The Low Popahirum, March 22, 2016

NATIONAL

“‘What we feared has happened,’ said Belgian PM Charles Michel.” – Politico.Eu

A federal judge canceled a hearing Tuesday in the legal battle to force Apple to break into an encrypted iPhone used by one of the San Bernadino attackers, after federal officials said in a court filing they may have found another way to access the device.” – Fox News

Polling in general has been pretty abysmal during the course of this election season, and national polling has been particularly unsteady. Two new national polls have been released yesterday, one by CNN/ORCand one by CBS/NYT. They show widely divergent pictures of the race, but moreover, they have absolutely no usefulness in predicting the rest of the race going forward, for reasons I’ll explain here in a moment.” – Red State

“Alarmed by the harsh attacks and negative tone of their presidential contest, broad majorities of Republican primary voters view their party as divided and a source of embarrassment and think that the campaign is more negative than in the past, according to a New York Times/CBS News national poll released on Monday.” – NY Times

“Buried deep in the transcript of Donald Trump’s interview with The Washington Post’s editorial board on Monday is a question and response that it’s hard not to see as neatly encapsulating the entire Trump phenomenon.” – Washington Post

“The Justice Department late Monday was granted a postponement of tomorrow’s planned hearing in its lawsuit against Apple over an iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino attackers, Syed Farook.” – NBC News

“President Barack Obama told ABC News anchor David Muir in an exclusive interview today in Havana, Cuba, that he had not yet given President Raúl Castro a list of dissidents, which the Cuban leader seemed to request during a news conference earlier today.” – ABC News

Utah Sen. Mike Lee sought to arrange a shotgun wedding of his two Senate colleagues, but Rubio wasn’t interested.” – Politico

“Ted Cruz demanded an end to any plans of absorbing Syrian refugees in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Brussels, and a more robust response from Barack Obama than just ‘another lecture on Islamophobia.’ In his press conference in Washington, Cruz declared the vetting program in place at State ‘woefully inadequate,’ and ripped Obama for participating in Raúl Castro’s propaganda stunts in Cuba and ‘enthusiastically agreeing with the Castros on their attacks on America.’ Instead, ‘President Obama should be planning to travel to Brussels’ to show unity with our Western allies — a gesture that Obama rejected after the Paris attacks.” – Hot Air

“Video from an interview Donald Trump gave the Fox Business Network in January shows that the Republican presidential front-runner warned about ‘something bad’ going on in Belgium. A day after the interview, Trump was mocked by the New York Times for his comments.” – The Blaze

LOUISIANA

“As the floodwater continues to recede, another threat is all but inevitable.” – KPLCTV.com

Louisiana gives away nearly $1 billion a year from dozens of sales tax exemptions without state officials knowing the cost for each one.” – The Baton Rouge Advocate

“Members of the environmental activism group 350 Pensacola are planning to travel to New Orleans on Wednesday. The trip will coincide with the federal sale of leases to more than 42 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico for new oil and gas development.” – WUWF.com

Bob Livingston, a lobbyist and former Louisiana congressman who came within a hair’s breadth of becoming speaker of the House, has endorsed Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination.” – NOLA.com

“Operating a vehicle in Louisiana is more expensive than all but 13 states, according to a study released Monday (March 21) by GOBankingRates.com. The personal finance website computed the costs of just about everything except buying the vehicle and concluded Louisiana owners pay $11,823 over three years.” – NOLA.com

“A year after instituting a hiring freeze to cope with a mounting funding crisis, East Baton Rouge Parish’s chief public defender said Monday his office will stop accepting some new cases in both juvenile and state court come July 1 if the financial fortunes of the state and his office don’t improve in a hurry.” – The Baton Rouge Advocate

Maybe you were moved by Lady Gaga’s performance of ‘Til It Happens To You’ from the movie ‘Spotlight’ at the 88th Academy Awards. Gaga’s impassioned presentation was further heightened when she was joined during it by a couple of dozen sexual abuse victims, all with messages and a symbol on their arms.” – WAFB.com

President Barack Obama’s visit to Cuba draws criticism from some local Cuban-Americans, while the head of the port sees it as a step in the right direction.” – Fox8Live.com

Each year, more than 10,000 people are released from prison in Louisiana. Most of them come back to New Orleans. Even if they want to move past their life behind bars and contribute to their communities, there are all kinds of obstacles that keep formerly incarcerated people from getting jobs and getting back on track.” – WWLTV.com

“As lifesaving techniques go, CPR is so mainstream that many outside the medical and emergency response world have used it or been trained to do so.” – The Baton Rouge Advocate

 

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