Apr 11, 2017

Freedom Caucus member wants to go bipartisan

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File this under "did not see this coming": Rep. Justin Amash, who has called Trumpcare "Obamacare 2.0," told a town hall meeting last night that the best fix for the health care system would be bipartisan. Here's what he told the audience in Cedar Springs, Michigan, per MLive:

"Let's start over in a bipartisan way ... We should have worked with Democrats from the very beginning. At the end of the day, you cannot pass legislation ... that affects so many people and not have it be bipartisan."

Why it matters:

It shows how unpredictable the Trumpcare opponents can be — and hard for GOP leaders to satisfy. (Amash argues that the GOP bill didn't repeal enough of Obamacare, which could make it difficult to find common ground with Democrats.)

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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

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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

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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.