Low Popahirum, December 30, 2014

LOUISIANA

“After a string of attacks and robberies in the French Quarter, including a group attack an attempted robbery on Christmas Day, signs have appeared along some French Quarter streets urging pedestrians to find safety in numbers.” – NOLA.com

“But one of the speeches Scalise gave during his barnstorming days in the legislature has now returned to haunt him, likely thanks to some Democrat party smear merchants and a lightly-read left-wing Louisiana blogger looking for street cred.” – Scott McKay/American Spectator

“Scalise would communicate a lot with my campaign manager, Kenny Knight,” Duke said in a phone interview. “That is why he was invited and why he would come. Kenny knew Scalise, Scalise knew Kenny. They were friendly.” – Washington Post

“While contending that House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., is being ‘thrown under the bus’ for addressing to a gathering of white nationalists in 2002, former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke said he has never had a relationship with Scalise and wouldn’t vote for him.” – NOLA.com

“Here are eight political angles worth watching as Scalise faces his fate.” – LAPolitics.com

More than 56,000 people in Louisiana selected health insurance plans, known as ‘Obamacare,’ in the first month of enrollment for 2015 coverage. The Department of Health and Human Services said 49 percent re-enrolled in the federal marketplace plan, with 51 percent signing up for the first time.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Louisiana legislators gave the green light to several new laws this year, some of which will be going into effect on New Years Day.” – Fox 8 Live

“There is no time frame as to when Entergy customers could see an increase on their bill, or how much.” – WBRZ

“Sen-elect Bill Cassidy, R-La., insists he didn’t beat incumbent Mary Landrieu by making this year’s election a referendum on President Obama’s policies. What is Cassidy talking about? I mean, of course he did.” – James Varney/NOLA.com

“A convicted felon accused of stealing thousands of dollars from the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Baton Rouge and trying to steal nearly $300,000 from other health care centers will plead guilty to federal charges, prosecutors have informed a federal judge.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

NATIONAL

“Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan on Monday declared the ‘defeat’ of the U.S. and its allies in the 13-year-old war, a day after the coalition officially marked the end of its combat mission.” – Reuters

“It’s no surprise that productivity and wages are stagnating: investment in plant and equipment is falling. America is losing its edge. We had better fight to keep our lead before we have to play catch-up.” – David Goldman/PJ Media

“As we prepare to ring in 2015, we will see a new Congress as well as a New Year. When the Republicans take over both houses of Congress, they’ll have an unprecedented opportunity to reshape the health care debate in a positive direction.” – Paul Hsieh/Forbes

“Family members of those aboard AirAsia Flight 8501 collapsed in agony Tuesday as images of debris and a bloated body flashed across Indonesian television screens, proof that the plane crashed into the sea two days earlier with 162 people on board.” – AP

“FBI agents investigating the Sony Pictures hack were briefed Monday by a security firm that says its research points to laid-off Sony staff, not North Korea, as the perpetrator — another example of the continuing whodunnit blame game around the devastating attack.” – POLITICO

“The wave of Central American illegals welcomed by the Obama administration this year is one of the major stories of 2014. Yet the media have mostly gone silent on it. The Obama administration’s preferred method of dealing with the illegals was release pending administrative hearings. How are the hearings going?” – Power Line

“Now, many Americans want the Wisconsin governor to run for president. Walker’s got an impressive record, with thrice-proven electability, Midwestern likeability and a reform agenda that takes a common sense governing approach rooted in conservative principles. Even in the face of some pretty baseless (if not all-together corrupt and sinister) attacks, Walker, like Sen.-elect Cory Gardner of Colorado, is a fresh face of the GOP who is positive, solutions-oriented and, despite his youth, mature.” – Ellen Carmichael/Opportunity Lives

“President Barack Obama will block 2015 funding for the Department of Homeland Security if Republicans includes spending curbs on the president’s ‘executive action,’ says a top aide.” – Daily Caller

“If ‘You’re Only President Once’ means anything, it means telling a pair of Army officers who’ve spent months planning their Hawaiian dream wedding that they’ll have to make way because you simply must, must golf at that very hour.” – Hot Air

“‘I believe it was a racial attack – they weren’t trying to rob me, I had money on me and my wallet and all. They weren’t trying to rob me,’ King told WABC-TV.” – The Blaze

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