Sunday, July 31, 2016

AP Mobile: Clinton accuses Trump of 'degrading comments about Muslims'

Clinton accuses Trump of 'degrading comments about Muslims'

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"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," Trump said, in an interview with ABC's "This Week."

Ghazala Khan responded Sunday in an opinion piece published in The Washington Post, saying talking about her son's death 12 years ago is still hard for her. When her husband asked if she wanted to speak at the convention, she said she could not.

"When Donald Trump is talking about Islam, he is ignorant," she wrote.

At one point, Trump had disputed Khan's criticism that the billionaire businessman has "sacrificed nothing and no one" for his country.

"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," Trump said.

Trump, who had no campaign events scheduled this weekend, released a statement late Saturday night calling Humayun Khan "a hero" but disputing his father's characterization.

"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," said Trump.

Trump's rebuke was unusual in the world of politics where officials only speak well of families whose loved ones die in service to their country. When Cindy Sheehan, who lost her son in Iraq, staged prolonged protests on the war, then-President George W. Bush responded by saying that the nation grieves every death.

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Iraq in 360 degrees: Explore the malls destroyed in Baghdad’s worst suicide bombing

So think things were bad under Saddam? He had an a bomb? U cannot have such violence savagery in the world & think in a small world like today's you can listen to Beethoven & drink in peace
War is not the answer

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Dozens of men were watching a soccer match at the "Smile" cafe when the blast hit in the street below. Within minutes, a fire ripped through the Baghdad shopping mall where they were gathered, trapping them in a crowd on the second floor.

There were no fire exits, no fire fighters. An iron gate to the roof was padlocked. One of those watching the match, Majid Toamah, kicked a hole in an aluminum wall in the cafe and leaped 20 meters (yards) to the alley below. The 40-year-old broke both his legs. As he lay in agony, he looked up to see terrified faces staring out of the hole.

"They were too scared to jump. The face of one of them caught fire," Toamah remembered. "In the end, they all died."

At least 292 people died from the July 3 car bombing in Baghdad's central Karradah district. Most of the deaths resulted not from the blast itself, but from the ensuing inferno, fed by a tinderbox of shops in two malls filled with clothes and oil-based perfumes for sale and lined with flammable panels. It was all worsened by a slow response by firefighters, building code violations _ and a lack of water.

As a result, two three-story shopping malls separated by a broad avenue and several other buildings were rendered to charred skeletons. It was the deadliest attack by a single bomber since Iraq's war began in 2003, and the toll is likely to go higher as authorities try to identify the remains.

"We are still sifting (through?) the debris," Civil Defense member Mustafa Khudair Hamad said days after the fire "and remains are still coming out."


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Retired General Warns Of A Massive Civil Military Crisis Under Trump

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Retired General Warns Of A Massive Civil Military Crisis Under Trump


Retired General Warns Of A Massive Civil Military Crisis Under Trump

This is, he says, "a commander in chief who would have us do illegal things."

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Retired Gen. John Allen warns that military members would object to some illegal Trump policies.

Retired Marine Gen. John Allen warned on Sunday that if Donald Trump was elected president, there would be mass unrest among the military rank and file over the policies that he would implement and pursue.

"I think we would be facing a civil military crisis, the like of which we've not seen in this country before," he said.

The retired four-star general, who served as commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, was a featured speaker at the Democratic National Convention. And for that, Trump derided him as a failure.

Appearing on ABC's "This Week," Allen was asked about these attacks ― which he brushed off by noting that Trump had never served a day in his life ― and also how the lower ranks would react to Trump's orders to reinstitute policies like torture, the targeted murdering of the family members of alleged terrorists, and the carpet-bombing of ISIS.

"You know, from the moment that those of us who are commissioned ― and of course all of our enlisted troops as well ― assume the mantle of our responsibility in uniform, when we swear an oath to support and defend the Constitution, which is a document and a set of principles and it supports the rule of law, one of those is to ensure that we do not obey illegal orders," he responded.

