The results are in. Votes have been tallied in all 12 Super Tuesday states, with Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton scoring unsurprising victories in Alabama, Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee and Virginia. Bernie Sanders eked out four wins, and despite his delegate disadvantage, he’s vowed to keep running until the last contest in June. Ted Cruz claimed Texas, Oklahoma and Alaska. And Marco Rubio got a much-needed boost from his first primary win, Minnesota — though OZY’s Nick Fouriezos says it’s unlikely he can make a comeback at this point.
The Presidential Daily Brief
They’re refusing to fold up their tents. Riot police tossed tear gas into a stone-throwing crowd of migrants overnight as demolition squads dismantled hundreds of shelters. The refugees in northern France are being told to move to shipping containers nearby, but many fear doing so will require them to claim asylum in France, dashing their hopes of reaching Britain. Violence erupted yesterday as shelters were destroyed, prompting migrants onto a highway to block cars in protest. Today the demolition crews are set to return, and authorities are bracing for more tension.
Choose your battles wisely! The U.S., bolstered by progress against the Sunni militants in Syria, is setting its sights on Iraq’s second-largest city, currently under ISIS control. Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says troops are laying the groundwork to isolate Mosul from jihadi headquarters in Raqqa, Syria. Experts warn the plan would require months of urban warfare from Iraqi forces, but if successful it would support America’s argument that ISIS is on the run in Iraq, while dampening spirits of would-be recruits.
There’s a map for that. Two Israeli soldiers who were finding their way using crowdsourced navigation app Waze, an Israeli invention, took a wrong turn last night when they accidentally drove into a Palestinian refugee camp. The locals, suspecting a raid, reportedly attacked them with stones and firebombs, setting the car on fire and sending the soldiers into hiding. The two men have been found but 10 were injured and a 22-year-old Palestinian journalism student was killed during the confusion — leading some to question the soldiers’ use of Waze.
He’s just managing expectations. Bill Dudley, president of the New York Federal Reserve, points to stubbornly low inflation, stock turbulence and concerns over emerging markets by way of warning that U.S. economic growth may take a hit. His biggest concern is that inflation will fall so low that it affects consumer outlook. Policymakers and investors alike will be tuning in Friday for the latest U.S. jobs report, but don’t worry: Dudley says America’s “core strengths” should still ensure 2 percent growth in real gross domestic product this year.
Prosecutors drop case against man accused of murdering 29 in Omagh bombing. (BBC)
Judge denies Justice Dept. motion to get Apple to unlock a phone in drug case. (AFP)
German high court mulls whether to ban extremist NPD party. (DW)
Britain sends troops to help secure Tunisian-Libyan border. (VOA)
Mississippi attorney files lawsuit seeking to ban state’s current flag. (USA Today)
Study links Zika virus to Guillain-Barre syndrome. (AFP)
Osama bin Laden’s will made public, included $29 million bequest for jihad. (CNN)
Look who’s talking! The conservative who succeeded Thurgood Marshall to the bench is infamous for almost never asking questions — his last one was in 2006. But he was downright talkative yesterday in Voisine v. United States, a case about domestic violence in which a man convicted of injuring his girlfriend was banned from ever owning a gun. The 67-year-old justice asked for other examples of misdemeanors that suspend constitutional rights, prompting speculation that he’ll take a more active role now that Antonin Scalia is gone.
Pick on someone your own size. The Internet giant’s experimental autonomous vehicles have had accidents in road tests before, but a DMV report reveals that a Feb. 14 scrape with a bus in Mountain View, California, was the first in which the Google car was at fault. No one was hurt after the self-driving SUV changed lanes at low speed and bumped into the side of a bus, causing minor damage. Though autonomous cars face years of testing, a crash like this could damage confidence in driverless technology.
Dragline is gone. The former soldier best known for his Oscar-winning portrayal alongside Paul Newman in Cool Hand Luke died Sunday in Boise, Idaho. A frequent co-star of Clint Eastwood, the burly 6-foot-4 action star also embraced a new genre with hilarious turns in the Naked Gun series. The World War II vet, who last appeared in 2014’s The Gambler with Mark Wahlberg, died of natural causes just months after his wife Joan passed away, and he’s being remembered as an actor who’d done it all.
It’s a small world. That’s the media narrative, with pundits fretting about asylum seekers streaming into Europe at unprecedented rates. But experts say that when you adjust for increasing population numbers, migration has stayed steady at 2 to 3 percent for the last five decades — even with the exodus of Syrian refugees — and asylum seekers notably make up less than 10 percent of all migrants. While 97 percent of us stay where we were born, 3 percent do move on, and Western countries are increasingly becoming their destination.
They won’t let go. The four-time Super Bowl-winning QB has played in New England since he was first drafted in 2000, and that’s likely where he’ll retire. The 38-year-old just topped up his existing contract with an additional two-year deal keeping him in Massachusetts through 2019. If Brady can complete the agreement’s full term — which is likely, given league rules protecting quarterbacks — the future Hall of Famer would be just the fourth in the NFL to play 20 years for the same team.