The Low Popahirum, May 16, 2016

NATIONAL

Bernie Sanders, for all his talk of revolution, never wanted to be Ralph Nader. He has a long history of keeping the Democratic Party at arms length, but he also has a long history of rejecting spoiler bids. Since 1992, he has always endorsed the Democratic presidential nomine, snubbing Nader’s four left-wing third-party campaigns. He became a Democrat to run for president instead of keeping his ‘(I)’ and following in Nader’s footsteps. He has pledged to support Hillary Clinton if she wins the Democratic nomination and has ripped Donald Trump at every opportunity.” – Politico

“Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus warned Sunday that any effort by conservatives to draft a candidate to run against presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump would be a ‘suicide mission for our country.'” – Fox News

“What happened this weekend in Nebraska is just the latest example of how Donald Trump’s hostile takeover of the GOP has poisoned good people – and it won’t be the last. Deb Fischer – through her nephew – was so intent on being a good soldier for Trump that she failed to stop her nephew’s hatchet job resolution against Ben Sasse – even though Sasse has literally never said an unkind word about her and praised her unfailingly all day.” – Red State

Members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus want you to know that they are not the bomb-throwing, gridlocking, bash-and-slash anti-government zealots that their reputation suggests. Okay, maybe they are in general. But when it comes to this year’s budget circus, they insist that reports of their intransigence and irrationality have been greatly exaggerated.” – Govexec.com

Schedules could be changed to make room for live broadcasts from mosques, with extended coverage of the Eid celebrations, according to Muslim leaders.” – Express.co.uk

Barack Obama pledged in September 2015 that the US would resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the fiscal year. But at the current glacial pace of the resettlement process, it doesn’t look like the administration will make the goal: So far, the US has taken in only 1,736 Syrian refugees, less than a fifth of the whole, The New York Times reported (paywall).” – Govexec.com

There’s no link between the pro-green energy policies of states and falling carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, but there is a statistically significant link between falling CO2 and natural gas electricity, according to statistical analysis conducted by The Daily Caller News Foundation.” – DailyCaller.comTHERE probably aren’t many things that the Islamic State, Jon Stewart and the president of Iraqi Kurdistan agree on, but there is one: the pernicious influence of the Sykes-Picot Agreement, a secret plan for dividing up the Middle East signed by France and Britain, 100 years ago this week. It has become conventional wisdom to argue, as Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. recently did, that the Middle East’s problems stem from ‘artificial lines, creating artificial states made up of totally distinct ethnic, religious, cultural groups.'” – NY Times

Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg will meet this week with prominent conservatives in the media, a spokesman said on Sunday, to address allegations of political bias at the popular social networking site.” – Reuters.com

 

“Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton has made it no secret that her husband, former President Bill Clinton, will play a significant role in her administration, should she win the presidency. Now, she’s getting specific.” – The Blaze

LOUISIANA

Senate leaders and members of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration are voicing concerns about the state budget proposal that the House passed last week, as the upper chamber begins to tackle the state’s finances for the coming year.” – The Baton Rouge Advocate

Eight lawsuits have been filed by people seeking damages from a Texas industrial services company that spilled about 12,500 gallons of crude oil in March along and into the Bayou Teche.” – KPEL965.com

WWL-TV meteorologist Laura Buchtel is leaving the New Orleans news station, and local airwaves, after a decade on the air. Buchtel’s last day will be Friday (May 20), she said on Monday’s Eyewitness Morning News.” – NOLA.com

“Wendell Pierce, the New Orleans-born actor known for his work in the HBO series ‘The Wire’ and ‘Treme,’ was arrested Saturday in Atlanta after he was accused of attacking a Bernie Sanders supporter, according to the website TMZ and online Fulton County police records.” – The Baton Rouge Advocate

“Range Resources on Monday announced a merger with Louisiana-based Memorial Resource Development Corp.” – PennLive.com

Finding friends and supporters in high places! That’s been the story of the week for the presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of  Louisiana got his face time with Trump.” – WWL.com

“The Obama Administration’s directive to the nation’s public schools prompted strong reaction locally on both sides.” – Fox8Live.com

“After an almost immediate backlash by elected officials, educators, clergy and parents to his decree that schools nationwide must allow students to use the bathrooms and lockers of their chosen, not birth gender, Obama press secretary Josh Earnest attempted to clarify the DOJ / DOE order, and some might say, backing of from the feds initial threats.” – 710Keel.com

Seth Fontenot is now back home after being released from the LaSalle Correctional Center last night.” – KATC.com

“As the 2016 Legislature nears adjournment, Louisiana’s road and bridge woes have gotten barely a mention.” – The Baton Rouge Advocate

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