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.

A veto in Georgia: Last week Adam wrote about a threatened corporate boycott of Georgia if the governor of the U.S. state signed a bill that would limit protections for the gay and lesbian community. Today, Governor Nathan Deal, a Republican, said he would veto the measure.

Supreme Court rejects Blagojevich appeal: The former Illinois governor, who was convicted in 2011 on corruption charges, failed in his attempt to get the U.S. Supreme Court to take another look at his conviction. Blagojevich is serving a 14-year prison sentence for, among other things, trying to sell the vacant U.S. Senate seat once occupied by Barack Obama.

Brussels attack, cont’d: This morning I told you that authorities had last week arrested and charged a man known as Faycal C, whom Belgian media had reported was the man seen in a photograph released by authorities of a suspected attacker at Brussels airport. Today, he was freed for lack of evidence.

Obama in Cuba, cont’d: Turns out the American president didn’t win everyone over during his visit last week. In a signed editorial in Granma, the Communist Party newspaper, Fidel Castro, the former Cuban president, cited Obama’s call to “forget the past” and “look to the future together,” by saying:

I suppose all of us were at risk of a heart attack upon hearing these words from the President of the United States. After a ruthless blockade that has lasted almost 60 years, and what about those who have died in the mercenary attacks on Cuban ships and ports, an airliner full of passengers blown up in midair, mercenary invasions, multiple acts of violence and coercion?

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