The Low Popahirum, January 21, 2016

NATIONAL

“With Jeb struggling, supporters, staff and donors start pointing the finger at the super PAC’s chief, Mike Murphy.” – Politico

“The fatal poisoning of a former Russian spy in London a decade ago was ‘probably approved’ by Vladimir Putin, according to a judicial report released Thursday, a conclusion that confirmed long-held suspicions that the high-profile case bore all the hallmarks of a Kremlin hit.” – Fox News

“This is a very simple post with a very simple point. I think more or less we are agreed that anything like comprehensive immigration reform is off the table for any of the current likely nominees. Certainly it is off the table for either Donald Trump or Ted Cruz, who are the two candidates with obvious paths to the nomination.” – Red State

“Yes, you read that right. According to Ted Cruz, the so-called Republican establishment is abandoning Florida senator Marco Rubio and uniting behind real-estate mogul Donald Trump. Cruz has long said the Republican primary would come down to two candidates, one a conservative, the other an establishment moderate. Now that Cruz and Trump are leading the polls, he’s trying his hardest to paint Trump as the latter.” – National Review

“A new WBUR poll out Thursday finds that with less than three weeks before primary day, a large share New Hampshire’s undeclared voters have yet to make up their minds about who to vote for — or even which party to support.” – WBUR.com

“As many conservatives grapple with the growing prospect of a Donald Trump presidential nomination, I’ve started to hear them asking one another the once-unthinkable: ‘Would you vote for Trump?’  Mostly, the answer is ‘of course not.’ He’s a fascistic clown. He’s a clandestine liberal (not really that cagey about it, to be honest) who’d be a disaster for the country, not to mention destroy the Republican Party for generations, perhaps forever.” – The Federalist

“In September, when Donald Trump appeared before a giant rally in Dallas, a person in the Trump circle described the coming months of the campaign. Sure, a big event like Dallas got headlines, but Trump knew he couldn’t do the same rally, rally, rally for the next several months and expect the public to remain interested. Even then, TrumpWorld was planning a varied (and secret) schedule of special events, bold policy rollouts, and other attention-getting gestures to keep the voters’ and the media’s attention over the course of a long campaign.” – Washington Examiner

“Being sane and strapped for time, I have resisted analyzing Donald Trump’s international trade policy out of the conventional belief—since proven wrong—that he would fade from the political limelight in 2016. But since Trump is apparently here to stay and has amplified his trade rhetoric, a review of one of those plans—to impose high tariffs on Chinese goods—is now warranted. So here we are, and what a disaster this plan is.” – The Federalist

“Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz’s claim that her party’s debates were scheduled at times meant to ‘maximize’ viewership was rated as false by Politifact Wednesday.” – The Blaze

“On his show on Wednesday, conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh offered his analysis of Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump’s rise, which he argued wasn’t a sign that conservative orthodoxy was winning the day, but instead it is a pushback against the modern-day Democratic Party and President Barack Obama.” – Breitbart

LOUISIANA

Louisiana would have the highest combined state and average local sales tax rate in the country if Gov. John Bel Edwards’ proposed budget fixes go through next month.” – NOLA.com

“National Oilwell Varco, a manufacturer and parts supplier to the oil and gas industry, is shutting down its facility in Houma, Louisiana, and that will put 80 employees out of work.” – KPEL965.com

Authorities say one of the Marksville officers accused of shooting and killing a 6-year-old boy during a police pursuit and injuring the boy’s father is in the process of bonding out of jail.”  – WBRZ.com

Teen wearing headphones killed by train on Slidell tracks” – WWLTV.com

A decade-old oil leak that could last for another century was caused by an ‘act of God’ during a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico, the president of the company responsible said Wednesday.” – The Herald News

“Some Allendale residents have started a petition to keep I-49 out of their neighborhood.” – KSLA.com

“The steadily collapsing oil price isn’t just causing havoc in financial markets.” – Market Watch

LSU will have a strong representation at the 2016 NFL Pro Bowl at the end of January as Dolphins receiver Jarvis Landry is the latest former Tiger to get a call to play in the game. The Saints do not currently have any players heading to Hawaii but former running back Chris Ivory found out Wednesday that he will be there as a replacement for the Bills’ LeSean McCoy.” – Fox8Live.com

“The race to fill an open U.S. House seat representing the Lafayette and Lake Charles areas has drawn two candidates so far.” – KPLCTV.com

Gov. John Bel Edwards proposed a broad array of tax hikes Tuesday on shoppers, smokers, phone services, business utilities and more, saying Louisiana needs to bring in more money to steady its finances and end the cycles of perpetual budget crises.” – TheIND.com



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