The Low Popahirum, April 11, 2016

NATIONAL

‘What kind of a system is this?’ the Republican frontrunner says, after being bested by Cruz in Colorado.” – Politico

“Republican front-runner Donald Trump took a new round of shots at the GOP’s nominating process Sunday, while his newly-hired convention manager Paul Manafort accused Trump’s rival Ted Cruz of using ‘gestapo tactics’ to earn delegate support at nominating conventions across the country.” – Fox News

How early will Trump cronyism start? How about now?” – Red State

Sure, they can pick Paul Ryan if they dare. But it isn’t 1920; how are they going to convince voters to pull the lever for him?” – Politico

“CIA Director John Brennan told NBC News in an exclusive interview that his agency will not engage in harsh ‘enhanced interrogation’ practices, including waterboarding, which critics call torture — even if ordered to by a future president.” – NBCNews.com

“Since the first day of his presidential campaign, Donald Trump has said that he gave more than $102 million to charity in the past five years.” – Washington Post

Half of British Muslims want gay sex to be made illegal, according to a new poll.” – Telegraph.CO.UK

“While Republicans stand in a circular firing squad, choosing their presidential nominee in a process that looks a lot like the ‘Hunger Games,’ Republican political operatives should be joining forces in a #NeverHillary effort.” –

My first memories are of picketing ex-servicemen’s funerals and telling their families they were going to burn in hell. For us, it was a celebration. My gramps was the founder of the Westboro Baptist Church, so it wasn’t just our religion – it was our whole life. I don’t remember much before the picketing. I was allowed to mix with other kids early on, but over time my world shrank.” – The Guardian

Glenn Beck appeared on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ with Chuck Todd Sunday morning to discuss the possibility of an open Republican presidential convention. Todd began by noting that an open convention would deny the Republican nomination to both front-runner Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, whom Beck has openly endorsed.” – The Blaze

LOUISIANA

“What started as a fender-bender in the Lower Garden District on Saturday night ended in the fatal shooting of former Saints defensive end Will Smith in an apparent road rage incident, police say.” – NOLA.com

“‘Our thoughts and prayers are with Will and his wife Racquel, but more importantly with their children, William, Wynter and Lisa who are suffering and just starting to realize and deal with an unimaginable loss,’ said Tom and Gayle Benson. ‘We are devastated and saddened by Will’s tragic and preventable death due to a senseless act that will leave a lasting scar on our community forever. Will was more than an exceptional football player he was a father, a husband, a son, a brother and teammate to so many and an inspiration to countless more. He will be greatly missed by all those he touched and impacted both on and off the football field and his legacy will continue to shine. The Saints family is hurting and devastated as it has lost a member too young and too soon.'” – WWLTV.com

Shot multiple times to his back and torso, former Saint Will Smith died inside his SUV Saturday night. Now, police work to piece together the investigation after what appears to be a road rage incident, turned deadly, as the suspect sits behind bars.” – Fox8Live.com

“Lawmakers are looking to shape Louisiana’s gun laws with more than 40 firearm-related changes proposed this session.” – KPEL965.com

Some statistical reporting today from the New York Times says the rich live longer than the poor. And geography also can be destiny, with the poor doing better in some places than others.” –ArkTimes.com

“New Orleans state Sen. JP Morrell has plenty of statistics on hand that show Louisiana women, on average, are paid about a third less than men — and he uses them to support his equal pay legislation.” – The Baton Rouge Advocate

“There’s some serious tension between these famous exes!” – TooFab.com

“A couple of years ago, Macie Zoble and her son were in crisis.” – The Baton Rouge Advocate

“The Bossier City Police Department has a new tactical police robot worth over $25,000, and it’s all thanks to a grant from Firehouse Subs’ Public Safety Foundation.” – 710Keel.com

“As if the oil and gas industry was not buried under a pile of allegations, lawsuits, protests and low prices, another group has come forward to further stifle industry growth. A coalition of Democratic attorneys general from 16 states has announced a campaign to investigate the scientific research of energy companies regarding climate change. In a nutshell, this investigation will challenge the issue of free speech and scientific disagreement.” – TheNewsStar.com

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