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.

Syria peace talks suspended until February 25: Staffan de Mistura, the UN special envoy, cited a lack of progress in the first week of talks in Geneva as a reason for his decision.

Rand Paul suspends his presidential campaign: As David details, Paul’s campaign was one of unfulfilled expectations. In the early days of the presidential campaign, he was viewed as a front-runner. Update: Molly has more, on Paul’s “impossibility” as a candidate.

Robert Durst pleads guilty: The estranged heir to a New York real estate fortune and subject of a HBO documentary pleaded guilty to illegally possessing a .38-caliber revolver. The New York Times reports that under a plea bargain arrangement, he will be sentenced to 85 months in federal prison.

News from the morning here.