Mar 7, 2019

Report: Venezuela to deport U.S. journalist detained Wednesday

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. Photo: Arda Kucukkaya/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

The Venezuelan government will deport U.S. freelance journalist Cody Weddle, who was arrested and detained in Caracas on Wednesday after the country's military counter-intelligence agency raided his home, reports the Washington Post.

Details: Set against the backdrop of the national campaign calling for a regime change, the Post also reports that Weddle's assistant, Venezuelan journalist Carlos Camacho, has been released. Reports further indicate that Weddle was accused of "betraying the homeland." Last week, Univision anchor and U.S. citizen Jorge Ramos and his crew were temporarily detained in Caracas before later being released.

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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.