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Buxom ‘Hillary in swimsuit’ to get Muslim makeover?

(THEAGE) — The controversial Australian street artist behind an “offensive” Hillary Clinton mural in Footscray West says he may repaint it as a “beautiful Muslim woman”.

Maribyrnong Council is seeking advice from Victoria Police on whether it has the power to remove a mural by Lushsux​ featuring the US presidential nominee wearing a minimal stars and stripes swimsuit.

​The mural was painted with permission on the exterior of a business called Mr Mobility, which sells wheelchairs and scooters.

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Conspiracy theories swirl around murder of DNC staffer

(HEATST) — Washington DC’s up-and-coming Bloomingdale neighborhood remains gripped by fear three week after the murder there of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich — with still no reported leads, suspects or arrests in the killing.

At the same time, conspiracy theories surrounding the murder have reached a new frenzy, especially after the hacking of DNC e-mails led to the resignation of its chairwoman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

Rich was beaten, shot and killed early on the morning of July 8 while he was walking home and talking on the phone to his girlfriend. Police have said they haven’t determined if his murder was a botched robbery or something else. The killer or killers appear to have taken nothing from their victim, leaving behind his wallet, watch and phone.

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Trump calls fallen Muslim U.S. soldier ‘hero’

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WASHINGTON – Donald Trump wants to set the record straight about his interview with ABC News “This Week” in which he has been accused of diminishing the sacrifice of Humayun Khan, a Muslim U.S. soldier killed in Iraq, with others.

Trump Saturday night called Khan “a hero,” urged vigilance in defeating radical Islamic terrorism and attacked Hillary, again, for destabilizing the Middle East with her policies as secretary of state.

At the Democratic convention, Khan’s father, Khizr Khan, had leveled criticism at Trump in support of Clinton for president.

“Captain Humayun Khan was a hero to our country and we should honor all who have made the ultimate sacrifice to keep our country safe,” Trump said in his statement. “The real problems here are the radical Islamic terrorists who killed him, and the efforts of these radicals to enter our country to do us further harm. Given the state of the world today, we have to know everything about those looking to enter our country, and given the state of chaos in some of these countries, that is impossible. While I feel deeply for the loss of his son, Mr. Khan who has never met me, has no right to stand in front of millions of people and claim I have never read the Constitution, (which is false) and say many other inaccurate things. If I become president, I will make America safe again.”

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Trump continued: “Further, Hillary Clinton should be held accountable for her central role in destabilizing the Middle East. She voted to send the United States to war against Iraq, helped lead the disastrous withdrawal of American troops years later that created the vacuum allowing the rise of ISIS, and has never met a regime change she didn’t like (which have all been disasters) – not to mention her invasion of Libya and her abandonment of American personnel in Benghazi. The loss of these lives in Libya is directly traceable to Clinton, but their families’ testimonials were rejected by the media. Clinton’s actions have been reckless and have directly led to the loss of American lives. And her extreme immigration policies, as also laid out by American victims in Cleveland, will cause the preventable deaths of countless more – while putting all residents, from all places, at greater risk of terrorism. As Bernie Sanders said on numerous occasions, Hillary Clinton suffers from ‘bad judgement.’ She is not qualified to serve as commander in chief.”

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Below is the full, unedited transcript of Trump’s interview with George Stephanopoulos On “This Week.”

STEPHANOPOULOS: I don’t know if you saw this speech, but there was a man named Khizr Khan speaking at the Democratic Convention last night. His son, Captain Humayun Khan, was killed serving in Iraq. And he had some very tough questions for you. He said you wouldn’t have even let his son in America.

TRUMP: He doesn’t know. He doesn’t know that. I saw him. He was, you know, very emotional and probably looked like a nice guy to me. His wife, if you look at his wife, she was standing there. She had nothing to say. She probably, maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say. You tell me. But plenty of people have written that. She was extremely quiet. And it looked like she had nothing to say. A lot of people have said that. And personally, I watched him. I wish him the best of luck.

