The Low Popahirum, February 2, 2016

NATIONAL

Monday night was Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign in miniature – it began with high hopes of a doubt-eradicating victory and ended with that same old anxiety, an inch beyond the jaws of an underdog.” – Politico

“Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson on Tuesday pointedly accused Ted Cruz’s campaign of spreading false rumors during the Iowa caucuses claiming the retired neurosurgeon was suspending his bid, in a coordinated effort to seal Cruz’s victory Monday night.” – Fox News

So, the RNC disinvited the National Review as a sponsor for its February 25 candidate debate because of its editorializing in opposition to Donald Trump. This request came from Trump and the RNC quickly caved.” – Red State

Bernie Sanders is right: The Iowa Democratic caucuses were a ‘virtual tie,’ especially after you consider that the results aren’t even actual vote tallies, but state delegate equivalents subject to all kinds of messy rounding rules and potential geographic biases.” – NY Times

Donald Trump’s stunning and durable lead in polls of GOP primary voters raised expectations to such an extent that conservatives have been talking themselves into accepting his inevitability. In Iowa, it seemed as though Trump might attract legions of disaffected voters who’d overwhelm Republican regulars by becoming caucus-goers for the first time. But to the surprise of many, high turnout in Monday night’s caucuses did not lead to a Trump victory. Instead, Ted Cruz defeated Trump by a comfortable margin, and Marco Rubio came surprisingly close to relegating Trump to third place. Naturally, anti-Trump Republicans are delighted by the outcome in Iowa. Rubio’s success holds out the possibility that the party will rally around the Florida senator, thus preventing Trump or Cruz from winning the GOP nomination.” – Slate.com

“Former Massachusetts senator Scott P. Brown, a moderate Republican who two years ago ran for Senate in New Hampshire, will endorse Donald Trump at a rally here Tuesday night, one week before the state’s presidential primary.” – Washington Post

“At just about 9 p.m. local time, the leadership of Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign moved like a phalanx through the lobby of the Des Moines Marriott Downtown toward vehicles that would transport them to the Iowa State Fairgrounds, where Cruz was holding his caucus-night party. With three-quarters of Iowa’s precincts counted and with the race, according to television networks, still ‘too close to call,’ campaign manager Jeff Roe declared victory.” – Bloomberg.com

“Pro tip: If you’re a candidate for office and you’re complaining about not being given your due, make sure your target is the media or ‘the establishment.’ Not the voters.” – Hot Air

A Florida day care director was arrested this week after a tech-savvy employee could no longer stand her allegedly abusive behavior.” – The Blaze

A retired media boss at a major German state broadcaster has admitted his network and others take orders from the government on what — and what not — to report.” – Breitbart

LOUISIANA

An area crane operator previously reported to have been hired to move three Confederate monuments in New Orleans now says it has no involvement in the project and ‘is not providing equipment or manpower’ for their removal.” – Nola.com

St. Joseph, Louisiana, is drawing comparisons to Flint, Michigan. Both are small towns with a predominately black population and high poverty rates; both have serious water problems that implicate both the local and state government.” – Episcopalcafe.com

A Louisiana State University professor shot his wife to death at their home over the weekend before he turned the gun on himself, officials said.” – Sunherald.com

A 53-year-old Marrero woman is alive Monday evening thanks to quick action by a pair of Jefferson Parish Sheriff Office deputies and a team of local fire fighters from Nine Mile Point and Bridge City.” – WWLTV.com

A San Antonio judge on Monday (Feb. 1) ordered lawyers for Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson and his estranged daughter to file their settlement of a disputed family trust fund, although the lawyers insisted the terms of their agreement is confidential, according to an attorney associated with the case.” – NOLA.com

Students from four Jeff Davis Parish high schools got a leg up on their future lives Monday during a College Career Expo.” – American Press

As they head into one of busiest weekends of the year, New Orleans cabbies are seeking to sideline UberX drivers with a lawsuit saying they should be blocked from picking up passengers because they don’t meet the requirements of state law.” – NOLA.com

Two people died returning to the Gulf Coast following a medical flight to the Baton Rouge area Monday.” – WBRZ.com

U.S. and European stock indexes fell sharply on Tuesday and buyers sought safe-haven government bonds after another tumble in depressed oil prices.” – Reuters.com

 

The contained burn chamber that will be used by Explosive Service International (ESI) to dispose of M6 propellant and Clean Burning Igniter at Camp Minden in Minden has arrived at the Port of Natchitoches.” – KTBS.com



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