Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Islamic scholars agree on a shared lunar calendar for Muslim world DAILY SABAH May 31 16

Islamic scholars agree on a shared lunar calendar for Muslim world

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Islamic scholars agree on a shared lunar calendar for Muslim world

Decades of disputes over when to observe religious holidays in the Islamic world neared an end on Monday in a landmark step, as Islamic scholars from around the world agreed on a single lunar calendar

The International Hijri Calendar Union Congress wrapped up Monday in Istanbul, hopefully marking the end of a long-standing conflict dividing the world's Muslims. Scholars from across the globe convening for an event hosted by Turkey's state-run Presidency of Religious Affairs (DİB) agreed to adopt a single Islamic lunar calendar. The landmark move is particularly important regarding the observance of religious holidays and especially concerns the fasting month of Ramadan which begins next week, as Muslims will hopefully celebrate the sacred festivals on the same day.

Speaking to Daily Sabah on the sidelines, DİB President Mehmet Görmez said the meeting has put an end to "a 60-year-old debate."

Islamic scholars agree on a shared lunar calendar for Muslim world
Muslim scholars met in Istanbul and agreed on a single calendar. Speaking to Daily Sabah's Mehmet Çelik (R), DİB head Mehmet Görmez said it was "a right decision."

The event, started on Saturday, follows years of research by a Science Board composed of scholars and scientists from Turkey, Qatar, Jordan, the United States, European and several Muslim countries.

Scholars from Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, United Arab Emirates, Morocco and nearly 50 countries attended the landmark congress which hosted a similar event in 1979, only to see an agreement to reach a unified calendar fell apart in the following years.

Görmez said preparation for the congress started three years ago, with the formation of a commission of scholars in astronomy and fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence) to discuss different ideas on the issue in the Islamic world on an international level. "The commission paved the way for this congress to be a meeting where a solid decision is made, rather than it to remain an event where the issue is merely discussed. We had two proposals in the end, a dual calendar system or a single calendar," he said, referring to a separate calendar for the western hemisphere or specifically, for Muslims in North and South America. "A dual calendar would not end the problems and we focused on a single calendar which Muslims in every part of the world can observe, so that Ramadan can start on the same day. We put it up for a vote and the majority of scholars agreed on it," he said. Along with senior scholars from Turkey, the congress hosted Professor Ali Mohuddin al-Qurra Daghi from Qatar, an expert on Islamic jurisprudence, Mohammed Shawkat Awda, a prominent astronomer from the United Arab Emirates, and other renowned scholars. The congress' decision will now be referred to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the group of 57 Muslim-majority countries, for official adoption in the Muslim world.

Görmez said a few countries might have difficulty adopting the new calendar, but the OIC may be influential in worldwide adoption of the calendar. "This is an ongoing process, but God willing, we hope to put an end to this debate," he said. Görmez said that Muslims are now a globally ubiquitous community, with a presence in almost all countries, necessitating a unified calendar. "It has been a real challenge, especially in countries where Muslims are a minority. It led to a divide even among the congregation of small mosques, with one group of Muslims observing the religious days on one date, while others observed it on another date. There have been even differences on observation amid the members of same families. This will put an end to it," he said. For Muslim minorities, especially those in the West, a single calendar means securing a right for observing a religious holiday. "Minorities fought for decades to earn their right to observe their own religious holidays, and they finally gained it. But a new problem arose as the states they lived in asked them to designate an exact date for religious holidays. The single calendar will end Muslims' challenge on this issue as well," Görmez stated.

When to observe religious holidays and prayer times has been an issue of debate among Muslim scholars for years. This is especially the case for the observation of Kurban Bayram, known as Eid al-Adha in Arabic or the Festival of Sacrifice, and the culmination of the annual hajj pilgrimage. Differences stem from various scholarly interpretations of Islamic law regarding the sighting of the new moon on which the date is based. Specific acts of worship such as fasting may be considered invalid if observed at different times.