STEPHANOPOULOS: What would you say to that father?

TRUMP: Well, I’d say we’ve had a lot of problems with radical Islamic terrorism. That’s what I’d say. We have a lot of problems, where you look at San Bernardino. You look at Orlando. You look at the World Trade Center. You look at so many different things.

You look at what happened to the priest over the weekend in Paris, where his throat was cut, 85-year-old, beloved Catholic priest. You look at what happened in Nice, France, a couple of weeks ago. I’d say you’ve got to take a look at that, because something is going on. And it’s not good.

STEPHANOPOULOS: He said you have sacrificed nothing and no one.

TRUMP: Well, that sounds — who wrote that? Did Hillary’s scriptwriters write it? Because everybody that went out there, we also had John Allen who failed with ISIS. I mean, he was a general, Allen, General Allen. He went out. And he was ranting and raving. And then I read a report. He was in there for a number of months. And he failed with ISIS.

STEPHANOPOULOS: You saw Hillary say last night, you don’t know more than the generals.

TRUMP: Well, I’ll tell you, the generals aren’t doing so well right now. Now, I have a feeling it may be Obama’s fault. But if you look at ISIS … General McArthur and General Patton, they’re spinning in their graves. The generals certainly aren’t doing very well right now. And General Allen, after I saw he was on ranting and raving about me, who he never met, I checked up. Guess what. They weren’t so happy with him. He didn’t beat ISIS. He didn’t beat ISIS. He didn’t do even well with ISIS.

STEPHANOPOULOS: How would you answer that father? What sacrifice have you made for your country?

TRUMP: I think I’ve made a lot of sacrifices. I work very, very hard. I’ve created thousands and thousands of jobs, tens of thousands of jobs, built great structures. I’ve done, I’ve had tremendous success. I think I’ve done a lot.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Those are sacrifices?

TRUMP: Oh, sure. I think they’re sacrifices. I think when I can employ thousands and thousands of people, take care of their education, take care of so many things, even in military. I mean, I was very responsible, along with a group of people, for getting the Vietnam Memorial built in downtown Manhattan, which to this day people thank me for.

I raised, and I have raised, millions of dollars for the vets. I’m helping the vets a lot. I think my popularity with the vets is through the roof, far greater than hers. She’s done nothing. All she’s done is tell everybody that the vets are in good shape. They’re fine. And they’re not fine. People are waiting on line for seven days to see a doctor. She thinks it’s fine.

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Megyn Kelly has meltdown over Trump Muslim ‘ban’

(Breitbart) On Friday’s Fox News Channel broadcast of “The Kelly File,” host Megyn Kelly confronted former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR) about GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s proposed temporary ban of Muslim refugees.

According to Kelly, had Trump’s temporary ban been in effect when the family of fallen U.S. Army Capt. Humayun Khan tried to enter the United States, the country would have been denied an American hero.

Huckabee disagreed with Kelly, arguing that Trump’s temporary ban “is to make sure people are vetted” because he wants to ensure that whoever immigrates wants “to assimilate and be Americans.”

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Pat Caddell rips Reuters’ back-rigging polls for Clinton

(Breitbart) Speaking exclusively to Breitbart News, political polling pioneer Pat Caddell said the Reuters news service was guilty of an unprecedented act of professional malpractice after it announced Friday it has dropped the “Neither” option from their presidential campaign tracking polls and then went back and reconfigured previously released polls to present different results with a reinterpretation of the “Neither” responses in those polls.

“This comes as close as I have ever seen to cooking the results,” said the legendary pollster and political consultant. “I suppose you can get away with it in polling because there are no laws. But, if this was accounting, they would put them in jail.”

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Koch-brothers network rules out anti-Clinton ads

(CNN) The powerful political network helmed by Charles and David Koch is ruling out running advertisements intended to hurt Hillary Clinton, another sign of their insistence on avoiding the presidential race.

