Barack Obama will add an optimistic pitch on Wednesday to the campaign to elect Hillary Clinton as the first woman U.S. president, as he seeks to hand off the White House to a trusted fellow Democrat and stop Republican Donald Trump.Clinton formally secured the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination on Tuesday, coming back from a stinging defeat to Obama in her first White House run in 2008 and surviving a bitter primary fight against Bernie Sanders to become the first woman to head the ticket of a major U.S. party.The 68-year-old former secretary of state will accept the nomination on the last day of the party’s convention in Philadelphia on Thursday, becoming the Democratic standard-bearer against Trump in the Nov. 8 election.Obama, due to address the meeting on Wednesday evening, has been vocally critical of the Republican candidate, and is likely to contrast his optimistic view of the United States with Trump’s darker vision, on a day when the convention will focus on national security.The New York businessman has cast America as a place in need of a strong leader, where security threats abound and law and order are breaking down. Trump, 70, has proposed deeply controversial measures such as temporarily banning Muslims from entering the country and building a wall on the Mexico border to stop illegal immigrants.
“I hope my headline (from the speech) is that the president of the United States is profoundly optimistic about America’s future and is 100 percent convinced that Hillary Clinton can be a great president,” Obama said in an interview with NBC News that aired on Wednesday.His remarks will follow his wife Michelle Obama’s opening night speech to the gathering on Monday, which was a rousing success with delegates. “I’m not going to hit that bar, so let me concede top speech-making already to my wife, but I couldn’t have been prouder of her,” Obama said.Obama “has been candid about why he thinks electing the Republican nominee is a risky path for the United States,” White House spokesman Eric Schultz said on Tuesday.
But Obama’s speech will focus more “on how Secretary Clinton has the judgment, the toughness and the intellect to succeed him in the Oval Office,” Schultz said.The Clinton campaign portrays Trump, a former reality TV star whose campaign style has been freewheeling and whose remarks have been peppered with insults, as temperamentally unfit for the White House.The convention aimed to reinforce this message on Wednesday. Events would seek to contrast Clinton’s approach to national security with Trump’s “unsteady, unfit and dangerous approach,” said Clinton campaign chair John Podesta.Trump has accused Obama and Clinton of being far too weak on the threat posed by Islamist militants such as Islamic State.
“There is no more urgent priority to (Clinton) than making sure that the threat of radical jihadist terrorism (…) is stopped,” Clinton foreign policy adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters, adding that speakers would seek to highlight Clinton’s foreign policy experience.“Donald Trump has disrespected our military, and I think that will shine through tonight,” Sullivan said.Obama, who beat Clinton in the 2008 campaign for the Democratic nomination, will be speaking 12 years to the day since he gave a keynote address as a U.S. senator to the Democratic convention in 2004, which effectively launched him on the national stage.
Clinton waged another hard-fought primary battle this year, beating off an unexpectedly strong challenge from the left by Sanders, a U.S. senator from Vermont.The Democrats have sought to buttress Clinton with a star gathering of current and past party notables in Philadelphia. As well as Obama, speakers on Wednesday will include Clinton’s vice presidential running mate, Tim Kaine, Vice President Joe Biden, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Leon Panetta, a former defense secretary and former head of the CIA.Bloomberg, founder of the Bloomberg news and data service, was previously elected as a Republican and later became an independent.Bloomberg would take on Trump in the area where the New York real estate developer seeks to appeal to voters: his business acumen, said campaign chair Podesta.
“He (Bloomberg) will talk about the reason he has come to the conclusion that Hillary Clinton is the right choice to be a stable leader on economic matters, and why Donald Trump through his life in business is incapable of managing the economy let alone his own affairs,” Podesta said.Bloomberg, one of the founders of a mayors’ initiative against illegal guns, is also a strong ally to Clinton in her efforts to reduce gun violence.Kaine will also get a chance to present himself to the party. Announcing her choice of running mate last week, Clinton cast the U.S. senator from Virginia as a seasoned and steady leader and a contrast with Trump’s volatile campaign.
