A blow was dealt against a possible bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill in the House of Representatives when two more Republican members withdrew. However, immigrant rights activists vow that they will not be deterred.
The question now is whether the Syria situation and the threat of a new partisan war over the debt ceiling will derail immigration reform efforts.
Polls show substantial public opposition to a military strike on Syria, even "limited" strikes to deter chemical weapons use.
The Jackson Hole conference attended by many of the world's top economists, central bankers and policy makers revealed divisions over current Fed stimulus policy.
Some 17,000 tenants on the Federal Section 8 housing program in Santa Clara County recently received rent hikes of 10 percent or more. The area has very nearly the highest housing cost of any place in the country.