Russia’s own internet? Legislators plan to protect the country's web from foreign interference

Russian lawmakers have introduced legislation designed to reduce the country’s internet resources’ dependence on foreign infrastructure. The bill also envisions emergency measures in case the nation gets cut off the worldwide web. The legislation, submitted to the State Duma on Tuesday, has been drafted in the wake of the “aggressive nature of US cyber security […]

Washington state legislators passed one of the best paid leave plans in the country

Craig Mitchelldyer / Stringer / Getty Images The Washington State Legislature passed one of the most generous paid leave bills in the country on Friday, laying the groundwork for up to 18 weeks of guaranteed paid leave per year for workers. Gov. Jay Inslee called the bill an “amazing achievement” and indicated that he will […]

Texas faith leaders don’t want state legislators pushing anti-LGBT laws in their name

Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune Prayer is a staple of the Texas Capitol, where lawmakers begin each legislative day with an invocation and bowed heads. But on Wednesday, about 50 faith leaders of various denominations lined the stairs outside the Texas House in protest. Their prayer was silent, but their message was clear: don’t […]