The Low Popahirum, May 23, 2016

NATIONAL

“Standing a block from the corpse of Ho Chi Minh, the president said nothing about democratic reform.” – Politico

President Obama lifted the decades-long U.S. arms embargo against Vietnam on Monday in an apparent effort to shore up the communist country’s defenses against an increasingly aggressive China – though he faced criticism that the move takes away U.S. leverage to press for human rights freedoms.” – Fox News

To the high school graduates of the class of 2016, you’ve made it. Now comes the hard part.” – Red State

U.S. conglomerate teams up with Saudi state-owned oil firm Aramco and others to open up economy” – WSJ.com

Former MEGADETH drummer Nick Menza passed away Saturday night (May 21) while performing with the band OHM: at The Baked Potato in Studio City, California. He was 51 years old.” – Blabbermouth.com

There could be major changes to Major League Baseball’s strike zone as early as the 2017 season.” – FoxSports.com

Hillary Clinton says she’s looking beyond just politicians as she begins her search for a potential running mate.” – ABCNews.com

A judge is expected Monday to hand down his verdict in the case of a Baltimore police officer charged in the arrest and subsequent death of Freddie Gray.” – Bloomberg.com

“He makes major gains among Republicans, while Clinton drops among Democrats.” – Politico

Just a month after Prince’s unexpected passing, Sunday night’s Billboard Music Awards closed with a controversial tribute to the musician, starring Madonna and featuring a surprise duet with Stevie Wonder.” – The Blaze

LOUISIANA

LSU’s live tiger mascot, Mike VI, has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, and his life expectancy varies from one month to two years, depending on treatment, officials said.” – The Baton Rouge Advocate

The Louisiana Senate will begin debate on whether the state will comply with the federal Real ID Act, which would bring Louisiana into that number of states that have adopted the guidelines.” – Fox8Live.com

Business men and women from across Louisiana gathered at the International House Hotel in New Orleans to gain insights for future trade with Cuba. The event had a party atmosphere with classic cars, salsa dancing, and traditional Cuban food. However, for many, it was all about business.” – KATC.com

As temperatures rise, so do concerns about the spread of the Zika virus. So far authorities said there is no evidence of mosquito-transmitted Zika in the U.S., but there have been cases in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.” – WWLTV.com

Louisiana’s health secretary will join Louisiana State University medical and public health experts on a panel to talk about the Zika virus and what Gulf Coast residents need to know before it arrives.” – NOLA.com

It would be kind to say Gov. John Bel Edwards’ legislative agenda is struggling in the Louisiana Legislature. It might be more direct to say much of that agenda is in tatters.” – Washington Times 

For LSU, in-state recruiting doesn’t stop when you hit the state line. It extends nationally to every prospect with ties to Louisiana. Friday and Saturday we saw LSU jump from the No. 19 recruiting class in the country to No. 10 and that in-state-recruiting-extended was what drove the jump.” – LSU.247Sports.com

Gov. John Bel Edwards appears likely to call the Legislature into a special session in June in an effort to limit income tax deductions and close corporate tax loopholes.” – The Baton Rouge Advocate

“The Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Department is searching for a woman who was caught on video stealing from backyards.” – WAFB.com

Before the SEC showdown with Florida, LSU fans heard a lot about the Gators pitching staff that came into the final 3 games of the regular season with the best team ERA in the league.” – LouisianaRadioNetwork.com

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