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.

A Muslim Family Banned? Prime Minister David Cameron’s office is investigating a British lawmaker’s claim that U.S. officials stopped a British Muslim family from flying to Disneyland for a planned holiday. Labour Party member Stella Creasy says that officials gave no reason for preventing her constituents from boarding a flight out of England’s Gatwick Airport last week.

Cruz vs. Post: The Republican presidential candidate criticized last night a new Washington Post cartoon that depicted him as Santa Claus and his two young daughters as monkeys. “I’m sickened,” Cruz wrote in an email to supporters. The Post has taken down the cartoon “because it’s generally been the policy of our editorial section to leave children out of it.” The artist has defended her work.

Dotcoming to America? Internet entrepreneur and Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom and three of his associates could be extradited from New Zealand to the United States to face charges, ​a New Zealand judge ruled. The FBI shut down Megaupload, a file-sharing site, in January 2012, and accused Dotcom of copyright infringement, racketeering, and money laundering.

Sorry, NASA: The launch of a Mars-bound science satellite next March has been suspended because of a leak in one of its instruments that scientists have been unsuccessful in fixing. And timing is everything when it comes to sending spacecraft to the Red Planet. As Irene Klotz points out for Reuters, “The cancellation raises questions about the future of the research effort, as it will be another two years before Earth and Mars are favorably aligned for a launch.”