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.

Obama on San Bernardino shooting: The president described last week’s massacre at a civic-services center as an act of terrorism. “The threat from terrorism is real,” he said in an address to the nation last night, “but we will overcome it.”

A vote in Venezuela: The opposition has won a majority in Venezuela’s National Assembly (99 seats), defeating the ruling Socialists (46 seats) by a wide margin. It’s the first defeat for the Socialists in years and comes as Venezuelans reel from high prices and food shortages. Update: More here

A federal investigation: The Justice Department plans to investigate the Chicago Police Department amid the fallout over a video showing the police-involved death of Laquan McDonald. News of the impending announcement was reported by the Chicago Tribune and The New York Times, both citing unnamed officials. Update: More here

Syrian refugees in Texas: Twelves Syrian refugees, including six children, are expected to arrive in Dallas and Houston today after the state on Friday withdrew its request for a temporary court order that would have halted the move. But the state is moving ahead with its lawsuit against the federal government and refugee-resettlement agencies over the resettlement of the refugees. Update: More here