The Koch network has previously said they will not back Republican candidate Donald Trump, but on Saturday officials told reporters that they would not run negative Clinton spots, a position taken by some Republican groups that are uneasy with the controversial GOP standard-bearer. The group is laser-focused on maintaining and expanding the Senate majority — in the midst of a $42 million television advertising campaign focused on a half-dozen states — and would only use Clinton to bash Senate Democratic hopefuls.

Network officials outlined their plans here as 400 of their donors prepared to hear from a roster of Republican leaders. House Speaker Paul Ryan is among the politicians who scored invites to one of the nation’s most sought-after political retreats at a lavish campus nestled in the Rocky Mountains.

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Israel’s Sanhedrin takes on U.N.

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Israel’s ancient high court, the Sanhedrin, now reborn, has issued a statement warning the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization not to try to interfere with – or change – the history linked to the Temple Mount.

A report by Breaking Israel News says the U.N. agency wants to adopt a resolution at its current meetings in Istanbul that would declare the Temple Mount, site of the ancient Jewish temples, is “sacred to ‘Muslims only.’”

The proposal comes jointly from Palestinian and Jordanian interests and follows an earlier decision by the agency to call the site in Jerusalem in official papers only by the name created by Muslims – Al-Aqsa.

But Breaking Israel News reported the new plan is “far more radical.”

It said “UNESCO’s very unholy actions” would deny that there is any Jewish link to the location at all.

That prompted the Sanhedrin, which is known in the New Testament for condemning Jesus, to act.

The court, which was disbanded about A.D. 425 and now has been re-created, released a statement warning that the U.N., through its statements and comments, is fomenting global terror.

“The Jewish right to the Temple Mount was established in the Bible, and should therefore be recognized by Christianity and Islam,” the Sanhedrin said in its statement. “In fact, the Jewish claim to Jerusalem is as essential to those religions as it is to Judaism. The biblical connection between the Jews and Jerusalem led to the building of the First Temple by King Solomon, which strengthened our claim to Jerusalem even more.”

See “The Miracle of Israel,” narrated by the late Leonard Nimoy.

The statement from the court, made up of leading rabbis and scholars continued, “A plethora of archaeological evidence in and around Jerusalem is undeniable proof of Jewish settlement in biblical times. Islam did not exist, in Israel or anywhere else, until the year 636 … more than 500 years after the destruction of the Second Jewish Temple.

“If there are any doubts or counter-claims, the Sanhedrin challenges them to establish an objective committee of archeologists to check these facts. On this matter, the Sanhedrin decries the Palestinians’ efforts to destroy the archaeological evidence on the Temple Mount. … These acts, destroying the sites and artifacts of other religions … are intended to create belief in the false historical narrative the Palestinians are trying to spread among the non-Jews, and even among the Jews” of no historical links between Jews and the site.

The statement was referring to periodic actions by the Islamic Waqf, which manages the Islamic mosque now on the mount, to do “construction” with heavy equipment and machinery in an “area rich with archaeological relics.”

The Jewish leaders wrote that the looming UNESCO vote, based on a “false belief,” would promote the “way for terror attacks and other tragedies.”

Rabbi Hillel Weiss, spokesman for the Nascent Sanhedrin, explained that every aspect of the Temple is connected to the concept of peace, Breaking News Israel reported.

“The Temple was intended to be the place where all the nations came together to to serve God, in peace. By enabling the Muslims to turn the Temple Mount into the antithesis of this idea, UNESCO is doing the opposite of their stated mission of uniting the nations,” he told the agency.

“By allowing the Muslims exclusive access to prayer on the Temple Mount, the world has chosen ‘priests’ of war and terror. The world must allow the Jews, the real lovers of peace, to be the priests representing all the nations on the Temple Mount,” he said.

The U.N. faction specifically calls for a return to the status quo that was there before 1967, which Breaking Israel News said apparently “means completely banning Jews and other non-Muslims from the entire Temple Mount complex.”

Officials explain the Temple Mount holds the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, but the Western Wall “has absolutely no Muslim connection whatsoever.”

However, the U.N. refers to that location as “al-Buraq Plaza,” the news agency said.

