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This morning we published a joint exit interview with outgoing U.S. chief technology officer Megan Smith (ex-Google) and her deputy Alex Macgillivray (ex-Twitter), in which they discussed their experiences, legacies and the incoming administration. Two items that didn't make the post:

  1. Smith hasn't yet decided on her next job, but it sounds like she's leaning against a return to the private sector. She says that she's become taken with public/advocacy service, particularly around issues of diversity.
  2. Trump has not yet named anyone to the CTO role (which was created by Obama), nor to run the parent Office of Science and Technology. That said, both offices do have career civil servants who will remain in place, and Smith says her office has had conversations with the Trump transition. Unfortunately, our chat occurred before Trump named Reed Cordish (a real estate and restaurant developer) as Assistant to the President for Intragovernmental and Technology Initiatives. The transition team has not responded to requests for comment as to how Cordish's appointment will affect the CTO's office, nor why such an explicitly non-technical person was named to this role.

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Kenosha shooting lawsuit accuses police of coordinating with militia

Police and protesters confront in front of the Kenosha County Courthouse on Aug. 25, 2020. Photo: Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The only survivor of a fatal shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin, during protests last year has accused law enforcement in a lawsuit of conspiring with a "band of white nationalist vigilantes," the Washington Post reported Saturday.

Of note: Kyle Rittenhouse, 18, is due to stand trial on Nov. 1, accused of wounding Gaige Grosskreutz, who filed the suit, and killing two other people protesting the police shooting of Jacob Blake on Aug. 25, 2020. He's pleaded not guilty to charges including homicide and attempted homicide and maintains he fired in self-defense.

Venezuela suspends talks with opposition after Maduro ally extradited to U.S.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, in June. Photo: Gaby Oraa/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A key ally of Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro was extradited from Cape Verde to the U.S. Saturday to face money laundering charges in Florida, Bloomberg first reported.

Why it matters: Venezuela's government called off negotiations with opposition officials that were scheduled for Sunday in Mexico in response to the extradition of Alex Saab, a Colombian businessman and financial fixer for Maduro.

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5 times as many police officers have died from COVID as from guns since pandemic began

Photo: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

COVID-19 is the leading cause of death for police officers even though members of law enforcement were among the first to be eligible to receive the vaccine, CNN reports, citing data from the Officer Down Memorial Page.

Why it matters: Nearly 476 police officers have died of COVID-19 since the pandemic started, compared to the 93 deaths as a result of gunfire in the same time period, according to ODMP and CNN.