Low Popahirum, May 20, 2015

NATIONAL

“Sidney Blumenthal has served in many roles for Bill and Hillary Clinton, from political Svengali to opposition hit man. So it was probably inevitable that the man who whispered to reporters that Monica Lewinsky threw herself on Bill Clinton would eventually show up in Hillary’s State Department email imbroglio, and in ways that illuminate the Clinton family mores.” – WSJ

“There’s a simple solution to this problem. There’s a very simple way to incentivize Hillary to do the unthinkable and *gasp* answer questions from those whose job it is to solicit information from candidates for public office: ignore her entirely.” – The Federalist

“Martin O’Malley is expected to emphasize his ‘youthfulness,’ and a less scripted, more accessible presidential campaign, as a way to help contrast his candidacy with Hillary Clinton in the race for the Democratic nomination, an O’Malley confidante tells CNN.” – CNN

“Hillary Clinton on Tuesday poked fun at a Fox News reporter who asked whether she would be answering questions from the press during a campaign stop in Iowa.” – The Hill

The president was never going to defeat ISIS, because that would require what he will not do. Despite the Post’s belated exhortations, America won’t come back to Iraq. If Baghdad pulls it together, it will be a minor miracle. But it doesn’t look like it. One hundred thousand refugees are reported on the road to Baghdad, fleeing the house-to-house reprisals of ISIS and running straight into the hands of waiting bloodthirsty Shi’ite militias.” – Richard Fernandez/PJ Media

“U.S. intelligence officials on Wednesday released a trove of documents recovered during the 2011 raid on Usama bin Laden’s compound — offering a rare window into the operations of Al Qaeda and bin Laden’s involvement in leading the network from his Pakistan hideaway. ” – Fox News

“Which is why Ginsburg has occasioned such celebration. This weekend was not the first time Ginsburg has spoken less than discreetly about a hot-button issue. When she criticized Roe v. Wade at the University of Chicago in 2013, it was not because of anything the decision had or had not done; it was because it ‘stimulated the mobilization of a right-to-life movement and an attendant reaction in Congress and state legislatures.’ ‘It seemed to stop the momentum’ toward the reduction of abortion restrictions, she lamented.” – National Review

“A study claiming that gay people advocating same-sex marriage can change voters’ minds has been retracted due to fraud.” – BuzzFeed

“Assuming the Supreme Court signs on to the same-sex marriage meme come June, we can expect to see a noose tightening around both public and private speech, including spontaneous conversation, in America. The ultimate effect of the ‘Freedom for All Americans’ campaign will be to criminalize the expression of conservative as well as traditional religious thought on issues of marriage and family. In doing so, it will further stunt independent thought or debate in the wider political context.” – The Federalist

“In case you missed the primary battle in Kentucky last night, there was enough excitement in the GOP governor’s race to fill the pages of politicos’ notebooks for quite a while in an odd numbered year. You probably remember Matt Bevin, who was a big Tea Party favorite in his challenge to Mitch McConnell in the 2014 Senate primary but was rather thoroughly stomped on election day. Well, he’s still in the game and hoping to become Governor instead. He found himself in a wild ride late into the night, after first having been declared the winner by the local media, but then seeing the declaration taken back following an eleventh hour surge from the western reaches of the state for his opponent, James Comer.” – Hot Air

LOUISIANA

“On Monday in these pages, David Catron filled our readers in about a most excellent plan by Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) to institute a Republican response to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, more accurately known as Obamacare. This column will bring to light another Republican bill, the Patient Freedom Act to be rolled out Thursday at the Hudson Institute by its author, Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.).” – Scott McKay/American Spectator

“The Louisiana Senate has gone on the record as supporting the rights of Louisiana’s students to voluntarily gather for prayer. With a 39-0 vote Tuesday, senators backed Senate Concurrent Resolution 69 by Sen. Gerald Long, R-Winnfield, that he described as a ‘clear statement on the student’s right of expression.’” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“The Recovery School District’s takeover schools will not be returning en masse to Orleans Parish. House Bill 166 failed overwhelmingly Monday (May 18) in the House of Representatives, 31-61.” – NOLA.com

“It’s absolutely disappointing because the committee spoke and the committee spoke loud and clear,” said the Forum for Equality’s Executive Director SarahJane Brady. “I definitely think he is putting his exploratory campaign before the citizens of Louisiana.” – WWL-TV

“Louisiana’s difficult financial picture brightened a bit on Tuesday. That had state lawmakers saying they now face an easier job in meeting their constitutional responsibility to balance the budget this year and next, while achieving their goal of doing that without preventing cuts to the public health care system and to public colleges and universities.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Proposals that would likely increase the cost of attending the state’s public colleges and universities could stall out in the Louisiana Legislature this year after all.” – NOLA.com

“The Louisiana House on Tuesday advanced legislation that would give the state’s colleges new power over some of their operations. The House voted 85-8 for the measure which would give schools autonomy over some areas now under state jurisdiction.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“The results of a federal study into possible links between BP’s catastrophic 2010 oil spill and a spate of dolphin deaths since the spill is set to be released Wednesday.” – Lake Charles American Press

“An announcement about the conservation in Louisiana of black bears, the bear that inspired the teddy bear, is expected Wednesday.” – WAFB

“The NFL will turn to the South for its host cities for the 2019 and 2020 Super Bowls. New Orleans, Atlanta, South Florida and Tampa will bid for those games.” – WWL-TV



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