Low Popahirum, November 24, 2014

NATIONAL

“When President Obama took office in 2009, his party was in better shape than it had been since the era following Watergate. The Democrats controlled both houses of Congress by very comfortable margins. They had just regained the White House in a historic election. They believed they would control Washington for decades, if not generations, to come. Yet fewer than six years later, their congressional majorities have been annihilated and their prospects for retaining the presidency in 2016 are far less promising than they were just a month ago. Virtually all this devastation has been caused by Obama himself.” – David Catron/The American Spectator

“Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel handed in his resignation on Monday, the first cabinet-level casualty of the collapse of President Obama’s Democratic majority in the Senate and the struggles of his national security team to respond to an onslaught of global crises.” – NY Times

“So why has he been fired? Because the Obama White House needs a scapegoat. President George W, Bush fired Don Rumsfeld in connection with a change in strategy (the surge) and to bring in someone of independent stature. That’s not the case today. President Obama continues to want a Pentagon with weak leadership and little independence. There’s therefore no reason to expect the next two years of Obama foreign and defense policy to be any better than the past two.” – Bill Kristol/Weekly Standard

“With appropriate remedy for Obama’s Thursday spectacle unavailable, the GOP must find alternatives that will not only negate his policy but rebuke him for spilling the banks of his authority. Here are five, in hopes the Republicans will act on most, if not all.” – Scott McKay/The American Spectator

“The final weekend before the Thanksgiving holiday passed without a grand jury decision on whether to indict a Ferguson police officer, fueling new speculation about the timing as protesters demand justice for Michael Brown.” – CBS St. Louis

“If a St. Louis County grand jury does not indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, evidence in the case may never be made public, despite promises from the prosecutor.” – TIME

“Unlike other resolutions circulating on Capitol Hill that would give the president various degrees of authority to use force against Islamic militants, Mr. Paul would take the extra step of declaring war — something Congress has not done since World War II.” – NY Times

“Forget football. A real battle of Midwest heavyweights might be looming next year in the Republican Party between Walker, Kasich, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder.” – POLITICO

I do not think I would shake hands with Barack Obama.” – Kevin Williamson/National Review

“Direct Action Everywhere, the California-based animal rights activists who gave us last month’s ‘Chicken Lady’ video showing the group confronting diners eating in a trendy California restaurant, have added a new tactic to their playbook: funerals for frozen chickens.” – The Blaze

LOUISIANA

“Chances are that Republican Bill Cassidy doesn’t consult an actual game plan that spells out how he can unseat Democrat Mary Landrieu in the U.S. Senate race in Louisiana that will be decided Dec. 6. But if he were doing so, it could read something like this:” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Before he took the stage, Cassidy spoke with Townhall about what his first initiative as senator would be, his refusal to become complacent even with his current double digit lead, and the president and his party’s failed agenda.” – Townhall.com

“This is the only country where just because an individual is born here physically, he or she is a citizen. That’s an outlier rule. No other industrialized country has that rule,” Vitter added. “I don’t know why we have that rule.” – Washington Examiner

We have the opportunity to create these jobs,” Cassidy said. “It starts with developing North America’s natural resources and securing America’s energy independence now. That’s why I’ve been fighting for job-creating projects like the Keystone XL pipeline.” – NOLA.com

“President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration will affect about 5,000 undocumented people in Louisiana’s capital city by keeping them united with their families, according to two Baton Rouge women who have spent years reaching out to immigrants.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Democrats have their supposed bad guy too: When they want to hurt Cassidy, they link him to Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal.” – AP

“In the brutal closing scene of the 2007 film ‘There Will Be Blood,’ a bowling alley beating, set in motion by years of tension and personal torment, concludes with the final biting words, ‘I’m finished.’ Sifting through the wreckage on the Senate floor last week, the same words could have come from Louisiana’s Mary Landrieu. Forty-one of her Democrat colleagues ruthlessly beat down her proposal to approve the Keystone pipeline, effectively sealing her fate in the December runoff election to keep her seat.” – John Sununu/Boston Globe

“Some of the major industrial projects fueling Louisiana’s expected economic boom could be at risk if the price of oil continues to fall, says economist Loren Scott, including one of the largest in the pipeline: Sasol Ltd.’s gas-to-liquids complex outside Lake Charles that alone could represent as much as a $22 billion investment.” – Baton Rouge Business Report

“The number of accidents reported by ExxonMobil refinery in Baton Rouge was lower in 2013 than in 2012, but environmental groups said Saturday that doesn’t mean much because the numbers depend on self-reporting from the company itself.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the appeals of two women who were convicted of killing one of their husbands on a lonely road south of Lake Charles.” – Lake Charles American Press

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