Low Popahirum, October 9, 2014

NATIONAL

“Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell said that despite the best efforts of health officials, Americans have to prepare for the reality that there may be more cases of Ebola in the United States.” – Washington Examiner

“A federal customs official at New Jersey’s Newark International Airport says that they are not trained or equipped to face passengers who might be infected with Ebola.” – Breitbart

“Airplane cabin cleaners have set up pickets outside a LaGuardia Airport terminal over health and safety issues.” – My Fox NY

“Ben Affleck has a case — a bad case — of Islamophilia. By now the exchange on Bill Maher’s show is everywhere, as well it should be. Maher and Sam Harris argued that much more than just a tiny fraction of the Muslim world holds extreme views, such as the death penalty for apostates. Affleck retorted that calling out Islamic radicalism in this way was ‘so gross’ and ‘racist,’ like calling someone a ‘shifty Jew.’ New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof essentially agreed, saying that the position held by Maher and Harris ‘does have the tinge a little bit of the way white racists talk about African-Americans.'” – Jeffrey Lord/American Spectator

At the end of the 18th century, there were two great Western revolutions — the American and the French. Americans opted for the freedom of the individual, and divinely endowed absolute rights and values.” – Victor Davis Hanson/National Review

“Five fresh Fox News polls released Wednesday night show Republicans leading in key races for the GOP to win control of the Senate in next month’s midterm elections.” – POLITICO

“Secret Service agents may have been used as ‘scapegoats’ by the White House to ‘cover up what is potentially a broader problem’ relating to the 2012 prostitution scandal in Colombia, according to Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah).” – The Hill

“CBS News recently took the temperature of the electorate and found that voters, both the registered and likely varieties, heavily favor Republicans to have control of Congress. CBS News also discovered that Republicans are vastly more excited to vote in November than are their Democratic counterparts; 45 percent of self-described GOP voters are excited to vote, compared to just 37 percent of Democrats.” – Hot Air

“The Libertarian Party (L.P.) is showing signs of unusually encouraging midterm election results in November. This seems only natural for an era when both independence from major party identification and a general yen for libertarian ideas are growing.” – Reason

“There has been a lot of consternation that Common Core and new Advanced Placement United States History (APUSH) standards eviscerate the understanding of our exceptional history. Most concerning is the anti-historical emphasis on social justice, globalism, environmentalism, race, class, and gender victimhood that undermines Western ideals, the Constitution, capitalism, and American culture.” – American Thinker

LOUISIANA

“In what appears to be a significant October campaign shakeup, Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu is replacing her campaign manager and bringing on her former chief of staff as a senior adviser.” – POLITICO

“Attorney Cassie Felder plans to withdraw from the race for the 6th Congressional District, where she faced a crowded field of 11 other candidates, her campaign confirmed Wednesday.” – NOLA.com

“One of the three finalists for state higher education commissioner has withdrawn from the search, the Louisiana Board of Regents acknowledged Thursday.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

More than 4,100 SWEPCO customers in Shreveport are without power after five circuits locked out Thursday morning.” – KSLA

“Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell says he supports a Baton Rouge judge’s conclusion that the law to halt the east bank levee authority’s controversial wetlands damage suit does not apply to the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East. But a memorandum filed Wednesday in court on behalf of Caldwell also said it was premature for 19th Judicial District Court Judge Janice Clark to declare that law unconstitutional.” – NOLA.com

“Gov. Bobby Jindal on Wednesday issued an executive order ‘protecting’ teachers’ freedom of speech in response to concerns voiced in a story in The Town Talk.” – Alexandria Town Talk

“The Baton Rouge police officer who resigned after his racist text messages surfaced last month was subsequently allowed to alter his departure paperwork to say he retired — an action several Metro Council members said was too generous for someone guilty of such an egregious act.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Former Republican presidential candidate and Arizona Sen. John McCain will be in Louisiana Sunday and Monday to campaign with U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy at locations around the state.” – NOLA.com

“Thibodaux residents fearful about a new Walmart being built in their neighborhood around Percy Brown Road and La. 1 are organizing a letter-writing campaign, petition drive, yard sign movement and march.” – Houma Courier

“LSU’s freshman class this fall has the highest average ACT score and highest average grade point average in the university’s history.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

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