financing and implementing a system that rewards the first inventor to file a valid application. The legislation — America Invents Act — passed in the Senate easily and without issue, 95 to 5.

On Wednesday afternoon, the United States Senate rejected both the Democratic and Republican budget-cutting proposals. In both votes, several lawmakers voted against their own party.

Yesterday morning, a subcommittee in the U.S. House of Representatives voted to invalidate the net neutrality rules recently approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). However, until Congress moves forward in the process of overturning the regulations, the rules will stay in place.

Oliver Wendell Holmes once said, “Taxation is the price we pay for civilization.” What would the good jurist think of Tennessee, then?

Though National Public Radio’s CEO Vivian Schiller technically resigned from the leftist network after video recordings surfaced of another NPR executive calling Tea Party members racists, she did so under pressure from NPR’s board of directors. In other words, it was resign or be fired.