What We're Following This Afternoon

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

The emails of Michigan’s governor: Rick Snyder released a chunk of correspondence—some of it heavily redacted—in an attempt to remedy the backlash against the government’s response to the lead-tainted water supply in Flint that has sickened several residents. In his State of the State address earlier this week, Snyder apologized to the people of Flint for the growing water crisis and said “I will fix it.”

About that ninth planet: The one that California astronomers said yesterday  is orbiting in the far-reaches of the solar system—Ross talked to a 92-year-old physicist (who is widely regarded as one of the singular geniuses of 20th century physics) about whether it could provide humans with a gravitational assist in future interstellar travel. Read about it here.

D.C. snow-related panic peaks: The district, often teased for its acute inability to handle snowfall, is expected to get between 27 inches and 30 inches of snow this weekend. This tweet sums up the state of the nation’s capital right now:

News from this morning here.