"It's an inherent responsibility in who we are. And so what we need to do is ensure that we don't create an environment that puts us on a track conceivably where the United States military finds itself in a civil military crisis with a commander in chief who would have us do illegal things," he added. "That's a major issue that we're facing here, the potential for a civil military crisis where the military could be ordered to conduct illegal activities."

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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GOP Leaders Don't Ditch Trump Even After Condemning His Attacks On Muslim War Hero's Family

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GOP Leaders Don't Ditch Trump Even After Condemning His Attacks On Muslim War Hero's Family

WASHINGTON ― In what has become a familiar pattern, GOP leaders on Sunday denounced Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's latest round of offensive remarks. But they continue to support his campaign.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) both issued standard statements condemning Trump's attacks against Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the parents of a Muslim American war hero killed in Iraq.

Khizr's powerful speech against Trump's Islamophobia was one of the highlights of last week's Democratic National Convention. When he was asked to respond over the weekend, Trump went after Ghazala Khan, implying that she was not allowed to speak alongside her husband because of her religion. In reality, she did not speak because she is still too grief-stricken over her son's death, she said.

On Sunday, both GOP leaders expressed their support for the Khans and the sacrifices of Muslim American soldiers and reiterated their opposition to Trump's proposed ban on Muslim immigration.

But in condemning Trump's platform, neither mentioned the candidate by name.

Here is Ryan's statement:

America's greatness is built on the principles of liberty and preserved by the men and women who wear the uniform to defend it. As I have said on numerous occasions, a religious test for entering our country is not reflective of these fundamental values. I reject it. Many Muslim Americans have served valiantly in our military, and made the ultimate sacrifice. Captain Khan was one such brave example. His sacrifice—and that of Khizr and Ghazala Khan—should always be honored. Period.

And McConnell's statement:

Captain Khan was an American hero, and like all Americans I'm grateful for the sacrifices that selfless young men like Capt. Khan and their families have made in the war on terror. All Americans should value the patriotic service of the patriots who volunteer to selflessly defend us in the armed services. And as I have long made clear, I agree with the Khans and families across the country that a travel ban on all members of a religion is simply contrary to American values. 

Many top Republicans backing Trump have been down this road before. Time after time, when the real estate mogul launched offensive attacks, they have responded by distancing themselves from his divisive rhetoric despite remaining committed to his candidacy.

Last month, when Trump claimed that federal judge Gonzalo Curiel was biased against him in a case involving Trump's fraudulent for-profit university because Curiel is "of Mexican heritage," a slew of GOP lawmakers rushed to denounce Trump's racism.

Ryan and McConnell were among them. Both expressed concerns about Trump's statements, arguing that they were offensive and ill-advised, but seemed to suggest that they were just a mistake.

"My advice to our nominee would be to start talking about the issues that the American people care about, and to start doing it now," McConnell said. "In addition to that, it's time to quit attacking various people that you competed with, or various minority groups in the country, and get on message."

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) have repeatedly condemned Trump's offensive rhetoric, but both still support his candidacy.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) hammered McConnell and Ryan on Sunday for their "cowardice," calling on both to rescind their endorsements of Trump.

"Senator McConnell and Speaker Ryan approvingly spoke at Donald Trump's convention, endorsed Donald Trump for president and believe he is mentally fit to sit in the Oval Office. Occasional statements that do nothing to repudiate Donald Trump's words and actions are spineless. Anything short of revoking their endorsements is cowardice," he said in a statement.

"This shouldn't be hard. Donald Trump is a sexist and racist man who insults Gold Star parents, stokes fear of Muslims and sows hatred of Latinos. He should not be president and Republican leaders have a moral responsibility to say so‎." 

On Friday, following his emotional plea at the Democratic National Convention, Khizr Khan himself implored Ryan and McConnell to reassess their support of Trump.