WND reported in 2015 when Jordan said it wanted its soldiers to “patrol” the area.

The move was rejected by Israel immediately.

Jews and Christians are actually barred from the mount during most hours of the day and are never allowed to pray at the site or carry holy objects.

Most Palestinian leaders routinely deny well-documented and historical Jewish ties to the Temple Mount.

Speaking to WND in a 2007 interview, Waqf official and chief Palestinian Justice Taysir Tamimi alleged the Jewish Temples are fiction.

“About these so-called two Temples, they never existed, certainly not at the Haram Al- Sharif (Temple Mount),” said Tamimi, a top Palestinian cleric.

“Israel started since 1967 making archaeological digs to show Jewish signs to prove the relationship between Judaism and the city, and they found nothing. There is no Jewish connection to Israel before the Jews invaded in the 1880s,” said Tamimi.

He rejected the fact that there have been dozens of digs verified by experts worldwide revealing Jewish artifacts from the First and Second Temples, tunnels under the Temple Mount and more than 100 ritual immersion pools believed to have been used by Jewish priests to cleanse themselves. The cleansing process is detailed in the Torah.

Asked about the Western Wall, Tamimi said the structure was a tying post for Muhammad’s horse and that it is part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, even though the wall predates the mosque by more than 1,000 years.

The Palestinian media also regularly state the Jewish Temples never existed.

It actually is considered the holiest site in Judaism.

The First Temple, built by King Solomon in the 10th century B.C., was destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 B.C. The Second Temple was built in 515 B.C. after Jerusalem was freed from Babylonian captivity. That temple was destroyed by the Roman Empire in A.D. 70. Each temple stood for several centuries.

According to the Talmud, the world was created from the foundation stone of the Temple Mount. It’s believed to be the biblical Mount Moriah, where Abraham fulfilled God’s test of his willingness to sacrifice his son Isaac.

The Temple Mount has remained a focal point for Jewish services for thousands of years. Prayers for a return to Jerusalem and the rebuilding of the Temple have been uttered by Jews since the Second Temple was destroyed, according to Jewish tradition.

The Al-Aqsa Mosque was constructed in about A.D. 709 to serve as a shrine near another shrine, the Dome of the Rock, which was built by an Islamic caliph. Al-Aqsa was meant to mark what Muslims came to believe was the place at which Muhammad, the founder of Islam, ascended to heaven to receive revelations from Allah.

Jerusalem is not mentioned in the Quran. It is mentioned in the Hebrew Bible 656 times.

According to Islamic tradition, Muhammad took a journey in a single night on a horse from “a sacred mosque” – believed to be in Mecca in southern Saudi Arabia – to “the farthest mosque.” From a rock there, according to the tradition, he ascended to heaven. The farthest mosque became associated with Jerusalem about 120 years ago.

Israeli author Shmuel Berkovits’ research shows Islam historically disregarded Jerusalem as being holy. Berkovits points out in his book “How Dreadful Is This Place!” that Muhammad was said to loathe Jerusalem and what it stood for. He wrote that Muhammad made a point of eliminating pagan sites of worship and sanctifying only one place – the Kaaba in Mecca.

As late as the 14th century, Islamic scholar Taqi al-Din Ibn Taymiyya, whose writings influenced the Wahhabi movement in Arabia, ruled that sacred Islamic sites are to be found only in the Arabian Peninsula and that “in Jerusalem, there is not a place one calls sacred, and the same holds true for the tombs of Hebron.”

A guide to the Temple Mount by the Supreme Muslim Council in Jerusalem published in 1925 listed it as Jewish and as the site of Solomon’s Temple. The Temple Institute acquired a copy of the official 1925 “Guide Book to Al-Haram Al-Sharif,” which states on page 4: “Its identity with the site of Solomon’s Temple is beyond dispute. This, too, is the spot, according to universal belief, on which David ‘built there an altar unto the Lord.’”

See “The Miracle of Israel,” narrated by the late Leonard Nimoy.

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