Apr 6, 2017

Jeff Bezos will sell $1 billion in Amazon stock per year to fund spaceflight firm

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos told reporters at the U.S. Space Symposium in Colorado Springs that he plans to sell $1 billion in Amazon stock every year and funnel the proceeds into his spaceflight company Blue Origin, CNBC reports. Blue Origin aims to start test flights with company pilots and engineers either this year or next, with a goal towards offering 11-minute commercial flights that enable passengers to experience weightlessness and see the curvature of the earth.

Why it matters: America's brightest entrepreneurial minds like Bezos and Elon Musk are investing enormous time and money into space flight. Musk's company SpaceX says it will fly private citizens around the moon next year, and both believe we can send a human to Mars within a decade and should ultimately aim to build a human colony there.

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Atlanta mayor on Trump's riot response: "He speaks and he makes it worse"

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms responded on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday to President Trump's tweets and comments about the mass protests that have swept across the United States, urging him to "just stop talking."

What she's saying: "This is like Charlottesville all over again. He speaks and he makes it worse. There are times when you should just be quiet. And I wish that he would just be quiet."

Black Americans' competing crises

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

For many black Americans, this moment feels like a crisis within a crisis within a crisis.

The big picture: It's not just George Floyd's killing by police. Or the deaths of EMT Breonna Taylor and jogger Ahmaud Arbery. Or the demeaning of birdwatcher Christian Cooper and journalist Omar Jimenez. Or the coronavirus pandemic's disproportionate harm to African Americans. It's that it's all happening at once.

Amnesty International: U.S. police must end militarized response to protests

Washington State Police use tear gas to disperse a crowd in Seattle during a demonstration protesting the death of George Floyd. Photo: Jason Redmond/AFP via Getty Images

Amnesty International issued a statement on Sunday morning calling for an end to militarized policing in several U.S. cities and the use of "excessive force" against demonstrators protesting police brutality.

Why it matters: The human rights group said police across the country were "failing their obligations under international law to respect and facilitate the right to peaceful protest, exacerbating a tense situation and endangering the lives of protesters."