Low Popahirum, October 2, 2014

NATIONAL

“For the first time, Russia, which is in the midst of a major strategic nuclear modernization, has more deployed nuclear warheads than the United States, according to the latest numbers released by the State Department.” – Washington Times

“Health officials in Texas said Thursday that they had reached out to as many as 100 people who may have had contact — either directly or indirectly — with a Liberian man sick with the Ebola virus while he was contagious.” – NY Times

“President Obama said it was ‘unlikely’ that ebola would break out in the United States, but he was wrong. So, where do we go from here? The Hill reports that the Obama administration does not intend to impose travel restrictions, even after ebola arrived via airplane from West Africa:” – Power Line

“The federal agency in charge of regulating offshore drilling doesn’t have standardized procedures for reviewing permits and has not finished establishing an electronic program designed to streamline the process, according to a government report issued Wednesday.” – FuelFix

“Facing the prospect of a fully Republican Congress for the first time in eight years, GOP strategists are divided over how to advance a central tenet of their political agenda: a simpler U.S. tax code with sharply lower rates.” – Washington Post

“The bad economics and sociology around which the left builds its Socialist sand castles assume that technological progress will mean improved control. Capitalism with its mass production convinced budding Socialists that the entire world could be run like a giant factory under technocrats who would use industrial techniques to control the economic production of mankind in line with their ideals. The USSR and moribund European economies broke that theory into a million little pieces.” – Sultan Knish

Allegations have arisen that improprieties may have taken place involving the grand jury investigating the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri this summer. They center around suspicions that a member of the jury may have been speaking out of school, with someone taking information about the proceedings and putting it out on Twitter.” – Hot Air

Obamacare only makes health insurance more expensive. It does nothing to make health insurance cheaper, except for those who get subsidies–in which case the insurance is even more expensive for someone else, who derives no benefit from it.” – Power Line

“As we approach Election Day, it’s important for voters to understand not just that Republicans oppose the policies of President Obama and the Democrat Party, but also to know what unifying goals Republicans share and what policies we support.” – Reince Priebus/RedState

“An Army intelligence bulletin is warning U.S. military personnel to be vigilant after Islamic State militants called on supporters to scour social media for addresses of their family members – and to ‘show up [at their homes] and slaughter them.'” – Fox News

LOUISIANA

“State Rep. Joel Robideaux announced Wednesday he is running for city-parish president next year, confirming a candidacy that has long been expected.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

On the surface that sounds reasonable—protect health care. But the fact is, Louisiana has dedicated most of its budget, and only health care and higher education were open to cuts.” – Rolfe McCollister/Baton Rouge Business Report

“In 2014, it shouldn’t be that difficult to defeat a Democrat in Louisiana.” – NOLA.com

“Entergy Louisiana LLC and Entergy Gulf States Louisiana LLC have asked the Louisiana Public Service Commission for permission to merge into a single utility.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Amidst reports that Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez is on the short list for President Obama’s next Attorney General, his longtime critics are rising up in opposition. That includes Sen. David Vitter (R-LA), a long time Perez foe, who announced plans to block his confirmation hearing after Obama nominated him as Labor Secretary in 2013.” – Breitbart

“Two Destrehan teachers are now facing felony charges this week for their alleged relationship with a 16-year-old student.” – WDSU

“The LSU Board of Supervisors signed off Wednesday on revised deals governing the privatization of six LSU public hospitals, despite reservations voiced by some about a new provision that allows the contracts to be canceled with a 60-day notice.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Al Leone, a real estate broker and perennial candidate, and Forest Wright, a New Orleans energy policy consultant, said the contributions could influence Skrmetta’s votes on the commission. Both have pledged not to accept contributions from regulated companies, even though they are legal. Skrmetta disputed those accusations, pointing out that he often votes against companies who donate to his campaign fund.” – NOLA.com

“The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is planning for potential Ebola outbreaks inside Louisiana borders.” – Shreveport Times

“Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center wants its intake staff and nurses to start asking specifically about patients’ travel to western Africa, where more than 3,000 have died from the deadly Ebola virus.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

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