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:”