Sep 28, 2017

A Brexit deal isn't coming anytime soon

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May and European Council President Donald Tusk at 10 Downing Street. Photo: Frank Augstein / AP

The United Kingdom and European Union are potentially still months away from finalizing an exit deal for the U.K. that would allow Brexit negotiations to move on to discussions surrounding a permanent trade deal, per Bloomberg.

The hang up: Before the U.K. officially exits the E.U., which will happen with or without a deal in March 2019, the E.U. is attempting to force the U.K. to honor its financial commitments as a member of the bloc with a significant "divorce payment." In an attempt to compromise, Prime Minister Theresa May gave a speech in Florence last week promising that the U.K. would pay into the E.U.'s budget for two years in order to guarantee a two-year transition period that would maintain current trade rules.

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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.