Good Morning, RVA: A Super Tuesday indeed

Voting, beautiful weather, probably a happy hour—what a great day.

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Good morning, RVA! It’s 40 °F, and take advantage of today, y’all. Highs near 70 °F and plenty of sunshine will have you considering an out-of-doors happy hour this afternoon–which you should totally do because between now and tomorrow temperatures drop 20 degrees.

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It’s Super Tuesday! Today 11 states will hold presidential primaries (additionally, Alaska and Wyoming will hold Republican caucuses). The winner of today’s chunk of primaries usually, at least within recent memory, wins their party’s nomination–so after today we should Know Some Things™. FiveThirtyEight has Clinton with a 99% chance of victory in Virginia and Trump with a 70% chance. Richard Hayes put together this Primary Primer that answers all of your voting questions.

Hey! Look at this! Michael Paul Williams picked up the story about HB 587 which eternally prevents localities from removing, or even just plain moving, their Confederate monuments. Susan Howson wrote this excellent piece on the issue last week as the bill passed through the House on its way to the Senate. The Senate predictably voted along party lines in favor of the bill, and now I am predictably sad.

Francesca Lyn wrote this absolutely fascinating piece about diversity in comics that you should read. VCU just added a super rare copy of All-Negro Comics #1 to its already very impressive comics collection. You did know that VCU had an impressive collection of comics, right?

Yesterday legal nerds were in a tizzy after US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas asked a few questions from the bench, something he hasn’t done in a decade. Scroll down to the bottom of page 35 (PDF) to see what it’s like for lawyer when a justice you definitely weren’t expecting to ask a question totally does.

Back on Valentine’s day, one of Google’s self-driving cars got into a super minor accident for which it may have been, at least partially, at fault. This would be a first for robot drivers, as normally they’re just rear-ended by humans. You can read the accident report (PDF) for yourself. Also, it’s neat that the California DMV has a specific form for “Report of Traffic Accident Involving an Autonomous Vehicle.”


  • Spiders host Dayton in the final regular-season home game tonight at 7:30 PM on CBSSN.
  • #4 Wahoos travel to Clemson tonight at 7:00 PM for their final road game. Watch on ESPNU.

This morning’s longread

How America Made Donald Trump Unstoppable

It’s Super Tuesday so this feels like an appropriate, if not pretty mean, longread.

This is part of a gigantic subplot to the Trump story, which is that many of his critiques of the process are the same ones being made by Bernie Sanders. The two men, of course, are polar opposites in just about every way – Sanders worries about the poor, while Trump would eat a child in a lifeboat – but both are laser-focused on the corrupting role of money in politics.

Both propose “revolutions” to solve the problem, the difference being that Trump’s is an authoritarian revolt, while Sanders proposes a democratic one. If it comes down to a Sanders-Trump general election, the matter will probably be decided by which candidate the national press turns on first: the flatulent narcissist with cattle-car fantasies or the Democrat who gently admires Scandinavia. Would you bet your children on that process playing out sensibly?

This morning’s Instagram

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Ross Catrow

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