Washington, DC - Secretary of State John Kerry: "On Transgender Day of Remembrance, the United States solemnly honors the memory of the many transgender individuals who lost their lives to senseless acts of violence.

Washington, DC - The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) has set a global standard designed to help promote the open and accountable management of extractive industry resources.  With 51 countries implementing the standard, including the United States, the EITI is working to strengthen citizens’ understanding of their country’s oil, gas, and mining sectors by promoting the disclosure of extractive industry revenues paid by companies and received by governments. 

Washington, DC - The number of cigarettes sold by the largest cigarette companies in the United States to wholesalers and retailers in the U.S. declined from 256.7 billion in 2013 to 253.8 billion in 2014, according to the most recent Federal Trade Commission Cigarette Report.

Washington, DC - At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a U.S. district court judge issued a summary decision and $30 million judgment against the pitchman behind a product called Pure Green Coffee, who deceived consumers using false weight-loss claims, bogus testimonials, and fake news websites.

Washington, DC - Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas A. Shannon, Jr., will travel to New Orleans, Louisiana, November 14-16.

Washington, DC - This afternoon, Vice President Biden met with Vice President-elect Pence in the Vice President's West Wing office. They spoke about their time working together in Congress and their friendship dating back many years. The Vice President talked with the Vice President-elect about the key duties of the Vice President, and discussed a number of specific policy portfolios that have been a critical focus for him during his time in office, including NATO and eastern Europe and expanding access to the middle class.