"There is so much at stake, and I appeal to both of these leaders, this is the time," he said. "There comes a time in the history of a nation where an ethical, moral stand has to be taken regardless of the political costs. The only reason they're not repudiating his behavior, his threat to our democracy, our decency, our foundation, is just because of political consequences."

But it seems that appeal has fallen on deaf ears.

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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Why The IRS Is Probing The Clinton Foundation | Zero Hedge

Why The IRS Is Probing The Clinton Foundation | Zero Hedge: "
In light of the IRS investigation, we also decided to take a quick look at the Clinton Foundation financials (full reports can be found here). To our "surprise," we discovered that, in fact, only 13.6% of the $248 million of expenditures made by the Foundation in 2014 were for "direct program expenditures" while the remainder went to salaries and amorphous expense buckets like "Professional and Consulting" and "Meetings and Training."  We're very hopeful that this is the type of "efficiency" that Hillary can bring to the various federal organizations.  After all, spending 13.6 cents of every dollar on actual stated objectives would be a huge improvement for many federal entities.


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the Donald's bigotry & dunceship exposed by one Gold Star family ACTION REQUIRED to save the Republic!!!

Gold star father Kahn says Trump's praise of hero son 'disingenuous' | Fox NewsKhizr & Ghazala Khan Gold Star

Khizr Khan responds to the latest from Trump: 'Typical of a person without a soul' from The Washington PostKhizr & Ghazala Khan Gold Star

Shared from Twitter: Muslim Family of Fallen Army Captain Responds to Trump: 'Shame on Him' | abc7.comKhizr & Ghazala Khan Gold Star

Donald Trump Goes After Grieving Mother Of Killed American Soldier Ghazal KhanKhizr & Ghazala Khan Gold Star

Coulter on Father of Deceased Muslim Soldier: 'An Angry Muslim With a Thick Accent' | MediaiteKhizr & Ghazala Khan Gold Star

Khizr Khan's loss: A grieving father of a soldier struggles to understand - The Washington PostKhizr & Ghazala Khan Gold Star

Seven Minutes That Shook the Convention - POLITICO MagazineKhizr & Ghazala Khan Gold Star

Father Of War Hero Near Tears As He Pleads With Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell To 'Repudiate' TrumpKhizr & Ghazala Khan Gold Star

'You Have Sacrificed Nothing'Khizr & Ghazala Khan Gold Star

Friends, Confused? Well go to the source I have mush of what has been said, written about this great communicator, his brave son and elegant wife. He is not even registered democrat.

Why do you think he left UAE, never to return? It is easier to practice your faith in a country with majority muslims; easy to visit your family in Pak, India or go to the Holy places.But the oil rich countries are run by regal kings who use the Wahabi (salafi, Deobandi, Al Quaida, Talibaan MANY names for same multi headed monster) deviant, crazy anti Islam version to subjugate the subjects in their land including women.

The US Constitution is powerful and the American people are GOOD! This is indeed the land of opportunity because of that; for 30+ years we have had poison being distributed by the likes of Rush, Hannity & the Fox imbeciles. There is like Ike said a powerful Industrial, military complex that loves war as they profit from it.

Here is what the prophet SAW sd for ALL time! Article:


ISIS Declares War on Mohammad's Covenant

The prophet's last sermon pretty much sums up the religion; there is no superioity of arab over non arab; we are judges by our ACTIONS! Unlike these rascals who use workers, not allowing citizenship or even basic human rights unlike USA/UK/ Australia etc.

Here is one of 1000s of shootings that do not get the 24x3 days of non stop coverage as done for criminal Muslim terror shootings

We need to stop the criminal proselytizing by this anti Islam group that turns innocent kids into Jehadis. They literally operate (subsidize) 1000s of schools all over the world.

Donald is a conman like Mr. Bloomberg has said. His whole life is a big con with 3500 lawsuits, 6 bankruptcies and a trail of cheating people much smaller than him. Like some of these crazy ISIS nuts he has an ego like a Trump Tower & is a habitual liar. 

