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1. Coming Up: The Mistrial of Derek Chauvin?

The city of Minneapolis has agreed to pay $27 million to George Floyd’s family to settle a lawsuit over his death in May after police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck for nine minutes, igniting a national reckoning over police violence. “If I could get him back,” said brother Philonise Floyd, “I would give all of this back.” But legal experts fault the timing: The settlement indicating fault could be grounds for a mistrial in Chauvin’s ongoing trial. Prosecutors got a boost Thursday from a ruling to reinstate a third-degree murder charge requiring less proof than Chauvin’s existing second-degree charge. Said one protester outside the courthouse, “it's something. We really need something.”

Sources: CBSNYTUSA Today

2. Story of the Week: A Royal Mess

There are no winners in this battle royal. Last Sunday, the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, and her husband, Prince Harry, may have shifted the foundations of Buckingham Palace a little with their interview with Oprah Winfrey. Accusing their estranged royal family of racism, they prompted both a measured palace response and an ill-advised denial from Harry’s brother, Prince William. And while applauded by those seeking more racial awareness, the Sussexes’ popularity in Britain has never been lower. Nonetheless, the princes reportedly plan to honor their equally controversial mum, Princess Diana, by unveiling a statue of her “shoulder to shoulder” in July.

Sources: CNNReutersNY Post

3. Cuomo Defiant as Democrats Talk Impeachment

He’s calling it “cancel culture.” But New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who was recently seen as one of the party’s brightest lights, is now up against Democrats who think he should resign or face impeachment. He remains defiant, despite at least six women’s allegations of sexual misconduct and his reported attempts to conceal the true pandemic death toll in state nursing homes. Meanwhile most of the state’s top politicians, from Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to progressive firebrand Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, say he’s lost his ability to govern and needs to make room for a replacement.

Sources: NYTAP

4. The Battle to Lose Afghanistan

Like his predecessor, President Joe Biden wants to end “forever wars” like America’s 20-year struggle with the Taliban. But as veteran journalist Michael Hirsh reports in Foreign Policy, career military and intel officials aren’t saluting. Biden even wants Congress to end authorizations for both the “war on terror” and Iraq, but some in the administration argue that a quick pullout, now scheduled for May 1, risks an Iraq-like scenario that could elevate new threats like ISIS. If all goes the commander in chief’s way, he’ll be able to declare an end to the Afghan war in time for the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Sources: Foreign PolicyWashington Post

5. Also Important …

Four more people were killed in protests against Myanmar’s military junta today, bringing the death toll since the Feb. 1 coup above 70. Americans have been getting vaccinated faster than ever as other nations ask the U.S. to share its unapproved and unused stockpile of AstraZeneca doses. And the $1,400 stimulus checks approved with the $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package are already landing in some Americans’ bank accounts.

In the Week Ahead:The Grammys will be awarded Sunday evening. The U.N. Security Council is deploying 3,700 additional peacekeeping troops to the Central African Republic, where legislative elections are being held this weekend. And on Wednesday, the NCAA college basketball tournament will begin.

This week on The Carlos Watson Show, we're highlighting the pioneers — industry titans who have changed their field and are blazing their own path. She’s hilarious. She’s inappropriate. She’s comedy legend Kathy Griffin. Find out why the Guinness World Record holder for most stand-up comedy specials calls herself the “comedy zombie,” the inside story of her recent marriage and what it was really like being interviewed by the U.S. Secret Service over that infamous photo.

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1. Spring Forward — and Never Fall Back

The time has come. Or so U.S. legislators say about “springing forward” an hour at 2 a.m. Sunday, then “falling back” to standard time in November. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, along with four fellow Republicans and three Democrats, are reintroducing the Sunshine Protection Act, which would keep daylight saving time year-round. Fifteen states, red and blue, have enacted similar measures but need Congress to make it work. But many parents don’t want their kids risking dark winter trips to school, while some say it’s time to have one global time zone and plan our days by the sun’s movements.