Görmez said there has been a misconception or disregard for scientific facts in the Islamic world. "In this day and age, when people can travel to the moon and observe the movements of sun and moon second by second, in this age of major scientific developments, it was wrong to disregard these developments and insist on observing the new moon with the naked eye by climbing

up mountains. God and the prophet tell us to acquire knowledge and use it." He said that although the problem was not solved in its entirety at the moment, the agreement was at least a first step and as the DİB, they were pleased to see scholars from around the world agree with them on "a right decision" for calendar unity.

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BBC News: Disney's first lesbian couple?

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Disney's first lesbian couple?
New trailer for Finding Dory has people wondering if it features Disney Pixar's first lesbian couple
The trailer for Disney Pixar's Finding Dory has thousands of people wondering if the film has set a precedent by featuring a lesbian couple. 
The two minute teaser of the sequel to Finding Nemo has divided opinion. 
Some have reacted positively to what they see as increased LGBT representation in an animated feature. Others have vowed to boycott the movie.
Disney Pixar has not commented. 
Video journalist: Nathan Carr. Journalist: Emma Wilson. 
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BBC journalist Benjamin Zand visits Lyari in Karachi, which he had been told to avoid as the Pakistani city's 'most dangerous' area.
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Misery Luves company N Korea Luves Trump Msy 31-16

An editorial in North Korea’s state-run media on Tuesday offered high praise for presumptive U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Trump is a “wise politician” and “far-sighted presidential candidate,” the Korean-language article in DPRK Today argues. 

The editorial, attributed to Chinese North Korean scholar Han Yong-mook, is not official government policy. Yet it likely reflects the authoritarian regime’s thinking, experts told NK News.

“There are many positive aspects to Trump’s ‘inflammatory policies,’” the article says, listing two in particular: Trump’s offer to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and his threat to remove U.S. forces from South Korea, which is still technically at war with the North.

“Yes, do it now,” the editorial urged Trump, reflecting Pyongyang’s long-held demand the U.S. troops leave the Korean peninsula. “Who knew that the slogan ‘Yankee Go Home’ would come true like this?”

The editorial went on to provide some advice for U.S. voters: “The president that U.S. citizens must vote for is not that dull Hillary [Clinton] ... but Trump, who spoke of holding direct conversations with North Korea.”

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watches a ballistic rocket launch drill in this undated file photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 11, 2016.

The New York real estate developer’s statements on foreign affairs have prompted alarm and disbelief in Washington and in capitals around the world. Since Trump reached the number of delegates necessary to secure the Republican nomination last week, alarm has turned to panic

In March, Trump’s overture to the North Korean leader brought condemnation from Democratic and Republican officials, who called his remarks naive and dangerous. “The last thing you want to do is empower this guy in North Korea,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told CNN. Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton said Trump’s comments on North Korea and other foreign policy missives were evidence he is “not qualified” to be president.

Even North Korea was not particularly impressed with Trump’s offerEarlier this month, a North Korean diplomat indicated the country was not taking the business mogul’s proposal seriously.

North Korea’s escalating nuclear ambitions in the past decade have prompted international concern and sanctions. At a meeting of world leaders in Japan last week, President Barack Obama highlighted Pyongyang’s desire for nuclear weapons as a major threat to world security. On Tuesday, North Korean leaders again defied international condemnation to launch another missile test, which ultimately failed, South Korean officials said. 

The isolated regime exercises brutal, totalitarian rule over the country’s population. Over 1 million North Koreans are trapped in slavery, the Global Slavery Index estimated on Tuesday.

Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liarrampant xenophoberacistmisogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.

