Alaska will have another year to comply with the federal Real ID Act, state officials announced Oct. 18. The extension was granted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and will last through Oct. 2018. This year, the state legislature passed a bill allowing the state to move forward on meeting the requirements. Previous efforts have been postponed since 2008, when legislation was passed preventing the state from spending money on Real ID implementation. The Alaska DMV will be ready to produce compliant IDs by Jan. 2019.
On Oct. 19, White House Chief of Staff, John Kelly, delivered a personal defense of President Donald Trump’s call this week to the widow of a slain soldier. Kelly said that he was stunned to see the criticism of the president, after Trump delivered a similar message to the widow of one of the soldiers killed in Niger. Trump and the White House were overwhelmed with criticism after the president’s actions this week — first appearing to criticize former presidents for failing to call the families of fallen service members and later for the words Trump chose to use in speaking with the widow of Sgt. La David T. Johnson.
An opposition lawmaker called on the British government on Thursday to investigate suspicions of Russian interference in Britain’s referendum on quitting the European Union, adding that there were “questions” about Arron Banks, one of the chief financial backers of the “leave” campaign. Speaking in Parliament, the lawmaker, Ben Bradshaw of the Labour Party, said there were concerns over foreign interference in Western democracies. He asked for assurances that “all the resources spent in the referendum campaign were from permissible sources.” Those who opposed Britain’s withdrawal, or “Brexit,” argued during the referendum that it would delight Moscow by weakening the European Union, which placed sanctions on Russia. No links to Russian money have been proved.