Sources: Washington PostNational ReviewSeattle Times

2. Is Facebook Really Fixing Itself?

The machine learns. And one of the things that Facebook appears to have learned in its recent soul-searching is that its success depends upon machine learning artificial intelligence, writes MIT Technology Review AI reporter Karen Hao. While its top expert is working to combat the algorithms’ bias against people of color, for instance, it’s not going after their propensity to excite users with such things as hate speech that propelled genocide in Myanmar, or to recommend joining extremists’ pages. Facebook maintains the AI isn’t the culprit, but according to Hao’s research, repeated internal studies by the social network suggest otherwise.

Source: MIT Technology Review

3. China Might Cancel Oscar Fave Chloé Zhao

Is home just a word? That question from the film Nomadland could apply to its director. Zhao, who was the first Asian woman to win a Golden Globe for best director, can expect an Oscar nod on Monday. But China’s netizens are blasting her for allegedly calling America “my country” — although the Australian site quoting her has corrected that — and her nearly decade-old assertion that there are “lies everywhere” in China. The reactions have cast doubt about Nomadland’s China debut, and worse, Zhao’s potential Marvel blockbuster, The Eternals. The effort to control the damage at the world’s biggest box office is raising concerns that Beijing gets final say over this narrative.

Sources: THRVanity Fair

4. Estonia Knows a Secret — About Digital IDs

“We didn't really care about privacy.” It seems shocking, especially in data-sensitive Europe, but this reflection from internet freedom campaigner Siim Tuisk helps explain Estonia’s comfort with digital IDs. Unlike the rest of Europe, the innovative Baltic nation that helped create Skype implemented its system two decades ago. Now the European Union is struggling with the concept, and Estonia provides a perfect example, with nearly all government services, along with commercial transactions, done easily online. But it’s a small country, and there have been cases of data misuse, like a cop who got in trouble for checking his future bride’s medical prescriptions. 

Source: Politico

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5. Censorship on the Roof of the World

It was some of the worst PR Mt. Everest had suffered: a photo of a line of people summiting in 2019, showing how crowded it had gotten at an altitude that often kills climbers. Now Nepalese authorities, criticized for their liberal issuance of climbing and guiding permits, have found a solution: stop taking photos of other climbers without government permission. The rule is to go into force for this year’s first climbing season after a pandemic hiatus, along with more stringent requirements for guides in an attempt to improve safety — rules veteran mountaineers are greeting with skepticism.

Source: Outside

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The results of the last elections sent a strong message: states like Georgia and Arizona can be competitive, battleground states when more voters participate in their states' elections. The Republicans' response to that message? 253 voter restriction bills across dozens of states.

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Voter registration restrictions. Mail-in voting limitations. Cuts to early voting. Precinct closures. Gerrymandering. It's all voter suppression by any other name.

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As we ramp up for season three of The Carlos Watson Show, which launches later this month, we’re highlighting the pioneers we’ve met on the program — the industry titans who have changed their fields and are blazing their own path. From health care to comedy, business to media, here are just a few of the names that are changing the game. And let us know your favorite trailblazers who have been featured on the show!

When considering today’s most influential figures, there’s one name we can’t skip: Dr. Anthony Fauci. The famed immunologist joins Carlos for one of his most intimate interviews yet. He discusses why COVID-19 vaccines should be trusted in spite of their rapid development and opens up about his background in AIDS research, the secret to good communication and his favorite basketball player. 

She’s hilarious. She’s inappropriate. She’s comedy legend Kathy Griffin. Find out why the Guinness World Record holder for most stand-up comedy specials calls herself the “comedy zombie,” and how this pioneer of women in stand-up is inspired by historical sidekicks. 


When you think of Jason Derulo, you might think of a 2010s pop singer known for hits like “Whatcha Say,” but today Derulo is a game-changing performer, blending social media stardom with music, dance and comedy and leading the way for the future of entertainment. 


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Megyn Kelly has been shunned by both the left and the right but is happy in the center. She joins Carlos to discuss her decision to speak out against Roger Ailes, why she thinks the Black Lives Matter and MeToo movements are ineffective, and how her family keeps her centered. Is a political run in her future?


He’s the billionaire who needs no introduction. Bill Gates has long been one of the most visible pioneers in the field of technology but is also a leading figure when it comes to global health concerns. He talks to Carlos about the pandemic, the future of public medicine and his take on the most innovative ideas today. You might be surprised at which celebrity he says is the most interesting person he’s met.


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