Low Popahirum, August 28, 2014

NATIONAL

Hillary Clinton addressed the events in Ferguson, Mo., on Thursday for the first time since the killing of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer, calling for a ‘thorough and speedy investigation.’ ‘We don’t want to see our streets look like a war zone. Not in America. We are better than that,” she said at a technology conference in San Francisco, responding to images broadcast across the country of police in helmets and armored vehicles deploying tear gas.'” – The Hill

“A second American reportedly killed fighting with the Islamic State group in Syria has been identified as Abdirahmaan Muhumed, of Minneapolis, two sources told Fox News late Wednesday.” Fox News

Jon Stewart has no idea what happened in Ferguson, MO, but pretends he does. And according to the Washington Post and much of the media, that’s how Stewart ObliteratedDestroyedBlastedDemolishedShredded Fox News. Let his trained seals in the media clap. The bottom line to Jon Stewart’s rant is that he believes that waiting for facts is racism.” – Breitbart

“Harry Reid is a bigoted Beltway corruptocrat with an interminable case of diarrhea of the mouth. The feeble-minded coot stuck his foot in that mess of a mouth again last week at the Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce. But as mortifying as the Senate Majority Leader is, there’s an even worse spectacle: Asian-American liberals who keep giving top Democrats and their partisan operatives blanket passes.” Michelle Malkin

“Sen. Ted Cruz is expanding his political operation, a move sure to stoke speculation that the Texas Republican plans to run for presidential 2016. In recent weeks, the Cruz team signed contracts with three Republican consultants with national experience and ties to some of the early presidential primary states.” Washington Examiner

“The mother of an American hostage being held by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria released an emotional video appeal to his captors on Wednesday. Shirley Sotloff, the mother of the 31-year-old freelance journalist Steven J. Sotloff, addressed her plea directly to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS and the self-declared caliph of the Muslim world.” – New York Times

“No, Mitt Romney isn’t going to run for president again — for the third time! — in 2016.  That’s according to almost every Romney source I’ve talked to over the past year or so. ‘Mitt won’t run,’ one Romney insider told me today. ‘But that won’t stop people from talking and writing about it.'” Washington Post

“America may be ready for a conservative-leaning late night host, but the networks would never allow it, argues a longtime producer of ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.'” – The Daily Caller

“The polygamist reality TV stars of “Sister Wives” can sleep easy tonight as a Federal Judge in Utah has struck down at least part of the State’s ban on polygamy. The Utah ban made it illegal and punishable by up to five years in prison for anyone to cohabit with someone they are not legally married to. This part of the law was struck down by Federal Judge Clark Waddoups last December. At the time, the Judge let stand the part of the statute that makes it illegal to have more than one marriage license.” – Breitbart

“For the third time in a month, a Colorado judge has thrown out a city’s ban on hydraulic fracking, ruling that it conflicts with state laws.” – The Daily Caller

LOUISIANA

“Louisiana officials have cautioned residents to be careful after a deadly brain-eating amoeba was found in a parish water supply. The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals announced that the Naegleria fowleri amoeba was found in the water system of St. John the Baptist Parish.” ABC News

“The three major candidates in the upcoming U.S. Senate race will participate in a televised forum Oct. 14, event organizers announced Monday. It is the first announced forum featuring all three major candidates — Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and two Republican challengers, U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy and retired U.S. Air Force Col. Rob Maness — in advance of November balloting.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“‘Once again President Obama is trying to circumvent Congress and the American public this time by using his politically motivated climate negotiators to somehow agree to an enforcement mechanism that would dump the European Union’s failed climate policies on the United States mere months after Australia dropped its economically devastating carbon tax,’ Vitter said. Vitter is the top Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Woks Committee.” – Sen. David Vitter (R-LA)

Jindal has filed suit against the Obama administration, claiming that the Department of Education (DOE) illegally “manipulated grant money and regulations to force states to adopt” the controversial Common Core State Standards. Jindal, in the suit, says that DOE $4.3 billion grant program for states who adopt Common Core, essentially forces states to adopt the standards, in order to receive federal funding.” The Hayride

“The ego of Public Service Commissioner Clyde Holloway might be what brings about the nightmare scenario for state Republicans in the Fifth Congressional District contest.” – Jeff Sadow

“Even during its six-year funding freeze, Louisiana’s state education financing ranked near the middle when compared to other states. In 2012, Louisiana ranked 30th — with an average of $5,392 per student — among 50 states in state funding for public schools, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau.” NOLA.com/Times-Picayune

“‘The Obama Administration announced that more than 1,200 illegal immigrants have been placed in Louisiana,’ said Cassidy in a news release. ‘This highlights how President Obama’s failure to secure the borders and properly enforce our immigration laws has impacted Louisiana. This crisis has further highlighted the inability of President Obama to lead on important issues. Senate Democrats are equally responsible. They left Washington without taking action. We must secure our borders and stop President Obama’s executive amnesty.'” Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA)

A federal judge is asking lawyers for Louisiana and abortion clinics for an agreement that apparently could let clinics stay open for a while if a restrictive abortion law takes effect Sept. 1.” WBRZ

“A Baton Rouge television personality whose life unraveled in what authorities believe was a murder and attempted suicide had built a family life that was entirely a ruse, a state prosecutor said Thursday. Scott Rogers, 52 and the host of the Around Town show, was the target of a federal investigation and in the midst of a child custody battle when the shooting occurred Wednesday.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

Gov. Bobby Jindal is making trips to Iowa and New Hampshire in September, fueling speculation that the governor intends to run for president in 2016. Iowa and New Hampshire are important to the 2016 presidential race because the states are likely to hold their nominating contests for candidates before anyone else. Campaigns believe candidates who perform well in those two states typically make it further in the primary process.” – NOLA.com/Times-Picayune

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