Low Popahirum, February 25, 2015

NATIONAL

“‘If I was a donor to some of these senators that just won election and was told things would be different in a new Senate, I’d be pretty pissed. We put Harry Reid back in charge of the Senate again?’ Huelskamp said.” – The Hill

“In an extraordinary sequence, Mitch McConnell offered Democrats Tuesday exactly what they have been asking for — ‘clean’ full-year funding for the Department of Homeland Security. And Harry Reid said no — or at least, not yet.” – Roll Call

“If he had any brains or balls (which he doesn’t), he’d walk back his clean offer and stand shoulder to shoulder with the House. The reason is simple, if they let Reid run the entire Congress on this bill, he will run it for the next two years. Reid is taking the Congress hostage and threatening to shoot them. You don’t negotiate with terrorists. You beat them.” – Ace Of Spades

“According to four senators at the lunch session, a frustrated Sen. Jeff Sessions angrily dismissed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s plan, arguing that his party should be prepared for an all-out battle with Democrats to ratchet up public pressure and force President Barack Obama to drop his immigration policies. But Sen. Kelly Ayotte, a New Hampshire Republican who could face a tough reelection next year, sharply countered that McConnell’s plan was the only option to not hamper law enforcement agencies that rely on money from the Department of Homeland Security.” – POLITICO

“A Texas jury has rejected the insanity defense of a former Marine in the deaths of famed ‘American Sniper’ author Chris Kyle and another man.” – AP

“To be less patriotic than the average American doesn’t require any elaborate backstory or exotic beliefs — it is, as a matter of fact, a standard characteristic of the typical American liberal. The survey data are clear: There is a patriotism differential between the Right and the Left. Which doesn’t mean that liberals don’t love the country in their own fashion, but their love is not reflected in old-fashioned pride in country.” – Rich Lowry/National Review

“Iran’s armed forces launched a speedboat attack on a giant model of a US aircraft carrier on Wednesday as the Revolutionary Guard staged military exercises in the Gulf. The aim of the drill was to practise how to sink an American carrier, at least two of which patrol the Gulf at any given time.” – Telegraph UK

“If the constant media haranguing of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker over his religion tells us anything, it’s that the political media absolutely loathe what they perceive as authentic Christianity.” – Sean Davis/The Federalist

“With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Emanuel had 45 percent, shy of the 50 percent plus one vote needed to avoid a runoff. Garcia had 34 percent of the vote, separating him from the rest of Emanuel’s challengers and putting him in position for the runoff.” – CBS Chicago

“Journalists trying to make sense of ISIS demanding Jizya payments and taking slaves ought to remember that these aren’t medieval behaviors in the Middle East. Not unless medieval means the 19th century. And that’s spotting them a whole century. Saudi Arabia only abolished slavery in 1962 under pressure from the United States. Its labor market and that of fellow Petrojihadi kingdoms like Kuwait and Qatar are based on arrangements that look a lot like temporary slavery… for those foreigners who survive.” – Sultan Knish

“Days before the contentious visit of Benjamin Netanyahu to Washington, President Obama’s national security adviser says the Israel leader’s planned speech to Congress could be ‘destructive’ to the U.S.-Israeli relationship.” – USA Today

LOUISIANA

“Three of four contenders for governor Tuesday blasted the hot button push for new academic standards called Common Core during a forum in Shreveport. The critics are Democrat state Rep. John Bel Edwards, of Amite, who said he has never flip-flopped on the issue, and Republicans David Vitter and Scott Angelle.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“An overall spending cap, mandatory withholding taxes, adding transferability limitations and even a five-year guarantee for a scripted film series are among the possible changes Louisiana could see to its controversial motion picture tax credits. State Sen. JP Morrell, D-New Orleans, and State Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Kenner, have presented drafts of possible legislation to be discussed at the March 4 meeting of the Entertainment Industry Development Advisory Commission.” – NOLA.com

“Oil refinery workers in St. Charles Parish continue to picket as part of a nationwide strike. On Wednesday, several environmental groups plan to join the picket line.” – Fox 8 Live

“Satisfaction with the New Orleans Police Department fell by double digits, according to the bi-annual survey conducted by the New Orleans Crime Commission, with less than half of the citizens surveyed approving of the NOPD.” – WWL-TV

“Car2Go, a subsidiary of Daimler that operates in 29 cities worldwide, hope to deploy 200 cars onto the streets of New Orleans,” according to the story. “Members of the program can walk up to any car in the program, use a PIN to to access the vehicle, drive anywhere within the service area and then park and leave the car for the next user, explained Matt Rufo, a transportation consultant with GCR, a local firm representing Car2Go in New Orleans.” – NOLA.com

“Most of northeast Louisiana is under a winter storm warning until 6 p.m. today as an arctic system moves east across the state.” – Monroe News Star

“Viking River Cruises, a major provider of high-end river cruises on other continents, will make New Orleans the home port for its first North American itineraries, which will travel along the Mississippi River as far north as Minnesota, the company and state officials announced Tuesday.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“As site work continues on Cameron LNG’s plant expansion in Hackberry, company executives are looking to expand the facility a little more. Cameron LNG executives announced Tuesday they have initiated the prefiling review with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to add two more trains and a fifth full containment storage tank to the expanding facility. The proposed additions would increase the facility’s LNG production by 9.97 million metric tons per year.” – Lake Charles American Press

“Three days later, Smith, the top-ranked cornerback in the 2016 class, committed to LSU on Tuesday during a live announcement ceremony on ESPNU.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“LSU’s baseball game scheduled for Wednesday night against Southeastern Louisiana has been moved to a Thursday 6:30 p.m. start at Alex Box Stadium, the school said Wednesday.” – NOLA.com

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