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an offensive Tuesday to dislodge Islamic State militants from Fallujah, may 31-16

Update at 12:33 PM

CAMP TARIQ, Iraq (AP) - As Iraqi forces pressed an offensive Tuesday to dislodge Islamic State militants from Fallujah, conditions are worsening for tens of thousands of civilians trapped in the city, and a leading aid group raised alarm over an unfolding "human catastrophe."
IS fighters launched a fierce counterattack on the southern edge of the city, slowing the progress of the elite Iraqi counterterrorism troops, and the militants reportedly corralled civilians into a single neighborhood for use as human shields.
With an estimated 50,000 civilians still inside Fallujah, humanitarian groups renewed calls on both sides to open safe corridors for noncombatants to flee - an action that seems unlikely because it would require negotiations between IS and the Iraqi forces to agree on a cessation of hostilities. In addition, Iraqi authorities want to prevent IS fighters from escaping the city by melting into the fleeing civilian population.
Iraqi forces repelled the four-hour counterattack a day after entering the southern part of Fallujah with the help of U.S.-led airstrikes. The dawn attack unfolded in the Nuaimiya area, most of which was captured by Iraqi troops on Monday, two special forces officers told The Associated Press. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information.
IS militants used tunnels and snipers, and targeted Iraqi forces with six explosives-laden cars that were destroyed before they reached their targets, the officers said. Iraqi forces suffered casualties, but no details were given.
The clashes subsided by Tuesday afternoon, but the officers said progress was slowed by roadside bombs the militants left behind. The troops also paused to destroy tunnels in the area. Since Monday, 106 militants have been killed, the officers said.
The push into Nuaimiya, a sprawling agricultural area, was the first attempt by Iraqi forces to enter Fallujah, which fell to IS in 2014. In recent days, Iraqi forces had focused on expelling the militants from outlying areas to tighten a siege on the city, which is 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Baghdad.
The Sunni majority city was the first in Iraq to fall to IS and is the last major urban area controlled by the extremist group in western Iraq. The Sunni-led militants still control the country's second-largest city, Mosul, in the north.
The U.S.-led coalition and Iranian-backed Shiite militia forces are helping the Iraqi army in the offensive. But the fight is expected to be protracted because the militants have had more than two years to dig in, hidden bombs are believed to be strewn throughout the city, and the presence of trapped civilians will limit the use of supporting airstrikes.
"A human catastrophe is unfolding in Fallujah," said Jan Egeland, head of the Norwegian Refugee Council.
Only one family managed to escape the town Monday, he said. Since the offensive began more than a week ago, 554 other families have fled areas surrounding Fallujah.
"Warring parties must guarantee civilians safe exit now, before it's too late and more lives are lost," Egeland added. A lack of food, medicine, safe drinking water and electricity is "pushing families to the brink of desperation," the NRC said.
At a briefing in Geneva, the spokesman for the U.N. refugee agency, William Spindler, cited figures by Iraqi authorities that said 624 families - about 3,700 individuals - have fled in the past week.
The UNHCR "understands another 500 men and boys over 12 years old are held for security screening," which can take five to seven days, Spindler said.
"We understand some 27 men were released" on Monday, he said.
The 56-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation - the world's largest body of Muslim-majority countries - expressed "deep concern" about the safety of civilians in Fallujah. In a statement, the group's head also reiterated its opposition to sectarian violence and expressed support for the Iraqi government.
Some Sunni lawmakers in Iraq have accused the security forces of using indiscriminate force and say the Shiite militias have committed abuses against civilians in mainly Sunni towns and cities. The security forces and the militias deny the accusations.
The government-sanctioned umbrella group of mostly Shiite militias is not taking part in the current push into Fallujah, officials said, adding that the task is being handled solely by the elite counterterrorism force.
Associated Press writer Sinan Salaheddin in Baghdad and Aya Batrawy in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, contributed to this report.

Conservative host Glenn Beck has been suspended by SiriusXM satellite radio for agree may 31 -16