He is too dangerous to be in charge and his bigotry like building a wall etc. will DESTROY our fine nation as we know it. Long history with Mexico about CA & Texas; Many come here and work 2-3 jobs for very low wages; many have GONE BACK as things have improved in Mexico (except for crime) and the jobs problem is much less; If you wanted to do some thing you would implement EVerify and employ drones NOT a wall that will be graiffitti riddled eyesore. I know a kid who worked for border patrol; saw 2-3 people trying all day so played video games all day.

Islam has been hijacked by the Wahabis & the GOP has been by the Donald. We need to defeat Isis (Daish) and make sure that Donald does not come near the White House!

Hillary convention & Mr Khan & US constitutionKhizr & Ghazala Khan Gold Star

Fallen Soldier's Father Denounces Trump - Video - NYTimes.comKhizr & Ghazala Khan Gold Star

Muslim American War Hero's Father Shames Trump: 'You Have Sacrificed Nothing'Khizr & Ghazala Khan Gold Star

Humayun S. M. Khan, Captain, United States ArmyKhizr & Ghazala Khan Gold Star

Ghazala Khan: Trump criticized my silence. He knows nothing about true sacrifice. - The Washington Post

Ghazala Khan: Trump criticized my silence. He knows nothing about true sacrifice. - The Washington Post: "Opinions
Ghazala Khan: Trump criticized my silence. He knows nothing about true sacrifice.

Khizr and Ghazala Khan, whose son was killed while serving in Iraq, stood before the Democratic convention on Thursday, July 28 and blasted Donald Trump's rhetoric on Muslims and immigrants. Here's what happened next. (Monica Akhtar/The Washington Post)
By Ghazala Khan July 31 at 9:45 AM
Ghazala Khan’s son, U.S. Army Capt. Humayun Khan, was killed in Iraq in 2004.


Donald Trump has asked why I did not speak at the Democratic convention. He said he would like to hear from me. Here is my answer to Donald Trump: Because without saying a thing, all the world, all America, felt my pain. I am a Gold Star mother. Whoever saw me felt me in their heart.

Donald Trump said I had nothing to say. I do. My son Humayun Khan, an Army captain, died 12 years ago in Iraq. He loved America, where we moved when he was 2 years old. He had volunteered to help his country, signing up for the ROTC at the University of Virginia. This was before the attack of Sept. 11, 2001. He didn’t have to do this, but he wanted to.

When Humayun was sent to Iraq, my husband and I worried about his safety. I had already been through one war, in Pakistan in 1965, when I was just a high school student. So I was very scared. You can sacrifice yourself, but you cannot take it that your kids will do this.

'You have sacrificed nothing': Father of killed Muslim soldier to Trump Play Video7:07
Humayun Khan was an American Muslim Army soldier who died serving the U.S. after 9/11. His father, Khizr Khan, spoke at the Democratic National Convention and offered a strong rebuke of Donald Trump, saying, "Have you even read the United States Constitution?" (Video: Victoria Walker/The Washington Post;Photo: Michael Robinson Chavez/The Washington Post)
We asked if there was some way he could not go, because he had already done his service. He said it was his duty. I cannot forget when he was going to the plane, and he looked back at me. He was happy, and giving me strength: “Don’t worry, Mom. Everything will be all right.”

The last time I spoke to my son was on Mother’s Day 2004. We had asked him to call us collect whenever he could. I begged him to be safe. I asked him to stay back, and not to go running around trying to become a hero, because I knew he would do something like that.

He said, “Mom, these are my soldiers, these are my people. I have to take care of them.” He was killed by a car bomber outside the gates of his base. He died trying to save his soldiers and innocent civilians.

That is my son. Humayun was always dependable. If I was vacuuming the house and he was home, he would take the vacuum from my hand and clean the house. He volunteered to teach disabled children in the hospital how to swim. He said, “I love when they have a little bit of progress and their faces, they light up. At least they are that much happy.” He wanted to be a lawyer, like his father, to help people.

