Low Popahirum, October 29, 2014

NATIONAL

“The other day I was talking to a senior Obama administration official about the foreign leader who seems to frustrate the White House and the State Department the most. ‘The thing about Bibi is, he’s a chickenshit,’ this official said, referring to the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, by his nickname.” – Jeffrey Goldberg/The Atlantic

“You can read Jeffrey Goldberg’s piece yourself for the administration’s gory sniping at Netanyahu (“recalcitrant, myopic, reactionary, obtuse, blustering, pompous, and ‘Aspergery’”). ” – Hot Air

“A major intrusion into the Executive Office of the President’s computer system is huge news, with potential implications for national security, among other things. The EOP’s web site identifies the many agencies that are part of EOP:” – Power Line

“NARAL has produced perhaps the stupidest radio ad ever.” – Erick Erickson/RedState

“Iowa Republican State Sen. Joni Ernst is inching ahead among likely voters in the U.S. Senate race and now has 49 percent to 45 percent for U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, the Democrat, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Five percent remain undecided.” – Quinnipiac

“And so, as we approach November 3, the Islamic State is looking toward Karbala. Home to one of Shia Islam’s holiest sites, the Shrine of Husayn, Karbala represents a mouthwatering target for an Islamic State that revels in its destruction of Shia holy sites.” – National Review

Now we know why Attkisson has been so stingy for so long with details of her computer intrusions: She wanted to have some material for her book. The story debuted in May 2013, when Attkisson appeared on a Philadelphia radio show and declared that there may be ‘some relationship’ between her computer troubles and the sort of tracking that descended upon Fox News reporter James Rosen in a much-discussed leak case. On a subsequent appearance on Fox News’s ‘O’Reilly Factor,’ Attkisson said she thought she knew who was responsible for the ruckus.” – Washington Post

“No, this is not exactly the same argument that a lot of us made in 2012—myself included—that the polls showing a narrow re-election victory for Barack Obama might be wrong because they were skewed against Republicans. But it’s close enough, and I can tell you that a few of us on the right are experiencing a little bit of skewedenfreude. That’s a special case of schadenfreude—unseemly joy in another person’s suffering—directed at Democrats who find themselves grasping at the same straws we grasped at two years ago.” – Robert Tracinski/The Federalist

“President Obama’s explanation on why troops coming back from West Africa should be quarantined but not civilian healthcare workers is drawing fire from military spouses. ” – The Hill

Lena Dunham is fond of lists. Here is a list of things in Lena Dunham’s life that do not strike Lena Dunham as being unusual: growing up in a $6.25 million Tribeca apartment; attending a selection of elite private schools; renting a home in Hollywood Hills well before having anything quite resembling a job and complaining that the home is insufficiently “chic”; the habitual education of the men in her family at Andover; the services of a string of foreign nannies; being referred to ahomework therapist when she refused to do her homework and being referred to a relationship therapist when she fought with her mother; constant visits to homeopathic doctors, and visits to child psychologists three times a week; having a summer home on a lake in Connecticut, and complaining about it; writing a “voice of her generation” memoir in which ordinary life events among members of her generation, such as making student-loan payments or worrying about the rent or health insurance, never come up; making casual trips to Malibu; her grandparents’ having taken seven-week trips to Europe during her mother’s childhood; spending a summer at a camp at which the costs can total almost as much as the median American family’s annual rent; being histrionically miserable at said camp and demanding to be brought home early; demanding to be sent back to the same expensive camp the next year.” – Kevin Williamson/National Review

LOUISIANA

Louisiana has sued the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over whether the state owes any money for the closure or ecosystem restoration work associated with the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“The state contends that Congress ordered the corps to pay 100 percent of the cost of restoring wetlands eroded by the channel, as part of the language ordering the channel’s closure in the 2007 Water Resources Development Act. The state also argues that Congress ordered the corps to pay in full in language included in two supplemental appropriation bills passed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.” – NOLA.com

Some 236,000 people have cast their votes in advance of Tuesday’s election when the race for U.S. Senate tops the statewide ballot, state elections officials reported Wednesday. The statewide total is almost double that of the last mid-term federal election in 2010.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Officials are focusing on the Louisiana’s response plan to any potential Ebola outbreaks in the state.” – WWL-TV

“With the House and Senate bitterly divided and only a small percentage of bills getting votes in both chambers, side-by-side voting comparisons are difficult for Louisiana’s two leading Senate candidates — Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu and Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy of Baton Rouge.” – NOLA.com

“Sometimes, it sounds as if Mary Landrieu is looking to land a spot on the Olympic boxing team as much as win re-election to the U.S. Senate.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu has doubled down on her support for the federal health care law even as polls show the revamp remains unpopular in Louisiana and a new Republican attack ad launched Tuesday hits the Democratic incumbent again for her vote.” – Fox Business

“The debate will be held at LSU’s Manship School. It’s sponsored by the Manship School, Raycom Media, WRKF radio and the LSU Student Government. It will be moderated by WVUE broadcaster John Snell.” – NOLA.com

“The BP oil spill left an oily ‘bathub ring’ on the sea floor that’s about the size of Rhode Island, new research shows.” – Lake Charles American Press

“‘Duck Dynasty’ star Jep Robertson is grateful to be alive today, telling ABC News in his first interview since a seizure nearly killed him that exactly what happened remains a medical mystery.” – ABC News

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