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.

Ben Carson’s West Point claim: Politico is reporting that the Republican candidate fabricated in his autobiography his application and acceptance into the U.S. military academy. Carson’s campaign conceded the story was false, Politico reported.

No Keystone XL Pipeline: President Obama said the State Department has concluded that the controversial project is not in the national interest. The decision kills the long-stalled project to bring oil from the Canadian tar sands to Texas.

Russia suspends Egypt flights: The decision was made after a recommendation from the FSB, the country’s internal security service, to put flights on hold until an investigation determines what caused a passenger jet to crash last weekend. President Obama said it’s a “possibility” the flight was downed by a bomb.