The G20 Update

Linda Rodriguez is reporting from London with more on the G20 and how it's progressing both inside and out. We'll let her take it from here. 

So, What's going on Inside

As world leaders continue to duke it out over tougher financial rules versus more bailouts and increased spending inside the G20, protestors and demonstrators are duking it out in the streets.

The latest from inside the summit has a surprise Franco-German alliance squaring off against a US-UK partnership, with French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel demanding more strict regulation of the current global financial system. It's time, Sarkozy said, "to give capitalism a conscience," and the countries are asking for a crack down on tax havens and reformation of the "bonus culture" in banking.

For their part, UK Prime Minister Gordon and President Barack Obama are asking that countries boost their internal spending in order to get out of the recession faster. Obama, speaking at a joint US and UK press conference, put pressure on the other G20 countries to initiate their own stimulus packages, saying, "It cannot just be the United States that's the engine room "“ everybody is going to have to pick up the pace."

France and Germany launched their offensive at a press conference last night, ahead of today's official G20 talks "“ while the official decisions will likely be made there, more actually seems to get done outside the actual meeting, at "working dinners," one-on-one negotiations, and well, press conferences.

What's going on Outside

Outside the meetings, G20 demonstrations have turned violent. One protestor has already died in yesterday's demonstrations:

According to news reports, officers, responding to reports of a man found unconscious on a City sidewalk, were pelted with attempting to revive him. The victim, whose name has not been released and who has been described as a man in his 30s, was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Nearly 90 people were arrested yesterday, including four for violent disorder and 11 for possessing a police uniform; an angry mob trashed a Bank of England and a Royal Bank of Scotland, busting windows, scrawling graffiti on the walls, and looting as they went.

More protests are planned for today, including protestors banging on the doors of the hotels where delegates are staying (good luck with that), youth protestors to march on the ExCel Centre, where the G20 talks are being held, and as yet undefined Anarchist protests. For a complete list of protests and events, click here.

Outside of London's city central and away from the Docklands, however, life is pretty much proceeding as normal. While tube and bus services were impacted yesterday afternoon, little else was "“ though conversations on street corners and in shops have invariably turned to the G20. One topic of conversation: Why did the Americans want so much protection for President Obama, even going so far as to ask that drains to the Thames be sealed near the ExCel Centre?

Every New Movie, TV Series, and Special Coming to Netflix in May

Netflix is making way for loads of laughs in its library in May, with a handful of original comedy specials (Steve Martin, Martin Short, Carol Burnett, Tig Notaro, and John Mulvaney will all be there), plus the long-awaited return of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Here’s every new movie, TV series, and special making its way to Netflix in May.


27: Gone Too Soon

A Life of Its Own: The Truth About Medical Marijuana


Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures: Season 1

Beautiful Girls


God's Own Country

Hachi: A Dog's Tale

Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay

Hellboy II: The Golden Army

High School Musical 3: Senior Year

John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous Live at Radio City

Mr. Woodcock

My Perfect Romance

Pocoyo & Cars

Pocoyo & The Space Circus

Queens of Comedy: Season 1

Reasonable Doubt

Red Dragon

Scream 2


Simon: Season 1

Sliding Doors


The Bourne Ultimatum

The Carter Effect

The Clapper

The Reaping

The Strange Name Movie

Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V: Season 2




A Little Help with Carol Burnett


Busted!: Season 1

Dear White People: Volume 2

End Game

Forgive Us Our Debts

Kong: King of the Apes: Season 2


My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman: Tina Fey

No Estoy Loca

The Rain: Season 1


Faces Places


The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale



Hari Kondabolu: Warn Your Relatives


Dirty Girl

MAY 11

Bill Nye Saves the World: Season 3

Evil Genius: the True Story of America's Most Diabolical Bank Heist

Spirit Riding Free: Season 5

The Kissing Booth

The Who Was? Show: Season 1

MAY 13

Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife

MAY 14

The Phantom of the Opera

MAY 15

Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce: Season 4

Grand Designs: Seasons 13 - 14

Only God Forgives

The Game 365: Seasons 15 - 16

MAY 16


Mamma Mia!

The 40-Year-Old Virgin

The Kingdom


MAY 18


Catching Feelings

Inspector Gadget: Season 4

MAY 19

Bridge to Terabithia

Disney’s Scandal: Season 7

Small Town Crime

MAY 20

Some Kind of Beautiful

MAY 21

Señora Acero: Season 4

MAY 22

Mob Psycho 100: Season 1

Shooter: Season 2

Terrace House: Opening New Doors: Part 2

Tig Notaro Happy To Be Here

MAY 23


MAY 24

Fauda: Season 2

Survivors Guide to Prison

MAY 25


Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life

The Toys That Made Us: Season 2

Trollhunters: Part 3

MAY 26

Sara's Notebook

MAY 27

The Break with Michelle Wolf

MAY 29

Disney·Pixar's Coco

MAY 30

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 4

MAY 31

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman: Howard Stern

The First-Ever Troop of Homeless Girl Scouts Just Crushed Their Cookie Sales Goal

Selling 32,500 boxes of cookies in a single week would be noteworthy for any team of Girl Scouts, but it's an especially sweet achievement for Troop 6000: The New York City-based chapter is the first-ever Girl Scout troop composed entirely of children living in homeless shelters.

According to NBC News, this season marked the first time the troop took part in the organization's annual cookie sale tradition. In early April, they received exclusive permission to set up shop inside the Kellogg's Café in Union Square. They kicked off their inaugural stand sale aiming to sell at least 6000 boxes of cookies: At the end of six days, they had sold more than 32,500.

Some customers waited in line an hour to purchase boxes from the history-making young women. Others gave their money directly to the troop, collectively donating over $15,000 to fund trips and activities. After purchasing their cookies, customers could also buy special Girl Scout cookie-inspired menu items from the Kellogg's store, with all proceeds going to Troop 6000.

The troop formed in 2016 as a collaboration between the Girl Scouts of Greater New York, Mayor de Blasio, and the city Department of Homeless Services. Meetings are held in shelters across the city, and many of the troop leaders, often mothers of the scouts, are homeless women themselves. About 40 percent of New York's homeless population are children, and Troop 6000 had to expand last summer to accommodate a flood of new recruits. Today, there are about 300 girls enrolled in the program.

[h/t NBC News]


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