Low Popahirum, July 31, 2015

NATIONAL

“The breast-cancer screening charade casts Planned Parenthood as a life-saving provider of vital health services unavailable anywhere else. You may recall that during the 2012 presidential campaign, Obama himself falsely claimed during a debate that the abortion provider administers mammograms to “millions” of women — and liberal CNN moderator Candy Crowley let him get away with it.” – Michelle Malkin/National Review

“The U.S. intelligence community is bracing for the possibility that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private email account contains hundreds of revelations of classified information from spy agencies and is taking steps to contain any damage to national security, according to documents and interviews Thursday.” – Washington Times

“Either defund Planned Parenthood or do not defund Planned Parenthood. The future of the Republican Party is at stake. The Democrats know this better than the GOP. So President Obama will block it. The Republicans must not try, but must hold steady until he yields.” – Erick Erickson/RedState

“The scientists were right — your cell phone can give you cancer.” – New York Daily News

“Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) found himself at odds with some immigration reform advocates Thursday, defending his 2007 vote against a comprehensive immigration bill and telling an audience hosted by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce that ‘open borders’ were a threat to American jobs.”  –Washington Post

“One of the reasons for Donald Trump’s continuing high standing in the early polls is his perceived willingness to stand up to PC bullies and speak his mind. Now along comes Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, standing up to the man who put the ‘bully’ back into the bully pulpit.” –Michael Walsh/PJ Media

“The last time anyone saw the Boeing 777 used for Malaysia Air flight 370 was as it took off on a the evening or March 8, 2014, and vanished into one of the airline industry’s enduring mysteries. More than sixteen months later, experts increasingly believe that one piece of the airplane has emerged on the coastline of an island off the eastern Africa coast.” – Hot Air

“U.S. intelligence officials suspected Pakistan of sheltering Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, one of the world’s most wanted men, for years before his death, according to a published report.” – Fox News

“The guy wearing a yellow vest and hardhat might have a bulletproof vest and a badge underneath. The Marietta Police Department has some officers posing as construction workers or road surveyors to catch people who are texting while driving or using their phones in any other distracting manner.” – The Blaze

“As U.S. census data projects that immigration will soon exceed all documented historical records, not one Republican leader in Congress supports the popular step of reducing immigration.” – Breitbart

LOUISIANA

“’We are Lafayette strong. We are Acadiana strong.’ Those words by Lafayette City-Parish President Joey Durel echoed through Blackham Coliseum Thursday as hundreds gathered for prayer, music and remembrance for ‘Lafayette Strong: Unite. Honor. Heal.'” – Seth Dickerson / The Lafayette Advertiser

Sending “revenge porn” can land you in jail, new housing protections are being extended to domestic violence victims and enforcement of sea turtle protection laws is tightening.” – KLFY.com

“The urgent call went out across a police radio only minutes after gunfire erupted inside a Lafayette movie theater: The suspect was inside an auditorium and had reloaded his gun.” – NOLA.com

“Back in Louisiana, Jindal has gone from being very popular to being very unpopular. This is partly because the public’s love for politicians often deteriorates, and partly a punishment for his obvious interest in becoming President, but it mostly has to do with Louisiana’s perpetual economic weakness. Louisiana has all the textbook problems of a resource-extraction economy: a poor education system, poor infrastructure, an excessive dependence on taxing business, and a scary degree of exposure to fluctuations in commodity prices. The fall in the price of oil, by far Louisiana’s most valuable resource, inexorably created a budget crisis for the state government, and all the solutions available to Jindal involve making people angry at him.” – New Yorker

“Up in Mount Vernon, Ohio, there’s a guy who’s concerned about Louisiana. Very, very concerned. So concerned that he recently cut a $150,000 check to the Fund for Louisiana’s Future.” –Stephanie Grace/ Baton Rouge Advocate

“Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., has asked Rep. Charles Boustany, R-Lafayette, to lead a rewrite, with the goal of helping get welfare recipients not only into jobs, but jobs with a future that pay enough to support families.” – NOLA.com

“U.S. Sen. David Vitter announced tonight that President Barack Obama has signed S. 984, The Steve Gleason Act of 2015. The Steve Gleason Act, authored by Vitter, will make speech generating devices (SGDs) more accessible, helping patients diagnosed with diseases such as Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) live more independent lives. Vitter’s legislation passed through the Senate in April and passed the House earlier this month.” – KLFY.com

“To comply with state law, the Lake Charles City Council is looking into amending the city’s code on possession of pot and synthetic marijuana.” – KPLC.com

“The City of Natchitoches, recently named Best Southern Small Town by readers of USA Today and 10Best.com, has a new title to be proud of.” – KTBS.com

“Former New Orleans Saints linebacker Junior Galette is signing a one-year deal with the Redskins, according to his agent. ” – NOLA.com

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