Muslim sports hero Kareem Abdul-Jabbar calls Donald Trump a terrorist

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Anonymous hackers attack Trump Towers website.

After months of dismissing Donald Trump’s campaign as a bad joke, Republican Party leaders have realised that American voters might be deadly serious about electing the television entertainer to the White House.

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is making it clear he doesn’t take kindly to any criticism — not from his rivals, nor from Saudi princes.New York: The website for Trump Towers, the Manhattan skyscraper owned by real-estate mogul and Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump, has been attacked by activist hacking group Anonymous, which disabled it for a time in protest at his anti-Muslim comments.

On Friday night, Trump went after senator Ted Cruz at a town hall event in Iowa, accusing the Texan of being beholden to big oil companies because he opposes ethanol subsidies, which are deeply popular in this agricultural state. “He’s a nice guy,” said Trump. “I mean, everything I say he agrees with me, no matter what I say.Saba Ahmed, a former congressional candidate from Oregon, is now promoting a new Republican group for Muslims and and has made several appearances on Fox News arguing that GOP candidates should be more welcoming toward Muslims. Mr Trump is still leading the pack with 35 per cent of support from Republican voters, the same lead he held before his comments on Monday that Muslims should be banned from the US. At a Friday night rally in Iowa, Trump hit opponent Ted Cruz, criticizing him for opposing ethanol subsidies that are popular in the corn-producing state. But with the ethanol, really, he’s got to come a long way.” Trump also appeared to take a veiled shot at Cruz’s family background, suggesting he might have trouble appealing to the state’s evangelical voters. “I do like Ted Cruz, but not a lot of evangelicals come out of Cuba,” he said of the country where Cruz’s father, an evangelical preacher, was born.

On Saturday Saudi billionaire Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal demanded that Mr Trump withdraw from the presidential race for his ban comments, calling the Republican a disgrace “to all America”. The general manager of Trump Towers in Istanbul says the company is “assessing” its partnership with Donald Trump following his calls to ban Muslims from entering the United States. The attacks came after The New York Times reported that Cruz had questioned Trump’s judgment at a closed-door fundraiser, straining the detente between two of the race’s most outspoken candidates.

In November, she was on Megyn Kelly’s Fox News show, wearing an American flag hijab that attracted a flurry of attention – pro and con – on social media. “We’re hoping the Republican Muslim Coalition can help them reach their Muslim-American constituents,” Ahmed said Friday in a telephone interview from Washington, D.C., where she now lives. Photo: AP A recent poll by New York Times/CBS News showed Americans are more fearful about the likelihood of another terrorist attack than at any other time since the weeks after September 11, 2001. Trump has gone after his other opponents gleefully and viciously, panning Jeb Bush as low-energy, Ben Carson as “pathological” and Marco Rubio as a lightweight who drinks too much water.

At a hotel in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, last week where Mr Trump had come to speak to members of a police union, they held up slogans and yelled their support for the nominee. This week, Cruz pulled ahead of Trump in an Iowa poll, and scored the endorsement of Bob Vander Plaats, an influential evangelical leader in the state. A gnawing sense of dread has helped lift Trump to a new high among Republicans, who will vote in primaries to choose their party’s nominee for the November 2016 presidential election.

But the billionaire businessman had refrained from attacked Cruz, even as the Texas senator has surged in opinion polls, becoming Trump’s most serious challenger in early-voting Iowa. Her candidacy attracted attention from bloggers around the country because her website featured a large photo of her in a black hijab under an Islamic prayer in Arabic. Jon Basset, 61, a former airman in the US Air Force and now a rock music DJ, came to see Mr Trump dressed in his military uniform. “This is not about racism,” he said. “I would never support a racist or a hater. Anonymous, a loose-knit international network of activist hackers, or “hacktivists”, is famous for launching cyber attacks on groups such as the Islamic State following the attacks in Paris last month that killed 129 people.