But the pick disappointed some supporters of Sanders who were upset over Kaine’s past support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.On Tuesday night, Democrats reveled in history being made.Addressing the gathering, former President Bill Clinton called his wife, who has also been a U.S. senator, a dynamic force for change.Bill Clinton also sought to paint his wife in a warm, personal light, countering the Republican portrayal of her as a power-hungry politician who bends the rules and lacks transparency in her political dealings.
Controversy over her use of a private email server for official business while she was secretary of state from 2009-2013 dogged her during the campaign, and more than half of American voters view her unfavorably, according to Reuters/Ipsos polling.Trump, who has never held elective office, is even less popular, with 61 percent holding an unfavorable view, the polling showed.Trump got a boost in opinion polls from his nomination at the Republican convention in Cleveland last week. He had a 2-percentage-point lead over Clinton in a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Tuesday, the first time he has been ahead in this survey since early May.
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Democrat candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders each picked up primary wins on Tuesday in yet another demonstration of how divided the party is in the drawn-out national race to win the nomination for November’s general election.Clinton narrowly defeated Sanders in Kentucky, a state where she was not expected to win. Sanders bested her in Oregon, a state that played to his strengths.In Kentucky, the two candidates will likely split the 55 delegates up for grabs. In Oregon, Sanders will take only a handful more of the 61 delegates that were awarded.Clinton’s sizeable lead in delegates means it is likely she will eventually be her party’s nominee, but she remains more than 100 delegates short of sealing the deal. The Democratic primary now hits a two-week lull, with the final set major contests, including California, scheduled for June 7.Clinton, who spent the past two days campaigning in Kentucky, would like to lock up the nomination and turn her attention to the Nov. 8 general election and presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.
Trump has begun to organize his general election campaign. On Tuesday, he signed a joint fundraising agreement with the Republican National Committee. The agreement allows him to raise $449,400 from a single donor by splitting the funds between his campaign, the RNC and state Republican parties.
Trump, who eschewed donations in the political system through the primary, has thus far insisted on mostly self-funding his campaign. The shift to a more traditional fundraising approach could draw the ire of some supporters.Trump, in an interview with Megyn Kelly that aired on Fox News Tuesday night, said he did have regrets about his actions during the Republican primary process.“I could have used different language in a couple of instances, but overall I’m happy with the outcome,” Trump said.
Sanders supporters became angry when Nevada state party officials chose to end their convention and block efforts to award the U.S. senator from Vermont more delegates than he initially won in the February caucus. Clinton won the caucus.The Nevada incident was a warning about the potential for fireworks at July’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.Clinton’s campaign continued to express confidence that she would be able to unify the party.
“Hillary Clinton is grateful to the thousands of Nevadans who came out to participate in the caucuses and convention process,” Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook said.“She believes every voice should be heard and no one should be intimidated, harassed or threatened in this process. When the primary process is complete, our party must come together and ensure a Democrat is elected to serve as our next president,” Mook said.Sanders on Tuesday joined his supporters in criticizing the Nevada Democratic Party after Saturday’s events.
One Sanders supporter threw a chair, unhappy about being blocked in a rules vote that was part of the effort to help the senator win more delegates to the national convention. Others drew chalk graffiti on a party building, while the state’s party chairwoman has been receiving death threats.Sanders framed Nevada’s incident as a warning.“If the Democratic Party is to be successful in November, it is imperative that all state parties treat our campaign supporters with fairness and the respect that they have earned,” Sanders said in a statement on the Nevada incident.Sanders – who said he condemns violence and personal harassment of individuals – leveled some of the same complaints his supporters did, arguing that state party Chairwoman Roberta Lange did not allow a headcount on a disputed rules change. He also argued that 64 delegates to the state convention were not given a hearing before being ruled ineligible.The state party disputed the Sanders campaign’s interpretation of the events. It said some delegates did not show up at the convention and others were disqualified because they were not registered as Democrats in time.
