Low Popahirum, October 15, 2014

NATIONAL

“From 2004 to 2011, American and American-trained Iraqi troops repeatedly encountered, and on at least six occasions were wounded by, chemical weapons remaining from years earlier in Saddam Hussein’s rule.” – NY Times

“This NYTimes piece has an overarching political goal: to cement forever the lie that the Iraq War was directed solely at stopping an active weapons of mass destruction program in Iraq. As we know, the military never found an active weapons program, which makes this a particularly compelling slander.” – Ace of Spades

“The city of Houston has issued subpoenas demanding a group of pastors turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor. And those ministers who fail to comply could be held in contempt of court.” – Fox News

A second nurse has tested positive for the Ebola virus, according to preliminary lab results released early Wednesday.” – Dallas Morning News

“The second healthcare worker who tested positive for Ebola last night flew by air Oct. 13th, the day before she reported symptoms, said the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in a release.” – CNBC

“I’ve heard of slut-shaming & fat-shaming, but this is the first time I’ve ever seen work-shaming.” – Twitchy

“The hospital that treated Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan had to learn on the fly how to control the deadly virus, adding new layers of protective gear for workers in what became a losing battle to keep the contagion from spreading, a top official with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday.” – Washington Post

“Much of the election news this week has focused on the DSCC being essentially in disarray and pulling money out of the races for Senate seats where they’d previously thought they would be competitive. (See Ms. Grimes, for one example.) But the sense of panic seems to be spreading and it’s now infected the DCCC as well. Money is shifting away from House seats where the Democrats were looking to make their stand and it’s being replaced by conservative funds which are suddenly sensing some blood in the water.” – Hot Air

“The Obama administration’s effort to stop the so-called ‘war on women’ is going global. The Department of Labor announced this week that it will award about $1.4 million in grant funding to entities that will help fight labor discrimination in Mexico.” – The Blaze

My opponent wishes to rape women, but he cannot, because he is crippled. That’s the gist of Wendy Davis’s argument for why she should be elected governor of Texas over her Republican opponent, Greg Abbott. Needless to say, the people of Texas have not been too receptive. It’s hard to imagine what sort of audience she thought she was addressing — a Viking clan choosing a leader for its next raiding party?” – American Spectator

LOUISIANA

“Democratic incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu (La.) rated President Barack Obama a ‘six or seven’ out of 10 and said Obamacare must remain the law in her first senate debate with Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy on Tuesday evening.” – Washington Free Beacon

“Sen. Mary Landrieu,  Rep. Bill Cassidy and tea party-backed candidate Rob Maness stuck to their talking points and remained fairly calm in their first joint debate of the Louisiana Senate race at Centenary College in Shreveport Tuesday night (Oct. 14).” – NOLA.com

“Delinquent taxpayers can start filing their applications for Louisiana’s latest tax amnesty period. The amnesty runs from Wednesday through Nov. 14, allowing people to settle state tax debts with half the interest they would otherwise owe and no penalties charged.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“A privately owned work-release program in Covington run by close allies of St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain has been closed since March, when an inmate escaped and allegedly kidnapped his ex-girlfriend.” – WWL-TV

“The Orleans Parish School Board passed a resolution Tuesday (Oct. 14) stating its belief that the state Recovery School District does not have the right to open any new schools in New Orleans.” – NOLA.com

“State education board member Walter Lee has reimbursed the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education an amount state auditors said he owed for improper payments received for travel and lodging over a three-year period.” – Shreveport Times

“The proposed city of St. George’s annual budget of about $80.8 million has taken an estimated hit of 20 percent because of properties being annexed into Baton Rouge in recent months. But Norman Browning, who is spearheading the incorporation effort, said the new municipality can still operate with a small surplus despite the loss of property.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Jefferson, is asking the Obama administration to reverse a policy he says is taking jobs from blind workers in New Orleans and elsewhere.” – NOLA.com

“The reach of Pennington Biomedical Research Center is broader than you likely realize.” – WAFB

“Jalen Mills’ attorney entered a not guilty plea Tuesday on behalf of the LSU junior safety accused of punching a woman outside his Highland Road apartment in May. Mills did not attend his arraignment at the 19th Judicial District Courthouse on the misdemeanor simple battery charge.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

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