What We're Following This Morning

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

It’s Election Day in the U.S.: A roundup from David of the contests worth watching here—including in Ohio, where voters will decide whether to legalize marijuana for recreational and medical use. If the constitutional amendment is approved, Ohio will join Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and the District of Columbia, which have all legalized pot in the last few years.

Russian Crash Investigation: The cause of the Russian passenger jet crash that killed all 224 people on board this weekend remains unknown. As Krishnadev reported Monday, a senior official of the airline that operated the plane says that the aircraft was brought down by “external forces.” Now, Russia’s top aviation official says it’s too early to tell, and that investigators can’t yet rule out pilot error or technical malfunctions as causes. Update: More here

Storm Brewing in Yemen: A cyclone is headed toward Yemen, bringing with it strong winds and heavy rain. Such storms are rare in the country; the cyclone, which has been named Chapala, would be the first hurricane-strength storm to hit Yemen since 1945.

Death of an Iraqi Politician: Ahmad Chalabi, who is most known for his role in persuading the Bush administration to invade Iraq in 2003, died of heart failure in his home in Baghdad. He was 71.

On the Hill: Paul Ryan will hold his first news conference since his election as House speaker last week.