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1. Tucker Carlson is leaving Fox News.
The stunning announcement, which sent shock waves through the conservative world and surprised even Donald Trump, came after Fox settled a defamation lawsuit for $787.5 million, in which Carlson’s high-rated show figured prominently.
“Fox News Media and Tucker Carlson have agreed to part ways,” the network said in a terse statement, thanking him for his “service.” Carlson’s last show was on Friday, and he appeared not to know that his time at Fox News had drawn to an end when he signed off.
“Tucker Carlson Tonight,” which Carlson hosted since 2016, will be replaced by an interim new program with rotating Fox News personalities.
2. President Biden is set to announce his re-election bid. It’s more complicated this time around.
His announcement could come as soon as tomorrow and will probably be in a video, as with the last campaign. But this time, Biden will not only need to warn about the dangers of Donald Trump’s return but also to defend his record. Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida might also enter the race.
A recent poll found that 70 percent of Americans feel Biden shouldn’t run for a second term. At 80, he’s already the oldest U.S. president in history — and many Democrats yearn for a fresh face. But none has emerged. Some of Biden’s top donors say they’re fully, yet nervously, behind the president.
More political news: After more than two years, Susan Rice is stepping down as Biden’s domestic policy adviser.
3. Civilians are fleeing Sudan into neighboring countries, adding to a refugee crisis in the region.
Gunfire, shelling and airstrikes have rocked Sudan for 10 days, as two generals vie for control. Four hundred have died, with thousands injured. Thousands more are pouring into Chad, Egypt and South Sudan, regional countries also grappling with conflict, hunger and economic struggles.
Over the weekend, governments, including the U.S., began evacuating diplomatic staff in airlifts or long car convoys. The exodus continued today. Some Sudanese feel abandoned and angry that widespread international diplomatic efforts have failed. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that “dozens” of Americans wanted to leave Sudan but that arranging transportation was too dangerous. There are an estimated 16,000 Americans in the country.
Other international news: Russia’s foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, chaired a U.N. Security Council meeting and faced rebuke by Western members and the U.N.’s top official over the invasion of Ukraine.
4. Jury selection began in the Tree of Life synagogue massacre trial.
Federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty for Robert Bowers, an outspoken white supremacist accused of killing 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue in October 2018. It was the deadliest antisemitic attack in U.S. history. He has been charged with 63 crimes, including 11 counts of hate crimes resulting in death.
Bowers’s lawyers argue that he’s suffering from a “major mental illness” and that he would take a guilty plea on all counts in exchange for life in prison without parole. Federal prosecutors rejected the offer. Congregants, family members and synagogue representatives have split on whether the death penalty is appropriate.
More legal news: Donald Trump’s civil trial, in which he stands accused of rape nearly 25 years ago, begins tomorrow in Federal District Court in Manhattan. The columnist and author E. Jean Carroll sued Trump last year over the alleged incident.
5. The Green Bay Packers traded Aaron Rodgers to the Jets.
The trade, which was confirmed by a person with knowledge of the terms, ended a three-year power struggle between the team and Rodgers, one of the game’s greatest passers.
Since Joe Namath led the Jets to their only Super Bowl in 1969, the franchise has struggled to find a winning long-term quarterback. In exchange for Rodgers, the Jets agreed to trade the No. 13 overall pick in this year’s draft; two later-round picks; and a conditional second-round pick in the 2024 N.F.L. draft. They’ll get Rodgers; the No. 15 pick and a later-round pick.
Rodgers spent 18 seasons in Green Bay, winning the league’s Most Valuable Player Award four times. But he’d grown unhappy with aspects of the franchise’s direction.
6. Bed Bath & Beyond has filed for bankruptcy.
The 52-year-old home goods retailer will begin closing its 360 stores and 120 Buy Buy Baby locations on Wednesday with store closing sales. Customers have until May 8 to use gift cards. All stores are expected to close by June 30.
The chain fell victim to today’s uncertain economic climate, an unwieldy corporate structure and the failure to reckon with online shopping. The company’s decline offers a glimpse into overall forces shaping the tumultuous postpandemic retail landscape.
In other business news, clients withdrew nearly $69 billion from Credit Suisse in the first quarter, underscoring the bank’s spiraling troubles.
7. A new study showed young employees may miss out by working remotely.
More than 50 million Americans, largely in white-collar jobs, began working from home in the pandemic. One of the first major studies on remote work found that despite the advantages of convenience and flexibility, younger workers may pay a professional penalty.
Research on a group of engineers found that the “power of proximity” was particularly large for newly hired employees, younger workers and women, who received less feedback and were likelier to quit. Despite its somewhat narrow findings, the study suggests the office can play an important role in early-career development.
In health news: Experts say Covid-19 is different this spring: Deaths and case rates in the U.S. have dropped, since almost everyone has immunity or can use Paxlovid. Game-changing variants haven’t emerged.
8. We remember Dame Edna, a.k.a. the Australian-born comic Barry Humphries.
Humphries died Saturday in Sydney at 89, after hip surgery. For almost seven decades, he embodied the dotty character of Dame Edna Everage, consorting with both British, Hollywood and Broadway royalty.
A master improviser, Humphries was one of the world’s foremost theatrical clowns. He conceived Edna in 1955 as Mrs. Norm Everage, typical Australian housewife. (“Everage” is Australian for “average.”) Among Edna’s bon mots: “I made a decision: I put my family last” or her tendency to call her audience “Possums.” She was, writes my retired colleague Ben Brantley, “the original Real Housewife. Or Surreal Housewife, if you prefer.”
10. And finally, they figured out how to make Gen Z love chess.
The number of daily active users on Chess.com, a learning app and website, has jumped to more than 11 million from 5.4 million since early November. The biggest growth is among players under 24.
The pandemic and the mini-series “The Queen’s Gambit” may have helped. But Chess.com has targeted a younger crowd on social media, hoping to remake the game’s geeky image into something cooler. Users can play against people at their skill level or against A.I. avatars. The most popular so far has been a cat bot, Mittens, who could beat almost any human player in the world.
Have a strategic evening.
Brent Lewis compiled photos for this briefing.
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