Humayun is my middle son, and the others are doing so well, but every day I feel the pain of his loss. It has been 12 years, but you know hearts of pain can never heal as long as we live. Just talking about it is hard for me all the time. Every day, whenever I pray, I have to pray for him, and I cry. The place that emptied will always be empty.

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I cannot walk into a room with pictures of Humayun. For all these years, I haven’t been able to clean the closet where his things are — I had to ask my daughter-in-law to do it. Walking onto the convention stage, with a huge picture of my son behind me, I could hardly control myself. What mother could? Donald Trump has children whom he loves. Does he really need to wonder why I did not speak?

Donald Trump said that maybe I wasn’t allowed to say anything. That is not true. My husband asked me if I wanted to speak, but I told him I could not. My religion teaches me that all human beings are equal in God’s eyes. Husband and wife are part of each other; you should love and respect each other so you can take care of the family.

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When Donald Trump is talking about Islam, he is ignorant. If he studied the real Islam and Koran, all the ideas he gets from terrorists would change, because terrorism is a different religion.

Donald Trump said he has made a lot of sacrifices. He doesn’t know what the word sacrifice means."

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The father of the Army captain killed in Iraq and whose speech at the Democratic National Convention sparked a controversial response from Donald Trump said Sunday that he “appreciates” the Republican presidential nominee calling his son a “hero,” but said the praise “sounds disingenuous.”

Khizr Khan, the Muslim lawyer whose son was killed in action in Iraq in 2004, told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he questions Trump's sincerity, considering his previous, divisive rhetoric.

Trump had proposed a temporary ban on all Muslim immigrants, in the aftermath of a recent series of global terror attacks connected to radicalized Islamists.

In an interview last week on “Meet the Press,” Trump said of his proposed immigration plan: “We’re going to have tough standards. And if a person can’t prove . . . that they’re from an area, and if a person can’t prove what they have to be able to prove, they’re not coming into this country.

In a June interview, the businessman said that as president he would “suspend immigration from areas of the world when there is a proven history of terrorism against the United States, Europe, or our allies.”

Trump in separate tweets Sunday morning wrote:

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“I was viciously attacked by Mr. Khan at the Democratic Convention. Am I not allowed to respond? Hillary voted for the Iraq war, not me!”

He then tweeted: “Captain Khan, killed 12 years ago, was a hero, but this is about RADICAL ISLAMIC TERROR and the weakness of our "leaders" to eradicate it!”

The controversy started when Khan said on the convention stage last week in Philadelphia that Trump has “sacrificed nothing and no one" for America.

Trump responded by telling ABC’s “This Week,” that he’s made “a lot of sacrifices.”

“I work very, very hard,” Trump continued. “I've created thousands and thousands of jobs, tens of thousands of jobs, built great structures."

However, critics argued he went too far by questioning why Khan’s wife, Ghazala, stood silently by his side during the speech.

“She had nothing to say,” Trump said on ABC. “Maybe she wasn't allowed to have anything to say. You tell me."

Khan had said she didn't speak because she was still overwhelmed by grief and couldn’t even look at photos of her son without crying.

She continued that argument in a Washington Post opinion piece on Sunday that also included an attack on Trump.

“Donald Trump said that maybe I wasn’t allowed to say anything,” Khan wrote. “That is not true. My husband asked me if I wanted to speak, but I told him I could not. … When Donald Trump is talking about Islam, he is ignorant. …  Donald Trump said he has made a lot of sacrifices. He doesn’t know what the word sacrifice means.”

Trump’s original response sparked immediate outrage on social media -- both because they critiqued a mourning mother and because many considered them racist and anti-Muslim.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has previously raised concerns about Trump’s comments about Muslims.

On Saturday, Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong said: "The speaker has made clear many times that he rejects this idea, and himself has talked about how Muslim-Americans have made the ultimate sacrifice for this country."

