Jun 9, 2017

Greg Gianforte to plead guilty to assault

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Rep.-elect Greg Gianforte will plead guilty to assaulting a reporter on the day before his election to the House, per AP. A prosecutor said Gianforte will enter his plea at a sentencing hearing on Monday. He made national headlines after Ben Jacobs, a reporter for the Guardian, said Gianforte knocked him to the ground when he tried to ask a question, an account corroborated by witnesses.

Why it matters: The plea may help put an end to the episode, which drew national attention to the hostility other reporters have been facing. His spokesman initially denied the incident, but Gianforte has tried to make amends, issuing a public apology to Jacobs and pledging to donate $50,000 to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

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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

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.