Good Super Tuesday. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will take giant steps toward their respective nominations in voting today. Their opponents are clinging to the faint hope that victories in their home states – Cruz in Texas and Sanders in Vermont today, Rubio in Florida and Kasich in Ohio on March 15 – can somehow catapult their candidacies to viability. Not likely. Rubio’s Trump-like schoolyard insults – small hands, orange skin, bad hair, wet pants – have had little apparent effect on his poll numbers.
The New York Times this morning takes a first look at Clinton’s general election campaign strategy against Trump, and finds the race is not quite the romp that many – including Republican strategists – are predicting. Trump’s appeal to the disaffected could play well in key general election states like Ohio and North Carolina. Clear losers in the race: anyone who favors freer trade and more open immigration.
At FORTUNE this morning, we are releasing Brian O’Keefe’s investigation into the so-far unsuccessful efforts of “big chocolate” – Hershey (HSY), Mars, Nestlé – to address child labor problem in the West African countries that grow most of their cocoa. Some two million children are still engaged in dangerous cocoa farming activities in the Ivory Coast and Ghana – a number that appears to have grown over the last half decade. The story is a case study in how even the best of corporate intentions to address serious social problems can be foiled by harsh realities on the ground. It’s a fascinating read; you can find it here.
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