“The Sanders campaign is continuing to be dishonest about what happened Saturday and is failing to adequately denounce the threats of violence of his supporters,” the Nevada Democratic Party said in a statement.Sanders supporters began circulating a picture of Lange on the internet that included her cellphone number and encouraged others to contact her to express their unhappiness.Lange said on MSNBC she had been receiving death threats, including many containing vulgar language. Public messages sent to her Twitter account included a barrage of derogatory statements.MSNBC played some of the voicemails, including one saying “people like you should be hung in a public execution.”“What you heard is a few of the thousands of emails and texts and Facebook messages and Twitter messages that I’ve gotten,” Lange said on MSNBC. “Threats to my family, to my grandson, to my husband.
Sanders’ continued presence in the race is prompting concerns among Clinton allies that he will damage her ability to take on Trump and hurt her in the fall.But Sanders supporters shrug off that worry, arguing that Trump is such a flawed candidate that Clinton will easily dispatch with him if she faces him in the Nov. 8 election.Clinton’s camp seems to agree.“Ultimately, we are confident that the passion and energy from the primary will be united in a common purpose — to move forward the ideals of our party and keep the White House out of Donald Trump’s hands,” her campaign manager Mook said.
President Barack Obama is about to unveil stricter rules governing brokers and others who help people invest their retirement savings as the administration intends to keep tightening rules on the financial industry.
The administration wants to impose a legally enforceable duty to act in the “best interest” of clients, similar to the fiduciary duty lawyers and other professionals already owe.Brokers now are required only to offer investments that fit a client’s needs and risk tolerance at the time of sale. Supporters say it would ensure that they act in the best interests of their clients.
But critics, including in the investment industry, say the rule would raise costs and discourage those who need investment advice the most from seeking it. Under the Labor Department’s proposed rule, brokers could earn sales commissions and other income if they sign a “best-interest” contract with investors to disclose fees and incentives that might influence recommendations.
The administration says the “fiduciary rule” is necessary for two reasons, according to the Washington Post: First, Americans’ retirement funds reside heavily in individual tax-advantaged accounts such as 401(k)s and IRAs, the former accounting for $4.2 trillion and the latter $7.4 trillion in 2013. Yet federal regulations date from 1975, when corporate pensions predominated. Second, many financial advisers to IRA investors get paid commissions based on sales of certain products that may not be best for their clients, yet those compensation schemes are not always transparent.A White House study suggests “conflicted advice,” allegedly particularly prevalent in the half-trillion-dollar-a-year 401(k) rollover business, costs consumers $17 billion in higher fees per year.
Opponents do not deny that commission-based compensation schemes can create apparent conflicts of interest, but advisers are still required to act based on what’s “suitable” for a client.The proposed regulation, they argue, will render unprofitable commission-based business models that are the only way many small savers get investment advice now, and the costs of that would outweigh the costs, if any, of the status quo.The Washington Post agrees there is no perfect solution to the problem, and there is likely to be collateral damage on both sides of the issue
“We revert to common sense: If you’re in business to advise small investors, it should be as clear as possible that you work for them and not a third party behind the scenes,” the newspaper said in a column entitled The Post’s View.“Yes, the fiduciary rule might shrink the business, but what remains could well enjoy greater legitimacy, in both reality and perception. In this time of raging populism, the financial industry needs all the trustworthiness it can get.”
Michigan officials and water experts on Friday proposed the state adopt what would be the nation’s strictest lead-testing rules in response to a water crisis in city of Flint that has fueled widespread public outrage.A committee put in place by the state to respond to the Flint crisis recommended a lowering of the level of lead in water at which action is required by public water systems.
Any implementation would be through a combination of statutory, rule and other changes, said Ari Adler, a spokesman for Governor Rick Snyder. The potential costs, financing and timeline are still to be determined, he said.Federal rules require action if lead levels top 15 parts per billion, but Michigan would reduce its threshold by 2020 to 10 parts per billion to align with World Health Organization standards, officials at the meeting held in Flint said.