Update at 11:54 AM

NEW YORK (AP) - Conservative host Glenn Beck has been suspended by SiriusXM satellite radio for agreeing with an author who asked hypothetically "what patriot will step up" to remove Republican Donald Trump from office if he's elected president and oversteps his authority.
SiriusXM said Beck's program was suspended for this week and the company was "evaluating its place" in the lineup.
The comments "may be reasonably construed by some to have been advocating harm against an individual currently running for office," SiriusXM said in a statement.
During an interview May 25, author Brad Thor said he was "about to suggest something very bad" before citing a weak Congress and asking "what patriot will step up" to stop President Trump if he tried to exceed the powers of his office.
"I would agree with you on that," Beck responded.
Thor, a frequent guest of Beck's and an author of thriller novels, said in a statement to The Associated Press that he and Beck "were discussing a speculative future America under a dictator."
"Safeguarding the Republic against a dictatorship is a topic of conversation that dates back to the Founders. If we had to unseat a president without the backing of the Congress, we would need a patriot along the lines of George Washington to lead the country from tyranny back to liberty," he said.
A representative for Beck didn't immediately return a request for comment.
Beck created a subscription website and a syndicated radio network after leaving his Fox News television program in 2011. Beck's show on Fox ended amid a boycott of advertisers after Beck said Democratic President Barack Obama had "a deep-seated hatred for white people."

With a record $24 million spent on the election so far, are special interests trying to buy their way into the Legislature?

With a record $24 million spent on the election so far, are special interests trying to buy their way into the Legislature?

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Shady accounting underpins Trump's wealth

The GOP nominee is rich. But how rich depends on odd accounting and subjective criteria.


05/31/16 05:21 AM EDT



Donald Trump claims he is worth $10 billion — but financial experts dispute that.

Donald Trump claims he is worth $10 billion — but financial experts dispute that. | Getty

NEW YORK — Donald Trump claims a net worth of more than $10 billion and an income of $557 million. But he appears to get there only by overvaluing properties and ignoring his expenses.

POLITICO spoke with more than a dozen financial experts and Trump's fellow multimillionaires about the presumptive Republican nominee's financial statement. Their conclusion: The real estate magnate's bottom line — what he actually puts in his own pocket — could be much lower than he suggests. Some financial analysts said this, and a very low tax rate, is why Trump won't release his tax returns.

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"I know Donald, I've known him a long time, and it gets under his skin if you start writing about the reasons he won't disclose his returns," said one prominent hedge fund manager who declined to be identified by name so as not to draw Trump's ire. "You would see that he doesn't have the money that he claims to have and he's not paying much of anything in taxes."

Trump is certainly wealthy. But in a campaign where the New Yorker has portrayed himself as the biggest, the richest, the classiest and the best at everything, disclosing that he is less rich than he lets on could be damaging. And it is a line of attack Democrats are already using and hope to pound away on until November.

The case against Trump's accounting of his wealth: His businesses apparently generate a lot of revenue but may not put much cash in his pocket; he assigns himself a net worth that is impossible to verify and may be based in part on fantasy; and he is selling assets and increasing debt in ways that suggest a man scrambling for ready cash.

In response to a list of questions for this story, Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks emailed: "The report speaks for itself." If it does, the report does not speak clearly.

The financial disclosure form showed Trump adding fresh debt of at least $50 million, though a campaign news release said Trump is using increased revenue to reduce his debt, which is now at least $315 million and possibly more than $500 million. The disclosure also suggests that Trump sold fund assets to raise as much as $7 million in cash and individual securities to raise up to $9 million more.

The apparent increase in debt and securities sales raises questions about the amount of cash Trump has on hand.

"If he is swimming in so much cash for all his holdings, why is he selling this stuff to raise cash?" asked another ultra-high net worth individual who also reviewed the filings and declined to be identified by name to avoid Trump's wrath.

Trump's tax returns could clarify a great deal about his actual income. But Trump's campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, said in an interview with The Huffington Post last week that he would be "surprised" if Trump ever releases the returns, which is not required but which every major presidential candidate has done since 1976.

Trump attributes the refusal to ongoing audits. But there is no prohibition on individuals releasing returns under scrutiny by the IRS. The refusal has led to rampant speculation among Wall Street executives who have done deals with Trump that his returns would show surprisingly low income.

There is no dispute that Trump owns many valuable properties that contribute to a high net worth. But there is a great deal of dispute about how high that worth actually is. The financial disclosure form lists assets worth at least $1.5 billion, but the ranges included are far too wide for an observer to determine anything close to a precise figure.

