Tucker Carlson Out at Fox News
Happy Tuesday! The bad man is finally gone.
Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories
- President Joe Biden announced his reelection campaign Tuesday morning with the release of a 3-minute video making the case that he is a unifying leader successfully winning the “battle for the soul of the country” against “MAGA extremists.”
- Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced the negotiation of a temporary nationwide ceasefire in Sudan, beginning Monday at midnight and lasting 72 hours—though previous attempts at a ceasefire have swiftly collapsed. Blinken said the U.S. would also stand up a committee to negotiate a “durable end” to the fighting between supporters of two rival generals that has killed more than 400 people since it began last week.
- The Wall Street Journal reported Monday Iran is supplying Russia with large amounts of artillery and other ammunition via the Caspian Sea. According to documents reviewed by the Journal, Iran has allegedly shipped more than 300,000 artillery shells and more than a million rounds of ammunition to Russia over the last six months, boosting Moscow’s efforts in Ukraine. The U.S. and its allies have reportedly been searching for ways to disrupt the shipments, but doing so would require the cooperation of the former Soviet Republics that border the Caspian Sea.
- In a letter to local law enforcement giving officers time to prepare for any unrest, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis indicated Monday any potential indictment of former President Donald Trump or his allies would be announced between July 11 and September 1, 2023. Trump and several of his associates have been under investigation in Georgia for two years in connection with their efforts to subvert the 2020 election results in the state.
- Trump picked up two more high-profile endorsements on Monday, from former Rep. Lee Zeldin of New York and Sen. Steve Daines of Montana. Zeldin—who ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2022—had appeared with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in recent months, while Daines is leading the National Republican Senatorial Committee for the 2024 cycle.
- The White House announced Monday that Susan Rice, President Joe Biden’s domestic policy adviser, is stepping down. Rice, who had previously served as former President Barack Obama’s national security adviser and ambassador to the United Nations, will remain in the role until late May, and Axios reports Neera Tanden—Biden’s staff secretary and senior adviser—is being considered as Rice’s potential successor.
‘Please Get [Him] Fired. Seriously.’
At the Heritage Foundation’s 50th Anniversary Gala over the weekend, Heritage President Kevin Roberts jokingly made what turned out to be an exceptionally well-timed job offer to a certain primetime cable news host. “If things go south at Fox News, there’s always a job for you at Heritage,” he told Tucker Carlson.
The political world was rocked Monday morning when Fox News announced in a terse, 65-word statement that it was parting ways with the network’s most popular anchor. “We thank [Tucker] for his service to the network as a host and prior to that as a contributor,” the press release read. “Mr. Carlson’s last program was Friday, April 21st.”
Although the statement described the separation as mutually agreed upon, the timing makes clear it was anything but. Carlson—who was reportedly in negotiations to extend his Fox contract through 2029—was “blindsided” by the news, informed of his firing just 10 minutes before the rest of the world. And he didn’t even get to say goodbye: His final show aired on Friday, and—following a closing segment featuring a pizza delivery guy who helped catch a car thief—he closed out the program by wishing viewers a great weekend and telling them, “We’ll be back Monday.”