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Carlos Watson
Carlos Watson is the Co-Founder and CEO of, a new daily
digital magazine aimed at catching readers up on the news and then
vaulting them ahead. Each day, OZY profiles the new and the next --
new people, places, trends, ideas and opinions. Watson is a former
anchor for CNN and MSNBC, and a graduate of Harvard and Stanford Law

Entries by Carlos Watson

The Secret to a Billion-Dollar Business

(2) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 11:08 AM

One of my favorite lines from the Dirty Harry films is not the "make my day" classic; it is the peeved response given by inspector Harry Callahan, played by Clint Eastwood, upon being informed that he is being transferred from active homicide duty to personnel. "To personnel? That's...

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Obama, Gay Rights, and the LeBron Factor

(273) Comments | Posted June 19, 2009 | 1:13 PM

I moderated a spirited conversation this week about president Barack Obama and gay rights. Like many progressives across the country, more than a few of my guests were dumbfounded by the administration's inaction over these first few months. It is a matter of courage, they said, and for all...

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The Jerry Maguire Approach to Foreign Policy

(5) Comments | Posted June 4, 2009 | 10:18 AM

Today's speech in Cairo, the most historic of his presidency thus far, is just the latest in a string of smart foreign policy moves that President Obama has made since taking office. He added troops in Afghanistan, brought Russia into the Iran conversation, and has spoken humbly with the...

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How the Prop 8 Ruling Will Help Gay Marriage

(280) Comments | Posted May 27, 2009 | 10:37 AM

I know a lot of people are saddened and angered by the California Supreme Court's 6-1 decision yesterday to uphold Prop 8. In my mind, it's not that different from Plessy v. Ferguson's tragic "separate but equal" ruling that confronted my great-grandfather and millions of other African-Americans looking for...

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My Interview with Wes Moore, "The Next Black President," on 7 Days in America

(10) Comments | Posted May 25, 2009 | 2:56 PM

It's tough not to like Wes Moore. He has an incredible story--star football player, Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, army captain in Afghanistan, Citibank trader, White House fellow--and he knows how to tell one, too. Elevate: American Journeys into Manhood will be published by Random House next fall. Listening to him...

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Summer Economic Forecast: Sunny, with a Chance of Inflation

(9) Comments | Posted May 22, 2009 | 10:32 AM

Two big economic trends appeared this week that might have flown under your radar, but they could have a real impact on your finances this summer. There's good news and bad news: your chances of being employed just went up, but the paycheck you'll start earning could be worth less.

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Hey John Edwards: Come Back! The "Other America" Needs You

(192) Comments | Posted May 19, 2009 | 11:50 AM

OK, I'm going to say it: I miss John Edwards.

I'm not pining for that goofy smile or the expensive coif, but rather for what Edwards brought to the national conversation on poverty. Really, at least during the campaign, he was the national conversation on poverty. And as the recession...

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Torture Investigations Are Coming. Are We Ready to Face the Heinous Crimes that Could Be Revealed?

(283) Comments | Posted May 14, 2009 | 9:32 AM

Cross-posted at The Stimulist

Yesterday shored up any lingering doubts I had: I am now convinced we'll see an investigation into the Bush administration's use of torture. America's just not going to let this one go. The politicians who fired shots across the bow minutes...

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Why I Started a Business in the Midst of a Recession

(7) Comments | Posted May 12, 2009 | 10:06 AM

I believed Martin Kilson, my favorite professor, when he told me during my junior year in college that entrepreneurs can change the world as much or more than anyone else. So over the last 15 years, from vending companies to an education firm, I have not been afraid to try...

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Bobby Jindal's GOP Resignation Letter

(74) Comments | Posted March 26, 2009 | 10:00 AM

The following is a letter sent by Bobby Jindal, governor of Louisiana, to the leaders of the Republican Party. At least I wish it was.

From: Bobby Jindal []
To: John Boehner [], Michael Steele [], Rush Limbaugh []
Subject: Resignation
Sent: Thursday, March...

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March Madness in the White House: NCAA Picks from Obama, Clinton, Biden, and More

(13) Comments | Posted March 18, 2009 | 11:16 PM

Ah, March. My favorite time of year. I've been to the Super Bowl and the NBA Finals, but no sporting event compares to the NCAA basketball playoffs (better known as "March Madness"). The buzzer-beaters, the storylines, the way one game can change a young college player's life forever -- the...

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America's Skin-Deep Crush on Michelle Obama

(302) Comments | Posted March 16, 2009 | 8:21 PM

America has fallen for Michelle Obama. Fashionistas love her style. Ivy Leaguers love her class. Moms love her priorities. Even white guys are crushing on her. The First Lady is everywhere: Vogue, O, this week's New York Magazine. Like her husband, Michelle is a canvas onto...

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Obama's Boldest Move Yet

(66) Comments | Posted March 11, 2009 | 6:13 PM

President Obama wants to redraw the global partnership map, risks and all.

As ambitious as its $10 trillion domestic agenda has been, the Obama administration has been even bolder and more creative abroad. Led by Secretary Clinton, the U.S. isn't just talking to the bad guys. From Russia...

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Let's Press Reset on Rush & Co.: We Need Practical Optimism from the Chattering Class -- Now

(177) Comments | Posted March 9, 2009 | 7:07 PM

I have degrees from Harvard and Stanford, am an anchor on a major network, have a little money in the bank, and I'm young. By all accounts, I should be able to survive this recession. But even my confidence is shaken. We're not in a good place. The reality...

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Canaries in the Coal Mine

(45) Comments | Posted December 2, 2008 | 10:53 AM

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair. - Charles...

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The All-Star Election Team, 2008

(53) Comments | Posted November 11, 2008 | 12:39 PM

Welcome to the 2008 Presidential Election post-season. And now for the All-Star Honors. It was a wild ride, shaped by all manner of unprecedented outcomes, unruly dynamics, and unexpected faces. What follows is the most sensational all-star election team in history. As expected, most of the spots went to...

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