Clinton tries Sander’s rhetoric, but in a lower key

In the first Democratic debate since her crushing defeat in New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton tried a new approach to win back wavering supporters: Capturing Bernie Sanders’ anger without looking angry.

Clinton spent much of debate in Milwaukee appropriating Sanders’ positions in broad strokes, if not in detail, on issues from curbing Wall Street’s influence to righting racial injustice to expanding health care and college access. Sanders long has been calling the economic system “rigged.” On Thursday night, so did Clinton.

She took on her rival not with the volume and broadsides that have characterized many of her public performances in the first two nominating contests but with a more measured approach aimed at winning back voters who have been gravitating to Sanders.

“I have spent my entire adult life working toward making sure that women are empowered to make their own choices, even if that choice is not to vote for me,” Clinton said when asked why so many in that crucial voting group are supporting Sanders.

In a year when anger sells, Clinton’s new approach might not work. Much of Sanders’ appeal stems from his ability to channel and amplify voters’ own fury at the U.S. economic system eight years after a crisis in the financial system plunged the country into a deep recession.

Still, her campaign seemed to be betting that the former secretary of state can better persuade voters that she is on their side with a less visceral display. Clinton’s past efforts at competing with Sanders’ anger have backfired, driving women, middle-aged and working-class Americans toward the Vermont senator.

Even as she made efforts to project calm, Clinton swiped at many of Sanders proposals as unrealistic, even dishonest, saying candidates needed to “level” with the American people. While praising Sanders’ passion for reform, she suggested he is a novelty candidate.

“We agree that Wall Street should never be allowed to wreck Main Street again,” Clinton said, adding, “I am not a single- issue candidate, and I do not believe we live in a single-issue country.”

Getting testy at one point, Sanders shot back, “Secretary Clinton, you’re not in the White House yet,” after Clinton talked about how she could get things done once in office.

Clinton also unveiled a new line of argument against Sanders, saying her campaign was about breaking down barriers for working poor and minorities. It was a not-so-subtle attempt to raise a question about whether Sanders understands the plight of black and Hispanic Americans, who potentially will play significant roles in the next round of contests to decide the Democratic presidential nomination.

At other times, Clinton’s words were almost eerily similar to Sanders’. “I know a lot of Americans are angry about the economy and for good cause,” Clinton said at the start of the debate. “There aren’t enough good paying jobs especially for young people. And yes the economy is rigged in favor of those at the top.”

“We have to do much more to ensure that Wall Street never wrecks Main Street again,” Clinton said.

With President Barack Obama still widely popular among Democrats, Clinton and Sanders both sought to embrace his presidency. Clinton even used him as a shield against Sanders’ frequent attacks on her acceptance of donations and speaking fees from Wall Street.

In the 2008 race, Obama “was the recipient of the largest number of Wall Street donations of anybody running on the Democratic side ever,” Clinton said. “When it mattered, he stood up and took on Wall Street.”

Clinton also tried to separate Sanders from Obama. She chided him for having criticizing Obama’s leadership, something, she said, “I do not expect from someone running for the Democratic nomination to succeed President Obama.”

Sanders called that “a low blow.”

“Last I heard, a United States senator had the right to disagree with the president, including a president who has done such an extraordinary job,” he said.

The debate didn’t instantly shift the dynamic of the race. On Twitter, the conversations reflected an even-up debate: 50 percent for Clinton, 50 percent for Sanders.

But coming contests in Nevada and South Carolina will test whether Sanders is cutting into her support among Latino and black voters. Clinton is betting that wins in Nevada and South Carolina will help her turn the narrative back around and solidify her position heading into the March 1 Super Tuesday contests.

She even name-checked one of South Carolina’s most powerful black politicians, Rep. James Clyburn, who has not yet endorsed in the race but has a longstanding relationship with Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

Both candidates made overtures to minority voters with a discussion of racial disparities in the economy and discrimination in hiring, schools and housing.

The foreign policy portion of the debate triggered some of sharpest exchanges of the night — and one of the clearest contrasts between Sanders as outsider and Clinton as insider.

