JUNEAU, Alaska | Alaska lieutenant governor resigns over comments

JUNEAU, Alaska— Alaska Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott resigned Tuesday over unspecified inappropriate comments, complicating what was already a difficult re-election fight for Gov. Bill Walker. Mallott, in his resignation letter, said his decision was “compelled by inappropriate comments I made that placed a person whom I respect and revere in a position of vulnerability.” He … Continue reading JUNEAU, Alaska | Alaska lieutenant governor resigns over comments

WASHINGTON | Saudis have a $6 million lobbying payroll despite departures

WASHINGTON — Saudi Arabia is paying influential lobbyists, lawyers and public relations experts nearly $6 million a year to engage U.S. officials and promote the Middle East nation, even after three Washington firms cut ties with the kingdom following the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Among those still in Saudi Arabia’s corner are high-profile Washington … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Saudis have a $6 million lobbying payroll despite departures

United States | Secretary Pompeo To Travel to Ankara

United States – The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will travel to Ankara, Turkey on October 17, 2018. In Ankara, the Secretary will meet with Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu to welcome the decision to release Pastor Andrew Brunson and to discuss other issues of bilateral importance. The … Continue reading United States | Secretary Pompeo To Travel to Ankara

United States | Assistant Secretary Kirsten D. Madison Travel to Ukraine and Denmark To Advance Anti-Corruption Initiatives

United States – Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Kirsten D. Madison will travel to Kyiv, Ukraine, and Copenhagen, Denmark, October 17-23, to participate in anti-corruption focused events and discussions. While in Ukraine, Assistant Secretary Madison will meet with officials from the National Anti-Corruption Bureau, the State Border Guard … Continue reading United States | Assistant Secretary Kirsten D. Madison Travel to Ukraine and Denmark To Advance Anti-Corruption Initiatives

United States | Meetings With Saudi Leadership

United States – On Sunday, President Donald J. Trump directed me to travel to Saudi Arabia to impress upon Saudi Arabia’s leadership that it is essential to determine what happened to Jamal Khashoggi. Today, I met with King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and Foreign Minister al-Jubeir and did just that. We had direct … Continue reading United States | Meetings With Saudi Leadership

Alabama News: Alabama Department of Human Resources receives two bonus awards from USDA

MONTGOMERY, AL – The Alabama Department of Human Resources received notification from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that the Alabama Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has been awarded a performance bonus in the amount of $1,145,388 for a high application processing timeliness (APT) rate in fiscal year 2017.  Alabama’s APT for FY 2017 … Continue reading Alabama News: Alabama Department of Human Resources receives two bonus awards from USDA

ISTANBUL | The Latest: G-7 nations express concern over Khashoggi case

ISTANBUL — The latest on the disappearance of a Saudi writer who Turkish officials fear was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul (all times local): 2:25 a.m. Foreign ministers from the G-7 group of industrialized nations say they are very troubled by the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and say those responsible must … Continue reading ISTANBUL | The Latest: G-7 nations express concern over Khashoggi case