Low Popahirum, October 8, 2014

NATIONAL

“The key Syrian border city of Kobani will soon fall to the Islamist terror group ISIS, several senior U.S. administration officials said.” – CNN

“The first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States died in a Dallas hospital Wednesday, a little more than a week after his diagnosis exposed gaps in the nation’s defenses against the disease and set off a scramble to track down anyone exposed to him.” – AP

“In an early release Tuesday of its Weekly Morbidity and Mortality Report, the Centers for Disease Control disclosed startling revelations from the frontlines of the West African Ebola crisis, finding four counties in southeastern Liberia were unable to respond to the outbreak as little as two months ago.” – WND

Spanish protesters camped outside the house of Europe’s first Ebola victim have clashed with police, as they bid to save her dog, Excalibur, who authorities are planning to put down.” – UK Telegraph

“For those who know little history, today’s battle with the Islamic State in the Middle East may seem new and unprecedented. It is not.” – National Review

“It is possible to count on two hands the number of politically active celebrities who demonstrate thoughtfulness and substance in their activism. The rest, a great horde of marginally famous mediocrities, can be counted on to reduce politics to the parochial frivolities that capture only their relatively constrained imaginations. The youth voter advocacy group Rock the Vote can be counted on every two years to put the trivial concerns of those celebrities on parade.” – Hot Air

“A dramatic new political advertisement underscoring the plight of unemployed Millennial voters is taking aim at vulnerable Democratic senators who aligned themselves with President Barack Obama’s economic policies.” – Breitbart

“The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on Wednesday lowered its projection for the fiscal 2014 federal deficit to $486 billion.” – The Hill

“Reporter and video guru Jason Mattera managed to track down IRS scofflaw Lois Lerner, and the results are pretty amazing.” – The Federalist

“A Republican congressman claimed Tuesday that ‘at least 10’ Islamic State ‘fighters’ have been caught trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border into Texas, though an administration official denied it.” – Fox News

LOUISIANA

“A new, in-depth analysis of the closely-watched Louisiana Senate race shows that Republicans can cleanly defeat Sen. Mary Landrieu on Nov. 4 — saving millions of political dollars and putting the GOP one step closer to a Senate majority — but they need one thing to happen first: Third-place Republican candidate Rob Maness needs to bow out.” – Daily Caller

“L’Auberge Casino & Hotel and several adjacent landowners have applied to be annexed into the city of Baton Rouge. The annexation petitions, filed earlier today with the city-parish, would add nearly 1,200 acres to the city and, conversely, shrink the footprint of the proposed city of St. George by the same amount. More significantly, the mobile casino‘s annexation request threatens the roughly $80 million proposed budget of St. George by at least $7 million.” – Baton Rouge Business Report

“Yes, the demise of the conservative hawk has been greatly exaggerated. If you don’t believe it, check out the saber-rattling arms race between Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and Florida Senator Marco Rubio.” – The Federalist

“Lawmakers and business leaders are pressing Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration to pledge the financing needed to keep open a 25-year-old program that helps small businesses apply for government contracts.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Although it’s barely penetrating the nonstop political coverage of this fall’s elections, the 2015 contest for Louisiana’s top lawyer is developing into a barnburner. National interests, statewide business groups, trial attorneys and Tea Party diehards are all heading toward a big bang.” – NOLA.com

“Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal visited The Citadel – where most all Republicans running for the White House make a stop – to outline his views on defense and foreign policy, blaming the decline of American influence overseas on President Obama.” – Charleston Post And Courier

“A national organization dedicated to gay rights is joining efforts to overturn Louisiana’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Lambda Legal announced its participation Tuesday in consolidated cases being appealed to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Via telephone, Elio Motors founder and CEO Paul Elio assured a sparse audience Tuesday evening that his three-wheel, ultra-high-mileage vehicle is closer to production. But everyone isn’t sold.” – Shreveport Times

“The Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office says it has confirmed that the gun found in the home of slain TV host Scott Rogers was the same one used by the man who killed the 52-year-old local television personality before turning the gun on himself.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“A rising chorus of state leaders and industry insiders worry Louisiana’s infrastructure woes could hamper the anticipated industrial boom and believe the state should prioritize infrastructure investment.” – NOLA.com

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