Low Popahirum, December 3, 2014

NATIONAL

“The short-term CR for DHS would allow Republicans to target funding as a means to thwart Barack Obama’s executive amnesty program. Jeh Johnson warned that he couldn’t operate DHS under a short-term funding scheme, but that didn’t seem to be a problem when Reid refused to pass budgets in the Senate from FY2011 to FY2014. The CR would force Obama into a continuous negotiation to get cash for his expansion of work-permit programs on which his executive-action schemes rely.” – Hot Air

“Senator Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.) suggested that House Republicans are on the verge of breaking their campaign promise to fight President Obama’s administrative amnesty, judging by the legislative text currently being circulated.” – National Review

“These hard-line Republicans are already expressing their dissatisfaction with the plan outlined by Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) during a closed door meeting Tuesday morning. Instead of a spending bill that keeps the government funded through September with a chance to review the the Department of Homeland Security’s funding in March, the lawmakers want to pass a much shorter resolution.” – POLITICO

“Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) said Republicans need to be careful to not ‘take the bait’ with a dramatic response to President Obama’s immigration executive action.” – PJ Media

“A former Democratic congressional aide pleaded guilty Tuesday to sexually assaulting two women in 2010.” – Washington Post

“Bush is often criticized by grassroots conservative groups for his participation in creating the Common Core education standards that have affected so many public school curriculums across the country. Bush addressed the complaints head-on and said he’s ‘lost patience‘ on the issue:” – Truth Revolt

“They are, however, teenagers. And they were, I guess, engaged in some mild teenage behavior — eye-rolling and smirking and what not. I watched a video of the event and didn’t really notice anything worth commenting on (apart from the interesting annual practice of Obama signing the cross over the turkey). But one minor Capitol Hill staffer thought the girls were dressed inappropriately and acted a bit churlish. And then, for some reason, she wrote about it on Facebook.” – Mollie Hemingway/The Federalist

“Saudi Arabia’s influential royal Prince Turki al-Faisal al-Saud has said the kingdom would only consider cutting oil production if Iran, Russia and the US agreed to match those cuts because it wants to protect its market share.” – UK Telegraph

We never lack for trusting patsies, however. Thirty years ago they told us that if we unilaterally disarmed, we could trust the Soviet Union to reciprocate. Today they tell us to trust the Iranians when they tell us they won’t build a nuclear bomb. Or to govern constitutionally against the Evil Party’s promise to do likewise in the future.” – American Spectator

President Obama will nominate Ash Carter to be Secretary of Defense. Carter has a strong reputation as an experienced, intelligent, and sensible defense expert. When I saw him speak a few years ago at the American Enterprise Institute, I thought he lived up to that reputation.” – Paul Mirengoff/Power Line

LOUISIANA

“We’re just days away from the Louisiana Senate runoff election, and Mary Landrieu is in trouble.” – Legal Insurrection

“Mayo, who said his childhood subsisted on welfare, continued to say Abraham was too affluent to relate to 5th District constituents, who are among the poorest in the nation, while Abraham said Mayo should pay his own city employees more if he’s serious about raising wages.” – Monroe News Star

“A former staffer for U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu pleaded guilty Tuesday to sexual assault of two women in 2010, according to a Washington Post report. Donny Ray Williams, who worked for Landrieu’s disaster recovery subcommittee, reportedly pleaded guilty to third-degree sexual abuse, two misdemeanor counts of sexual abuse and one count of misdemeanor threats.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Chevron announced Tuesday that crude oil and natural gas production has begun at one of its largest fields in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico and that will lead to more local jobs.” – Houma Courier

“If you still have not gotten a flu shot, there’s a new reason to get it sooner rather than later, as Louisiana is now seeing more influenza cases than any other state in the country.” – Fox 8 Live

“U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, in an interview with The Washington Post, said her party’s national campaign arm abandoned her in her Dec. 6 runoff against Rep. Bill Cassidy.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Sen. Vitter had a chance to show leadership on this issue and calm people who are wrongly fearful of federal intrusion in Louisiana schools. Instead, he is flip-flopping. He has joined Gov. Bobby Jindal’s misguided opposition to Common Core standards, which would allow Louisiana students to be compared to their peers nationally in reading, writing and math.” – NOLA.com

“An Army Corps of Engineers contractor hired to help stabilize and retrofit New Orleans pumping stations after Hurricane Katrina is fighting a federal whistleblower lawsuit alleging that it overbilled and passed off foreign sourced materials as domestic.” – NOLA.com

State and local officials are ecstatic about Sasol, which could end up hiring more than 1,250 employees, paying them an average of $88,000. But the plant will come at a cost to taxpayers, in the form of a $257 million incentive package that the state approved last year, including $115 million in cash.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“The New Orleans Police Department have identified the woman who walked down Decatur Street and randomly stabbed two men who walked passed her.She has been identified as 47-year-old Jeannene Meyer, but may be using the names Jeanne or Jeanie.” – WAFB

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