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Biden Reelection Bid

President Joe Biden formally announced yesterday he would run for reelection in 2024, ending months of speculation over his plans. 


The decision sets up a potential rematch of the 2020 election between Biden and former President Donald Trump. Analysts say Biden's run will likely keep major Democratic challengers from entering the race, while a number of GOP candidates have declared thus far. Current polling shows Trump far ahead of the Republican primary field, including against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has not yet formally declared his candidacy.


Biden's bid also comes amid polls showing dampened public enthusiasm for a rematch between the two after a contentious 2020 race. Less than 50% of voters signaled they wanted either candidate to run—43% for Biden, 49% for Trump (see questions 7 and 8 here)—while almost 40% said they feel "exhausted" over the possibility. Biden and Trump will be 81 and 78 years old, respectively, by next year's election.


See who has officially declared for the 2024 race here.


Sudan Health Lab Seized

The World Health Organization yesterday warned of a high risk of a biological hazard in Sudan's capital of Khartoum after a national health lab was seized by one of two parties fighting for control of the city. The lab, located outside of the Sudan military's headquarters and near the center of Khartoum, holds samples of a range of diseases, including measles, polio, and cholera. It's unclear which party has captured the facility. 


At least 459 people have been killed and over 4,000 injured since fighting began 11 days ago in the North African country between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the opposing Rapid Support Forces (see overview). Thousands of Sudanese citizens have fled from the violence into neighboring nations, including roughly 20,000 to Chad. The UN refugee agency expects up to 270,000 people to flee to Chad and South Sudan—two of Sudan's seven neighbors. 


Governments continued to evacuate foreign nationals as fighting carried on despite a 72-hour cease-fire brokered by the US and Saudi Arabia. See evacuation efforts here


RIP 'King of Calypso'

Harry Belafonte, the Grammy-winning Caribbean-American folk singer and civil rights activist who became one of the first leading Black actors in Hollywood, died early yesterday of congestive heart failure in Manhattan. He was 96. 


Born in Harlem in 1927 to Caribbean parents, Belafonte would serve in the US Navy during World War II before gaining popularity singing in New York jazz clubs and stage-acting. His 1956 album "Calypso"—featuring Caribbean folk hits "Day-O" and "Jamaica Farewell"—became the first album to sell more than 1 million copies, launching his music career into film and TV. His 1959 TV special "Tonight with Belafonte" would earn him an Emmy—the first for a Black performer.


Beyond entertainment, Belafonte was an outspoken civil rights activist for seven decades, both in the US and abroad, including as a confidant and financial sponsor for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. See his life in photos here.


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In The Know

Sports, Entertainment, & Culture

> Prince William received "very large sum" from Rupert Murdoch's UK media arm in 2020 phone hacking lawsuit settlement (More)

> Fox News ratings for the 8 pm ET time slot drop 21% in first night since Tucker Carlson's exit from the network (More)

> Netflix to invest $2.5B over the next four years to develop films and television shows in South Korea (More) | First-ever Barbie doll representing a person with Down syndrome released yesterday by Mattel (More)


Science & Technology

> First private lunar probe appears to have failed after Tokyo-based startup ispace loses contact with craft as it approached the moon's surface (More)

> Neuroscientists pinpoint mechanism that allows long-term memories to be stored in the brain (More) | US health officials approve treatment for rare form of Lou Gehrig’s disease (More)

> Genetic sequencing of ancient humans surpasses 10,000 samples, marking a milestone in the analysis of early human civilization (More)


Business & Markets

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> US stock markets close lower (S&P 500 -1.6%, Dow -1.0%, Nasdaq -2.0%) on growing bank fears; First Republic Bank shares fall 49% after Monday’s earnings report (More)

> Alphabet (Google) beats revenue and earnings expectations, authorizes $70B stock buyback (More) | Microsoft beats revenue and earnings expectations on strong cloud momentum (More

> General Motors increases full-year 2023 profit outlook, will drop electric Chevy Bolt from vehicle lineup (More) | McDonald’s beats revenue and earnings expectations on higher prices and more customer visits (More

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Politics & World Affairs

> Islamic State leader responsible for 2021 Kabul airport bombing that killed 13 US troops and 170 Afghans reportedly killed in raid by Taliban fighters (More) | The difference between ISIS, Al-Qaeda, and the Taliban (More)

> Jury selection begins in civil trial brought by journalist E. Jean Carroll against former President Donald Trump over allegations of sexual assault and defamation stemming from an incident in the mid-1990s (More)

> Up to 150 civilians reportedly killed by government forces in the West African country of Burkina Faso in operations meant to target jihadist groups (More) | Death toll from Kenyan starvation cult hits 90 victims (More)

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