Forecasts for this weekend's East Coast blizzard continue to anticipate epic levels of precipitation; an early dusting of snow in D.C., meanwhile, triggered traffic meltdowns that included a vehicle careening across our culture editor's lawn and hitting his car while it was still parked in his driveway. In other news:
- An official U.K. report concluded that Vladimir Putin had "probably approved" the 2006 assassination of a Russian-spy-turned-British-citizen in London—but the administration of prime minister David Cameron probably won't do much in retaliation because, well, Russia is an ally in the war against ISIS and geopolitics sometimes involves abhorrent moral compromises.
- Bernie Sanders released a compelling ad set to Simon and Garfunkel—an ad which, according to a top Clinton ally, indicates that "black lives don't matter much to Bernie Sanders" because its subjects are mostly white.
- The much-anticipated Marco Rubio surge hasn't happened yet, and Slate's Josh Voorhees is left wondering why Republican establishment pols still haven't rallied their resources around him.
- It's not a good time to be a single Syrian man who's earnestly seeking refuge in Lebanon or Europe.
- And a California company recalled a number of shipments of cough syrup because the product, which was ostensibly a Chinese herbal remedy, actually contained a fairly significant secret ingredient: morphine.
Have a good day out there.