Low Popahirum, March 6, 2015

LOUISIANA

“More than 175 monkeys that were potentially exposed to a bioterror bacteria inside a major Louisiana research complex were returned to their outdoor cages before officials knew the deadly pathogen was on the loose from a lab accident.” – WFAA

“Ever since Gov. Bobby Jindal issued his proposed $24.6 billion state budget last week, the phrase ‘money laundering’ has been running through my head. That’s not quite the right term, and what Jindal proposes is not illegal. But is there such a thing as label laundering?” – Stephanie Grace/Baton Rouge Advocate

“Gov. Bobby Jindal’s bewildering tax schemes to salvage what’s left of higher education and health care may fail for two simple reasons: They are tax increases that the state’s business community strongly opposes, and they are built on a foundation of ridiculous semantic deceptions.” – Bob Mann/NOLA.com

“THE governor of Louisiana sits down with The Economist’s United States editor to discuss standing up to Russia, calling radical Islam the enemy and fixing America’s broken immigration system. An edited transcript of the parts of the interview that were not filmed is available below, and this week’s paper considers Mr Jindal’s (undeclared) pitch for the top job.” – The Economist

“Is Tea Party Conservative Rob Maness, who ran unsuccessfully for the Senate last year, considering a primary challenge to House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-Jefferson, in 2016? He isn’t saying, but his sharp criticism of Scalise for his support of Speaker John Boehner’s decision to pass a clean spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security certainly encourages speculation.” – NOLA.com

LSU has canceled a $54 million contract for the renovation and expansion of Patrick F. Taylor Hall, according to Swedish construction firm Skanska, but LSU says the project will go forward with a second contractor. A Skanska-Mapp Construction joint venture announced the team had won the contract in June.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Worker’s compensation for work related injuries varies widely across the country, and Louisiana is among the states that pay the least for serious injuries such as the loss of a limb.” – New Orleans CityBusiness

“Barring an unexpected about-face by Louisiana’s top education board, state leaders will review existing Common Core math and English standards, analyze participation rates for the upcoming PARCC standardized tests and extend the curved distribution scale for school scores through the 2015-16 year.” – Shreveport Times

“A bid to let students skip Common Core tests this month without schools being penalized was rejected Thursday by the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Marques Colston will remain a New Orleans Saint in 2015 and that’s good news for everyone: Colston, the Saints and his loyal legion of fans.” – NOLA.com

NATIONAL

“Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is hospitalized in serious condition. May be suffering from prostrate cancer.” – Gateway Pundit

“The House committee investigating the 2012 terror attack in Benghazi, Libya, issued subpoeanas Wednesday demanding emails related to the attack from the private server owned by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.” – BizPAC Review

“When Hillary Clinton ditched government email in favor of a secret, personal address, it wasn’t just an affront to Obama’s vaunted transparency agenda—security experts consulted by Gawker have laid out a litany of potential threats that may have exposed her email conversations to potential interception by hackers and foreign intelligence agencies.” – Gawker

“As The New York Times observes, the plea deal spares General Petraeus the humiliation of a public trial and allows him to get on with his new, lucrative career as a government consultant, educator and partner in a major equity firm. But if he had any political ambitions, those are (presumably) gone; the affair and conviction would be more than enough to hound him from any race. We’re about to find out if Hillary Clinton has a similar problem. It was revealed earlier this week that Mrs. Clinton never used her official, government e-mail account while serving as Secretary of State. Instead, she created her own e-mail domain, with a server located in her Chappaqua, New York home. The Times reported Monday that Mrs. Clinton used her private account to conduct official business, raising serious questions about security and her compliance with the Federal Records Act.” – In From The Cold

“For what it’s worth, I prefer mansplaining to ‘Bamsplaining, where he peddles a lot of gaseous pap interrupted by cheap digs at straw men and all delivered in that set-your-watch-by-it left-right prompter-swivel. (To stick with the Mother Jones shtick, real men don’t use prompters.)” – Mark Steyn

“As soon as a conservative Republican emerges as a serious presidential contender, liberals in the media suddenly yank out the microscopes they’ve been keeping away from Barack Obama since 2007. They could care less what Obama did in college, how he got into college, who paid for his college, who wrote his letters of recommendation, what his grades were, and on and on—but we already know everything about Scott Walker and college. Obama’s media protectors could give a rip that the current president once had a mentor who was a literal card-carrying member of the Communist Party under Stalin. But as soon as someone like Scott Walker starts gaining ground, wow, ‘journalists’ lunge for the magnifying glass and become real reporters again, profusely digging and questioning, looking for mole-holes to make into vast mountains of scandal.” – Paul Kengor/American Spectator

“Levin, the fiery but eloquent broadcast personality whose audience is estimated at 7 million by Talkers magazine, devoted a portion of his syndicated ‘Mark Levin Show’ Wednesday to announcing his political group Americans For Carbon Dioxide.” – Washington Examiner

“If you want to know what life without Hillary looks like, drive up to a tiny coffee shop in 
Concord, N.H., tonight and look for the bland guy speaking awkwardly to a handful of curious customers. That would be Martin O’Malley, the former governor of Maryland. Chances are you wouldn’t know him if you tripped over him, yet he could become the accidental front-runner if Hillary Clinton’s campaign continues to implode.” – Boston Herald

“Historically, the Clintons have proved to be politically indestructible. To paraphrase the movie Aliens, to truly destroy the Clinton-Industrial Complex, you’d have to nuke it from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.” – Jonah Goldberg/National Review

U.S. stocks fell, with the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index heading for a second straight weekly loss, as better-than-forecast jobs data fueled speculation the Federal Reserve is moving closer to raising interest rates.” – Bloomberg

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