The Low Popahirum, July 18, 2016

NATIONAL

“‘The general feeling is one of the impending train wreck on the tracks,’ said an Iowa Republican. ‘You know it will be a spectacular explosion, but you just can’t avert your eyes.'” – Politico

Dissident delegates making a last-gasp attempt to prevent Donald Trump’s nomination at the Republican National Convention say they will try forcing a state-by-state vote on the rules governing the gathering when it opens on Monday.” – Fox News

Late yesterday, the RNC announced its schedule for the first day of the Republican National Convention — and the themes for each day. The themes demonstrate just how much GOP leadership will embrace its presumptive nominee over the next four days; every day will be have ‘Make America ___ Again’ theme, drawing from the branding that Donald Trump used almost from the very start. Today’s focus will be on security, with ‘Make America Safe Again’ — mainly referencing national security with speakers such as General Michael Flynn and Sen. Tom Cotton. But with the events in Baton Rouge and Dallas fresh in everyone’s minds, Sheriff David Clarke’s speech might gain much more focus on restoring public safety than otherwise would be the case:” – Hot Air

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich may not have been Donald Trump’s choice as a running mate, but he said Sunday that he’s not disappointed–and that he’d still be happy to serve in Trump’s administration.” – CBSNews.com

“Vengeful, irascible, authoritarian, obdurate. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was all of these things even before a cabal of Turkish generals tried to cast him into oblivion. Now that he has survived their machinations, his worst instincts will be redoubled and reinforced.” – Telegraph.co.UK

“Sunday on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press,’ radio talk show host Glenn Beck said if Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who he campaigned for throughout the Republican presidential primary, endorsed presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump that would mean he can not trust anyone in Washington D.C.” – Breitbart

“You know that Donald Trump pivot that is totally going to happen any day now? RNC Chair Reince Priebus insisted today it’s happening. Seriously. Totally.” – Mediate.com

“Tsunami in Japanese politics.” – National Review

It’s Taylor vs. Kanye, part 242, with a dash of Kim Kardashian.” – The Blaze

Police forces across the country were on high alert Sunday afternoon after at least three officers were shot and killed in Baton Rouge, with some major cities telling cops to walk the streets in pairs.” – NBC News

LOUISIANA

“Just days before he was shot and killed Sunday morning, a Baton Rouge police officer posted an emotional Facebook message saying he was ‘physically and emotionally’ tired and expressing how difficult it was to be both a police officer and a black man, a friend said Sunday.” – Fox News

Gavin Eugene Long, the man identified as the Baton Rouge cop killer, reportedly used the pseudonym ‘Cosmo Setepenra’ and openly promoted violence against police in online videos.” – The Blaze

“During an interview with CNN’s Don Lemon, Wisconsin sheriff David Clarke said the Black Lives Matter movement has fueled an anti-police rhetoric that is now playing out in the United States.” – CNN.com

“A Youtube account operated by Gavin Eugene Long and discovered by The Daily Caller reveals key insight into what might have motivated the 29-year-old black man who killed three Baton Rouge police officers Sunday morning.” – DailyCaller.com

“Former Florida State and Catholic High football star Warrick Dunn, whose late mother was a Baton Rouge police officer killed in the line of duty, reacted on Facebook to Sunday’s shootings.” – NOLA.com

A former Marine dressed in black and carrying extra ammunition ambushed police in Baton Rouge, shooting and killing three law enforcement officers less than two weeks after a black man was fatally shot by police there in a confrontation that sparked nightly protests that reverberated nationwide.” – Fox8Live.com

“The general consensus among the political class in Louisiana is, with the victory of a democrat for the Governor’s mansion, last year, the US Senate Race will be contest between a republican and a democrat, in November.” – Bayou Buzz

A group of Republican lawmakers may try to force the House to vote on whether to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, who they say has withheld information from Congress and has done a poor job reforming the embattled agency.” – Washington Examiner

Sixteen Obamacare co-ops have now failed. Illinois announced that Land of Lincoln Health, a taxpayer funded Obamacare co-op, would close its doors, leaving 49,000 without insurance. The co-op now joins a list of 15 other Obamacare co-ops that have collapsed since Obamacare has been implemented.  Failed co-ops have now cost taxpayers more than $1.7 billion in funds that may never be recovered.” – ATR.org

Vice President Joe Biden on Monday condemned as ‘despicable’ the police killings in Louisiana that left three officers dead and three others wounded.” – Washington Examiner

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