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Duma gives nod to bill on multimillion-ruble fake news fines

The Russian lower house has passed in the first reading a bill that counters internet fake news by ordering fines of up to 50 million rubles (US$ 800,000) for refusal to delete illegal, false or slandering information. Once the bill is passed into law, all owners of “public networks” or websites that attract over 100,000 visitors daily would have to ...

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Twitter endorses the Honest Ads Act, a bill promoting political ad transparency

Just hours before social media companies face a regulatory reckoning with Facebook’s appearance on the Hill, Twitter is taking a step to get right with Congress. In a series of tweets from its public policy account, Twitter just announced its decision to back the Honest Ads Act, a piece of legislation introduced last year as a response to mounting evidence ...

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Lithuanian bill to prevent historical distortion aims to hide unpleasant truth – Nazi hunter to RT

A Lithuanian bill that would allow the banning of materials “distorting historical facts” is designed to hide the country’s past, which is “not exactly a source of pride,” Israeli historian and Nazi hunter Efraim Zuroff told RT. The government-sponsored bill was introduced to parliament on Monday by Economy Minister Virginijus Sinkevicius. If adopted, it would allow the authorities to ban ...

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Kentucky teachers shut down schools in protest over ‘shameful’ pension bill

Widespread teacher absences forced schools across Kentucky to close Friday as educators protested against the passing of a controversial pension bill. The move comes after massive teacher strikes in neighboring West Virginia. At least eight school districts across the state were forced to close their doors due to the absences. The teachers are protesting against the passage of legislation which ...

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Russian government rejects bill on private military contractors

The Russian government has rejected a bill regulating the work of private military companies, prepared by leftist party Fair Russia, saying that the document in its existing form is unconstitutional. The review of the draft quoted by Interfax on Tuesday says that paragraphs regulating the work of private military and military-security companies are not in line with the part of ...

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Rope-a-dope: Senate Republican leader proposes bill to legalize hemp

No one tell Attorney General Jeff Sessions, but hemp – the industrial variety of cannabis – may soon be removed from the federal list of controlled substances, courtesy of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. McConnell (R-Kentucky) announced a bill on Monday that would legalize the growing of hemp as an agricultural product. The Hemp Farming Act of 2018 would legalize ...

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Trump’s spending bill signature alienates conservatives

Conservatives have hit out at President Donald Trump for signing the $ 1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill, which significantly increased military spending but failed to fund Trump’s Mexican border wall. The bill allocated $ 700 billion to the Department of Defense, a $ 61 billion hike since last year, and the largest military spending increase in 15 years. Trump’s wall, ...

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Govt shutdown avoided as Trump withdraws threat & signs spending bill

A US government shutdown has been avoided as President Donald Trump signed the $ 1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill. Trump had earlier threatened to veto the legislation over immigration issues. Trump tweeted Friday morning that he was considering blocking the bill because of a lack of funding for the Mexican border wall and because 800,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ...

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Senator prepares bill to equate Stalinism with Nazism

Senator Lyudmila Narusova wants to criminalize the denial of Stalin’s repressions and purges. The move comes after her daughter, presidential candidate Ksenia Sobchak, faced several pro-Stalin opponents during campaign debates. Narusova intends to prepare a bill which would equate the justification of Stalinism to the justification of Nazism. “After all the public proclamations of [Russian presidential candidate Maksim] Suraikin, I ...

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No free love? Russian parliament rejects cohabitation bill

State Duma representatives have rejected a proposal to legally equate five years of cohabitation with registered marriage, citing technical problems with the draft legislation as the reason for the rejection. Read more “The proposed characteristics of the de-facto marriage relations are vague and it is not clear from the text of the draft who should decide on the moment when ...

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