Low Popahirum, May 1, 2015

NATIONAL

“City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby says Freddie Gray received his critical injuries in Baltimore police custody and has charged all six officers involved in his death.” – CBS Baltimore

“The Baltimore police officers union says the six officers charged in the Freddie Gray case aren’t responsible for his death. Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3 President Gene Ryan made the comment Friday in a letter to Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby before she announced the charges. It was the union’s strongest statement to date in the officers’ defense.” – AP

“This is a failure exclusively of Democrats, unless the root causes of Baltimore’s troubles are to be traced to its last Republican mayor, Theodore Roosevelt McKeldin, who left office in 1967. And it is an indictment of a failed model of government.” – Rich Lowry/POLITICO

“As radicals and other criminals reduce their once-great city to ashes, left-wing politicians are defining deviancy down. They just can’t stop saying nice things about gangsters and when they occasionally slip up and say accurate things about them, they promptly apologize for speaking the truth. That’s the way Democrats in Baltimore roll.” – American Thinker

“Rev. Al Sharpton called for the Justice Department to ‘take over policing in this country‘ and stated ‘we’re going to have to fight states’ rights’ in comments recorded by the Baltimore Sun on Thursday.” – Breitbart

“It’s too easy and too convenient to blame the Fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975, on the Democratic Congress’s decision to drastically reduce American military aid to South Vietnam — from $2.8 billion in military aid in 1973 to a mere $300 million in 1975, the year the North Vietnamese Army launched its final offensive.” – National Review

“Regardless of what items Mr. Obama checks off, he will leave to his successor a staggering array of domestic problems, some he ignored and many he made worse.” – Karl Rove

The worst is over. That has been big oil companies’ message this week as they publish quarterly earnings. Oil prices have lifted since the lows of the year-end and are now more likely to rise than fall.” – Economist

“According to the Associated Press, United States officials are moving away from describing the separatist forces in Ukraine that operate with Moscow’s logistical, tactical, monetary, and political support ‘pro-Russian rebels.’ The term is misleading and not all that descriptive. Now, when American officials talk about the 15-month-old war in eastern Ukraine precipitated by a Russian invasion, they’re going to use a more apt term to describe the forces fighting Ukrainian soldiers: ‘Combined Russian-separatist forces.’ The move is seen by many as an admission by American officials that Russia is solely responsible for the violence in that nation.” – Hot Air

“The latest potentially damning ‘Clinton cash’ allegation involves a 2008 nuclear agreement between India and the United States. According to Politico, Peter Schweizer says that Hillary Clinton changed her position on the agreement after Indian business and government interests flooded various Clinton enterprises with cash.” – Power Line

LOUISIANA

All five Louisiana House Republicans voted no on a failed Democratic amendment Thursday (April 30) that would allow Department of Veterans Affairs medical staffers to provide veterans with information about use of marijuana for health purposes.” – NOLA.com

Five of Louisiana’s nine metro areas suffered job losses over the 12-month period through March. Still, the job winners outpaced the losers to give the state an overall gain of 14,600 nonfarm jobs.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“LSU students and supporters marched from A.Z. Young Park in downtown Baton Rouge to the steps of the Louisiana Capitol to protest possible $600 million in state higher education budget cuts.” – NOLA.com

Two reporters Friday were barred from attending the meeting of an obscure state panel reviewing plans for new Common Core tests. The advisory committee, which is called the Procurement Support Team, is under Gov. Bobby Jindal’s Division of Administration.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Former Orleans Parish Public Schools Board member Jimmy Fahrenholtz says he has no memory of driving from Baton Rouge to New Orleans on April 22, the day an iPad was stolen from a Baton Rouge lobbyist. The tablet later turned up in a body of water in Fahrenholtz’s backyard.” – New Orleans Gambit

“A barge struck the U.S. Highway 190 Bridge in Baton Rouge late Thursday, but inspectors determined the bridge was sound and there was no reason to close the bridge, the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office reported Friday morning in a tweet.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal was supposed to be the conservative answer to President Barack Obama: a first-generation Indian-American who rejected offers from Harvard med and Yale law to study political science on a Rhodes scholarship. He was the whiz-bang wonk who would use his policy smarts to lift the Republican Party from its doldrums with innovative solutions and vision, catapulting himself to the White House in the process.” – Reason

“Former LSU standout offensive lineman La’el Collins, who had been projected as a first-round pick in Thursday night’s NFL draft as recently as Monday, will be meeting with Baton Rouge homicide detectives as part of the department’s investigation into the recent killing of a pregnant woman, police said.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

I know what you’re thinking after the New Orleans Saints’ first two selections of the 2015 NFL Draft: Boring!” – Jeff Duncan/NOLA.com

“The Saints are trying to win another Super Bowl before Drew Brees retires, and they know the only real way to do that is to protect him from nearly getting killed — which is almost what happened to him in 2014.” – Big Easy Believer



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