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.

Civilian deaths in Syria: At least 23 people were killed and dozens injured when missiles struck hospitals and shelters in northern Syria, where violence has intensified recently as Russian-backed Syrian government troops attempt to wrest control of Aleppo from rebel groups. More on the attacks here.

A big Presidents Day gift: David Rubenstein is donating $18 million to the National Park Service to fix up the Lincoln Memorial, the AP reports. The money will go toward repairing the memorial’s roof, polishing the marble, constructing a second elevator, and building 15,000 square feet of exhibit space below Abe’s feet.

On the campaign trail: Republican presidential candidates are preparing for this Saturday’s primary in South Carolina, where Trump leads Cruz and Rubio by more than 20 percentage points, and Bush, Kasich, and Carson are polling in the single digits. Kasich is enjoying a post-New Hampshire boost, and Bush, who’s struggling to stay relevant, is bringing his brother George along to campaign events.

News from the morning here.