As Virginia primary approaches tomorrow, I’m reminded I used to live right smack in the middle of what is now Eric Cantor’s district. I’ve been represented, so to speak, by Newt Gingrich, too.

Here are some midday news/views treats from various parts of the pantry:

* FiveThirtyEight’s updated Senate ratings very slightly less favorable to a GOP takeover.

* Good summary by Patricia Miller at Religion Dispatches about the run-up to Paul VI’s 1968 Humanae Vitae encyclical, which rejected the advice of a papal commission to liberalize teachings on contraception.

* E.J. Dionne deplores the “rancid partisanship” that has erupted over the Bergdahl exchange.

* At the Prospect, Paul Waldman focuses on gap between Republican electeds and Republican voters on two issues: Afghanistan and climate change.

* At TNR, Danny Vinik calls for subsidized employment for the long-term unemployed.

And in non-political news:

* Long-awaited NCAA v. O’Bannon trial begins today. Here’s a primer.

As we break the lunch, “Here Comes the Hammer:”

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.