Low Popahirum, October 22, 2014

NATIONAL

“RIA Novosti is confirming reports seen on Twitter in the past few hours that the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad has been hit by rockets/mortars by ISIS:” – PJ Media

“James O’Keefe, the guerilla filmmaker who brought down the ACORN voter-registration fraudsters in 2010 and forced the resignation of NPR executives, politely disagrees. Today, he is releasing some new undercover footage that raises disturbing questions about ballot integrity in Colorado, the site of fiercely contested races for the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House, and the governorship.” – John Fund/National Review

A gunman in a head scarf fatally shot a soldier guarding Canada’s war memorial​, according to a report,​ and up to 50 other shots rang out in Parliament and near a shopping mall in downtown Ottawa early Wednesday ​– wounding two others ​– as cops frantically searched the area for other shooters.” – NY Post

“All travelers who arrive in the United States from Ebola-stricken countries will be closely watched by public health officials starting Monday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Wednesday.” – The Hill

“The Homeland Security Department appears to be preparing for an increase in the number of immigrants living illegally in the country to apply for work permits after President Barack Obama announces his long-promised plans for executive actions on immigration reform later this year.” – Yahoo! News

“It is a striking fact that ISIS appeals not only to young men, but also young European women, many hundreds of whom have gone to Syria and Iraq to marry Islamic State fighters. Sure, some of them, like the 15-year-old French Jewish girl Nora el-Bathy, may have come to regret their decision. But that hardly alters the essential point: The girls sought out IS fighters because the West seems weak and unmanly and they pine for real men who are willing to kill and die for what they believe in.” – Tablet Mag

According to the results of the survey, over 77 percent of Americans don’t think the government should have a right to subpoena sermons and subject pastors to prosecution for unpopular views. Only 14 percent disagreed, saying prosecution for religious opinions is justified. As high as 24 percent said that it is a hate crime to criticize gay marriage. However, the majority of Americans, at 63 percent, do not believe mere criticism or disagreement constitutes a hate crime.” – Daily Caller

“Real estate mogul and conservative provocateur Donald Trump has a concise, clear message for 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney: You ‘blew it’ in the last election, so don’t even try to run for president again.” – Breitbart

“Magic Mike star Matthew McConaughey has strolled out to make some very sensible comments about not only the Washington Redskins, but gun control as well.” – Rare

Andrew Cuomo’s book is a dud. The memoir, released last week, has sold 945 hardcover copies in its first week of sales, Amy Chozick of the New York Times reports. ‘Andrew Cuomo’s memoir sold 945 hardcovers in first week on shelves, according to BookScan. That’s right, guys, 945 copies,’ writes Chozick on Twitter.” – Weekly Standard

LOUISIANA

“Ask Cajun food caterer Greg Latiolais how he plans to vote in Louisiana’s too-close-to-call Senate race and his answer leads to another question: Which time?” – Los Angeles Times

“Landrieu said support from the National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare is her ‘proudest endorsement.’” – Houma Courier

“Gov. Bobby Jindal would not respond Tuesday to the flurry of GOP congressional candidates grading his governorship, often with below-average marks, repeating what he called his accomplishments and saying the only accurate grade was ‘incomplete.’ Jindal also told a news conference that he was not interested in any other future office but president of the United States.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“In the first year that Louisiana’s educator evaluation system largely judged teachers by subjective measures, 92 percent of the state’s teachers were rated effective or highly effective. That’s up from 89 percent the year prior, state data show. ” – NOLA.com

Zachary remains the top school district in Louisiana, but Central is right behind it, shooting from seventh to third place in the latest academic rankings of school districts, according to performance scores released Monday. Five of the top 10 districts are in the Baton Rouge metropolitan area and all have A grades from the state.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Against predictions, Louisiana public school performance edged up a hair in the first year of Common Core testing, according to 2013-14 data released Tuesday. The state recorded a performance score of 89.2 on a 150-point scale, which is considered a B.” – NOLA.com

“The future of rooftop solar, and of renewable energy in Louisiana in general, could hang in the balance as polar-opposites battle Nov. 4 for a swing seat on the Public Service Commission.” – WWL-TV

“Construction employment in Louisiana rose by 11,000 jobs or 8.4 percent between September 2013 and September 2014, among the highest in the nation.” – NOLA.com

“The inspector general for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security says federal emergency officials should recover nearly $13 million in Hurricane Katrina recovery aid awarded to Tulane University.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

More than 20 people gathered at McNeese State University on Tuesday to hear state Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, D-New Orleans, discuss women’s issues.” – Lake Charles American Press

“The LSU men’s basketball team has been picked to finish fourth in the SEC.” – WAFB

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