Hillary Clinton campaign spokeswoman Karen Finney tweeted: “Trump is truly shameless to attack the family of an American hero. Many thanks to the Khan family for your sacrifice, we stand with you.”

Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, later said in a statement: "I was very moved to see Ghazala Khan stand bravely and with dignity in support of her son on Thursday night. ... This is a time for all Americans to stand with the Khans and with all the families whose children have died in service to our country."

Karen Meredith, a member of Gold Star Families, a support group for families who lost loved ones in the Iraq War, said Capt. Humayun Khan’s parents “showed great courage” by standing up in front of the Democratic convention and that for Trump “to insult their culture by saying that is why she did not speak is offensive.” 

On Sunday, Khizr Khan attempted to persuade voters not to vote for Trump, saying, “I appeal to them not to vote for hate-mongering. Vote for freedom.”

He also implied that about of a third of the responses he’s gotten from Americans are from Republican politicians but said he would not disclose names."

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Wall Street for Hillary?:Clinton has $48.5M in hedge fund backing, compared to Trump's $19K | Fox News

Wall Street for Hillary?:Clinton has $48.5M in hedge fund backing, compared to Trump's $19K | Fox News: "Wall Street for Hillary?:Clinton has $48.5M in hedge fund backing, compared to Trump's $19K
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Hedge fund owners and employees have so far this election cycle contributed nearly $48.5 million for Hillary Clinton, compared to about $19,000 for Donald Trump, an indication that Wall Street is clearly backing the Democratic presidential nominee.

The total amount of such campaign contributions in 2016 is $122.7 million, twice as much as in the 2012 election cycle, according to a recent federal report analyzed by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.

With the Democratic and Republican parties’ conventions over Thursday and the general election officially just a few days old, it’s no surprise that pro-Clinton groups have received more hedge fund money.

For nearly six months, Clinton primary rival Sen. Bernie Sanders railed against “big money” in politics and vowed to “reform” Wall Street, with an insurgent campaign that relied largely on small-dollar contributions.

“With a political campaign finance system that is corrupt and increasingly controlled by billionaires and special interests, I fear very much that … government … is beginning to perish in the United States of America,” Sanders said. “We cannot allow that to happen.”

In addition, Clinton, a former secretary of state and New York senator, has clear ties to Wall Street, with critics repeatedly pointing out that in recent years she has received $21 million in speaking fees from Goldman Sachs and other Wall Street firms.  

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Trump, the Republican presidential nominee and wealthy businessman, largely self-funded his primary campaign, in an attempt to show voters that he couldn’t be influenced by Washington or Wall Street money.

In addition, his vows to ends to what he considers unfair international trade deals appears to have sent Wall Street looking for another candidate, considering such deals have been largely profitable to U.S. investors.

“At the very least, Wall Street doesn’t like uncertainty,” one investment banker recently told

The $122.7 in contributions from hedge funds -- essential a high-risk, high-yield investment tool for wealthy contributors -- represents roughly 14 percent of total money donated from all sources so far this cycle, according to The Wall Street Journal, which first reported the story.

The top five contributors to pro-Clinton groups are employees or owners of private investment funds, and seven financial firms alone have generated the nearly $48.5 million for groups working on Clinton’s behalf.

While Hedge fund owners and employees haven’t given a lot to Trump, they have so far given $65.8 million ​this cycle to other Republican groups -- including some that backed Trump primary rivals.

Washington lobbyists, sensing a Clinton victory early in the cycle, have said they were instead putting their money behind GOP congressional candidates, in an effort to keep control of the House and Senate. "

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ISIS Declares War on Mohammad's Covenant

 Mar 30, 2015 | Updated May 30, 2015

Back when ISIS was still expanding into the multi-ethnic and religiously diverse northern Iraq, not just Yazidis but also the country's 1 million Christians were some of their main targets. They were asked to either convert or leave, otherwise they would be killed. All along, churches were being bombed or burnt to the ground.

