Aug 2, 2018

Democratic website raises $1 billion for candidates, causes

Protestors at the March for Our Lives in Chicago. Photo: Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Online fundraising site ActBlue has passed the $1 billion mark in a fundraising campaign for Democratic candidates and causes in this election cycle, USA Today reports.

Why it matters: This is a clear illustration of some of the energy in the Democratic party for the 2018 midterms. Per USA Today, it took the site almost 12 years to first raise the same amount of money — from June 2004 to August 2016 — and it's expected to surpass $1.5 billion by the end of the year.

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America's dwindling executions

The Trump administration wants to reboot federal executions, pointing to a 16-year lapse, but Pew Research reports the government has only executed three people since 1963.

The big picture: Nearly all executions in the U.S. are done by states. Even those have been steadily dropping for two decades, per the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) — marking a downward trend for all executions in the country.

Top NSC official may be moved after "Anonymous" rumor fallout

President Trump at the Daytona 500. (Photo: Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Top Trump administration officials are in discussions to reassign deputy national security adviser Victoria Coates to the Department of Energy from the National Security Council, per two sources familiar with the planning.

Why it matters: Coates' working relationship with National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien, who elevated her to the deputy role only months ago, has strained amid an effort by some people inside the administration to tag her as "Anonymous" — a charge she has vehemently denied to colleagues.

Jeff Bezos commits $10 billion for climate change research

Bezos at Amazon Smbhav in New Delhi on Jan. 15. Photo: Sajjad Hussain/AFP via Getty Images

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos announced the launch of his "Earth Fund" on Monday via Instagram to fund climate change research and awareness.

What he's saying: Bezos says he's initially committing $10 billion to fund "scientists, activists, and NGOS" that are working on environmental preservation and protection efforts.