The Low Popahirum, August 31, 2016

NATIONAL

“The Democrat’s team telegraphs a red-state push and then cheers Trump’s detour outside the battleground zone.” – Politico

“This is baby-sitting — Anthony Weiner-style.” – August 31

I keep struggling to come up with the right metaphor to describe the call Rush Limbaugh took from ‘Rick from Los Angeles’ yesterday. (If you haven’t heard the above segment, you should.) On one hand, it reminded me of Jack Nicholson’s You’re damn right I ordered the code red! moment in A Few Good Men. In both cases, someone else—an attorney in the movie and a talk radio caller in the Rush situation—prompted a rare moment of honesty, which turned out to be a personal indictment.” – Daily Caller

“Hillary Clinton continued sending classified information even after leaving the State Department, The Post has exclusively learned.” – NY Post

“Donald Trump will frame a hotly anticipated speech on immigration Wednesday in dramatic fashion, with a surprise meeting beforehand in Mexico with President Enrique Pena Nieto.” – Real Clear Politics

Growth in overall health-care spending is slowing, but middle-class families’ share of the tab is getting larger, squeezing households already feeling stretched financially.” – WSJ.com

The tabloid headlines were all about the compulsive sexting of former Congressman and New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner and the decision of his wife (and Hillary Clinton aide) Huma Abedin’s decision to seek a legal separation from him.” – Washington Examiner

Mike Pence dismissed concerns about Hillary Clinton’s health on Tuesday, but he continued to stoke worries about Democrats stealing the election from Donald Trump via mass voter fraud.” – Politico

“Dice games, dancing, and virtual family dinners helped the six members of the HI-SEAS project cope with isolation on a volcano’s slopes.” – National Geographic

“Fox News’ Megyn Kelly took time during her primetime show Tuesday evening to react to a false story about her being fired from the cable network that had been trending on Facebook and joked that she might take legal action against the social media website.” – The Blaze

LOUISIANA

The driver of the party bus that crashed early Sunday in St. John the Baptist Parish blamed faulty brakes for the fatal collision, according to three people who have spoken to surviving witnesses.” – WWLTV.com

The state Department of Health has confirmed more mosquito-borne illnesses in Louisiana, including Zika and West Nile Virus. Louisiana Medical Director for the Center for Community Preparedness, Dr. Frank Welch, says there have been 14 cases of West Nile Virus so far this year.  But he says these cases are not flood related.” – WWL.com

Louisiana’s U.S. senators and the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman are asking the Department of Homeland Security for information about the man identified as the driver of a bus that hit a firetruck and other vehicles in Louisiana, killing two people and injuring three dozen.” – Yahoo.com

The New Orleans Fire Department says two bodies have been found in the wreckage of a small plane that crashed into Lake Pontchartrain just north of the New Orleans Lakefront Airport Saturday night.” – WWLTV.com

“As flood recovery enters a new phase, FEMA officials are finding a lot of confusion – and some anger – about the myriad of aid available on federal and state levels.” – The Baton Rouge Advocate

The punchline was the bundle of floorboards Marvin Smith carried in his arms.” – The Baton Rouge Advocate

A tropical wave that has been watched for a week and a half as it crossed the Atlantic Ocean entered the Gulf of Mexico Monday, and on Wednesday, could make the expected eastward turn toward the Florida coastline.” – The Baton Rouge Advocate

“The Salvation Army in Lafayette is rebuilding its stockpile following an after-hours burglary at the thrift store warehouse.” – KATC.com

As if things weren’t already bad enough on the Baton Rouge’s congested highways and byways, drivers have noticed their daily commuting time to and from work double — and even triple — in the days following the historic flooding.” – The Baton Rouge Advocate

“If you find yourself asking ‘What do I do if I get denied by FEMA,’ we have your answer.” – KPEL965.com

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