The Low Popahirum, March 17, 2016

NATIONAL

“Top liberals and leading progressive groups perceive the GOP front-runner as a dangerous and unprecedented threat.” – Politico

“Secretary of State John Kerry declared Thursday that the Islamic State is committing genocide against Christians and other minorities in the Middle East, after facing heavy pressure from lawmakers and rights groups to make the rare designation.” – Fox News

“Former presidential candidate Marco Rubio told a group of Minnesota supporters Wednesday he is hoping one of the remaining candidates for president will stop Donald Trump from winning the Republican nomination — and that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz could be the best option for conservatives.” – Red State

RNC weighs scrapping convention rule book to head off anti-Trump maneuvers” – Washington Times

“After months squaring off against Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, presuming him to be the chief obstacle to a one-on-one showdown with Donald J. Trump, Senator Ted Cruz on Wednesday emerged from the latest Republican primaries with a new foe who was actually there all along: Gov. John Kasich of Ohio.” – NY Times

“A swooning Chinese economy. The rising specter of global jihad. Russia lurching toward a new Cold War with the West.” – NY Times

“Curly Haugland, a Republican National Committee member, says the nomination process is pretty straightforward: The party, not the voters, chooses the nominee.” – Washington Post

Television, radio, print publications, and podcasts have spent thousands of hours describing Donald Trump’s spectacular rise—and his dominance of the Republican primaries. So you might think his appeal has been thoroughly explained. Not so.” – Real Clear Politics

More than two years after ISIS began its sweep across Iraq and into Syria, massacring thousands and displacing hundreds of thousands more, the US finally declared ISIS guilty of genocides. Secretary of State John Kerry made that declaration earlier today, according to the Associated Press, after first hinting he would miss today’s deadline on that determination. Kerry refers to ISIS as “Daesh” in his statement this morning:” – Hot Air

“In the case that the Republican Party fails to coalesce around one candidate at the party’s convention this July, former House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) believes current House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) should be the GOP’s nominee.” – The Blaze

LOUISIANA

“A poll released Thursday (March 17) finds Louisiana voters are in a ‘historically grim mood’ after the Legislature completed its special session on March 9, with a huge majority of people saying the state’s headed in the wrong direction.” – NOLA.com

“Louisiana Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain will meet today with cattlemen and farmers who are impacted by last week’s severe weather, which has displaced thousands of livestock and flooded crops.” – 710Keel.com

“As flood waters start to recede in the coming days, infectious disease specialists are warning of potential health threats that could be serious.  Any space that flood waters touched could be contaminated with e-coli and sewer-related bacteria.” – KPLCTV.com

“Rick Perry was the first of the ‘serious’ candidates to try to bully the bully. In July, Perry warned against the ‘cancer of Trump-ism’. – MOFOPolitics.com

“Gov. John Bel Edwards intends to rework Louisiana’s construction budget.” – WWL.com

“Leading Louisiana Republicans say they’ll oppose a vote on President Obama’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court.” – The Advertiser

Like many states, Louisiana was forever changed when the Irish immigrated in large numbers after their homeland’s potato famine of the 1840s. As Irish and non-Irish alike celebrate the Emerald Isle’s culture this month, especially on St. Patrick’s Day on Thursday (March 17), some such as Ronnie Dunaway of Slidell take note their heritage.” – NOLA.com

“The Investigators looked into if a judge should force someone to use a private company’s services, especially one where she has ties to its owners. The investigation has gotten the attention of people who work in the court system.” – WAFB.com

“A St. Martin Parish teenager is facing multiple charges, for having a gun on school property.” – KATC.com

U.S. Senator David Vitter, (R-La.) issued a statement shortly after President Obama announced Merrick Garland as his nominee to the Supreme Court to fill the seat vacated by the death of Antonin Scalia.” – WWLTV.com

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