Jun 28, 2017

Senate Intel requests release of Russian hacking details

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The Senate Intelligence Committee confirmed this morning that it requested that election officials in 21 states release information regarding Russian efforts to hack election systems during the 2016 election, per Reuters.

During a hearing last week, a Department of Homeland Security official told Senate Intel that 21 states had been targeted — the first official confirmation of the scope of Russian interference.

Why it matters: This would be the first public step toward identifying both which states were targeted and the methods used to influence the 2016 vote, which could go a long way toward combatting future attempts by foreign powers to interfere in American elections.

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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.