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Archive: November 28, 2010 - December 4, 2010

How reliable is Pepco in your neighborhood?

A recent Washington Post analysis of Pepco found that the power distribution company ranked at or near the bottom in keeping the power on and restoring it once it goes out. Pepco delivers electricity to 778,000 customers in the District...

By Ryan Kellett | December 4, 2010; 9:45 PM ET | Comments (11)

What should be worn under a kilt?

Last month, the Scottish Tartans Authority, the governing body that sets the world standard for Highland dress, called for an end to the age-old custom, saying the practice is "unhygienic" and "offensive." Not everyone agrees....

By Local Editors | December 4, 2010; 9:19 PM ET | Comments (12)

How should college dorms be organized to create a safe environment?

In an effort to help gay and transgender students feel comfortable in on-campus housing, some colleges are allowing all students, gay or straight, to pick the most-compatible roommates. About 55 schools nationwide allow men and women to live in "gender-neutral"...

By Ryan Kellett | December 3, 2010; 5:07 PM ET | Comments (24)

What punishment would you have given Rep. Rangel?

The House of Representatives voted 333-79 to censure Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.) today. This is the first time in nearly 30 years that the House considered a motion to punish one of its own with censure....

By Ryan Kellett | December 2, 2010; 5:51 PM ET | Comments (42)

Your Grammy picks

Eminem's "Recovery" was made complete on Wednesday night as the Recording Academy nominated the resurgent rapper for 10 awards, including the biggest prizes: album, song, and record of the year. It was a night that also saw the academy honor...

By Abha Bhattarai | December 2, 2010; 11:33 AM ET | Comments (3)

Real or artificial: Which kind of Christmas tree do you prefer?

By Abha Bhattarai | December 1, 2010; 1:58 PM ET | Comments (8)

How important is net neutrality to you?

The Federal Communications Commission recently passed new rules that would prohibit Internet service providers from blocking or giving favorable treatment to certain Web sites. Now, telecommunications giant Verizon is challenging the rules with a federal lawsuit, saying the FCC doesn't...

By Ryan Kellett | November 30, 2010; 7:01 PM ET | Comments (22)

Smithsonian pulls video

By Paul Williams | November 30, 2010; 5:29 PM ET | Comments (121)

Who are the winners in new food safety bill?

The Senate on Tuesday approved new food safety legislation, the largest change of its kind since the 1930s. The vote cleared the way for the bill to become law at the end of the lame-duck session of Congress. The Food...

By Ryan Kellett | November 30, 2010; 5:11 PM ET | Comments (6)

What do you do when you encounter a panhandler?

By Abha Bhattarai | November 30, 2010; 11:54 AM ET | Comments (3)

Should the U.S. government prosecute Julian Assange?

Federal authorities are investigating whether WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange violated criminal laws in the group's release of government documents, including possible charges under the Espionage Act, sources familiar with the inquiry said Monday. Read the full story....

By Abha Bhattarai | November 30, 2010; 9:40 AM ET | Comments (103)

Would you get more healthy if you were paid to do it?

A new approach to health care shares a common perspective: the idea that consumers' out-of-pocket medical costs should be based on the value of a service to their health rather than its price....

By Abha Bhattarai | November 30, 2010; 8:29 AM ET | Comments (10)

Have you ever purchased counterfeit goods?

The Justice Department announced Monday that federal custom agents seized 82 Web sites accused of trafficking handbags and other counterfeit goods. Experts say the practice has mushroomed in recent years....

By Ryan Kellett | November 29, 2010; 5:20 PM ET | Comments (3)

Do you know how much data you are using on your cellphone?

Cell phone bills are about to get more complicated as providers are moving away from unlimited data plans. And for smartphone users who can sometimes voraciously eat up data browsing the web and streaming video on their phones, this might...

By Ryan Kellett | November 29, 2010; 5:08 PM ET | Comments (6)

Do you think Cyber Monday deals have been better than last year's?

According to a National Retail Federation survey, roughly 90 percent of retailers planned to participate in Cyber Monday....

By Ryan Kellett | November 29, 2010; 4:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

Do you support a federal pay freeze?

Bowing to Republican political pressure and growing budget concerns, President Obama will announce a two-year pay freeze for civilian federal workers Monday, according to administration sources. If you are a federal worker, please take this poll: If you are not...

By Andrea Caumont | November 29, 2010; 11:22 AM ET | Comments (121)

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