The Low Popahirum, April 6, 2016

NATIONAL

“In an exclusive interview for POLITICO’s ‘Off Message’ podcast, the former secretary of state compares Donald Trump to foreign demagogues and says she’s not even sure her primary opponent is a Democrat.” – Politico

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz and Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders scored big victories in Wisconsin’s presidential primaries Tuesday, dampening Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton’s hopes of wrapping up the race any time soon — and putting heavy pressure on the front-runners to recapture the momentum in contests later this month.” – Fox News

“It all began with a statement that you will never convince me wasn’t written by Donald Trump himself. In it, the Trump campaign claims, with absolutely no evidence whatsoever, that Ted Cruz was coordinating with his Super PAC. If it were true, it would be highly illegal and extremely difficult to prove. From there, the cult behind Trump began the type of meltdown that can usually only be seen when someone from TMZ gets too close to a celebrity.” – Red State

The Communications Workers union is supporting both Democrats—and endorsing Bernie—but news organizations don’t want to talk about it.” – Politico

Sarah Palin plans to sue Azealia Banks over a series of explicit tweets the rapper has directed at the former Alaska governor, including one in which she appears to suggest the former governor of Alaska should be sexually assaulted.” – Time

Satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo has been branded ‘bigoted and racist’ after the latest issue wrote that the fear of being labelled Islamophobic is ‘aiding terrorists’.” – Daily Mail

“The most profound thinkers in America are conservative.” – National Review

“New numbers from the World Health Organization show obesity steadily rising in cities around the world.” – CityLab.com

Paul Ryan became something of a GOP rescuer last year after assuming the role of House speaker and uniting warring factions of his party. Well liked by constituencies both inside and outside of his party, Ryan is also something of a rare breed, so it’s no surprise he is often mentioned as the ideal presidential candidate for struggling Republicans.” – RealClearPolitics.com

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has won the Republican Wisconsin presidential primary, holding off a challenge by businessman Donald Trump, according to projections by multiple television news outlets.” – The Blaze

LOUISIANA

It’s no secret the price of oil has been way down, and it’s having a negative impact on our oil and gas industries.” – ArkLaTexHomePage.com

“The House Transportation Committee passed a bill Tuesday (April 5) aiming to fix Louisiana’s non-compliance with the federal REAL ID Act, legislation that has attracted some vocal opponents.” – NOLA.com

Two hunters tracked down and killed a 15-foot alligator who was likely snacking on cattle.” – q13Fox.com

“The law may only affect Mississippians, but the impact of the state’s Religious Liberty Accommodations Act is far-reaching and leaves the door open for Louisiana to benefit, some say.” – Fox8Live.com

“Though Louisiana continues to struggle through deep budget gaps, House and Senate leaders aren’t proposing that they slash their own spending.” – NOLA.com

Tonight, both Democratic and Republican primary voters in Wisconsin delivered unequivocal upsets to its front runners, with high voter turnout on both sides. So what happened, and what is likely to happen in upcoming contests?” – WinWithJMC.com

Louisiana’s public university leaders raised the specter of privatization as they brace for another round of budget cuts in the next academic year.” – NOLA.com

Louisiana’s credit rating has been downgraded by a second of the nation’s three big credit rating agencies, meaning the state will have to pay more when it borrows money for construction and other major projects.” – NOLA.com

Federal prosecutors won’t be allowed to use the term ‘kickback’ during testimony in the corruption trial of former North Shore District Attorney Walter Reed. And the defense must refrain from calling Reed’s 2013 payment of $25,000 to Faith Tabernacle Church in Franklinton a ‘charitable contribution.'” – NOLA.com

U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) issued the following statement regarding a federal judge granting final approval for $20.8 billion British Petroleum (BP) settlement agreement for civil claims as a result of 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. This is an increase to the $18.7 billion, which was originally announced in July. Louisiana is expected to receive more than $6.8 billion. Funds are to be paid out over the next 16 years. Vitter was an original co-sponsor of the RESTORE Act, which dedicates at least 80 percent of the Clean Water Act penalties paid by BP and other responsible parties to Louisiana and other Gulf States to restore coastal ecosystems and economies damaged by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.” – KNOE.com

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