• Our chief White House correspondent says the president’s decision has echoes of Watergate.
• And another of our Washington reporters says Mr. Comey’s dismissal was a year in the making.
We’ll have continuing coverage today.
• Getting tough on drug crime.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is expected to toughen rules on prosecuting drug offenses, according to people familiar with his deliberations.
It would be a major rollback of Obama-era policies, and Mr. Sessions’s first big stamp on a Justice Department that he has criticized as soft on crime.
• U.S. to arm Kurds in Syria.
The plan approved by President Trump would let the Kurds participate in the battle to retake Raqqa, the Islamic State’s self-proclaimed capital.
But Turkey, a NATO ally, is deeply opposed.
• South Korea’s new approach.
Moon Jae-in, who won the presidential election on Tuesday, promised today to play a more assertive role in resolving the crisis over North Korea’s nuclear program through dialogue.
Mr. Moon said that he would be willing to meet with the North’s leader, Kim Jong-un, if the circumstances were right.
And looking at the recent elections in South Korea and France, our columnist explains what makes a political movement populist — or not.
• “The Daily,” your audio news report.
In today’s show, we talk about James Comey, and which of the two investigations he was leading did him in.
Listen on a computer, an iOS device or an Android device.
• Eight Democratic senators called for a federal investigation into whether the investor Carl Icahn has violated laws against insider trading and market manipulation in his role as a special adviser to President Trump.
• The political climate in the U.S. is bolstering a Canadian effort to attract workers in industries like artificial intelligence.
• For parents struggling to get their children to sleep, China’s state-run media has a series of English-language videos in the form of bedtime stories.
The hero? President Xi Jinping, who is shown working to extend China’s political and economic power across Asia and the Middle East.
• U.S. stocks were mixed on Tuesday. Here’s a snapshot of global markets.
• Aerobic fitness should be checked during medical exams because it can help assess the risk of heart disease, experts say.
• Decluttering? There are apps for that.
• Recipe of the day: For a verdant side dish, try a pilaf with parsley, cilantro, chives and mint.
• Last look at “Amélie” on Broadway.
The musical adaptation of the 2001 film will close on May 21. Today’s 360 video provides the onstage perspective of Phillipa Soo and her young co-star, Savvy Crawford.
• The engine of American inequality.
In an essay for The Times Magazine, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author argues that the mortgage interest deduction, an enormous entitlement in the tax code, props up home prices and overwhelmingly benefits the wealthy and upper middle class.
• A ballerina with acting chops.
We spoke with Misty Copeland, 34, who has embraced acting in her dancing with American Ballet Theater.
“You feel the age and the injuries, and you realize the importance of character,” she said.
• Southern food’s provocative voice.
John T. Edge, director of the Southern Foodways Alliance, has made a living wrestling with the food legacy of a region built on slavery, and has attracted plenty of critics along the way.
We talked to him about his new book. Pass the biscuits.
• Best of late-night TV.
President Trump explained why he fired James Comey, but Trevor Noah wasn’t buying it.
Two decades ago, a machine conquered humanity. In chess, that is, when the IBM computer Deep Blue defeated Garry Kasparov, then the world champion.
The two had faced off the previous year, when Mr. Kasparov won the six-game match 4-2. But the computer won the rematch, 3½-2½.
Before the first contest, Mr. Kasparov was reportedly so confident that he turned down an offer to split the $500,000 winnings 60-40. Instead he insisted on a winner-take-all affair.
Then he lost the first game, a “shattering experience,” according to his coach.
“I’m a human being,” Mr. Kasparov said after losing the second matchup. “When I see something that is well beyond my understanding, I’m afraid.”
He and chess pundits attributed the loss to a single move, which may have simply been a bug.
According to one of the computer’s creators, Deep Blue was unable to choose a move, so it picked one at random. It was a glitch, but the machine’s counterintuitive play may have confused Mr. Kasparov.
“It was an incredibly refined move,” said the grandmaster Yasser Seirawan. “And it sent Garry into a tizzy.”
Evan Gershkovich contributed reporting.
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