Low Popahirum, August 26, 2014

NATIONAL

Government lawyers have told a watchdog group suing over the Internal Revenue Service scandal that Lois Lerner’s emails aren’t missing after all.” – Washington Examiner

The latest bombshell in the IRS scandal has landed. On Monday, Judicial Watch’s president Tom Fitton told FNC’s Shannon Bream that a Justice Department attorney told them the missing Lois Lerner e-mails do exist.” – NewsBusters

What would it take to defeat the Islamic State, which continues to rack up military victories in Iraq and Syria, including the capture of another air base Sunday? When Mr. Obama was urged to support the moderate opposition in Syria three years ago, one reason given was that a failure to do so would leave an opening for more radical factions that would eventually spill out of Syria and threaten the region. The longer the president waited, the more the need for action would become obvious — but the more unappetizing his options would be.” – Washington Post

U.S. intelligence agencies believe North Korea is building a submarine capable of launching ballistic missiles, potentially increasing the threat posed by the nuclear-armed rogue state.” – Washington Free Beacon

“Organized labor and pro-business groups are waging an intense lobbying campaign directed at school teachers who are deciding this month whether to remain in their union, in the first real test of the state’s new right-to-work law.” – Yahoo! News

“A new Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Alaska Voters shows Republican Dan Sullivan with a 47% to 45% lead over incumbent Democratic Senator Mark Begich. Three percent (3%) like some other candidate in the race, and four percent (4%) are undecided.” – Rasmussen Reports

While Obama golfed: Over the weekend, Tripoli Airport fell to the jihad boys. I was there some years ago, and thought it compared favorably with, say, Logan. Now it’s a smoking ruin – part of the blowback from Obama’s leading with his behind, or whatever he calls it. As things stand, this guy will end his presidency with a chain of failed states for al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, al-Shabaab, ISIS and the Taliban to gambol and frolic in stretching from West Africa to the Hindu Kush. But you can’t see them from Martha’s Vineyard, so who cares?” – Mark Steyn

Let’s give liberals their due. They purged America of white racist politicians like George Wallace and Lester Maddox. They made would-be white racist leaders like David Duke radioactive. But just to be fair and balanced, they boosted black racist politicians like Reverends Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. Gee, what could go wrong?” – American Thinker

“President Obama has been really great at winning his own election. We have to give credit where it is due. He has beaten our side twice. But it really is rather spectacular just how bad he is at so much of the rest of the game of politics.” – Erick Erickson/RedState

“It’s been a while since Westerners lived in a society in which human life was truly worthless, in which no one trusted anyone else and it was easier to kill than not to kill.” – Sultan Knish

LOUISIANA

It is long past time for the leadership of the Louisiana Democratic Party to get out of bed with Edwin Edwards.” – Quin Hillyer/Baton Rouge Advocate

“In addition to Hurricane Cristobal, National Hurricane Center forecasters on Tuesday morning were watching a low pressure system in the Gulf of Mexico and two tropical waves in the Atlantic.” – NOLA.com

“The three major candidates in the upcoming U.S. Senate race will participate in a televised forum Oct. 14, event organizers announced Monday.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Louisiana Democrats tried to knock GOP candidate Rep. Bill Cassidy for violating Senate rules by using footage of the Senate floor in a YouTube ad. The thing is, Sen. Mary Landrieu — the Democratic incumbent — did nearly the same thing when she used footage of an official news conference in a campaign video late last year.” – Washington Examiner

Drew Brees missed practice Monday, but it was for a very good reason. Brees’ wife Brittany gave birth to the couple’s fourth child.” – WWL-TV

St. George supporters celebrated a major victory Sunday evening when they announced that enough signatures have been collected to put the proposal to create their own city in the southern part of the parish to a vote of the people.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

I’ve always wanted to know from the beginning how this happened and who made it happen,” Kennedy said. “As far as I’m concerned, Act 859 represents a Great Dane-sized whiz down the leg of the taxpayers.” – NOLA.com

“Work on a construction project that should be widening a major roadway has stopped and some who live in the area wonder if the political battle between St. George and Baton Rouge is to blame.” – WAFB

The Advocate will build a new corporate headquarters in Baton Rouge from which to manage its growing portfolio of newspapers and websites across south Louisiana. The building will be on a now-vacant lot fronting the paper’s production plant on Rieger Road at Siegen Lane, near Interstate 10.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Every evening, Cabrini Park in the French Quarter was once filled with dogs and their owners. Now, the grass is overgrown, the gates are locked, and a sign says ‘temporarily closed as the city conducts precautionary soil remediation and capital improvement.'” – WWL-TV

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