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Screenshot via CNN

TV viewers for the Chauvin verdict topped 23 million, a massive audience for a daytime news event.

Why it matters: Such communal American moments are very rare in the streaming era.

Nielsen says 23.2 million Americans watched on 11 networks that carried Tuesday's verdict live. That count doesn't include ESPN, which also carried the verdict, AP reports.

  • Word spread that the verdict was coming some 90 minutes before it was delivered, giving time for the audience to gather.

CNN, with an estimated 4.03 million viewers, had the biggest audience.

  • ABC, Fox News, MSNBC, NBC and CBS each drew at least 3 million.

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Apr 22, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Minnesota AG says he wasn't "convinced we were going to win" Chauvin case

A screenshot of Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison being interviewed on "60 Minutes." Photo: CBS

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison says he wasn't convinced that former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin would be found guilty for the murder of George Floyd, per an excerpt from his upcoming "60 Minutes" interview released Wednesday.

The big picture: In the interview, airing Sunday, Ellison noted that "when the victim is a person of color, it's just rare that there's any accountability." This is particularly the case for police officers in the deaths of Black people.

The startup that wants to disrupt big internet providers

Maura Losch/Axios

A new startup backed by funding from AOL founder Steve Case and Laurene Powell Jobs wants to break up broadband monopolies across the country.

Why it matters: Internet access has been crucial during the pandemic, but it's not ubiquitous, and it can be both slow and unaffordable in swaths of the country.

1 hour ago - World

Top general: China's hypersonic missile test "very close" to a "Sputnik moment"

Gen. Mark Milley. Photo: Rod Lamkey-Pool/Getty Images

Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, warned Wednesday that China's test of a hypersonic missile is "very concerning" and "very close" to the kind of "Sputnik moment" that triggered the Space Race during the Cold War.

Why it matters: The comments by America's top uniformed general underscore the depths of U.S. concerns about China's rapid military expansion and development of advanced weaponry.

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