Low Popahirum, September 3, 2014

NATIONAL

“The race to defeat one of the most powerful Democrats in the nation is narrowing — with incumbent U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin just seven percentage points ahead of Republican challenger Jim Oberweis, according to a new Early & Often Poll.” – Chicago Sun-Times

The likeliest Republican paths to winning the Senate majority are pretty clear, but there are potential sleepers and under-covered races that could be one shock poll from bursting onto the map in the final eight weeks.” – POLITICO

“Yesterday came word, through a former Pentagon official, that President Obama received detailed and specific intelligence about the rise of ISIS via the President’s Daily Brief for at least a year before the group took large swaths of territory beginning in June 2014. The former official told Fox News that the data was strong, and ‘granular’ in detail. He added that a policy maker ‘could not come away with any other impression [than] this is getting bad.’” – Power Line

“The beheading of yet another Western journalist, Steven Sotloff, has ignited another round of commentary suggesting that the Islamic State is the worst terrorist network ever. There is value in this: The current jihadist threat to the United States and the West is more dire than the threat that existed just prior to the 9/11 attacks, so anything that increases pressure for a sea change in our Islamic-supremacist-enabling government’s policies helps. Nevertheless, the perception that the Islamic State is something new and different and aberrational compared with the Islamic-supremacist threat we’ve been living with for three decades is wrong, perhaps dangerously so.” – Andrew McCarthy/National Review

“When asked what America’s response to this attack on the nation would be, however, Obama reiterated his insistence that the ISIS threat should be considered an international challenge rather than a strictly American problem. Moreover, he seemed to suggest that the idea that ISIS should be defeated was an unrealistic goal.” – Hot Air

“Obama’s continued displays of disconnect from current events, has become noticeably obvious to where pundits, both from within and outside government, including but not limited to a liberal secular media, have begun to seriously question the man’s [Obama] sense of dedication and responsibility to the most prolific job in the planet.” – Canada Free Press

“So here’s my problem. I go to the MSNBC website, to search for news stories about Rotherham. Seems like a good choice, right? The official news outlet of progressivism – feminism, gender equality, rape culture, the War on Women, etc. I mean, if you want a textbook example of a war on women, or of a real “rape culture,” this is it. But when I enter “Rotherham” into the MSNBC search engine, this is what I get:” – WizBang Blog

“A story of rampant child abuse—ignored and abetted by the police—is emerging out of the British town of Rotherham. Until now, its scale and scope would have been inconceivable in a civilized country. Its origins, however, lie in something quite ordinary: what one Labour MP called ‘not wanting to rock the multicultural community boat.’” – Forbes

“Had Cantor not been Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, he would most likely have not gotten that job. He will now be able to help grease paths for Moelis. Interestingly, though the publicly traded company was down 1% in trading yesterday, it’s stock went up yesterday morning when the news of Cantor’s hire hit the wire.” – Erick Erickson/RedState

“The results are dramatic. This year, Canada has a higher per-capita household income than the United States, an unheard of development that no one saw coming. It ranks eighth in the annual Economic Freedom of the World index that the Fraser Institute compiles for over 150 countries, with especially strong marks in property rights and business freedom.” – John Fund/American Spectator

LOUISIANA

“Halliburton, BP’s cementing contractor on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, has agreed to a capped $1.1 billion settlement with private plaintiffs damaged by the massive 2010 oil spill.” – WWL-TV

“Sulphur, DeRidder and Jennings all made the top 10 — rated third, fifth and 10th — on the study, which measured various quality-of-life aspects that pertained to those with families. The study only considered cities with a population of 10,000 or more. Central earned the top spot, followed by Zachary, Sulphur, Bossier City, DeRidder, Gonzalez, Alexandria, Baker, Houma and Jennings.” – Lake Charles American Press

“East Baton Rouge Parish’s chief prosecutor on Tuesday rejected a request from Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rob Maness for an investigation into Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu’s legal residence.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“The owner of Tiger Truck Stop is fighting a new set of rules that might force his to give up his main attraction. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is considering new restrictions on exotic animals and held a public hearing about them on Tuesday.” – NBC33

“Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell aren’t on the Louisiana ballot. But you wouldn’t know it by listening to Democrats and Republicans who are trying to pin blame for congressional gridlock and dysfunction on the Senate leader representing their opponents’ party.” – NOLA.com

“‘I want to know who all was involved with helping (Rogers) … get his hands on any minors,’ Iberville Parish Assistant District Attorney Tony Clayton said.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“A spokesman for the Forum on Equality, which represents three same-sex couples suing state officials over the ban, said the plaintiffs will appeal Feldman’s ruling to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal.” – NOLA.com

The Louisiana Second Amendment sales tax holiday starts up on Friday, and it will provide hunters and other gun enthusiasts to purchase their hunting and gun related purchases without having to pay both the state and local sales taxes.” – KPEL

“Sports Illustrated senior National Football League writer Don Banks has picked the New Orleans Saints to win the Super Bowl in his previews for every team in the league this season.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“The team resigned veteran kicker Shayne Graham Tuesday after terminating his contract on Saturday in order to cut its roster to 53 players. To make room for Graham, the Saints waived third-string quarterback Ryan Griffin, who lost his bid to backup Drew Brees.” – WWL-TV

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