"Trump has a tendency to value his brand at a very high amount, but these are usually intangible valuations just pulled out of thin air," said Steve Stanganelli, a certified financial planner at Clear View Wealth Advisors. "And he appears to be reporting gross revenue. There is a huge difference between that and net income. What really matters is what you put in the bank."

Estimates of Trump's net worth range from a low of $150 million to $250 million asserted by journalist Timothy O'Brien in a 2005 book that earned him a libel lawsuit from Trump that was eventually dismissed. O'Brien saw Trump's tax returns as part of the discovery in that suit but the records were sealed by the court and O'Brien is not allowed to discuss them in any detail.

One revelation made public as part of the suit was that Trump's valuation of himself and his empire fluctuates based on his own "feelings." Fortune magazine earlier this month estimated Trump's net worth at $3.92 billion based on the latest financial disclosure.

A big chunk of Trump's net worth figure comes from high valuations he bestows on his golf course properties. Trump values nine of his golf properties at "over $50 million" for a total of at least $450 million. He values at least four more at up to $25 million and a fifth at up to $50 million. But golf course valuation experts say there is nothing in the report to support these lofty figures.

"Unless we really know what the income and expenses for the clubs are, it's impossible to even guess at what the value would be," said Larry Hirsh, a founder of the Society of Golf Appraisers and the president of Golf Property Analysts. "He's a classic example of a guy that, when he wants to get a loan or tell you how wealthy he is, he'll tell you something is worth a bazillion dollars. But when he wants to get taxes reduced, he'll tell you it's worth $2.95."

In fact, a New York state political official accuses Trump of doing exactly that.

On his disclosure report, Trump lists the Trump National Golf Club in Westchester Country, New York, as worth over $50 million. But ABC News reported earlier this month that for tax purposes, Trump's attorneys at first argued the property was worth just $1.35 million before increasing the figure to $9 million, according to The Guardian newspaper and ABC.

A golf property's valuation can be much lower for tax purposes than the price it might bring in a sale. Tax authorities don't take into account what the underlying land might be used for by another owner, along with other variables.

But in this case, this difference was far too great, according to Dana Levenberg, the supervisor for Ossining, New York, which oversees the property. Levenberg argues that Trump's undervaluation of the property is taking money away from children in the local Briarcliff School District.

"We have somebody on the one hand who has lawyers saying the value is less than $2 million while at the same time he's claiming it's worth over $50 million," Levenberg said in an interview. "And we have seen no revenue or expense forms. It can't be that he is making all this money but saying he doesn't have to pay taxes on it. That's less money for the children in school, less money for learning."

Trump's valuations of his golf properties is much higher than recent golf property sales would appear to support. According to Bloomberg, Orlando-based CNL Lifestyle Properties in 2015 sold 48 golf courses, with $158 million in revenue in 2013, for $320 million. Dallas-based ClubCorp Holdings last year agreed to pay $265 million for 50 golf courses with around $100 million in total annual revenue, according to Bloomberg.

Trump also claims high revenues at many of his golf properties.

The biggest revenue generator listed on Trump's report is Trump National Doral in Miami at $132 million. In total, 14 golf properties listed on the disclosure form provided at least $300 million in revenue, more than half of Trump's total claimed income, for an average of around $21 million per property.

That is far higher than the revenue typical of many golf courses. But several of Trump's properties, including Doral, feature multiple courses and revenue-producing resorts, making the numbers somewhat less outlandish. "I would use 23 as the number of courses," said Steven Ekovich, managing director for the Leisure Investment Properties Group at Marcus & Millichap, who has sold golf properties to Trump and said the revenues "comport with some other high-end clubs."

Regardless of revenue, Ekovich said, it's difficult to use any standard revenue-multiple model to evaluate the ultimate worth for golf properties. "It's really an art form in pricing golf assets because each one is so unique."

That art form is expected to come under relentless scrutiny from Democrats in a general election campaign that is expected to pit Trump against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The Clinton campaign wants to portray Trump's business empire as a Potemkin village, showy on the surface, but with little underneath.

