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  • President Barack Obama nominated New Orleans native Kenneth Polite Jr. to become the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana, a position that had been filled by Interim U.S. Attorney Dana Boente since Jim Letten stepped down in December 2012. Polite, who had been recommended by Sen. Mary Landrieu, thanked Landrieu in a statement. Sen. David Vitter was less effusive, calling Polite "a bright young guy" (Polite is 37) and saying he felt the office "needs a more seasoned leader." Nevertheless, Vitter announced his intention to sign Polite's "blue slip," the Senate's traditional form of acquiescence (if not recommendation) for a federal judicial nominee hailing from a senator's home state ...

  • Another week, another list: The financial-advice website Money Under 30 named the New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner metro region as No. 7 in its "20 Best Cities in America to be Young, Broke and Single." Coming in at No. 5: Baton Rouge. The top city was Austin, Texas ...

  • First Lady Michelle Obama will be in New Orleans later this month to speak at the National Council of La Raza's National Latino Family Expo, the group's annual conference, which will be held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center July 20-23. Obama will address the gathering July 23. Also scheduled to speak: National Urban League President and former New Orleans Mayor Marc Morial ... — Kevin Allman


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