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Worlds of Islam, Michael Jackson Collide in Egyptian Film

The news of the passing of the King of Pop is the start of a crisis of conscience for Sheikh Khalid Hani, the main character of the movie “Sheikh Jackson,” Egypt’s first feature film to focus on the religious movement known as Salafis, followers of one of the strictest interpretations of Islam.

Sarah Palin: Big Luther Got His Senate Seat from Corrupt ‘Quid Pro Quo’ – ‘an Old Eskimo Term for That Which Fertilizes the Swamp’

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin blasted U.S. Senator Luther Strange for his appointment to his temporary Senate seat by former Alabama Governor Robert Bentley. The appointment by Bentley, who later resigned over an ethics scandal, has been under scrutiny since Strange, then-state attorney general, oversaw the Bentley investigation.

Trump Supporters Wonder Why He’s ‘Adding Another Member to the Swamp’ with Luther Strange Endorsement

Donald Trump supporters in Alabama are frustrated, McClatchy’s Katie Glueck reports. Venting Thursday night during a campaign rally for conservative Judge Roy Moore, members of Trump’s base expressed fear that their president — who’s backed Moore’s opponent, establishment candidate U.S. Senator Luther Strange, in next week’s Republican runoff — is being misled. With Moore leading in polls, Tuesday’s election has the Beltway watching in fear over future grassroots insurgent candidates who may challenge the GOP establishment.

Sarah Palin: A Vote for Roy Moore Sends Trump ‘Support to Keep the Promises That Elected Him’

During a campaign rally Thursday for Alabama Senate candidate Judge Roy Moore, former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin reminded the crowd that the movement that elected President Donald Trump is not over, reports Politico’s Cristiano Lima and Alex Isenstadt. Moore faces establishment-backed U.S. Senator Luther Strange in a runoff next week.

Alabama Senate Race: It’s Trump vs. Trumpland

President Donald Trump’s political muscles are getting a workout in a Republican runoff election in Alabama that has an awkward dynamic: He’s campaigning for the establishment-backed incumbent over an upstart beloved by many of his own most ardent supporters, including his former chief strategist Steve Bannon.

Left to Right: Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV), Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), and Luther Strange (R-AL).

WaPo: Swamp Worries That a Luther Strange Defeat ‘Could Prompt Some GOP Senators to Retire’

The Washington Post reports that, although President Donald Trump and his staff were hesitant to campaign in Alabama for establishment-friendly Luther Strange, Swamp Republicans forced the president’s hand — fearing that a victory for Judge Roy Moore would motivate several allies to retire from the Senate rather than face Breitbart-backed challengers in 2018.

Luther Strange Finance Chair Tied to Alabama Bribery Case

Alabama Senator Luther Strange’s campaign finance chair, Thompson Tractor CEO Mike Thompson, is listed on federal tax documents as an officer of the nonprofit Alliance for Jobs, which federal prosecutors say was used to bribe former Alabama state Representative Oliver Robinson, who pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges this month, AL.com’s Kyle Whitmire and John Archibald report.

UNITED STATES - AUGUST 4: GOP candidate for U.S. Senate Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., left, speaks with a supporter after the U.S. Senate candidate forum held by the Shelby County Republican Party in Pelham, Ala., on Friday, Aug. 4, 2017. Sen. Strange is running in the special election to fill the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Alabama State Rep: Luther Strange Not Telling Truth About Corruption Probe

Alabama State Representative Ed Henry (R-Hartselle) is calling for the release of his grand jury testimony in connection with a corruption case involving former Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard. Henry says now-U.S. Senator Luther Strange, who is facing a runoff primary Senate election next week against conservative Judge Roy Moore, is not telling the truth behind the anti-corruption unit he led while serving as Alabama’s attorney general.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., listens to a question while speaking with the media after he and other Senate Republicans had a meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House, Tuesday, June 27, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Mitch McConnell’s Super PAC Blankets Alabama’s Airwaves for Luther Strange

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s super PAC poured another $630,000 into Alabama Senator Luther Strange’s special election campaign Wednesday, purchasing a television and radio advertising package that showcases President Donald Trump’s endorsement of Strange, the Washington Examiner’s David Drucker reports. The Senate Leadership Fund has already dumped millions into Alabama in an attempt to sway the race toward Luther and away from conservative Judge Roy Moore.

Tim Stanley: For Trump to Avoid Impeachment ‘Build That Wall’

The latest twist in the investigation into links between the Trump campaign and Russia is that Paul Manafort, former head of the campaign, was wiretapped under secret court orders before and after the election — including while he was working with Trump. The revelation more or less stops there.

UNITED STATES - APRIL 4: Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., participates in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on efforts to protect U.S. energy delivery systems from cybersecurity threats on Tuesday, April 4, 2017. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/Getty)

Governor Bentley Weighed ‘Trickle-Down Effect’ in Appointing Strange

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — When scandal-plagued former Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley decided to appoint his state’s attorney general, Luther Strange, to the U.S. Senate, Bentley appeared to have considered that he would also get to appoint a new attorney general, according to his notes, obtained by The Associated Press.

Spengler: Western Elites’ Contempt for China Turns to Panic

David P. Goldman, who writes for Asia Times under the pen name Spengler, explains in his latest column that “[a] sense of resignation, if not outright defeatism, pervades the Trump White House where China is concerned.” Western elites who once dismissed or downplayed China’s ascendancy as the world’s dominant superpower are now suddenly confronted with its reality.

Bill Cassidy, Lindsey Graham

The Hill: New GOP ObamaCare Repeal Bill Gains Momentum

An article appearing in The Hill points out that the Graham-Cassidy Obamacare repeal bill engineered by former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum and a broad coalition of Republicans in both the House and Senate, along with several governors, is gaining traction in the Senate.

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