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.

Oregon updates: Following the arrest of eight militants who had been occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, and the death of another, federal agents have sealed off the site. Until now, people have been able to come and go freely from the site, where Ammon Bundy had organized an illegal occupation. I have more detail on the arrests and death here.

Eichmann papers in Jerusalem: Israel has released papers showing that Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi official executed in 1962, begged for his life after receiving a death sentence, insisting he was innocent and had only been carrying out orders. Eichmann complained the judges had failed to “empathize” with his situation. The plea was rejected and he was hanged.

Wacko Jacko: Who thought this was a good idea? Actor Joseph Fiennes, who is Caucasian, has been cast as the late Michael Jackson in British TV drama. Maybe the producers didn’t know whether MJ was black or white, but this idea is bad.

News from the morning here.