Jun 6, 2017

Travel to the U.S. rose in April

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The U.S. Travel Association's Travel Trends Index shows that international travel to the U.S. grew by 4% in April, beating expectations for the month, per the AP. Any reactions to Trump's proposed travel bans would have shown up in April data, so this could indicate they may not be influencing people's travel decisions as much as some expected.

Why it matters: International travel boosts the U.S. economy, and this could signal that fears of a Trump-effect on travel were overblown. Plus, this reverses what happened between December 29 and February 1 when interest in travel to the U.S. dropped 17%, according to Hopper. (A map on that here.)

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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.