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With the fallout from his sexual harassment settlements piling up and more advertisers taking flight, Bill O'Reilly told viewers of The O'Reilly Factor tonight that he's taking a vacation planned last fall and will be back in 2 weeks, but some at Fox News believe that he may not return to the air, per New York Magazine.

Why it matters: Sources tell NY Mag's Gabriel Sherman — who has led the way at every twist and turn of the O'Reilly/Roger Ailes saga — that James Murdoch, 21st Century Fox's CEO, wants to oust O'Reilly while his father Rupert is hesitant. A similar scenario played out during last year's sexual harrassment scandal involving Ailes, the network's former chairman, who eventually resigned.

Update: A Fox News spokesperson said that O'Reilly did have a pre-planned vacation and would be returning to The O'Reilly Factor on April 24.

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Scoop: Mike Bloomberg's anti-chaos theory

CNN's Anderson Cooper questions Joe Biden last night at a drive-in town hall in Moosic, Pa., outside Scranton. Photo: CNN

Mike Bloomberg's $100 million Florida blitz begins today and will continue "wall to wall" in all 10 TV markets through Election Day, advisers tell me.

Why it matters: Bloomberg thinks that Joe Biden putting away Florida is the most feasible way to head off the national chaos we could have if the outcome of Trump v. Biden remained uncertain long after Election Day.

Biden's hardline Russia reset

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When he talks about Russia, Joe Biden has sounded like Ronald Reagan all summer, setting up a potential Day 1 confrontation with Russian President Vladimir Putin if Biden were to win.

Why it matters: Biden has promised a forceful response against Russia for both election interference and alleged bounty payments to target American troops in Afghanistan. But being tougher than President Trump could be the easy part. The risk is overdoing it and making diplomacy impossible.