Sanders questioned Clinton’s friendship with Henry Kissinger, the former national security adviser and secretary of state under Presidents Nixon and Ford who was involved in conducting the Vietnam War and opening relations with China.

“Henry Kissinger is not my friend,” Sanders said. “I will not take advice from Henry Kissinger. Count me in as somebody who will not be listening to Henry Kissinger.”

Clinton jabbed back that “journalists have asked who you do listen to on foreign policy, and we have yet to know who that is.”

“Well, it ain’t Henry Kissinger, that’s for sure,” Sanders said.

LePage uses word you can’t say in class to school legislators — again

Good morning from Augusta. If I were going to appoint myself to something, it’d be something easy, such as: I hereby appoint myself chief easy chair tester, and I’m gonna be thorough about it. That sounds great after trying to keep up with another week of political whiplash. Here’s my soundtrack. …

Pwn2Own 2016 Won’t Attack Firefox (Because It’s Too Easy)

darthcamaro writes: For the last decade, the Pwn2own hacking competition has pitted the world’s best hackers against web browsers to try and find zero-day vulnerabilities in a live event. The contest, which is sponsored by HPE and TrendMicro this year, is offering over half a million dollars in prize money, but for the first time, not a penny of that will directed to Mozilla Firefox. While Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome and Apple Safari are targets, Firefox isn’t because it’s apparently too easy and not keeping up with modern security: “‘We wanted to focus on the browsers that have made serious security improvements in the last year,’ Brian Gorenc, manager of Vulnerability Research at HPE said.”

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Driverless fuel van strikes plane at Logan

BOSTON — A fuel van has struck a plane at Boston’s Logan airport, damaging the jet but causing no injuries to the passengers.

Authorities say the van, which did not have a driver, struck a Tampa, Florida-bound JetBlue plane near a gate at about 6:45 a.m. Friday. A spokeswoman for the Massachusetts Port Authority, which runs the airport, says the van ran into a wing.

Passenger Chaz Hallock tells WCVB-TV that he felt the plane shake, and then looked out the window and saw people chasing the van.

Passengers were taken off and the plane was taken out of service. Exactly what happened remains under investigation.

113-foot blade falls off New York windmill, lands in field

FENNER, N.Y. — An energy company says it’s trying to determine why a 113-foot-long blade fell off a windmill in central New York.

The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports that officials in the Madison County town of Fenner say it appears the blade fell off Thursday morning at Enel Green Power-North America’s wind farm. The blade landed near the 200-foot-tall structure located in a field.

Town officials say they believe a bolt may have failed on the 187-ton windmill, one of 20 located at the Fenner Wind Farm, which was built in 2001 on a hill 15 miles east of Syracuse.

Local officials say the windmill that lost the blade is the same one that collapsed in December 2009.

Company officials say they’re working with the turbine supplier to investigate what happened.

Hating Valentine’s? These Goodwill stores say donate your ex’s stuff

SARASOTA, Fla. — Is a breakup bringing you heartache for Valentine’s Day?

Goodwill stores in the Sarasota and Las Vegas areas have an anti-Valentine’s Day antidote. They’re asking people to donate their ex’s stuff with a “don’t hate, donate” campaign.

In a news release, Goodwill Manasota Foundation Vice President Veronica Brandon Miller says the agency is “having a little fun at the expense of Valentine’s Day.” But she notes that breakups are never easy and that it is important to “get rid of the items that keep exes stuck in the past.”

She says Valentine’s Day is a good time to start fresh.

So, start cleaning those closets.

Digital only: UK’s Independent to close print newspapers after 30 years

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LONDON — The Independent and the Independent on Sunday newspapers are to close in March, their owner Evgeny Lebedev has confirmed.

Lebedev also confirmed that the lower price i newspaper will be sold to Johnston Press for £24 million ($35 million).

The last issue of The Independent will be published March 26 and the final Independent on Sunday will hit newsstands March 20, with the brand continuing as digital only after that point.

“Today the Independent titles announce an historic transition,” Lebedev said in an email to staff, Press Gazette reports. “At a time when our journalism is read and respected by more people in more places than ever before, we are embracing an exclusively digital future with http://www.independent.co.uk and its associated sites. Read more…

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