Sep 10, 2017

John McCain on how he'd like to be remembered

Sen. John McCain told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union" that he wants to be remembered for having served his country, "and I hope we can add, 'honorably.'"

  • On his health: "The prognosis is very good," but "this is a very virulent form of cancer. It has to be fought against ... I'm not trying to paint this as a rosy picture."
  • On Trump's deal with "Chuck and Nancy": "The proposal that the president accepted, the Speaker of the House had just categorically rejected. That's not the way we need to do business."
  • On North Korea: "Make sure that Kim Jong-Un knows if he acts in an aggressive fashion, the price will be extinction."
  • On DACA: "It is not conscionable to tell young people, who came here as children, that they have to go back to a country that they don't know."

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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.