It’s run by two painfully young Aussie billionaires, its mottos are “we’re for teams” and “don’t #@!% the customer”, and it just made a spectacular debut on the NASDAQ. But what does Atlassian actually do? “JIRA’s central to everything for us because it allows you to set up and manage issues which lead into the developer workflow,” says Halogenics managing director Andy Fleming. Other products in Atlassian’s suite include an internal chat client called HipChat, not unlike that other Silicon Valley darling, Slack; and a place for developers to share code, called BitBucket, not dissimilar from GitHub. As “large parts of the Middle East are controlled by Isil,” he said, “Mr Trump’s comments make sense.” With less than two months to go before the start of the election process for the Republican nominee, the panic is clearly beginning to mount.

At a recent meeting of Republican officials, they searched for a strategy that could defeat the frontrunner. “It is fair to say these elected Republicans were apoplectic at the thought of Trump being their nominee,” Larry Sabato, an American pollster who attended the meeting. Ahmed told The Oregonian/OregonLive that she had been leaning toward Trump because of his economic policies and business skills but had not endorsed him. The popularity of Mr Trump and other “outsider” candidates has opened such deep fissures within the party that, for the first time in recent American political history, the primary elections may fail to produce a nominee. “What you’re seeing is the Party bracing for a potential ‘Hunger Games’ scenario where you have a different person win each of the first four primaries and they all have the resources to slug it out until the convention,” Stuart Stevens, a former adviser to Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential candidate, told the Washington Post.

The unique model means a much higher proportion of its staff is dedicated to building and improving its products, although Atlassian does not disclose how many developers work at the company. “The ticker symbol, TEAM, is a dedication of what matters most to us and we dedicate this day to teams everywhere and to team work,” Cannon-Brookes said, adding that Atlassian’s software was designed to “remove the friction inherent in … teamwork”. “We helped the engineering teams at NASA land the rover on Mars; the non-profit teach students to learn programming; and the IT teams of the [UK] Daily Telegraph to ship newspapers to over two million readers,” he said. The US Navy’s $US4 billion futuristic destroyer Zumwalt, which is beginning sea trials in the Atlantic, will be testing high-tech weapons never before seen at sea. The long anticipated 186-metre-long, 14,043-tonne destroyer has an unconventional pyramid-shaped hull that slopes out at the bottom with a stealthy “tumblehome” design, rather than sloping in like most warships. But she said she hasn’t given up on Trump. “I’m really hopeful that Donald Trump will come around and visit a mosque with me,” said Ahmed, arguing that Trump has to be more inclusive if he wants to have any chance of winning the general election.

Meanwhile, outsiders including Donald Trump and Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon – and those representing evangelical Christian Republicans, such as Ted Cruz, a Texas senator – say the “key to victory is motivating millions of whites who they believe didn’t vote in 2008 and 2012,” said Mr Sabato. The Zumwalt — which will receive its “USS” designation when it is christened — is commanded by Navy Captain James Kirk, who shares his name with the fictional Star Trek captain.

This split between the centre-Right and the anti-establishment approaches are leading Republicans to “cannibalise each other” said Patrick Murray, the director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute. The weapon uses electromagnetic (EM) pulses — known as the Lorenz Force — to launch projectiles at Mach 7, or seven times the speed of sound, at targets up to 177 km away.

In a sign of the fundamental divide, “two-thirds of Republican voters” are dissatisfied with their elected representatives, said Mr Murray, but for opposing reasons. Many of the delegates who attend the Republican convention to make the final selection for their nominee are locked into backing the candidate that their state voted for in primaries. High-energy EM rail guns, which can be operated by just one person, are expected to be lethal and effective against multiple threats, including enemy warships, small boats, aircraft, missiles and land-based targets. But if no candidate received enough votes in the primaries or “first-ballot” votes, that restriction is lifted, opening up the potential for a “floor fight” in which the candidates and their campaigns scramble to lobby the delegates to support them – thus making it a “brokered” convention. In the 2016 scenario, Mr Trump would capture much of the anti-establishment vote, and Mr Cruz would play well with the Republican Party’s evangelical wing.

The key problem is that whilst Mr Rubio is favoured by the establishment, there is no candidate that has the charisma or who has inspired enough passion to reunite different factions and draw support away from Mr Trump. For now, the possibility of a “floor fight” remains remote – and as Mr Trump consolidates his lead, the rest of the Republican field may yet find a way to destroy him. “This debate could blow everything up,” said Mr Luntz. “This is the debate where the gloves come off and sound bites come on.

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