Most of the Christians that used to inhabit those areas of the Levant where ISIS now rules have been displaced, in an act of religious/ethnic cleansing more thorough than any that Saddam had ever achieved. And ISIS is still working through the backlog of churches to be destroyed. Only recently they destroyed one that was described as equivalent to Canterbury Cathedral.

Muslim scholars I have spoken to have stated that such actions are completely un-Islamic, strictly against Sharia and a blasphemy against the Prophet Muhammad more serious than any they can think of from history. The Qur'an commands Muslims to follow Muhammad and his example:

"O you who believe! Obey God and obey the Messenger" (4:59)

This and dozens of other verses in the Qur'an compel Muslims to obey Muhammad. And this is why Sharia law is based not just on the Qur'an, but also on the Sunnah, the words, the life and the practices of the Prophet.

And the Prophet Mohammad was very clear about how Muslims should treat Christians. He entered a treaty with them which deserves to be quoted in full here:

This is a message from Muhammad ibn Abdullah, as a covenant to those who adopt Christianity, near and far, we are with them.

Verily I, the servants, the helpers, and my followers defend them, because Christians are my citizens; and by Allah! I hold out against anything that displeases them.

No compulsion is to be on them. Neither are their judges to be removed from their jobs nor their monks from their monasteries. No one is to destroy a house of their religion, to damage it, or to carry anything from it to the Muslims' houses.

Should anyone take any of these, he would spoil God's covenant and disobey His Prophet. Verily, they are my allies and have my secure charter against all that they hate.

No one is to force them to travel or to oblige them to fight. The Muslims are to fight for them. If a female Christian is married to a Muslim, it is not to take place without her approval. She is not to be prevented from visiting her church to pray. Their churches are to be respected. They are neither to be prevented from repairing them nor the sacredness of their covenants.

No one of the nation (Muslims) is to disobey the covenant till the Last Day (end of the world).

("Covenant of the Prophet Muhammad with the Monks of Mount Sinai", CE 628)

These words were written in a Patent given by the Prophet Muhammad in Medina to a delegation of Christian monks from St. Catherine's Monastery at Mount Sinai. The Patent was signed with the Prophetic seal.

The original has since been moved from St. Catherine's monastery by Sultan Selim I of the Ottoman Empire in 1517, and today can be seen in the Topkapi Museum in Istanbul. When he took the document from the monastery, the Sultan and Caliph of Islam Selim renewed its terms and gave the resident monks a copy.

The Prophet granted unconditional protection and what today we would recognise as basic human rights to Christians, near and far. All true Caliphs since then have observed this treaty, as they have been compelled to do till the Last Day (IE this treat can not be abrogated). There are few things in the Sharia that can be as clear as this prescription towards Christians.

But today, Wahhabi clerics and ISIS fanatics seem to think that they know better than the Prophet himself how to be good Muslims. And that now includes destroying all churches, in direct violation of God's covenant.

Wahhabis say they want to emulate the life and times of the Prophet. ISIS and their "Caliph" want to rebuild the original Caliphate to represent the entire ummah. So why are their teachings and their actions then exactly opposed to those of the very first Islamic state of Muhammad in Medina (CE 622)?

The Prophet's Constitution of Medina brought together what Muslim scholars describe as an ummah wahidah where all the residents of the state, Muslims, Jews, Christians and pagans, ensured religious freedom, gave all groups representation, established the security of women and declared that no weapon can be carried or blood be spilled on the haram land of the Islamic state.

Has there ever been a group of people to call themselves "Muslim", while they spit on the Prophet's treaties written on paper, they dishonour his law and precedent, and with the most breath-taking arrogance claim that they know better how to be good Muslims by calling itself a "Caliphate"? Has there ever been any group of people in the world that has blasphemed so obscenely against God's covenant and God's Prophet before?

Dr Azeem Ibrahim is an International Security Lecturer at the University of Chicago and Adj Research Professor at the Strategic Studies Institute US Army War College

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