The Low Popahirum, March 28, 2016

NATIONAL

“The Indian Catholic priest kidnapped by ISIS-linked terrorists in Yemen earlier this month was crucified on Good Friday, it has been claimed.” – Daily Mail

“The ‘no hearings, no vote’ stance has made Mitch McConnell an unlikely hero of the right, but that could change in an instant.” – Politico

“Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday defended President Obama’s handling of the Brussels terror bombings, saying world leaders are ‘shocked’ by Republican presidential candidates’ responses and their embarrassing views on Muslims.” – Fox News

Donald Trump barely won Louisiana’s primary. In fact, he lost the actual primary day turnout. A big win in early voting helped him keep the lead, but it was close. So close, in fact, that for all intents and purposes, it was a draw.” – Red State

“Riding a rebellion fueled by opposition to illegal immigration and pessimism about the nation’s future, Donald Trump leads a scrambling duo of competitors less than three months before California’s Republican presidential primary, a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times statewide poll has found.” – La Times

“After defending President Obama‘s post-Brussels itinerary on CBS this morning, Secretary of State John Kerry revealed just how incredulously the world is reacting to the Republican race for the presidency.” – Mediate

“In today’s highly deodorized world, we assume that to be without smell is to be clean. But throughout the long and pungent history of humanity, smelling ‘good’ has been as delightful as it has sometimes been disgusting.” – The Week

We cannot get Hillary Rodham Clinton in handcuffs. We can get James Meyers in handcuffs, though, no problem.” – National Review

“Slipping into the news like the Easter bunny delivering eggs and chocolate is a Los Angeles Times report suggesting Hillary Clinton is going to be talked to by the FBI. Agents are also looking to talk to some of her longtime aides.” – Hot Air

“When the U.S. Department of State released a statement condemning the Pakistani Taliban faction’s Easter bombing in a Lahore park, it noticeably omitted the fact that Easter-celebrating Christians were specifically targeted.” – The Blaze

LOUISIANA

“Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump won the GOP primary in Louisiana earlier this month, but that doesn’t mean he’ll get more of the state’s delegates.” – The Advocate Blogs

“Entering a national debate, freshman Louisiana Sen. Beth Mizell wants to require public schools to teach cursive writing, starting in August.” – The Baton Rouge Advocate

Louisiana residents and those who shop here will be paying more in taxes starting next Friday (April 1) thanks to a series of actions taken by the Legislature and Gov. John Bel Edwards this month.” – NOLA.com

Legislative hearings begin today on the state’s spending plan for the fiscal year that starts July 1st. Over the course of the next two months, legislators will have to pass a budget that will contain 750-million dollars in cuts from the previous year. Governor John Bel Edwards says since he’s been in office, 170-million dollars in budget cuts have been put in place.” – Louisiana Radio Network

A Louisiana congressman says he wants the state to quickly become a trading partner with Cuba once the U.S. finishes normalizing relations with the island nation.” – KALB.com

At least 14 bullets pierced a metal door and shattered the windows of a Gentilly duplex just before midnight Friday.” – WDSU.com

Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie Jr. admits officers made some mistakes in a 2014 marijuana raid examined in federal court this month, with a jury in a civil case concluding that police stomped on a New Orleans man, knocking out his teeth, and illegally searched his bare body.” – The Baton Rouge Advocate

“Treasurer John N. Kennedy has statewide name recognition, but another big reason why he’s considered a leading candidate for the U.S. Senate is because he sits on nearly $3 million in campaign contributions.” – The Baton Rouge Advocate

City Marshal Brian Pope was sentenced to seven days of jail time and ordered to pay upwards of $100,000 in attorneys fees, court costs and penalties in our ongoing public records dispute. The ruling bookends months of court proceedings between the marshal and this newspaper, over the marshal’s failure to turn over emails and records in connection with the use of his office to boost Chad Leger’s failed campaign for sheriff.” – TheIND.com

Donald Trump defeated Sen. Ted Cruz by 3.6 percentage points this month in Louisiana’s Republican presidential primary, but the Wall Street Journal reports that the ‘Texan may wind up with as many as 10 more delegates from the state than the businessman.'” – NOLA.com

 

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