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It all started with a chain email.

"There are lessons indoctrinating children with Islam and verses of the Quran along with the United Nations Agenda," a woman named Ginger Russell wrote before quoting from a high-school level world history lesson she said promoted a "loving kinder Islam."

Russell sent the email in October 2012 to school board members and officials in Irving, Texas with the subject line "IRVING ISD INDOCTRINATING ISLAM,” according to a Dallas Morning News report from that time. The newspaper reported that the email prompted the district to launch an investigation into whether the curriculum it used was too pro-Islam.

Just under three years later, a 14-year-old Muslim student at Irving's MacArthur High School was arrested for bringing a homemade clock to class that police thought looked like a "movie bomb."

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To her supporters, Irving, Texas Mayor Beth Van Duyne is a tough-as-nails politician who's not afraid to take on Islam.

To her critics, Van Duyne is a fear-monger who stokes the flames of Islamophobia.

So both Van Duyne's fans and foes can surely find a talking point in the Monday incident where Irving police arrested 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed for bringing a homemade clock to school that they thought looked like a "movie bomb."

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When FBI agents searched the practice of a wealthy Florida ophthalmologist for evidence of health care fraud, they came across a black notebook filled with names and phone numbers, including that of Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), in addition to some photos of women in lingerie printed with their body measurements.

Federal prosecutors say Menendez was referenced on nine separate pages in the notebook, which belonged to Dr. Salomon Melgen, the longtime friend and donor accused of bribing the senator in exchange for his advocacy on behalf of Melgen's business interests. An FBI agent wrote in a search warrant that agents at the scene said the notebook "looked to be a ledger of prostitution activities," according to an affidavit.

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