Low Popahirum, September 17, 2014

NATIONAL

“As the House Select Committee on Benghazi prepares for its first hearing this week, a former State Department diplomat is coming forward with a startling allegation: Hillary Clinton confidants were part of an operation to ‘separate’ damaging documents before they were turned over to the Accountability Review Board investigating security lapses surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.” – Sharryl Attkisson/Daily Signal

“President Obama just announced that he is bringing a counter-terrorism strategy to an insurgency fight. He was at pains to repeat the phrase ‘counter-terror’ four times in a short speech. Noting that ISIL is not a state (partly because the international community thankfully does not recognize it), he declared, ‘ISIL is a terrorist organization, pure and simple. And it has no vision other than the slaughter of all who stand in its way.’ Neither of those sentences, unfortunately, is true.” – Weekly Standard

“Anti-abortion activists plan to use new evidence that Obama-Care has paid for abortions to boost GOP turnout in battleground Senate races this fall.” – The Hill

“President Obama repeatedly emphasized he will not use ground troops against Islamic terrorists, seeking to shore up support from Democrats ahead of a key vote Wednesday authorizing the Pentagon to train rebel fighters in the region.” – The Hill

“GOP estabishment politics is the epitome of a ‘green’ industry. Nothing is ever thrown away. Baby poo is repackaged as butterscotch and sold to unsuspecting voters. Pathetic losers resurface time and again making the same mistakes over and over and collecting checks in the process. A prime example of this is a guy like John Feehery. Feehery used to work for go-along-get-along icon Bob Michel and was pushed aside during the 1994 Republican Revolution.” – RedState

“In my adopted home state, the toxic fumes of Islamic jihad have penetrated the most unlikely hamlets and hinterlands. Obama administration officials are vehemently denying plots by ISIS operatives to cross our borders. But the lesson here is clear: Thanks to laptop recruitment, reckless visa policies and homegrown treachery, the U.S.-based jihad export-import business is and has been thriving.” – Michelle Malkin/Townhall

“Every immigrant group in this country has variously adapted to the heritage culture, integrating more or less seamlessly by the second generation. However, second-generation Muslims are increasingly being radicalized, some going off to fight with jihadist militias in the Middle East and Africa, others plotting terror attacks on the very country that has offered them freedom, health care, education and the opportunity to prosper.” – PJ Media

Chinese hackers have penetrated the computer networks of contractors critical to moving U.S. troops and equipment around the world in time of crisis, potentially giving Beijing access to every move the military makes, according to a report released Wednesday by the Senate Armed Services Committee.” – Washington Examiner

“For example, the Islamic State released a trailer on Wednesday for a new movie entitled Flames of War. It looks as well produced and action-packed as anything Michael Bay ever directed:” – Hot Air

“For five years they’ve been accusing me of being something that I say I’m not. And then when they find out I’m really not, they say I’ve changed my position.” – Rand Paul/The Federalist

LOUISIANA

“The chairman of the Republican National Committee is calling on U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu to release all records of her taxpayer-funded charter flights for an independent review.” – KALB

Why wouldn’t people want to know how many flights Landrieu improperly billed to taxpayer accounts and what the total damage is? One is forced to conclude Democrats and Landrieu supporters are cool with it.” – James Varney/NOLA.com

“Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a possible 2016 White House contender, said Tuesday that he would not be dissuaded by recent CNN poll numbers showing him trailing badly among New Hampshire Republicans.” – CNN

At the center of the swirling congressional debate over funding the government and arming rebels in Syria stands the new House majority whip, Rep. Steve Scalise, whose rise to power reflects the challenge facing GOP leaders seeking to bring unity to a traditionally rancorous caucus, just weeks before the midterm elections.” – Washington Post

“The percentage gains in gross domestic product placed Lake Charles among the nation’s 10 fastest-growing metro areas. Two other metros – Baton Rouge and Houma-Thibodaux – were among the top 20.” – WBRZ

“About 3,800 Louisiana residents who bought health insurance through the Affordable Care Act will have their coverage canceled Sept. 30 because they didn’t clear up their citizenship and immigration status by Sept. 5, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“It is very frustrating that I stand before you today and we can wage a war on Ebola yet we sit back for hours and allow ISIS to wage a war against us,” McAllister said. “A no vote is the easiest vote to cast, but we cannot stand back and do nothing while ISIS continues to threaten our national security and terrorize the Middle East.” – NOLA.com

“Louisiana remains the country’s prison capital by a long shot, but a federal report released Tuesday shows the number of people imprisoned in the state has dipped slightly.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“If you have the latest Louisiana inspection sticker, there’s a chance it is peeling off the windshield. Vehicle inspectors say they’re telling customers to tape the stickers to ensure they stay on the windshield.” – WAFB

“An eleventh-hour pension boost that legislators gave to both the head of the State Police and a senior trooper was declared unconstitutional Tuesday by a Baton Rouge judge whose decision was backed by attorneys for the governor, the state’s treasurer, the state police retirement system and the two troopers.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

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