The Low Popahirum, January 7, 2016

NATIONAL

On March 23, 2010, President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the 906-page health care reform law known as Obamacare. It was, as a live microphone caught Vice President Joe Biden exclaiming to his boss, a big deal, with Biden memorably inserting an extra word for emphasis—and for history—between ‘big’ and ‘deal.‘” – Politico

“Some Americans may not have to cut back on eggs and salt as much as they once thought and eating lean meat is still OK. But watch the added sugars, especially the sugary drinks.” – Fox News

Shawn Jesper is the Republican Speaker of the House in the State of New Hampshire. Yesterday on the floor of the State House, he apparently publicly scolded some Republicans for their ‘inappopriate behavior.’ One of the people who was apparently the target of this rant was state lawmaker Katherine Prudhomme-O’Brien, who became nationally famous for confronting Hillary Clinton about Bill Clinton’s (alleged) rape of Juanita Broaddrick.” – Red State

Talk radio host Mark Levin criticized the questioning of Republican presidential candidate Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), stating, ‘just because he [Trump] says something doesn’t mean I have to agree with it like our friends over at Breitbart who are going all kinds of crazy over the birther issue’ while addressing the issue over multiple segments of his radio show on Wednesday.” – Breitbart

The GOP establishment is beginning to coalesce around Marco Rubio’s presidential bid amid fears that a victory by Donald Trump or Ted Cruz would sink the party in November.” – The Hill

“A defiant Juanita Broaddrick told Breitbart on Wednesday that she is revisiting her rape allegations against Bill Clinton in hopes of educating a generation of young Americans on the former president’s sordid history with women.” – Breitbart

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush, who once enjoyed a wide lead in New Hampshire, has singled out a rival that his team now sees as an immediate threat: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.” – Washington Post

Iran’s government accused Saudi Arabia of ‘intentionally’ striking its embassy in Yemen, another incident likely to ratchet up tensions between Tehran and Riyadh and imperil efforts to forge peace in Syria and combat ISIS.” – CNN.com

Donald Trump may be testing the boundaries of tolerance on the U.S. campaign trail. But here in Germany, the government is effectively enforcing civility, taking aim at a surge of hate speech against refugees and Muslims.” – Hot Air

The State Department said Wednesday that a Michigan woman who recently posted a video supporting Palestinians who stab Jews once served as a volunteer on a State Department program that works to create positive change in the Middle East.” – The Blaze

LOUISIANA

Services for political watchdog C.B. Forgotston will be Friday as one of the biggest fighters for the state of Louisiana will be laid to rest at McKneely Funeral Home in Amite.” – KPEL965.com

On January 5th 2016, Governor-elect Edwards named Dr. Rebekah Gee as the Secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH). The role of DHH Secretary is essential to the pro-life cause, due to its responsibilities to enforce Louisiana’s life-affirming legislation and policies and to regulate outpatient abortion facilities.” – Louisiana Right to Life

“More details about the upcoming 2016 Louisiana Govenor’s Inauguration were released by the Edwards transition team Thursday, including the announcement that legendary ‘Voice of the Tigers’ Jim Hawthorne will hold down the master of ceremonies position.” – WBRZ.com

Alexandria Mayor Jacques Roy is considering a run for a U.S. Senate seat in the fall elections.” –The Town Talk

“Republican presidential contender Ted Cruz is set to make an appearance in Baton Rouge on Monday.” – The Advocate Blogs

The Bonnet Carré Spillway needs to be opened — possibly as soon as Saturday — to divert the slug of floodwater coming down the Mississippi River after heavy December rainfall up north, the head of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ New Orleans office said Tuesday.” – The Baton Rouge Advocate

Governor-elect John Bel Edwards takes office on Monday and two former governors have some advice for him. Democrat Kathleen Blanco, who was governor of Louisiana from 2004 to 2008, says Edwards has a tough road ahead with all of the budget issues and dealing with legislators over the state’s finances is not easy.” – Louisiana Radio Network

The Jindals have officially moved out of the Governor’s Mansion, according to Louisiana State Police.” – WAFB.com

“U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy’s biggest complaint about President Barack Obama’s pending gun control executive actions is they would have done nothing to stop the shootings in San Bernadino, California in late 2015, he said Wednesday in Hammond.” – Hammond Star

“According to The Hollywood Reporter, season 2 of the FX network anthology series American Crime Story will be set in the days following Hurricane Katrina and the federal floods.” – Best of New Orleans

Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards has set an ambitious timeline for a Medicaid expansion, saying he wants to have government-funded health insurance cards in thousands more people’s hands by July 1. To make that happen, his new health care leader says Louisiana will have to hire an estimated 248 new health department employees to handle the enrollment and find the dollars to pay them, in a state saddled with budget problems.” – KNOE.com



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