Bold news. Smooth finish. The newsletter that interesting people love.
Happy Thursday! What’s the worst pickup line you’ve heard? It can’t be more embarrassing than the bizarre Kenyan monument to failed love I’ll introduce you to today. Get ready to be surprised by China’s next movie star, think of questions for America’s most controversial gun-toting couple and start planning your weekend watch list. It’s never too early to prep for fun!
Just not of the kind he’d be proud of. The House of Representatives impeached President Donald Trump for a second time yesterday, a first in presidential history. Ten Republicans joined Democratic colleagues in voting against Trump, accused of instigating last week’s Capitol riot. But the Senate won’t hold a trial before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, so the shadow of Trump’s impeachment will hover over the next administration too. (Sources: NYT, USA Today)
2. Shot of Humanity
Mexico has invoked North America’s trade pact to demand that the U.S. ensures COVID-19 vaccines are made available to migrants even if they’re undocumented. This comes after Nebraska’s governor suggested they would be left out of immunization plans. Meanwhile, Brazil and Bolivia will import millions of doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine from India. Should illegal migrants get vaccines? Vote on Twitter or here. (Source: Reuters, France24)
3. Fight for Future
Uganda votes today in one of Africa’s most consequential elections in recent years, with authoritarian President Yoweri Museveni challenged by popstar-turned-opposition-leader Bobi Wine. It’s a generational battle — Wine, 38, is half the president’s age and commands widespread support among the country’s youth. But can he overcome the intimidatory violence unleashed by government security forces and a recent ban on social media? (Sources: Deutsche Welle, Time, BBC)
4. Yuan-na Invest?
The U.S. will likely allow Americans to invest in top Chinese tech firms like Tencent, Alibaba and Baidu, keeping them off a blacklist of companies that work with the communist nation’s military after a weeks-long tussle within the Trump administration. (Source: WSJ)
Asking the right questions has the power to dissolve the barriers to creative thinking and channel the pursuit of solutions into new, accelerated pathways. A great question can ignite innovative thinking that is essential in our globalized, digitized and disruptive world. The six-week Inquiry-Driven Leadership online short course from the MIT Sloan School of Management teaches you to adopt a questioning approach to effectively identify and solve organizational problems.
Are you ready to unlock the power of catalytic questioning? Find out more about the program here.
She gets her timing right. The only woman in the 25-member Politburo of the Chinese Communist Party, Sun worked at a clock factory before joining the CCP’s ranks. Now vice premier, she has been the face of the country’s response to COVID-19, rushing in recent days to the province of Hebei, China’s latest virus hotspot. Her success in controlling the virus has made her China’s most powerful female communist in a generation. With President Xi Jinping expected to rule indefinitely, this 70-year-old will be a key aide to watch for some time.
Shazam! star Meagan Good opens up about her faith, her fairytale romance with husband DeVon Franklin and her plans for motherhood. Find out how this former child star turned ass-kicking action hero thinks about her future in Hollywood — as a director. Watch later today.
Also today, our partner Cheddar is giving you inside access to this year’s CES Summit, where tech companies came together to show off the boldest, most outlandish products. Tune into Cheddar at 2 p.m. ET for their Best of CES special. Watch.
Bite the Bullet
With the FBI warning of potential armed protests over the next few days ahead of the presidential inauguration, it’s worth looking at some of the more surprising aspects of gun control — and how it can work.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, given the tumult of 2020, gun sales in the U.S. rose last year. But driving that surge in part were Asian Americans and Black Americans worried about their safety after facing racism because of the pandemic or at the hands of the police. Read more on OZY.
The images of the St. Louis couple brandishing a rifle and handgun as Black Lives Matter protesters marched past them last year epitomized the violent and divisive state of America. They’ll be on The Carlos Watson Show soon. What would you like Carlos to ask them?
Missing the good old days? We do too. Luckily, our friends at Cariuma have captured the nostalgic, effortlessly cool style we all crave with their brand-new Catiba Pro. Beyond its attractive vintage style, the Catiba Pro is built for an active lifestyle and has maximum durability without sacrificing comfort.
Lord Maurice Egerton, a colonial baron, built this four-storeyed castle with 53 rooms in Nakuru, Kenya, to impress an Austrian woman he loved and invited guests from Malawi, Zimbabwe and other nations for the housewarming party. But she turned him down, calling it a “monument to vanity.” Talk about building castles in the air.
2. Museum of Broken Relationships
From the comb of a cheating lover to a jar containing a woman’s tears, expect the unexpected at this Zagreb, Croatia, museum. Built by a former couple, they decided that their breakup didn’t necessarily mean they needed to throw away or burn reminders of their time together. It’s so popular that a second museum has opened in Los Angeles.
3. Dobroyd Castle
You should always take the hint. When the son of a rich English industrialist fell in love with a weaver girl, she agreed to marry him on the condition that he build her a castle. He did, but their marriage was as loveless and empty as the large Lancashire castle — she preferred living in a chalet he had built for her at the bottom of the castle’s hill.