Sep 9, 2017

Lyft's aims at Uber's attitude

"It matters how you get there," actor Jeff Bridges declares at the end of a new Oregon Trail-themed TV ad for ride-hailing company Lyft set to debut during NFL games this Sunday.

Our thought bubble:The ad takes aim at rival Uber's recent troubles over some of its potentially illegal practices (it's faced multiple probes and lawsuits in the last six months). Uber has often been described as having an aggressive culture focused on the ends over the means, something Lyft is suggesting may be the wrong attitude. The new ad also contrasts with a spot Lyft released last year in which it portrayed rival Uber in a much more obvious terms—three business executives sad around a dark-walled conference room at "Ride Corp.," spying on Lyft's customers.

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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.