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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Russia said last week that it wants the European countries that buy its natural gas to make their payments in rubles, rather than dollars or euros. A month ago that might have seemed like a pretty good deal: the ruble was down 40 percent, at 139 rubles to the dollar, in… Read More
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Several Republicans competing for the party’s nomination to run for U.S. Senate in Ohio are facing scrutiny for their ties to Russia as the country intensifies its war against Ukraine. Much of the attention has focused on former Ohio Republican Party Chair Jane Timken, whose husband’s family runs a company that… Read More
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — There’s new movement by state government to show support for Ukraine as it battles an invasion by Russia. Attorney General Dave Yost has asked Ohio’s five public pension funds to pull all $112 million in their Russian-based investments out. He writes in a letter: “This is a matter of moral imperative,… Read More
Updated March 2, 2022 at 12:46 PM ET WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — The United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday approved a non-binding resolution condemning Russia for invading Ukraine and demanding that it withdraw its military forces. The vote came after a series of speeches during which the majority of countries called on Russia to end… Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — As world governments step up their penalties against Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, businesses and consumers are protesting the country with sanctions of their own. A growing range of Russian businesses, organizations and individuals are facing boycotts over their country’s invasion of Ukraine. Clearing vodka from the shelves is largely… Read More
Updated February 24, 2022 at 5:23 AM ET WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — As Russian military forces and Russian-backed separatists continued striking targets across Ukraine on Thursday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called on the public to remain calm while declaring martial law. Missile strikes and military barrages struck Ukrainian targets from the country’s northern, eastern and… Read More
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman has been sentenced to more than 11 years in federal prison for planning to offer top-secret information from the National Security Agency to the Russian government. Elizabeth Jo Shirley pleaded guilty last year to one count each of willful retention of national defense information and international parental… Read More
ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) — An aluminum company planning to build a massive mill in Appalachia has changed its name from Braidy Industries to Unity Aluminum. A release from the company Thursday says the new name “signifies the company’s steadfast commitment to its customers, innovative technologies and local community in Ashland.” Company leaders say Unity is… Read More
William Evanina, who leads the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, also said Iran is trying to undermine the November election.
The president dismisses the allegation as politically motivated. The Senate Intelligence Committee is scheduled to receive a briefing on the matter Wednesday.
A controversial economic development project in Ashland, Kentucky, hit a snag last week as aluminum company Braidy Industries ousted CEO and board chairman Craig Bouchard. In a statement, Braidy Industries’ interim CEO said he appreciated Bouchard’s hard work for the company. Bouchard says the firing was improper and is refusing to step down. The dueling… Read More
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration has again been ordered to release records about Braidy Industries, which is partly owned by the state and plans to build an aluminum mill in Kentucky. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Franklin County Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd said in a ruling released Tuesday that he reviewed documents submitted by the… Read More
Emails and interviews detail the extent to which the National Rifle Association helped two of Moscow’s agents ahead of the election, Senate Finance Committee Democrats say.
The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty was signed in 1987 by President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. The U.S. has long accused Russia of refusing to comply with its terms.
ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) — Braidy Industries says hundreds of Kentuckians have become shareholders as the company lines up financing for a $1.7 billion aluminum mill in eastern Kentucky. The company says it recently completed the “crowdfunding” portion of its common stock offering, which was capped at just over $1 million worth of shares. Braidy CEO… Read More
Former special counsel Robert Mueller didn’t want to appear, but lawmakers insisted that he tell his story in public to the House judiciary and intelligence committees.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Braidy Industries says it has about four months to raise $300 million in equity capital for a proposed aluminum mill in Kentucky or risk losing a large investment. The Courier Journal reports Braidy provided the details in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing this week about its agreement with United Co. Rusal…. Read More
A group of Congressional leaders asked the Trump administration to review a Russian company’s investment in a new Kentucky aluminum mill. The request comes from eight prominent Democratic lawmakers with leadership roles in committees with oversight, banking and national security responsibilities, including Ohio Sen.Sherrod Brown and House Intelligence Committee Chair Rep. Adam Schiff. The lawmakers… Read More
Congress so far hasn’t used the special counsel report to draft new laws aimed at protecting elections from foreign interference. One key senator worries about missing the moment.
A large whiteboard in an Ashland, Kentucky, unemployment office is covered with a list of companies that are currently hiring. Senior career counselor Melissa Sloas said that just a few years ago, that board was a lot emptier. This corner of eastern Kentucky has long struggled to make up for losses in mining and manufacturing…. Read More
Russian aluminum company Rusal announced Monday it plans to invest in a new Kentucky aluminum mill to be built near Ashland in eastern Kentucky. The $200 million investment in Braidy Industries is Rusal’s first U.S. project since the Trump administration lifted U.S. sanctions placed against the company. Rusal had been sanctioned by the U.S. government because its major controller, Russian… Read More
The attorney general says work is going well in redacting the special counsel’s report about the Russian interference in the 2016 election — and DOJ has at least one other report coming too.
Democrats had asked for a copy of the full 400 page report by next week, but William Barr says it will take a bit longer.
Election officials have been planning and preparing for 2020 based on what they know happened leading up to 2016. The question now is what more they may learn from the special counsel.
The U.S. said last week it would stop abiding by the Cold War treaty banning intermediate-range nuclear missiles. “Our response will be symmetrical,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said.