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UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 22, 2019

As impeachment swirls, Trump nods toward Pompeo Senate run

President Donald Trump on Friday appeared to open the door for the top U.S. diplomat, Mike Pompeo, to leave his post to run for an open Senate seat in his …


Washington elections are a long process, start to finish

In Washington, Election Day is a misnomer. In the state’s all-mail balloting system, registered voters get their ballots delivered to their legal residence about 18 days before the deadline for …


Pompeo takes aim at China at religious freedom conference

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday said that China was responsible for the “stain of the century” of human rights abuses, citing mass detentions of Muslims and other minorities.


North Korea says it tested new weapon, wants Pompeo out of talks

North Korea said Thursday that it had test-fired a new type of “tactical guided weapon,” its first such test in nearly half a year, and demanded that Washington remove Secretary …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 30, 2018

Washington saw most ballots ever cast in midterm election

Washington nearly set records for turnout and the number of ballots cast in a statewide election.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 30, 2018

Democrats complaint over GOP voter guide rejected by state elections officials

A Republican voter guide in Stevens County draws complaints from state Democrats, but Washington elections officials say it doesn’t look enough like the state guide to run afoul of the …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018

Trump, Pompeo bash ex-Secretary of State John Kerry on Iran talks

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo unloaded Friday on his Obama-era predecessor John Kerry for “actively undermining” U.S. policy on Iran by meeting several times recently with the Iranian foreign minister, …


Primary candidates want recount of 25 precincts to check for ‘anomalies’

Primary candidates seek hand recount of ballots in what they believe are suspicious precincts.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 17, 2018

Ferry County ballots left in drop boxes a week after election

Ferry County officials left ballots in drop boxes in four outlying communities for more than a week after the election.


Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visits Mexico, is urged to reunite migrant families

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Friday urged a U.S. delegation led by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to quickly reunite migrant families separated at the border.


UPDATED: Wed., July 11, 2018

Idaho Secretary of State announces racing initiative has qualified for November ballot

Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney announced Tuesday that the proposed initiative to authorize “historical horse racing” machines in Idaho has qualified for the November ballot.


UPDATED: Fri., July 6, 2018

Pompeo in North Korea vows to get details of nuclear commitment

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met for nearly three hours Friday with a top North Korean official in Pyongyang to nail down specifics of commitments on denuclearization made at President …


4 initiative drives could turn in signatures next week

Four initiative petition drives may have enough signatures to make the ballot, secretary of state’s office says.


State urges business owners to be aware of fraudulent mailing

Secretary of State Kim Wyman is cautioning Washington business owners to be aware of a misleading and potentially fraudulent mailing that purports to be an official bill for business registration.


Pompeo kicks off Mideast leg of first trip as top U.S. envoy

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, kicking off the Middle East leg of his first trip abroad as America’s top diplomat.


Pompeo dives into NATO diplomacy as allies confront Russia

Less than 24 hours after assuming his post, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo plunged Friday into NATO diplomacy as the allies sought to toughen their response to Russian interference …


UPDATED: Thu., April 26, 2018

Pompeo sworn in as secretary of state, dashes off to Europe

Mike Pompeo took over as America’s top diplomat Thursday after being confirmed by the Senate and sworn in across the street minutes later. The new secretary of state immediately dashed …


UPDATED: Mon., April 23, 2018

Pompeo facing rare opposition from Senate panel

President Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, is facing serious opposition before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which may not have enough votes to recommend him for …


UPDATED: Thu., April 12, 2018

Pompeo vows to confront Russia, dodges Mueller questions

Aiming to quell concerns before what is likely to be a narrow confirmation vote, Secretary of State-designate Mike Pompeo vowed on Thursday to ramp up efforts against Russia in “each …


Fired diplomat Tillerson says he’s praying for America

Rex Tillerson, in a message sent to U.S. embassies and consulates three days after President Donald Trump ousted him, also told American diplomats he was proud of them and would …


UPDATED: Tue., March 13, 2018

Trump ousts Tillerson at State, replacing with CIA’s Pompeo

President Donald Trump unceremoniously dumped Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday – by tweet – and picked CIA Director Mike Pompeo to take his place, abruptly ending Tillerson’s turbulent …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 15, 2018

Tillerson tries to soothe badly strained relations with Turkey

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for more than three hours Thursday in what both sides predicted would be two days of difficult talks …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 13, 2018

John Kerry: Individual states can lead on climate change

Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday urged support for legislative efforts in the Washington state to pass a carbon pollution tax to address climate change.


U.S. Secretary of State in Egypt at start of Mideast tour

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson flew into Egypt on Sunday at the start of a five-nation tour that coincides with heightened regional tension as well as unease over the …


Tillerson says fix sought to law on Iran deal

The Trump administration is working with key lawmakers on a legislative fix that could enable the United States to remain in the Iran nuclear deal, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 30, 2017

Trump weighs plan to replace Secretary of State Tillerson with CIA’s Pompeo

The White House is discussing a plan to oust Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replace him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo in a major shake-up of President Donald Trump’s …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 18, 2017

Tillerson seeks stronger ties with India, chides China

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called Wednesday for the U.S. and India to expand strategic ties. He also pointedly criticized China, which he accused of challenging international norms needed for …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 4, 2017

Tillerson denies he weighed resigning or called Trump a ‘moron’

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson declared Wednesday he never considered resigning as President Donald Trump’s top diplomat, disputing what he called “erroneous” reports that he wanted to step down earlier …


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 27, 2017

Tillerson says Trump ‘speaks for himself’ on racial violence

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is suggesting that President Donald Trump’s values should be considered separate from America’s values when it comes to race.


Trudy Rubin: Tillerson guts mission, morale of department

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson conducts diplomacy as if he were still the god-head of Exxon Mobil, consulting only a few aides while facilitating the gutting of the department.