People familiar with the matter say Democrats have leading forensic accountants poring over all of Trump's public records and disclosures with a plan to release whatever they find to support this narrative as the campaign shifts into general election mode this summer and fall.

"Some of the stuff is supposedly dynamite," one senior Democratic operative with ties to the Clinton campaign said. "They are very confident about the opposition research. But I wouldn't expect anything cataclysmic until the fall."

Clinton supporters have been taunting Trump on Twitter with the #PoorDonald hashtag and Clinton herself has questioned the mogul's statements about his wealth. "We've got to get below the hype," Clinton said recently on NBC's "Meet the Press." "I think we're beginning to find out, but I don't think we know enough, and that's why he should release his tax returns."

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has also emerged as a high-profile Democratic surrogate prosecuting the case that Trump might not be as rich as he says he is. "We don't know what Trump pays in taxes because he is the first presidential nominee in 40 years to refuse to disclose his tax returns," Warren said in a fiery speech last week, followed by an extended Twitter war with the presumptive GOP nominee. "Maybe he's just a lousy businessman who doesn't want you to find out that he's worth a lot less money than he claims."

Thus far, Trump has proved impervious to this line of argument, backing up claims from Manafort and others that voters simply don't care about Trump's tax returns and believe that he is the fabulously successful titan he says he is.

But if anything could damage the Trump brand, some analysts say, it would be persistent revelations about his business record and personal riches. "By any stretch, Trump is rich. But the perception now is that he is richer and huger and better than everyone," said Stanganelli. "What happens if that perception changes?"

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Monday, May 30, 2016

Stockton City Council District 2 Candidates Forum - KWDC LWV ASDC - YouTube

Stockton City Council District 2 Candidates Forum - KWDC LWV ASDC - YouTube: "Published on May 11, 2016
Stockton City Council District 2 Forum Candidates:
Steve Colangelo, Waqar Rizvi, Dwight Williams, Daniel Wright
(order determined by randomly selection)"

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This Is Not The America My Parents Immigrated To In 1957

This commentator is right:
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@Siloo Kapadia The US has been in decline for a lot longer than the early 1990's. Try August 15, 1971, the Sunday Nixon decided to close the gold window. The seeds for the decline were sown years before, with the LBJ's guns and butter approach to fiscal policy in the mid-1960's. But not eveyone has been hurt by the decline. I am living much better than I did in 1971, my net worth is a lot higher and I am starting my 12th year in retirement. As for the 1990's, they were my best decade, economically speaking.

"In fact deterioration in the production competence of U.S. industries had been well under way since 1960 and was reported in some detail by 1965."
Chaper 3 - Deindustrializing the US: The War Against American Workers

"By 1960s it had already weakened dominant US manufacturing industry:
"We have trained a large part of our workforce —
more than three million in military industry -- to work under a regime where escalating cost is
acceptable because there will always be a subsidy to offset the cost increase.
Cost-maximizing has yielded consequences that you might suspect after contemplating the size
of the resource used on behalf of the military, There has been a disappearance and a depletion of many American industries* "
America's New Economic Problem
Seymour Melman at Cape Cod, July
Now: Nation buried in debt depends on loony Saudis:

"The key factor in America's global dominance is the convertibility of currencies into the dollar in foreign exchange markets – a system that has been dependent on the global demand for petrodollars."
Petrodollar: The American Hegemony (Part 1)

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CIA: Trey Gowdy Altered Documents To Frame Hillary Clinton

CIA: Trey Gowdy Altered Documents To Frame Hillary Clinton: "In a bombshell revelation, the Central Intelligence Agency reached out to Democrats serving on the Select Committee on Benghazi on Saturday, October 17, 2015 to confirm that Chairman Trey Gowdy had altered documents provided to the committee by Hillary Clinton.

Monday, October 5, 2015, all five Democratic Members of the Select Committee on Benghazi sent a letter informing House Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Trey Gowdy (F-SC) that they planned to begin releasing witness interview transcripts, starting with the interview of former State Department Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills, in order to correct the public record after numerous inaccurate Republican leaks."

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