The federal Lead and Copper Rule can only be altered nationally via federal action, according to a statement from the governor’s office. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency told Congress on Wednesday that the agency would not have reforms ready until early 2017.“The federal Lead and Copper Rule needs to be improved immediately,” the governor said in a statement. “It’s dumb and dangerous and in Michigan we aren’t going to wait for the federal government to fix it anymore.”The committee also recommended that every public water system replace all lead service lines within 10 years.
Flint was under the control of a state-appointed emergency manager when it switched the source of its tap water from Detroit’s system to the Flint River in April 2014 to save money.The city switched back last October after tests found high levels of lead in children’s blood samples. The water from the river was corrosive and leached more lead from the city pipes than Detroit water did. Lead is a toxic agent that can damage the human nervous system.
On Wednesday, Michigan lawmakers extended the state of emergency in Flint for four months, enabling the city to tap more state funds and coordinate a response with other authorities.Other recommendations by the Flint panel on Friday included annual lead testing for all schools, day care centers and other public facilities; disclosure of lead service-line status in all home sales and rental contracts; creation of water advisory councils for public systems to give residents a stronger voice; and better public notification when lead problems arise.
Liberal-leaning Vermont could become the first U.S. state to legalize recreational marijuana use through legislation, rather than by voter initiative, in a move that advocates for the drug say could speed its acceptance across the nation.State representatives this month are set to take up a bill passed by the state Senate in February that would allow adults over 21 to purchase and smoke the drug beginning in 2018.The move follows a year of hearings in the Senate that lawmakers say allowed them to closely consider appropriate limits to place on the drug\\\'s use. The current proposal would prohibit users from growing plants at home and ban the sale of edible products containing marijuana extracts.
But lawmakers must act before the end of May, when the current session ends, a deadline that may prove difficult to meet. It is uncertain whether it has enough support in the Democratic-controlled House to pass.The law would impose a 25 percent tax on sales of the drug, which would fund drug law enforcement and drug education programs.\\\"It makes for a much more thoughtful and measured approach,\\\" said State Senator Jeanette White, a sponsor of the senate bill. \\\"We got to work out the details, we got to ask the questions first and put the whole infrastructure in place before it happens.\\\"
Four states, Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska, as well as the District of Columbia, have legalized marijuana through ballot initiatives, and voters in four more states, including neighboring Massachusetts, are to vote on legalization in November. The drug remains illegal under federal law.Advocates contend the push for marijuana legalization across the nation will be boosted if the legislation is passed by the Democratic-controlled legislature of Vermont, the home of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Bills have been submitted in 16 other states, according to advocates, but none have advanced as far.\\\"It sends an important message that legislatures don\\\'t have to be afraid of this, it\\\'s not a third rail anymore,\\\" said Jeff Laughlin, a 37-year-old software programmer from Barre, who supports the measure.Laughlin is far from alone. A February poll of 895 state residents by Vermont Public Radio found that 55 percent of Vermonters supported legalization, with 32 percent opposed.More telling, a 2015 Rand Corp study commissioned by the state found that one in eight residents already use the drug illegally, with one in three people aged 18 to 25 doing so. The report estimated that users spent between $125 million and $225 million on the drug in 2014.
The high prevalence of marijuana use in the state has some lawmakers and even law-enforcement officials contending it\\\'s time for the rules to catch up with reality.\\\"If it\\\'s one in eight, to me that tells me that we need to change, that society for the most part is accepting it,\\\" said Windham County Sheriff Keith Clark. \\\"If 12 or 13 percent of the population is not being open with law enforcement when we\\\'re out trying to investigate serious crimes, then that is holding us back from working with our communities.\\\"Supporters acknowledge that the bill will have a harder path to approval in the state\\\'s House of Representatives, where many Republicans are wary of legalizing the drug.\\\"Many of our members are opposed to this proposal and I don\\\'t know that it can be changed enough for them to change their minds,\\\" said Representative Donald Turner, the House Republican leader. \\\"I don\\\'t feel there is a good argument for legalizing it at this point.\\\"